Are Pfizer set to win big again with Viagra?

This week’s news that over-the-counter sales of Pfizer’s Viagra Connect will be permitted in the UK in April next year is a landmark moment. With a recent investigation revealing that Viagra accounts for 90% of all counterfeit medication sales, the move aims to clamp down on the rise of online counterfeit pharmaceutical sales. It’s interesting ...

Integrating technology into healthcare delivery

If integrated into clinical practice with due consideration, technology has the potential to improve healthcare delivery. Electronic patient records, e-prescribing and robotic pharmaceutical dispensing can improve the efficiency of healthcare operations. However, ensuring these tools facilitate positive change requires a deeper understanding of the network of multidisciplinary stakeholders that interact with these technologies. Moreover, care ...

Why insurers should embrace DIY health

Do-it-yourself (DIY) health is increasingly challenging traditional healthcare models. The most striking example of this is the Open Artificial Pancreas System (OpenAPS). This project uses open source reference implementation to allow Type 1 diabetics to link their glucose monitoring device to their insulin pump. In doing so, the function of the pancreas can be artificially ...

Network-level strategies for tackling the deficit of NHS hospitals

The National Health Service (NHS) for England is the world’s largest public healthcare system. However, with approximately half of NHS hospitals projected to be in deficit in 2017/18, a new approach is seems needed to ensure financial stability of NHS hospitals. Identifying talent Running a successful hospital requires a clear governance structure. This requires top-down ...

Physical Activity Tracking in Private Health Insurance

A prospective framework for the policy implications of the use of physical activity trackers by insurers. Private insurers including health, critical illness, income protection and life insurers are seeing a rise in claims due to the growing non-communicable disease (NCD) burden. Higher levels of physical activity have been suggested by the World Health Organization as ...

Wearables: Insurance Fad or Health Fix?

Wearable tech has the potential to provide a long-term health fix that reduces society’s disease burden, but with low rates of engagement this technology is at risk of becoming a fleeting fad. Read my article on this topic published in the October 2017 edition of The Actuary magazine.      

Gamification of Da Vinci’s Pedometer

The idea of the pedometer can be traced back to the sketch books of Leonardo da Vinci. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the 1960s that it was popularised as a method to promote physical activity. With subsequent advances in digital technology, the 21st century pedometer can sync with or be embedded in mobile devices. Furthermore, gamification ...

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