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Open Platform event, at the Wellcome Collection, London

The D3 team would like to invite you to an Open Platform event at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Rd, London on Tuesday 18th October at 2pm.

We will be asking: How do medicines fit into our lives? How do we get them and what do we do with them?
Join us in the Reading Room to discuss […]

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    Combating Falsified Medicines in Africa through Digital Artefacts

Combating Falsified Medicines in Africa through Digital Artefacts

Falsified medicines are again in the news, this time in a piece for the BBC News’ websites business section. In his article, Matthew Wall looks at the problem of combating falsified, counterfeit and substandard anti-malarial medicines in Africa through the use of alternative technologies for tracking the identity of the medicines’ original pack – the original pack being the […]

How the DIY Spirit Improves Health Care

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has combined DIY / making with health in MakerHealth Spaces. Inspired by the idea that nurses and other health professionals know intimately and exactly what they need and what innovations or changes will help them do their jobs better or help more effectively, this is an interesting development.

Full article here.

August 22nd, 2016|Medicine, Research|0 Comments|

Google and Patient Data

Further to our blog post last week, Google is now being investigated by the data protection watchdog: the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over it’s data deal between the Royal Free Hospital Trust and DeepMind.

The investigation results from ‘at least’ one complaint received over the anonymising of data. While the Hospital Trust declare that all data is anonymised in transit and […]

Google’s access to healthcare data

The Guardian reports that AI firm DeepMind (a Google owned company) has been provided with patient information from up to 1.6 million patients. This has been done to enable an alert system to be developed to prevent kidney failure and involves patients at three hospitals in the Royal Free NHS trust.

Some have raised alarms at Google’s move into the health industry, however, everyone is assured […]

Accelerating access to new drugs in Japan

Writing in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Yasuhiro Fujiwara outlines developments in Japan to reduce the time required for new therapeutic drugs to gain marketing authorisation.

Fujiwara notes that Japan historically has taken longer than the United States and the European Union to give marketing approval for therapeutic drugs. Over the course of the last 20 years approval times have been […]

Help us with our research

Would like to help us in our research? Do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter) or apps on your phone or computer to help with medications? Do you home test? We’d love to hear from you.

The D3 project is looking at the way digital technologies are changing medicine – one of the ways we suggest this is happening is […]

April 29th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|

HSCIC report on opt-outs

The HSCIC reports that, from a recent study:

As of April 2016, 2.2 per cent of patients in England (around 1 in 45) have opted out of information that identifies them being shared outside of the HSCIC for purposes beyond direct care.

Full report here.

Interesting commentary from here

April 29th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|

Vita Brevis Ars Longa: Feeding Watson on Dubious Data

Will Feeding Watson $3 Billion Worth of Healthcare Payment Data Improve its Decisions?

This  recent blog post by Ross Koppel and Frank Meissner considers if IBM Watson can really ‘crack’ healthcare, even as it munches on its gourmet diet of $3Bn worth of so called ‘data’.

Their answer is a careful ‘maybe’ .. but they are not going to get you overexcited about instant transformation. […]

Crowdacure, 3D Holograms and Phantom Limb Pain

Crowdacure is an interesting new website. A crowd sourcing site for underfunded and hard to fund medical research, one of the first projects is developing a new treatment using 3D holograms to relieve phantom limb pain.

Visual effects can trick the brain into believing that the lost limb is still there, resulting in pain relief.