August 29, 2018
While individual healthcare providers may be making great strides in deploying increasingly sophisticated patient record systems, far too many are still operating within comfortable organisational silos.
To integrate care and make value-based care a reality, every local stakeholder must collaborate to intelligently share and use information, not only to improve direct care, but also bolster...
Robotic technology used to smooth the distribution process at the new pharmacy; source: Now Healthcare Group
August 17, 2018
Now Healthcare Group has set its sights on global expansion after opening a £1.5m tele-pharmacy that will create 30 new jobs in Liverpool.
The new ‘super-hub’, which uses robotic technology to streamline the distribution process, is reportedly set to dispense around half a million prescriptions every month, providing support for people living with chronic conditions through the AI-powered Now...
August 15, 2018
Former Skyscanner Chief Technology Officer Dr Alistair Hann has joined NHS Scotland to help build a national digital platform aiming to improve access to information for both citizens and health and care staff and remove interoperability barriers.
In his new role as CTO of the NHS Digital Service, based within NHS Education for Scotland, Dr Hann will work with Geoff Huggins, Director of Health...
August 14, 2018
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has expressed an intention to create a new centre for data science that would provide the resources required to improve understanding of heart and circulatory disease and position the UK as a global leader in the field, in collaboration with Health Data Research UK (HDR UK).
The BHF says the new centre will forge partnerships with key NHS stakeholders, including...
August 6, 2018
The stated mission of Babylon is global and ambitious, “to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth”. They seem to be making good progress. Already 30% of the population of Rwanda, over 2 million people, have accessed their app-based primary care services and a recent deal with Chinese firm Tencent puts Babylon’s AI into the hands of the one billion...
July 18, 2018
London-based health tech start-up Digital Surgery has announced this week that it has developed and demonstrated a groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) system to guide surgical teams in the operating room (OR).
The innovation is said to be paving the way for how AI and associated technologies will help clinicians deliver ‘safer surgeries’ in the future, according to Dr Jean Nehme, Digital...
July 16, 2018
During the next three years, £37.5m will be invested in a new Digital Innovation Hub programme aiming to unlock the value of health data resources in an effort to address Britain's 'biggest health challenges'.
The vision for the ‘industry friendly’ hubs connecting data from GP practices, hospitals, social and community care, along with genetic, biomedical and other datasets, covering regions of...
July 4, 2018
UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new NHS app that will put patients in control of their healthcare and will be available to everyone in England in December 2018.
The new NHS app, which was a key feature of Hunt’s speech to NHS Expo last year, will give patients access to their GP record, enable them to order repeat prescriptions, and access 111 online.
Patients will also be able to...
June 19, 2018
A ground-breaking facility that will harness Artificial Intelligence to develop new drugs for clinical testing within weeks is to be opened through investment from the new £103m Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI).
Funded by the government through UK Research and Innovation, the RFI will use advanced technologies such as AI and robotics to transform the drug discovery process and create new...
June 19, 2018
Politicians and policymakers should draft a ‘comprehensive strategy’ to ensure the NHS and social care system harnesses technology and innovation at pace, a final report from the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care warns.
It calls for a 'digital first' approach and asks the system to leverage the use of innovative apps and devices, with an increased focus on prevention and promoting healthy...