Blockchain, and the emergence of smart contracts – code that automatically executes a contractual term - raises some interesting legal questions. Once blockchain enters the mainstream, a transaction will still be a transaction. But the way in which we do business will become a lot faster and, potentially, many more processes will be automated. So where does that leave us, legally?
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< The beta blog | 29 Jul 2016
We seem to be more at ease sharing information and our own data in a digital world that we do in the real world. But not all data is safe to share. Tom Lewis shares his thoughts on online privacy.
If wearable tech is going to make the step from the consumer market to the workplace, employees need to be persuaded that there’s everything to gain and little to lose, and that their data is not going to be used against them.
< The beta blog | 06 Jun 2016
Innovation is a major focus for utility firms - it's increasingly recognised as being the key to helping them meet the challenges that face them in the digital world. We've look at how they can adopt a digital mind-set and take innovative action.
< The beta blog | 13 May 2016
Digital is transforming how businesses operate, not just in making it easier to do current business, but also creating new business models with associated challenges to existing legal, regulatory and taxation frameworks.
From wearable monitors and fitness apps, to telehealth and remote patient monitoring – these technologies are enabling ‘activated patients’ to become more demanding about their healthcare choices and decisions about treatment.
< The beta blog | 07 May 2016
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Advances in digital healthcare technology provide opportunities to improve outcomes for patients, efficiency for health service commissioners, and profitability. To take advantage commissioners need to identify where to play and, critically, who to collaborate with.
Digital technology has come in the nick of time for the healthcare and life sciences industry as the increasing burden of chronic disease and ageing populations threaten to overwhelm already overstretched healthcare systems.
< The beta blog | 06 May 2016
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Better use of technology might do far more in the health system than new organisational structures and metrics. Technology has the potential to enable better care, delivered more effectively and efficiently. It might just benefit patients, clinicians and funders alike by encouraging new behaviours, diagnoses and engagement along the way.
< The beta blog | 28 Apr 2016
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Local government must learn to give up traditional notions of control. Councils that do not shift quickly to an effective model of participation will lose the ability to make a positive impact in their areas. The councils at the forefront of this agenda are beginning to realise the true value of actively championing digital participation; using digital technology and platforms to enable people and communities to participate more to improve their local area and help local people.
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