Category Archives: Emerging Technologies

Evidence Standards for Digital Health published

NHS England has been working with NICE, MedCity, Public Health England, NHS Digital and DigitalHealth.London on a project aimed at helping digital health innovators, commissioners, investors and grant funders to understand what a ‘good’ level of evidence for digital health technologies looks like.

NICE has published the ‘Evidence Standards Framework for Digital Health Technologies’, which details evidence of effectiveness for intended use and evidence of economic impact – and which will be key to supporting the speed and uptake of digital health tools.

You can view the new standards at www.nice.org.uk/digital-evidence-standards. There’s also:

  • an article published today in the Lancet
  • a short YouTube film which explains the new standards
  • a blog from Indra Joshi

If you have any questions at all or would like any further information, please let me know.

Nicola Fulton | Communications and Engagement Manager
nicola.fulton1@nhs.net
Empower the Person, Digital Transformation Portfolio, NHS England

Avoiding the toaster at the CILIP Employers Forum: artificial intelligence and libraries

On the 20th November 2018 I attended the CILIP Employers Forum. One of the talks was by Terry Corby on “Avoiding the Toaster! Meeting the challenge of disruptive innovation”. The toaster in the title was alluding to the idea that if we fail to deal with disruptive innovation, we will become “toast”.

Terry argued that automation is already here:

  • “60% of occupations could have 30% or more of their activities automated with current technology”
  • 20% of a CEO’s activities could be automated now
  • The cost benefits are between three and ten times the investment. Only human factors prevent it happening.
  • AI solutions tend to work best when they have a human element as well.

Examples he gave of good disruption were:

Many companies foresaw future disruption but failed to capitalise:

  • Kodak invented digital photography
  • Xerox invented the Graphical User Interface and the computer mouse.

Among Terry’s suggestions for how to operate in this environment were:

  • Seek out stakeholders who will insist on innovation.
  • Find out what your customer really wants and values.
  • Work on many innovations, expecting that most will fail, but some may greatly succeed.
  • Create a culture that encourages innovation and learning.
  • Completely master new skills if you can, or recognise when you can’t.
  • Be an outsider in new areas, not just an insider in your own.

Established companies are often at a disadvantage because they don’t recognise the threat and fear cannibalising their business

The challenge Terry laid down to librarians was that we had allowed search engines to roll over us, would we do the same for artificial intelligence? He doesn’t know our field and so had no answers, but he did call us to think these issues through for ourselves, and then we will avoid someone “eating our breakfast”.

Now over to you: what do you think? Leave a comment below.

Stephen Ayre

Emerging Technologies Group

We live an age of amazing technological advance. Predictions of what is just around the corner are many. But what are the implications for health librarians?

This group has been put together to keep an eye on possible future developments in technology and think about their implications for librarians in healthcare.  See the post ‘Introducing the Group’ for more information.

Previous posts have included:

The membership of the group is currently:

  • Stephen Ayre (George Eliot Hospital) [Chair]
  • Richard Bridgen (Health Education England)
  • YiWen Hon (Royal Marsden Hospital)
  • Trish Lacey (Public Health England)
  • Catherine Micklethwaite (Torbay and South Devon)
  • Ian Rennie (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)

See the Emerging Technologies Group section of the Knowledge for Healthcare blog.

We’re looking to recruit new members for the group, so if this work interests and inspires you, please contact Stephen Ayre to join the group. Alternatively contact him to suggest a technology-related topic to look at.