Healthcare Governance Magazine

By Charlie Helps | Topical issues in healthcare and health service governance. Quality, innovation, access, risk, compliance, equity, innovation, sustainability.

The Doctor's Computer Will See You Now

<i>Co-authored with Sally by Dr. Michael Koriwchak</i><p>Shutterstock<p>If you have visited the doctor recently, you probably noticed a new instrument in the examination room. It is a computer running an electronic medical records system, or EMR, that has been lauded by federal agencies as bringing a revolution …

Health Care

How Personalized Medicine Is Changing: Breast Cancer

In 2011, a 52-year-old runner and yoga enthusiast walked into the office of Monica Loghin, a neuro-oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in …

Cancer

World's most detailed pregnancy scan revealed and it could help spot abnormalities in more babies

An international team of researchers have captured the clearest images to date of a foetus.<p>The incredibly detailed footage was captured using computer-guided ultrasound technologies.<p>In the short clip, the foetus can be seen fiddling with its umbilical cord, turning its head from side to side and …

Pregnancy

Amidst Everything Else, We're Now Dealing with a War on Science

All data must be patriotic!<p>WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives organized its committees on Tuesday, setting up the ground rules for the real mischief to come. One of these committees is the ironically named House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and it is chaired by one Lamar Smith, …

Climate

A Federal Judge Has Blocked the $54 Billion Anthem-Cigna Merger

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against U.S. health insurer Anthem's (antm) proposed $54 billion merger with smaller rival Cigna (ci), derailing …

Health Care

Artificial intelligence can spot skin cancer as well as a trained doctor

Researchers at Stanford University have created an AI algorithm that can identify skin cancer as well as a professional doctor. The program was trained on nearly 130,000 images of moles, rashes, and lesions using a technique known as deep learning. It was then tested head-to-head against 21 human …

Cancer Isn't a Disease

A reader who works in biotech responds to the TAD question, “What is a common and/or annoying misconception about your vocation?”<p>Here’s an interesting one I just thought of for my field in cancer research: Sometimes I’m asked why we haven’t come up with a “cure for cancer.” This may sometimes come …

Medicine

Hospital 'takes court action to evict bed-blocker who refused to leave for two years'

A man has been evicted from his hospital bed by court order after he "unnecessarily" refused to leave for more than two years, it has been reported.<p>The patient arrived at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk in August 2014 and remained there until this year despite being deemed "fit for …

Judiciary

Hunt makes millions from sale of Hotcourses

<b>Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has become one of the UK's richest politicians after selling Hotcourses, his privately owned business.</b><p>The firm, which runs websites listing courses for students around the world, is being bought for £30m by the Australian firm IDP Education.<p>Mr Hunt owns a 48% stake in …

Education

Former Tory health minister defends Simon Stevens over NHS winter crisis

Stephen Dorrell tells No 10 to focus on problems on the ground as new figures reveal extent of strain on the system before Christmas<p>A former Conservative health secretary has said it was unfair for Downing Street to hint that the NHS England boss, Simon Stevens, was to blame for the winter crisis …

NHS England chief hits back at Theresa May on health service funding

Simon Stevens shows MPs Daily Mail article saying UK has fewer medics, beds and scanners than other European nations<p>The boss of the NHS in England directly contradicted Theresa May’s claims about how much the government is putting into the health service in a defiant performance in front of MPs …

Bill Gates: world faces decade at risk from antibiotic-resistant bugs

Philanthropist says he believes ‘better medical tools’ will come, but until then the world is vulnerable to a pandemic<p>People across the world, particularly those in developing countries, face a decade at risk from pandemics spread by antibiotic-resistant bugs, the billionaire Bill Gates has …

How a former model decided to launch an app to tackle mental illness

Mental health is one of the buzzwords of the moment, especially now Royalty like Prince William and Duchess Katherine have been championing it, along with Kid Cudi, Cara Delevingne and others saying that they would be open to sending their children to counselling.<p>One in five people have suffered …

Scientists have designed a nanoscale computer that’s smaller than a virus

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Nanoscale computers could work inside, or outside the body to help control, direct and interact with other atomic, molecular …

Quantum Mechanics

Chinese researchers trial the worlds first cancer vaccine on humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>The CRISPR gene editing technique is being used to create everything from new forms of life that are resistant to every …

Cancer

The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Many big moonshots fail not because of the technology but because of the lack of coordination and for, perhaps the first …

Medicine

NHS to create specialist centres for childbirth mental health problems

Overhaul of services in England will see 20 sites for women who develop psychological problems around birth<p>The NHS is set to overhaul services for women who develop mental health problems around childbirth in a bid to ease the suffering caused by postnatal depression and reduce the number of new …

'All my life suddenly made sense': how it feels to be diagnosed with autism late in life

Jon Adams was 52 when he learned he had Asperger syndrome. As adult referrals rise, he and others explain the impact – good and bad – of a late diagnosis<p>One day during his last year at primary school, Jon Adams drew a picture of a street in Portsmouth, the city where he still lives. The scene he …

Novartis backs off from 2016 date for testing Google’s smart contact lens

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Novartis has abandoned a 2016 goal to start testing its autofocus contact lens on people, though it said the groundbreaking product it is making with internet giant Google is “progressing steadily.”<p>“It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin,” …

Contact Lenses

NHS legal claims for catastrophic childbirth blunders triples in a decade

Compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunders in childbirth have tripled in a decade, official figures show, as ministers promise "dramatic" changes to improve the safety record of Britain's maternity units.<p>The Government will today set out plans for a new system of fast-track …

Health Care

A big Alzheimer's drug trial is about to offer real hope for treating the disease — or crush it

Scientists at Eli Lilly are racing to wrap up a clinical trial on a drug that could be the first major advance in treating Alzheimer's in more than a decade — or a crushing reminder of why the memory-destroying disease has bedeviled researchers for so long.<p>This is the third time Lilly has tested …

Dementia

Use of strongest antibiotics rises to record levels on European farms

Medicines classified as ‘critically important in human medicine’ appear to be in frequent use, says European Medicines Agency<p>Use of some of the strongest antibiotics available to treat life-threatening infections has risen to record levels on European farms, new data shows.<p>The report reinforces …

Junior doctors row: Jeremy Hunt wins High Court fight over new contract

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has won a High Court fight with junior doctors over a staffing contract.<p>Junior doctors had complained that Mr Hunt wrongly imposed the contract on NHS employers.<p>Justice for Health, a group founded by five junior doctors, said Mr Hunt acted beyond the scope of his powers …

Health Care

Cancer patients sign up for trials of new drugs with too high hopes

Patients taking part in trials of new cancer drugs have unrealistic expectations that experimental treatment will save them, a study by the Royal Marsden has found.<p>Research on more than 300 cancer patients asked about taking part in early-stage research found almost half believed their tumours …

Cancer

Health systems: Improving and sustaining quality through digital transformation

As the price of healthcare rises and safety lapses persist, developed countries are seeking ways to lower costs and improve quality. Many are finding …

Health Care

Geneticists are creating a new form of life that is resistant to all known viruses

Geneticists are now capable of creating new forms of life that are completely resistant to all known viruses<p>Geneticists have made a step forward in …

Biology

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Leadership

Why Brexit is bad news for cancer research

Cancer researcher Vicky Forster warns of the effects of Brexit: funding cuts, disillusioned staff and uncertainty over future collaborations<p>While the Bank of England grapples to save the pound and stabilise the economy, a small but important community is in deep shock: the scientists, medical …