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As enterprises go digital and integrate new technologies into their business, public sector organisations have been left scrambling to keep up with the new digital age. This is a mammoth challenge for a public institution like the NHS which operates across a massive scale and hosts huge amounts of data.
It’s not as simple as moving away from legacy infrastructure to a cloud platform in a few easy steps. It’s a complicated project that encompasses different areas including cyber security, networking, data and cloud. The issue facing the NHS and other public sector organisations is prioritising one area without compromising another. It’s a careful balancing act to ensure that the NHS can achieve its aim of becoming digital and agile, whilst deploying a stringent cyber security strategy in order to protect its new digital system, critical services and confidential data.
London-based AI lab DeepMind has published predicted structures for several proteins present in SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
DeepMind said that while the predictions have not been experimentally verified, it hopes they will help scientists understand how the virus functions and serve as a platform for developing potential treatments.
Data analytics firm Qlik has partnered with health and care leaders in West Cheshire, UK, to develop analytics tools that identify and support patients at risk of health deterioration.
Cheshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, the body responsible for commissioning health and care services for the West Cheshire region, said Qlik’s tools will give people “more control over their health and wellbeing”, empower carers, reduce admin for care professionals and support the development of new medicines and treatments.
NHS Digital has successfully migrated two major services to the public cloud, in line with the Government’s cloud-first policy.
The National Health Service’s digital division revealed the e-Referral Service (e-RS) and NHS 111 Directory of Services (DoS) have moved to AWS, with more migrations planned in the future.
Both systems receive high-volumes of traffic. e-RS, which allows patients to book, cancel or change healthcare appointments, handles around 18 million referrals a year.
Today, IT within the healthcare industry is undergoing profound changes. This has been driven, in part, by the development of advanced new treatments, including robotics, analytical imaging and robust data networks, which enable the lessons learned from pioneering medical practitioners to be distributed to peers around the world, more rapidly than ever before.
For healthcare providers, ensuring a quality environment of patient care is paramount. New technologies—from digital imaging to security-enhancing baby finders to “always-on” wearable technology—are helping to reduce errors, improve care, and decrease costs simultaneously.
In the 2019 Global Health Care Outlook Report Deloitte states that, “there is an exponential increase in the pace and scale with which digital healthcare innovations are emerging. Digital technologies are supporting health systems’ efforts to transition to new models of patient-centered care and helping them develop ‘smart health’ approaches to increase access and affordability, improve quality, and lower costs.”