UK Space Agency launches multi-million-pound drive to design hospital of the future

The hospital could use technologies and techniques pioneered on missions to Mars or the International Space Station to help treat patients and make life easier for hard-working NHS staff.

Up to £5 million of UK Space Agency funding is available to support a joint initiative with the Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services program. The program is part of the government’s Health Infrastructure Plan, which includes the provision of 40 new hospitals across England by 2030. Click to read more…

Rewired 2021: FHIR creator highlights patient empowerment importance

The creator of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) has told the Digital Health Rewired audience the project is pivoted around empowering the patient.

In his morning keynote, which opened day one of Rewired (March 15), Grahame Grieve spoke about how FHIR, which is the leading healthcare data exchange standard of the future, is “very much patient-focused”.

“A key thing is a patient focus – to empower the patient and improve their lives – those things are not always the same but they are very tightly related,” he added. Click to read more …

A Healthy Pokemon Go is coming.

Supposedly the biggest health improvement ever has been made by a game. …Uhh, what’s that again: yes! a game! Pokemon-Go a couple of years ago (and still) is bringing people outside, together in groups, walking running, exploring outside. Now the creators have worked together and collaborated with Nintendo on a new game and AR glasses that go with it Click here to sign up. Recently they showed off with the Hololens of Microsoft Hololens, and earlier this week they teased AR glasses

Digitizing Isn’t the Same as Digital Transformation

If your organization is busier than ever “digitizing,” you’re not alone. Digital efforts have been proliferating for years as companies strive to catch up with technological innovation. Covid-19 massively accelerated the pace, as many of our most basic activities, from grocery shopping to “going to work” moved online.

However, this accelerated wave of digital initiatives must not be confused with the real business transformation needed for success in the digital age. The former is mostly about enabling business as usual and “staying in the game,” while the latter is about building the real, long-term competitive advantage to succeed.

Despite so much energy and investment in digitization, we are hearing many executives express concern that they are actually falling behind on making the important choices that lead to differentiation. They’re right to worry because winning in the post-Covid world will require re-imagining not just how you work, but also what you do to create value in the digital era. No matter how many digital initiatives you implement, you can’t expect to win by being the same as your competitors — and they’re are all doing similar things, albeit at different speeds. Click to read more …

Oxford spinoff receives De Novo clearance for video-based vitals monitoring software

Is this going to change the scene of remote monitoring? The Oxehealth Vital Signs system is installed in a patient’s hospital room, where it can spot-measure pulse, heart, respiratory, and breathing rates with no physical contact. Oxford University spinoff Oxehealth has received an FDA De Novo clearance for software that can estimate pulse rate, heart rate, respiratory rate, and breathing rate from a video camera signal. Click to read more …

A health kiosk in the hospital …. or in the Pharmacy



Laurentius Hospital in Roermond is the first Dutch hospital to use a smart kiosk for its patients. Allowing patients to do their validated intake of vital parameters and questionnaires autonomically, without the interaction of a healthcare professional. Connecting the blood pressure, oxygenation/saturation, weight (and BMI), and heartbeat frequency and sending them right into the EMR.

Although I think this device makes sense in a hospital environment, connected to their EMR, saving costly time for professionals and an easygoing measurement for the patient, it is my hunch even more value could be created more near to the patients’ everyday life. Places like the supermarket, pharmacy, or other places are visited more often than the hospital. By doing so having more early diagnostics, easier trend-analysis due to more data points, and a more fluent user interface of healthcare in general.


That all folks!