Digital Pathology: Making the Business Case

Posted by The HCI Group on 07/08/17 11:32

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Digital pathology is now widely accepted as an essential part of the future for histopathology departments. The technology has improved massively in recent years, and advances in computational pathology are also coming to market, with advances in artificial intelligence applications not far behind. Both technologies rely on moving histopathology to digital imaging.

With the forecast shortfall in consultant histopathologist numbers in five years and ever increasing workloads, it is difficult to justify leaving consultant histopathologists with inefficient workflows that waste their time looking for slides, matching slides with previous samples and sending slides through the postal system and via couriers for second and third opinions.

Having recently constructed a business case for digital pathology across nine hospitals in the UK, here are my thoughts on the main areas to focus on when examining the business case.

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Topics: Digital Pathology

Responding to the WannaCry Cyber Attack

Posted by The HCI Group on 18/05/17 14:55

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As many customers, friends, and colleagues in over 150 countries experienced last Friday, the threat of ransomware is real. Aside from the progressively growing ransom costs and associated operating losses, the WannaCry ransomware demonstrated both how critical and vulnerable our data is. Nowhere is this more important than in the clinical care environment.

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Topics: Cyber Security

The NHS has been Hacked – Cyber Security Essentials

Posted by The HCI Group on 03/02/17 16:49

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It’s Monday morning. Bleary eyed you walk into your NHS office with your high street takeaway coffee in your hand. As with every NHS IT department you have a wish list and an ongoing project list that differ greatly because of what the trust can afford. You have thirty minutes before another day of back to back meetings where you will manage stakeholders, drive engagement and push through as much progress as you can. Thirty minutes to enjoy your coffee and clear that email backlog. But before that plastic lid can touch your lips there’s a knock on your office door and the words no NHS executive wants to hear are muttered….

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Topics: Cyber Security

EPR System Selection: Preparing for Procurement (Part 2)

Posted by The HCI Group on 30/11/16 15:40

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In part one of our Are You Ready for an EPR? series, HCIs Dave Lang began to touch what an organisation should be looking at before deciding whether or not they are ready to implement an EPR – engaging with your organisation, making sure your senior stakeholders are involved, and making your healthcare facility aware of what is possible. 

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Topics: EPR, EPR Implementation

Cyber Security: Handling Insider and Outsider Threats (Part 2)

Posted by The HCI Group on 25/11/16 09:02

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In part one of our series on cyber security, Ryan McDaniel discussed its importance, some examples, and the flaws of some traditional methods of breach prevention. In part two, he will go into detail on User Behavioral Analytics (UBA), and why it can be such a huge benefit to preventing a breach of your information.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Cyber Security: Indentifying Insider and Outsider Threats (Part 1)

Posted by The HCI Group on 23/11/16 15:13

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Cyber security is critical to healthcare because healthcare, by definition, revolves around information collected from patients. In paper form, patient health information (PHI) can be cumbersome to store and difficult to access.  In response, many healthcare organisations have adopted electronic medical record (EMR) solutions. EMRs have added the benefit of simplifying storage and dramatically increasing ease of access. Unfortunately, the shift to EMRs has also increased the risk that unauthorised parties also have easier access to patient health information.  As we’ve seen in recent years, unauthorised actors have utilised vulnerabilities within your network or organisation to gain access to PHI. Given both the increasing value of stolen PHI and the established vulnerability of many healthcare organisations, this is a trend we expect to continue and even grow in the foreseeable future.

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Topics: Cyber Security

EPR System Selection: Are You Ready?

Posted by The HCI Group on 08/11/16 16:40

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The HCI Group’s Dave Lang, who has experience as a Programme Director, Assistant CIO, and Senior Consultant, discusses three things that organisations should be looking at – having a vision, getting your senior leaders on board, and sorting out your organisational priorities – before deciding whether or not they are ready to implement an EPR.

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Topics: EPR

Information Management (Part 4 of 4): Business Intelligence Maturity Models - Helping to make the case for investment in BI

Posted by The HCI Group on 19/10/16 12:08

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In part 3 of our Information Management series, HCI's BI & Analytics expert Brigid Constantine discussed Developing an Information Culture. In part 4, we look at maturity models and how they can play a big part in helping to make the case for investment in BI.

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Topics: NHS IT Strategy, Information Management

Information Management (Part 3 of 4): Developing an Information Culture

Posted by The HCI Group on 17/10/16 14:01

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In part 2 of our Information Management series, HCI’s BI & Analytics expert Brigid Constantine discussed Data Quality: What does good look like? In part three, we look at Information Culture and the important part this plays in the whole ethos of an organisation.

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Topics: NHS IT, Information Management

Data Quality: What Does Good Look Like? | Information Management (Part 2 of 4)

Posted by The HCI Group on 11/10/16 09:52

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In part one of our Information Management series, HCI’s BI & Analytics expert Brigid Constantine discusses the main Causes, Concerns and Solutions for Information Management. In part two, we look at what good Data Quality should look like and the positive impact this can have

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Topics: Data Quality, Data Management

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