IoT drives rapid growth in UK digital healthcare

The NHS is suffering with a huge backlog of elective procedures due to the pandemic. This means that the share of individuals who are satisfied with the quality of NHS care has fallen to around 71%, and only 53% are satisfied with how the healthcare service runs today.

The good news is that the government is focused on investing more in our healthcare services and healthcare technology, in particular, is being prioritised....

NHS trials delivering chemotherapy drugs using drones

NHS England is trialling the use of drones to rapidly deliver chemotherapy drugs. 

The announcement, made on the 74th birthday of the NHS, will see drones pick up lifesaving drugs and enable same-day delivery to patients.

“As the NHS turns 74, it is clear that the pace of change and improvement across the health service is only accelerating as our fantastic staff seek to make the most of life-changing advances to improve patients’ lives as we promised in the NHS...

Berg Insight claims 8.6M Europeans were using connected healthcare in 2021

Research from Berg Insight suggests 8.6 million Europeans were using connected healthcare solutions in 2021.

The figure relates to the end of 2021 and consists of traditional telecare, next-generation telecare, and telehealth solutions in EU27+3 countries.

“As lockdowns and quarantines were imposed all around the world, healthcare providers were motivated to adopt remote patient monitoring and telehealth solutions,” said Samuel Andersson, IoT Analyst at Berg...

IoMT devices in smart hospitals to exceed 7M by 2026

A study by Juniper Research suggests the number of IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) in smart hospitals will exceed seven million by 2026.

The leading research firm’s analysts expect 7.4 million IoMT devices to be deployed globally, with over 3,850 per smart hospital.

Adam Wears, Research Analyst at Juniper Research, said:

“The emergence of remote monitoring within healthcare presents an opportunity for network operators to place themselves within the...

Frankfurt Airport is using IOTA to verify COVID-19 test results

Frankfurt Airport is using the IOTA DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph) to securely and privately verify the COVID-19 results of passengers.

COVID-19 is set to continue causing disruptions to our lives for the best part of this year, or potentially longer. Fortunately, technologies are emerging which are hastening the return to some form of normality.

Spending long periods under “stay-at-home” restrictions has many people craving for some extended time outside their four...

Continued investment in emerging tech can spur the NHS into the future

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for most organisations, large or small, and the NHS is no different. To overcome these challenges, the NHS has looked towards technology to help keep its hospitals running at capacity and continue to provide the standard of care we’ve come to expect.

Working at Vodafone, I’ve witnessed the digital transformation of the NHS first hand. During the pandemic, we worked with the NHS to increase the 4G network capacity at the temporary...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Bluetooth SIG wants to turn wearables into COVID-19 exposure detectors

The group behind the Bluetooth standard wants to add COVID-19 exposure detection to wearable devices.

In an announcement today, the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) said that it is working with over 130 member companies to add the potentially lifesaving feature to wearables.

Google and Apple have already developed a cross-platform, Bluetooth-based COVID-19 detection system for smartphones. The proposal by the Bluetooth SIG would extend that system to wearables (say...

Musk says Neuralink will solve a lot of brain and spine injuries

Elon Musk believes his ambitious computer-to-brain project, Neuralink, will solve a lot of brain and spine injuries.

Neuralink aims to achieve a symbiosis between AI and the human brain. First established in 2016, the project has been relatively quiet despite the company’s ~90 employees clearly working hard behind-the-scenes.

In a call-out on Twitter for engineers to join Neuralink, Musk highlighted what lifechanging results the work could...