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An NHS-Wide Cloud for Diagnostics – Jane Rendall and Fredrik Gustavsson

An NHS-wide cloud for sharing diagnostic images and intelligence across the health service could mean huge economies of scale, stronger collaboration, and rapid digitisation, Sectra’s UK managing director Jane Rendall and chief technology officer Fredrik Gustavsson suggest. One of the only places in the world that can fully exploit cloud for healthcare Pressure to improve...

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The Technology Future of Healthcare – Part I

While there has been much rhetoric from the authorities regarding the digital revolution in the NHS, the reality is that healthcare has been rather slow to move with some innovations. For example, while the financial services sector has embraced blockchain and artificial intelligence, and this has significantly revolutionised operations within these fields, healthcare has been...

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Greying Population is Demographic Timebomb

A new report has predicted that life expectancy will soon exceed 90 years for the first time in history, completely contradicting many assumptions about human longevity made previously. It is already forecast that women born in South Korea in 2030 will have a life expectancy in excess of 90, but many other industrialised and advanced...

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Should the Healthcare System Deliver Longer Patient Consultations?

New research conducted by the Health Foundation suggests that the amount of time that GPs in Britain spend with patients is the lowest in the developed world. The British charity which carries out research and policy analysis into healthcare examined 11 countries, including Germany, France, Australia and the United States, and concluded that appointment times...

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2017 Budget – NHS Analysis

The spring budget has just been announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It would be fair to say that some of the provisions that healthcare experts have been calling for were not included within the budget. But what was part of this critical economic statement, and what can the NHS and healthcare professionals expect...

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PFI and the Healthcare Finance Catastrophe: Part II

In this second part of our investigation into PFI contracts, we examine the impact on the healthcare system and clinical careers. It is already well-documented that the costs of building hospitals under Private Finance Initiatives has proved to be extortionate in some cases. Overspending in some construction projects resulted in service cuts at neighbouring hospitals,...

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Latest Deficit Data Exemplifies Collapsing NHS

With NHS trusts in England having posted a deficit in the region of £900 million following the third quarter of the financial year, the future of the healthcare service has once more been called into question. NHS Improvement predicts a deficit by the end of the year of approximately £800 million; significantly higher than the...

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PFI and the Healthcare Finance Catastrophe: Part I

In an economic climate defined by debt and deficit, one particular acronym has always proved contentious. PFI, or Private Finance Initiatives, have contributed a huge amount to the construction of the infrastructure of the NHS, but many believe that the debt that has resulted is far too big a price to pay. To define this...

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Machine Learning and the Healthcare System – Part II

In this second part of our analysis of machine learning and its impact on the healthcare industry, we look at the future of this developing technology. It is largely accepted that machine learning will play an increasingly important role in healthcare, but even those who are most positive about the potential of such artificial intelligence...

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Machine Learning and the Healthcare System – Part I

Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important and prominent. The recent achievement of the Google’s DeepMind program of beating a world-class Go player underlines the potential of this technology. And an attendant technique that will become increasingly commonplace in healthcare circles in the coming years is machine learning. Machine learning simply refers to the ability of...

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