Vocal Biomarkers: diagnostics through human voice

Words not only hurt, but now they can heal! Emotion, revealed through the imperceptible characteristics in voices could be used to diagnose certain conditions including stress,  depression and cardiovascular diseases. ‘Beyond Verbal’ have been investigating the links between sound and health for 21 years and are hopeful for this technology for the future and have produced an app.


February 17th, 2017|Research|0 Comments|

Fast Followers

We reported on the Global Digital Exemplars a while back and now the Government have announced the next phase: Fast Followers – Trusts that will receive £5 million each to partner with the Exemplars. This, they claim will produce a “digital health Ivy League.”

More details here and  here



February 10th, 2017|Digital strategy|0 Comments|

New research

An interesting article was published in Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology earlier this year: “The Use of eHealth Technologies to Enable the Implementation of musculoskeletal Models of Care: Evidence and practice”.

The article describes all kinds of tools and digital resources which have been produced for a range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Full article available here:


November 24th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|

Life Signs – A D3 Film

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As part of our process of following the drug, we interviewed people who research, prescribe, develop apps for and take warfarin. This is the first of a series of short films revealing how people construct knowledge about the medication. This first film features a genetics researcher, Dr Harsh Sheth, who works at Newcastle […]

3D Printed Prosthetics

Italian researchers can now print implants to replace bone which have been destroye by cancer. They use CT data to reconstruct and print custom titanium implants. Full story here:

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|
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    Hub and Spoke Dispensing: Safety and Sociotechnical Pliability

Hub and Spoke Dispensing: Safety and Sociotechnical Pliability

Over the course of the last year, the Department of Health has looked at the use of hub and spoke dispensing systems for community pharmacy in England, a technology which some view as an inevitable extension of electronic prescription transmission in primary care. In a hub and spoke system, medicines required for a primary care prescription are put together […]

Analogue to digital radiology

Interesting article on moving to digital radiology and the promise of integration.

It gets quite technical towards the end, so be warned!

May 27th, 2016|Medicine|0 Comments|

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 […]

Biomimetic 4D printing

Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has developed 4D printing – that is 3D printing which moves and grows.

They printed cellulose fiber flowers which contain acrylamide hydrogel which absorbs water. So, when the flowers are placed on water, the gel absorbs the water and the flowers move.  Very cool video here:

As an article about the implications discusses, […]

February 8th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|