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Pharmaceutical Giant 'Plotted to Destroy Cancer Drugs to Drive Price Up 4,000%

Katie Forster | Independent | April 15, 2017

Leaked internal emails appear to show employees at one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies calling for “celebration” over price hikes of cancer drugs, an investigation has revealed. Staff at Aspen Pharmacare reportedly plotted to destroy stocks of life-saving medicines during a price dispute with the Spanish health service in 2014. After purchasing five different cancer drugs from British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company tried to sell the medicines in Europe for up to 40 times their previous price, reported The Times...

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Public sector in U.K. embracing open source

Daniel Robinson, Rosalie Marshall | V3.Co.UK | September 25, 2012

The [UK's] public sector is finally beginning to understand the security arguments for using open source software, according to experts participating in V3's Security Summit.

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Red Hat Helps Public Health England Use Open Source to Pursue Hybrid Cloud Operations

Press Release | Red Hat | April 30, 2019

Red Hat, today announced that Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom, is using Red Hat's open hybrid cloud technologies to support modern digital public health services in the UK. To better support its scientific community, PHE sought to pursue an information and communication technology strategy that embraced modern computing architectures and solutions, including high-performance computing (HPC) and multicloud operations, and one built from an open, automation-centric ecosystem that could integrate a fragmented, proprietary set of existing systems.

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Rethink Data, Transform Healthcare - Unlocking The Value Of Health Data

We are all consumers of healthcare and therefore have a vested interest in its future. As an observation, being an outsider to this sector, the healthcare global system looks increasingly broken as the rate of change and complexity increases. At the same time, my empathy is with those people working inside the profession that provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, and support. But maybe more help is needed to handle the relentless challenges and changes at the edge. Read More »

Ripple: Making Waves in Healthcare IT

The Ripple Program, based out of Leeds and building upon the lessons learned from the Leeds Care Record, has recently been set up to positively disrupt health and social care towards those ends. Importantly the ethos of “open” is at the heart of the work and for very good reason. It is clear that interoperability between Health IT systems will drive real change but, what is even clearer is that only an open source approach will positively disrupt this health and social care landscape across the NHS and across the globe. Funded by NHS England and hosted by Leeds City Council, the focus of Ripple is to support health and social care organizations by providing six open source elements which can be used individually, in combination or as a whole, and are consistent patterns of need when embarking on an work towards healthcare improvement with information technology.

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Rita Gardner Reflects On Open Access And Learned Societies

British Academy | Socialsciencespace | July 2, 2013

Learned societies are a fundamental part of the research ecology, providing a substantial intellectual, public and reputational good, at minimal cost to the UK public purse. Read More »

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' Are So Hard to Kill

David Nield | Science Alert | February 26, 2016

You may have already heard about the growing problem caused by antibiotic resistance - the spread of superbugs that have evolved to become resistant to the antibiotics we usually attack them with. It's an issue that could have very serious implications for global health and disease if it isn't tackled urgently, and now researchers have made an important step in finding a solution. A new study has discovered how these drug-resistant bacterial cells maintain a defensive barrier, and if further research can find a way to bring down these walls - rather than targeting the bacteria directly - the bacteria could be prevented from developing drug resistance in the first place...

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Small Firms And Open-Source Software Put Spine Back Into NHS After IT Fiasco

Vasa Curcin | The Conversation | September 30, 2014

Without the fuss and delays that have plagued so many large government IT projects, a key part of the NHS digital infrastructure was recently migrated and updated in a single weekend...

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Socrata Partners With Ethos To Deliver Government Open Performance Solution In The United Kingdom And Europe

Press Release | Socrata, Ethos | March 18, 2014

Socrata, a Seattle and London-based, open government, open data, and open performance solutions company, has announced a strategic partnership with UK headquartered, Ethos, the leading provider of “Smart City” solutions. Together, Socrata and Ethos will partner to deliver an open performance solution specifically designed to create measurable outcomes for cities and municipalities in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.

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Some U.K. Health Experts Eye U.S. Veterans Affairs IT System

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | January 5, 2012

Chris [Richardson] spoke of a grass-roots movement in England to try and persuade the folks running one or more of the 60 or so regional health “trusts” administering National Health Service programs there to give VistA a try....

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Spain switches 40,000 PCs to Linux and Open Source software

Lawrence Latif | The Inquirer | April 30, 2013

The Spanish Region of Extremadura has announced that it will switch 40,000 government PCs to open source software. Read More »

Sssh! DataWell’s Clear-Cut Priority Is the Protection of Confidentiality

Michael Cape | Super North | March 17, 2016

Everywhere people are, be it out shopping in a supermarket or sitting at home online, they are adding information to their digital footprint – which feeds into what is known as Big Data and so enables them to be traced. The use of Big Data can be beneficial to society, particularly in terms of health – which is why Gary Leeming’s job as director of informatics for the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is to source and use the digital health footprints of patients both their for own benefit and that of clinicians...

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State of Health: Why A Global Approach Is Key To Solving Health Care’s Biggest Challenges

Steven J. Thompson | LinkedIn | March 20, 2014

A lot of attention has been paid to the idea that patients, in particular those from the U.S., can now travel to other countries to get surgery or other treatments at lower cost than what’s available locally. But the idea that patients will be likely to travel to find the best deal in treatment, no matter where it is, has been overblown in my opinion (and as recently outlined in The Economist).

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Study Finds That Up To Half Of Antibiotics Fail Due To 'Superbugs'

Rebecca Smith | Business Insider | September 26, 2014

GPs are increasingly handing out antibiotics that turn out to be useless, as up to half of courses of the drugs 'fail' and result in further treatment, a study has found...

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Success Story of the UK’s First Open Source EHR/EPR to be Revealed at EHI Live

Press Release | IMS MAXIMS | October 26, 2015

Innovative healthcare software provider IMS MAXIMS and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are to share the story behind the successful deployment of the UK’s first open source electronic patient record (EPR) at eHealth major industry event, EHI Live. The trust’s director of information, Malcolm Senior, and the CEO of IMS MAXIMS, Shane Tickell, will address delegates in the digital health industry for the first time since the go-live of the system last month.