The only constant in healthcare is change and uncertainty – and this couldn’t be more apparent than in the emergence of SARS-cov-2.
Leading figures such as Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates did warn of the dangers of a global pandemic. After all, we’ve been here before with influenza at the turn of the 20th century and more recently in 2009. But no one could have predicted the scale of the Covid-19 outbreak globally and how swiftly it would turn life upside down.
There is still much to learn about the impact of the virus on patients and the NHS. Unknowns include how long immunity lasts, what the health consequences will be for survivors in the months and weeks to come, and how the health service and its workforce will need to adapt.
by Dr Sudi Lahiri. Senior Teaching Fellow & Course Leader for MSc Healthcare Operational Management
The field of biosensors, driven among others by recent advances in micro and nanotechnologies, has seen the development of ultra-sensitive sensors. The progress has been such that the limit of detection of many micro/nano-sensors is low enough for the early diagnosis of a range of diseases...
by Jerome Charmet, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering.
Working with SMEs to help them develop and test their products and applications through academic rigour and co-design principles
by Neil Bryant, IDH Business Development Manager
The Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) is working with small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to bring their innovations in healthcare technology to the marketplace...
by Chris Golby
The Institute of Digital healthcare (IDH) is currently working on a project with the health Foundation and Heart of England Foundation Trust...
Cancer is a leading cause of mortality in children, with the latest available statistics in the UK showing that...
The brain is an amazing organ. It controls many of the functions of the human body – but it is also the organ that processes the information that allows us to understand things – including itself. It is also the last part of the human body to be fully understood. That is, in part, due to it being protected within the skull, but also because of the complexity of its operation. However, recent developments in biomedical imaging techniques are giving us new insight into how it works, how it goes wrong and how we go about fixing it.
We recently saw the announcement of Project Jacquard: sensing fabrics that will allow clothing to become interfaces and controllers of consumer devices. Embedded sensors within clothing will create the ultimate wearable devices that will allow the tracking of specific movements, not just activity. This will add to the array of recent consumer technologies that allow individuals to now monitor and manage their own health. The onset of smart sensing clothing could now revolutionise the self-management of physiotherapy and rehabilitation of movements.
On average, people in the UK are getting more and more overweight. This will continue to be the case unless we educate people better, provide better care within the NHS, develop brand new ways of helping overweight people in the community and change the rules and regulations about how foods are manufactured, advertised and sold within our society.