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15 May 2017

NHS cyber attacks – preventing and handling ransomware

As widely reported in the media, there has been a significant wave of ransomware attacks against a large number of NHS bodies and their access to data held on computer systems. NHS Digital has stated that it is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health...

11 April 2017

Are people ready to embrace artificial intelligence and robotics in healthcare?

By Brian Pomering The population of the UK is the least willing among 12 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to consider using artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics as alternatives to traditional healthcare channels. That’s the finding of research that PwC commissioned to look into global variations in...

22 March 2017

Decentralisation and public health: inspiration from Sweden

By Rose Taylor and Peter Hawkings Last autumn, Västerås Hospital and Västmanland County Council, from Sweden, visited PwC and a UK teaching hospital on an international study tour. This was an opportunity to compare the two healthcare systems. Sweden has impressive health outcomes - the eighth highest life expectancy and...

16 March 2017

Estonia prescribes blockchain for healthcare data security

By Johnathon Marshall Estonia has long been known as one of the most digitally advanced countries in Europe. And now its government is putting ground-breaking blockchain technology to use in securing its citizens’ medical data. The country’s eHealth Authority has signed a deal with Guardtime, a blockchain pioneer, to secure...

08 March 2017

Budget 2017: what does the Chancellor’s announcement mean for the health of the NHS?

By Quentin Cole Today’s Budget showed signs that more is needed beyond efficiency savings, in health and social care. Recent weeks have seen repeated calls for further funding for health and social care. While the £2 billion injection of cash over the next three years announced today for social care...

Resilience, confidence & learning: One woman's journey into leadership

By Karen Finlayson On International Women’s Day Karen Finlayson, one of PwC’s most senior women working in health, reflects on her journey into leadership. I choose to work in the health industry because I care about the health and care provided to people in this country. My mum and both...

02 March 2017

What impact does Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences have on the UK economy?

By Jo Pisani, Mark Ambler and Richard Snook Life Sciences is a critical industry for the UK which brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. The UK has a strong scientific community and a proven track-record of developing innovative new treatments and medical technologies. It has all the ingredients needed...

13 February 2017

8 steps to get whole system working ...working!

By Yvonne Mowlds With shifting demographics, growing demand and significant financial pressures facing the NHS, there is an increasing move towards integrated care and whole system working. New models of care are being developed which are focused on better outcomes delivered at lower cost, across an integrated system. Whilst the...

08 February 2017

Consumers bring retail sensibility to healthcare choices

By Reena Virdee Patients no longer simply accept the health services available from traditional providers. PwC’s recent consumer research shows that people are now increasingly willing to use a variety of technologies to take responsibility for, manage and improve their health. These trends are likely to be highly influential in...

06 February 2017

Tax changes ahead - Be prepared

By Mike Perkins, Tax Director The finances of the NHS have never been under greater scrutiny. In particular, hospitals are experiencing serious cash flow issues and many are facing huge deficits. Pressures of an increased elderly population living longer and with more chronic disease is, of course, a big factor...

02 February 2017

System design: How can NEDs play their role?

By Mike Farrar As we move to implement the Five Year Forward View and, in particular, the shift towards population based budgets and the NHS version of accountable care, there is a temptation to believe that these changes are simply focused on providers and integrating primary, community, social, mental health...

24 January 2017

A healthy system: what’s the patients’ view on dealing with NHS cost pressures?

By Quentin Cole This January, the financial and demand pressures that NHS is facing have made many a newspaper headline. This is set to continue for the long haul, as the need for health services grows significantly and patterns of need change, as the population ages, on the one hand,...

Squaring the circle: Confronting the crisis in elderly care

By Jonathan Williams and Reena Virdee No-one who reads the newspapers can be in any doubt: there’s a developing crisis in the UK’s elderly care system. The proportion of the population aged over 80 is growing fast, and the demand for care isn’t just rising, it’s changing, and radically. The...

10 January 2017

A critical makeover for pharmaceutical companies - how pharma can become fit for purpose

By Dr Myrto Lee Times are challenging for the pharmaceutical sector. Whether it be payers tightening up on costs, the pressure to adapt to and adopt new technologies, challenges to traditional pricing arrangements or the ever increasing regulatory maze, companies need to find new ways to organise themselves to ensure...

07 December 2016

AAR: moving beyond the vision

By Dr Myrto Lee As we covered in our recent blog, the awaited publication of the final report of the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) sets out a bold vision to drive the development and uptake of innovative medicines and health technologies in the UK. By setting out the conditions in...

01 December 2016

What’s the role of NEDs in the emerging health landscape?

By Mike Farrar As individual NHS organisations wrestle with the conundrum of trying to operate in whole systems for the greater good, while having to protect and then defend their narrower organisational interests to regulators, the task of NEDs is becoming ever more challenging. Indeed, it’s a role which tests...

23 November 2016

Health and social care: The Autumn Statement’s great unsaid

By Quentin Cole Despite calls from across the board for additional funding for health and social care, the Chancellor’s last Autumn Statement had nothing new to offer the NHS. With just a reiteration of the £10 billion to support the Five Year Forward View, the service faces another winter under...

16 November 2016

What is blockchain and what can it do for you?

By Jonathon Marshall Imagine a world where patients, hospitals and pharma companies have a lasting and tamper-proof way to share information, secure in the knowledge that identity is known and the what and the why of the record is complete. Imagine a world where patients are warned they might fall...

04 November 2016

AMR action: Generations not years

By Jo Pisani and Rachel Armstrong Yesterday a significant conference brought together the key UK players who are involved in tackling the critical issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The fact that such an event is taking place reflects the urgency that is now being attributed to this issue. In the...

03 November 2016

Redrawing the health and social care architecture

By David Morris The NHS is rightly a source of national pride in the UK. But the service today is under significant financial and demand pressures. These pressures only look set to increase and the demands on the service and on social care services provided by local councils mean we...