Machines that learn healthcare?

Machine learning for beginners: view the full infographic here.

It's time to get on with IT in healthcare

The NHS will simply not be able to provide high levels of service at an affordable cost without digitisation and appropriate use of digital data at every level. This is the view of the National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England which last week released its report on how the NHS can harness the Power of Health Information Technology to Improve Care in England. The Advisor...

CLIMB – a timely resource for microbial genomics

Robust computational software for data analysis and adequate computing infrastructure are essential to delivery of pathogen genomic services, as is the availability of people with the appropriate skills to develop, operate and maintain these resources. A key consideration in supporting the implementation of genomics informed infectious diseases services is how to organize the procurement, deve...

Why the stakes are too high to not share genomic data

The conversation on health data sharing – the nature and volume of data, with whom, for what intent and purposes – is firmly back on the agenda with the release of the National Data Guardian’s Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. The review sets out proposals to allow patients to opt-out of sharing their personal identifiable data for purposes other than their direct care...

Democratising diagnostics – the future is portable

Portable Diagnostic Bioassays - hot or not? View the infographic here

Health data security: a question of cost

Data sharing is not only essential to the delivery of high quality healthcare services now, but is also core to driving the innovations and improvements needed for a modern and sustainable health system in the future. However, UK data use in healthcare still lags behind many other sectors, with a previous attempt to underpin a digital health service, the infamous care.data, being lar...

3D printing: shaping future healthcare?

3D printing - hot or not? View the full infographic here

Tackling infectious diseases - lessons from emergencies

This week the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee published a report from their inquiry on Science in Emergencies: UK Lessons from Ebola. They found that the UK response – like the international response- was undermined by systemic delay. The Committee’s response suggests that the Ebola epidemic exposed a ‘lack of readiness’ for an infectious disease emerge...

Responsible, proportionate data sharing for better and safer genetic services

UK health policy is increasingly focusing on making better use of healthcare data and digital technologies to improve and enhance models of care delivery. To achieve this goal, and accelerate developments in health innovations and drive forward efficiency in health services, much greater levels of information sharing is required.

Big data's big issues

‘Big data’ – the buzzword excites some and is reviled by others. Either way it’s a term hard to escape. Not a week goes by without some conversation about how data, ‘big’ or otherwise can transform healthcare services. Earlier this month Public Health England hosted PHE Data Week; a series of activity focussing on data and its importance to health protection, prevention and care. I...

Collaborating to deliver pathogen genomics - share the risks and reap the rewards

A number of initiatives to integrate genomics into microbiological investigations, from the Global Microbial Identifier to the recent guidance from the ECDC, all provide a clear indication that genomics can increasingly play a vital role in the management of infectious diseases. Indeed the chief question is shifting from ‘if’ genomics can add value, to ‘how’ to ensure its benef...