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Health informatics


Benefits realisation: sharing insights

The purpose of this white paper is to offer countries an agreed set of ‘standard’ benefits categories and potential outcome measures to support the international comparison of evidence relating to digital health technologies and services.

Maternity record standard: final report

This aim of this report is to improve care experienced by pregnant women and their babies by developing standards for a digital maternity record to allow clinical information to be recorded, exchanged and accessed consistently across care settings.

A vision for Medical Affairs in 2025

Medical Affairs—a third strategic pillar for the pharmaceutical enterprise

DiMe: calling all who serve in digital medicine

From regulators to white-hat hackers, ethicists to engineers, and clinicians to citizen scientists, the recently launched Digital Health Society (DiMe) invites participation from all sectors to ensure that digital medicine realizes its full potential to improve human health.

Artificial intelligence in healthcare

This report explores the clinical impact of AI for doctors and patients in the UK in the near future. It is not an exhaustive analysis of the potential of AI or the implications for clinical care, but a snapshot of 12 areas that will be...

How AI can help tackle mental health issues

This article discusses AI-based solutions, such as chatbots, as a way to tackle mental-health issues around the globe. The sort of provisional mental-health care provided by chatbots could be particularly useful in communities with an inadequate supply of trained professionals.

Prescription monitoring is here, but we need to tread carefully to avoid unintended harms

Drug-related deaths in Australia have almost doubled over the past ten years, in large part because of the increased use of opioids. In 2016, middle aged people using combinations of prescription drugs were the most likely to die a drug-related death. Prescription monitoring aims to...

New voices at patients’ bedsides: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple

Hospitals are exploring new uses in intensive care units and surgical recovery rooms, and contemplating a future in which Alexa, or another voice avatar, becomes a virtual member of the medical team.