UK Healthcare

Better Access to GPs Doesn't Need to Mean Longer Opening Hours

Andrew Graley | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Graley

NHS medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh has said that Britain's citizens were being failed by current ways of working, but I don't think that has to mean extending opening hours. It's about access, not time, and access can be digital in many cases.

Caring for Elderly Relatives

Susan Eskinazi | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Susan Eskinazi

Caring for elderly relatives is not easy, but don't forget that it's a generous and fulfilling thing to do. Your loved one may not be able to express it but they'll undoubtedly be grateful to have someone who is willing to care for them in their vulnerable years.

Treat Your Data Right - It Could Save Lives

David Downing | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Tech
David Downing

Big data is all around us, but our understanding of how to make the most of it is often left wanting. Proper use and analysis of data can help improve the way we work by making better-informed decisions.

The Operation Was Successful, But the Patient Died

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

For those who do manage to reach health facilities, actual care often remains elusive because of cost. In Khost, in the east of the country, and in the capital, Kabul, roughly half the people surveyed by MSF borrowed money or sold what they could to pay for medicines or doctors' fees during a recent illness. Several sought care in neighbouring Pakistan.

Too Many People in the UK Are Facing Sight Loss Alone

Stephen Remington | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Stephen Remington

The current reality, though, is that all too often newly diagnosed people are left alone and vulnerable, without access to the support they so desperately need. Confirmation of sight loss is devastating news. And it often comes with no practical advice, counselling, support or guidance. This is a terrible predicament for anyone facing this appalling situation.

All Entrepreneurs Should Aspire to be Award-winning - Here's Why

Jan Flawn | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Jan Flawn

I've always been competitive. I was a keen sportsperson and loved the feeling winning gave me - even when we played family games around the kitchen table, I hated losing. I've taken this competitive spirit into my life as an entrepreneur...

Innovations in Healthcare - How the NHS Is Improving Patient Care With Telemedicine

Andrew Graley | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Graley

Developments in telemedicine are benefitting patients with a broad range of needs as well as improving hospital services and improving resource allocation across the NHS. Significant progress has been made towards three million people being able to benefit from telehealth by 2017 in the UK, so these programmes could be coming to hospital near you soon.

Equality in the Workplace

Hilary Thomas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Hilary Thomas

When Helen Clark - the former New Zealand Prime Minister who runs the UN Development Programme - was asked about quotas recently she responded with characteristic clarity 'when nothing else works you should have quotas'.

Apple and Wearable Technology: A Warning From History

Kester Brewin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

Picture the scene - you are completing an application form for life insurance and a page comes up giving you the option to upload data from your always-on fitness monitor, outlining your exercise, work and sleep patterns for the past 6 months, with the incentive that reduced premiums may be available for those who do.

The NHS Could Give Every Patient Access to Their Health Records - Why Doesn't It?

Andrew Clark | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Andrew Clark

It would be a relatively simple job to give every patient access to the same sort of information electronically that the NHS is planning to sell, probably in the same way, especially as it is theirs in the first place.

Don't Forget the Pharmacist

Chris Spencer | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

As a passionate advocate of joined-up patient care, I have long been concerned by the omission from discussions about the future of the NHS of a key healthcare profession - pharmacy. It is estimated that one in seven GP visits could be effectively dealt with by a local pharmacist - at significantly less cost to an NHS that is battling a tough savings target and growing demand.

Whole-System Thinking Is Key in the Quality Versus Cost Debate

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Global leaders gathering in Davos this week once again find the world's response to growing healthcare pressures high on their agenda. Good health - both mental and physical - remains one of the most pressing social and economic issues of our time, consuming the largest share of the world's GDP and growing.

The Importance of Face to Face Contact

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For isolated older people in the UK there can be periods of days, weeks, even months where they see no one in person. Family may have moved, partners may have passed away and mobility may be limited.

Five Digital Technology Trends That Will Change Our Lives in 2014

Mark C. Curtis | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mark C. Curtis

Each year Fjord experts come together to debate the profound changes that digital technology is bringing to established ways of doing businesses and in our everyday lives.

Bridging the Gap Between Art and Healthcare

Ian Spero | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Ian Spero

A social venture and campaigning organisation, CSL's mission is to ensure that anyone that wants it has access to qualified tools and technologies that enable them to express themselves creatively, connect with other people and work together on arts based projects, thereby improving their quality of life.

FDA's UDI Rule will Make Device Tracing Simpler and Open'

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

In early Septemper this year, the healthcare-battered USA, took a significant step towards better patient-care. The Food and Drug Administration department of US government made it mandatory for health-related devices to be identified by a specific number, which will make its tracking easy with all vital details relating to the devices/implants and their embedding into a patient.

The Way We Help People Does Not Help People

Dominic Frisby | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Frisby

The highest form of charity, argued the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, is when the help given enables the receiver to become self- sufficient. But our systems of state charity - aka welfare - have too frequently had the opposite effect: they have actually created dependency. It is time to re-think the way we help people.

Online Healthcare: Just Do It

Chris Spencer | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

By 2020, 40% of healthcare will be accessed online. That's the prediction of Professor Clare Gerada, until recently the chair of the Royal College of GPs. Her claims have generated much debate, which crystallised around one central objection - the argument that online health services are not inclusive.

Developing Countries Are Finding Innovative Solutions to Their Health Challenges

Allan Pamba | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Malawi might not spring to mind as a hot-bed of healthcare innovation. Neither might Bangladesh or Colombia. But that view is changing. All over developing countries, determined people are finding brilliant and creative solutions for long-standing problems. ..

Wearing the White Cashmere Coat

Sarah Phillips | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Sarah Phillips

I left Dublin this year, at the close of ISPOR's 16th Annual European Congress, thinking in terms of what is important when making a decision. The parameters need to be simple, intuitive and transparent in any evaluation model. This sounds straightforward, but which parameters should be measured, and how is a fair decision made?

Court Decision to Force MMR Wasn't in Child's Best Interest

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

The decision is controversial, not just because both children were considered together despite their different ages, but because the 15-year-old had already received the initial MMR vaccine and the next vaccination would be a booster shot.

Why Are Nurses Turning To Payday Loans?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

Nurses are increasingly relying on payday loans and borrowing from friends and family due to their falling take-home pay, it has emerged. A Nursin...

Why Trade Deals are Privatising Government

Ruth Bergan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Today, the EU and US will start the second round of negotiations on what could be the biggest trade deal ever seen. They present us with a stark choice: do we want the rules that govern our society to be decided by government, or by big business?

World Stroke Day: The Past, Present and Future of Telestroke Care

Andrew Graley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Graley

Here are the facts: stroke is a preventable, treatable disease. Despite this, one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime, and someone dies every six seconds from a stroke. 15 million people have a stroke every year, and sadly, 6 million of those don't survive. Facts like this are the basis for the World Stroke Day's '1 in 6' campaign.

Fingerprint Points to the Future of Healthcare

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Health workers in developing countries face challenges that are often taken for granted in the developed world, but new technologies have the potential to become leap frog solutions that address such barriers.