BJHC

Data funnel.
By Leontina Postelnicu April 16, 2018
NHS data could be of ‘immense value’ to Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, the House of Lords Select Committee on AI has said. In a report published today, the committee reinforces that AI can bring a variety of ‘significant opportunities’ to the NHS, starting from support in clinical decision-making and administrative roles to research and development. To fully realise this vision, the...
Welsh Flag
By Leontina Postelnicu April 11, 2018
The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) has launched a partnership with the Life Sciences Hub Wales to accelerate uptake of innovation across the health and care sector. Known as the Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW) network, the collaboration will initially run for two years. The NWIS will provide the technical platform, while the Life Sciences Hub will organise a series of events to...
Doctor looking at organ monitor.
By Eleonora Harwich March 21, 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been slowly transforming the delivery of healthcare for the past few decades. Some of the first applications date back to the early 1970s, far preceding the recent wave of AI hype. The MYCIN project was one of those early examples. It was an expert system designed to identify bacteria causing severe blood infections and recommend the right dosage of antibiotics...
Augmented reality using KARE

Augmented reality using KARE, Keele University

By Rob Benson March 19, 2018
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has urged the NHS to go faster and further in building on its reputation as a ‘hotbed of innovation’. However it takes a special set of circumstances for this to happen, and the School of Pharmacy at Keele University is showing how it can be done. Its health technology innovations are transforming clinical education and, ultimately, patient care. BJ-HC found out...
Big Data illustration.
By Leontina Postelnicu March 8, 2018
A team of international researchers are urging the health and science community to ‘redouble its commitment’ to be open and transparent and deliver effective and robust governance frameworks under which personal health information can be used following recent data harvesting controversies. Programmes addressing global health challenges, such as the 100,000 Genomes Project or the US Cancer...
Jeremy Hunt
By Leontina Postelnicu February 23, 2018
Hospitals will benefit from an extra £75m announced to speed up implementation of electronic prescribing systems, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme. A new review released by researchers from the Manchester, Sheffied and York universities found that 237 million errors occur ‘at some point in the medication process’ in England every year, although they...
Harry Evans.
By Harry Evans February 14, 2018
For health organisations, sharing health data with local authorities, and vice versa, throws up challenges but information sharing between health and social care professionals is one of the chief advantages of shared care records, allowing professionals a fuller view of their patient or service user, and meaning patients or users do not have to repeat their story to different professionals. The...
Professor Andrew Morris, Director of Health Data Research UK, speaking at the Genomics Festival in London.

Professor Andrew Morris, Director of Health Data Research UK, speaking at the Genomics Festival in London.

By Leontina Postelnicu February 9, 2018
Six UK sites are to receive £30m in funding to work as foundation partners with the newly-established Health Data Research UK to address issues in healthcare through data science starting from April. An additional £24m will be invested in other activities, including additional partnerships with other sites across the country. Speaking at the Festival of Genomics in London at the end of January,...
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
By Leontina Postelnicu January 25, 2018
During the past year, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity, CW+, have been showing how digital health innovation can truly take off in a large healthcare organisation if the right type of support is at hand. In 2016, the trust and CW+ secured eight digital health collaborations, working with more than 45 frontline clinicians across two hospital sites, with six of...
Compass pointing towards the future.
By Leontina Postelnicu January 12, 2018
 The Reform think-tank is urging the NHS to follow a series of practical steps from a new report looking at AI in healthcare in order to ensure the system maximises the potential of this technology to ‘narrow’ some of the gaps in health provision. Key proposals include the development of a clear procurement framework for AI systems, to be developed by NHS England and the National Institute for...