The unprecedented pace of change in the energy utility sector makes innovation more important than ever – but also creates a new challenge to understand what innovation means today. Truly innovative companies are using disruptive thinking, cutting-edge technologies an
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PwC’s Health Industries team is launching a webcast series to explore how digital is impacting the health and pharma environment. The series will include debates among industry experts on topics such as trusted data, privacy, new regulations, devolution, health and social care integration, digital hospitals, interoperability and the Internet of Things.
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< The beta blog | 13 May 2016
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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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The time is ripe for new ideas in UK healthcare. Advances in digital healthcare technology are clearly presenting organisations with many opportunities to improve outcomes for patients, efficiency for health service commissioners, and profitability for themselves. To take full advantage of these, commissioners need to identify where to play and – critically – who to collaborate with, ahead of newer and nimbler entrants to the market.
Pharmaceuticals are on the cusp of a revolution, the likes of which have not been seen since their industrial inception in the 19th century. Digital technology is fundamentally changing the way we consume products and data, but for the healthcare and life sciences industry it may have come just in the nick of time, as the increasing burden of chronic disease and ageing populations threaten to overwhelm already overstretched healthcare systems.
< The beta blog | 06 May 2016
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.
Virtual reality is here to stay. We are on the verge of a revolution, and not just in entertainment, but also across sectors as diverse as retail, healthcare, education, tourism and communications. Virtual reality technology has the potential to become the single most important way for us to connect with the outside world.
< The beta blog | 11 Feb 2016
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic, fuelled by growing media interest and numerous investments made by big technology firms. AI is already being used in everyday life with applications including spam filters and speech recognition technologies, such as Siri and the Netflix recommendation engine. But in a business context how useful and practical is AI and is it something your business should consider?
The proliferation in the number of connected devices, the spread of almost infinite cloud computing and the plunging costs of data storage at huge scale are all key factors behind the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). Few areas of life will be unaffected by its reach. And for most, it’s in our homes where we’ll first start to see its transformational impacts.
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