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4 Top Priorities in NHS Healthcare Technology Development

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recently published a policy paper which lays out the government's plan and vision for the development of user friendly technology in healthcare. The main purpose behind such development plans is to provide the public with improved healthcare experiences. With this vision in mind, the paper reveals the government's future priorities and areas of focus.

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Paper vs. Digital Health Records: An NHS Crisis

A recent report by the research think tank, Parliament Street, revealed that 9,132 patient records were missing or stolen from 68 NHS hospital trusts throughout the 2017-2018 financial year.

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Predictive Healthcare Technology Improving Patient Care

Healthcare Technology Patient Care

As the healthcare industry expands, providers and organisations are leaning on and embracing innovative forms of technology to improve the most important facet of healthcare, that being patient care. Because patient care is a deeply interpersonal element of healthcare, the implementation of technology represents a potential threat to the face-to-face feature of patient care. Although, improvements in predictive healthcare technology could amount to both technological adoption and improved patient care, without the loss of personal interaction.

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How Healthcare Providers & Consumers Should Deal with Data Breaches

Healthcare & Consumer Protection Against Data Breaches

According to a 2017 survey by Accenture, one in eight consumers in England has been the victim of medical information hacks. Their private medical information had been stolen from systems that lacked the adequate levels and measures of security. The survey of 1,000 people in England outlined that (78%) think healthcare providers should be responsible for protecting this information, while only 40% believe they themselves have responsibility. The data breaches that effectively jeopardised the medical information and identities of those affected each lost an average of £172 as a result.

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3 Takeaways from WannaCry, The Largest International Ransomware Attack to Date

WannaCry Malware UK NHS Data Security

As widely reported, an international ransomware attack has hit computer systems in 150 countries, affecting hundreds of companies, businesses and specifically one of the most important sectors in the UK, healthcare. The malware that was used is called WannaCry, a very fitting name for all the feelings of despair that it undoubtedly evokes in its victims. The hackers demanded payment in Bitcoin money in return for access to patients' medical records and other critical information. It is believed that the attackers have leveraged a stolen NSA malware product that was initially created to be used in surveillance to spy on terrorists.

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Why the Healthcare Industry is Vulnerable to Data Breach

Healthcare Data Breaches

A recent global study conducted by Ponemon and funded by IBM Security shows that, of the 383 participating companies, 91 percent of healthcare organisations in 25 countries have been hit by at least one data breach in the past two years. The total cost of these breaches has been 6.2 billion US dollars (4.6 billion pounds), and an average impact of nearly 2.8 million pounds per breach.

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Businesses Joining the Fight Against Mental Health Discrimination

Mental Health Descrimination

When people hear the phrase "workplace discrimination", many immediately think of race, gender, or disabilities. Another form of workplace discrimination that is equally concerning but less often discussed, is the discrimination against people with mental illnesses.

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