23/01/2018
OCSL Editor

The NHS Crisis. It’s been widely reported in the mainstream media the NHS will face more intense pressure than ever this winter.  As budgets become tighter and resources more thinly spread, it’s difficult to see how funding shortfalls will be resolved.  Will technology be part of the solution? Our experts Mark Skelton and Mark Hibberd discuss

AI in the Health Sector – Mark Skelton

One of the most visual use cases for AI has been presented by the Microsoft research team. In recent times, they’ve showcased use cases in healthcare, focussing on AI analysis of human body scans. 

Today clinicians spend hours studying scans of the human body looking for tumours and abnormalities.  Microsoft have demonstrated how using an AI tool it’s possible to scan captured images and build 3D visualisations of problems areas within a matter of minutes.   Microsoft and the other big vendors are truly driving up innovation in this space, and many small, agile firms focusing on AI and analytics are being snapped up by larger players. 

It excites me to think about what AI could be used for in the future.  From automated support bots providing faster more accurate responses to problems, or, potentially predicting as and when you need to scale your infrastructure. The possibilities are limitless.

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Digital transformation in healthcare – Mark Hibberd

As a previous N3 aggregator and a fully HSCN compliant supplier, OCSL fully understands the importance of secure connectivity.  The need for flexibility, whilst maintaining the highest levels of security.  The need to share information within the sector, as well as with partners in the private sector.

With more organisations forging ahead with digital transformation in the health sector, flexibility and security are of equal importance.   The digitisation of patient records, the need to share patient information with other organisations, direct engagement through mobile devices, wearables, smart devices and the collection & analysis of data to improve decision making.  All depend on having a flexible, scalable yet secure network.

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UK Healthcare Security Trends – Mark Hibberd

OCSL is working closely with Microsoft in the UK to conduct a Healthcare Security Readiness Programme. The Programme is designed to help Trusts understand where they stand in terms of maturity, priorities and breach-security capabilities.

Some interesting trends have started to emerge from the 19 health organisations that have already conducted the programme in the UK:
 
•    UK healthcare organisations outperformed Global ones in capabilities such as User Awareness Training or Endpoint Device Encryption. However, they are lacking behind in Security Information & Events Management and Threat Intel.

•    One of the least mature capabilities overall in UK Health organisations is Network Data Loss Prevention (Prevention Mode). Astonishingly, only 6% of organisations have it.
 
•    82% of respondents listed Cyber crime hacking as a high priority, followed by Ransomware (75%) and Insider Accidents or Workarounds (63%) as medium/high priorities

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How Cloud helped a UK hospital save over 40% in IT CAPEX

Luton and Dunstable Hospital faced a challenge common to most Public-Sector organisations: how to do more with less? Following a major power outage, Luton’s initial priority was to modernise its ageing infrastructure. Longer term, they needed a digital roadmap to push boundaries and maximise investment.  Luton turned to OCSL to help them clearly see what the future could look like.  Find out how together we created a ground-breaking roadmap for digital transformation.

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If you’d like to discuss the NHS crisis, or any of the tech trends in healthcare discussed in this post, please.

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