Why clinical insights not budgets hold the key to value-based healthcare

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

How NHS leaders can bring big data to heel for new models of care Right now, NHS managers and clinicians are under phenomenal pressure to make huge efficiency savings while improving the value of services to patients, and many in the NHS see integrated care as the answer. I believe that even before we get there, the first step is to find innovative ways to drive up the value we deliver in all clinical and commissioning decisions – and the key...

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New research shows quality of life measures not widely used in cancer care

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A new study, conducted by the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, has found that measures and tools used to assess quality of life are not being used widely in the treatment and care of patients with cancer, despite being used more widely in clinical trials. Following the award of an educational grant from Roche*, RAND Europe explored whether, when and  how quality of life assessment tools and measures are used in the treatment of...

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Commercial Healthcare sector not so healthy?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Companies in the FTSE Healthcare Equipment & Services sector issued five profit warnings in the first quarter of 2016, equal to the record total issued in the previous quarter. In the six months to the end of the first quarter of 2016, almost a quarter of the FTSE sector issued a profit warning. Recruitment and pricing problems continue to plague medical services companies, while most equipment companies warning hit contract issues. The...

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A uniquely detailed picture of current standards in acute hospital care for older people.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

A new report from NHS Benchmarking, published on April 11th, has for the first time combined financial, workforce, quality and outcome data to paint a uniquely detailed picture of current standards in acute hospital care for older people. Key findings from this innovative new report show that 46% of older people admitted to a specialist ward have a condition associated with frailty, but that only 42% of hospital trusts currently have a specific...

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Mismanagement of dementia costing health and social care system up to £1 billion a year

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to nearly £1 billion per year. The report, ‘Dementia and Comorbidities: Ensuring parity of care’, which was kindly supported by Pfizer, shows that people with dementia are less likely to...

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