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The Grand Challenges

The State of the Union message by President Obama focused around key challenges facing the United States to embrace the changing world. His list included: education innovation infrastructure government reform This is not a bad list for starters. In my own work with clients, these are key recurring issues, which today take on new urgency,… » read more

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The health of nations and their peoples can be closely linked to the state of their leadership. David Owen, in his book “In Sickness and In Power” (review here), presents a variety of examples from recent history of leaders with illnesses and in what ways their illness affected their abilities as leaders. One particularly important… » read more

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Along with austerity measures to bring debt-laden countries into improved financial health will come some actions with an impact on healthcare and the health of people. Some examples have a specific impact and might include increasing the patient co-payment, introducing new co-payments, or reducing public capital expenditure on healthcare infrastructure. In other cases things are… » read more

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This is a list of the top 25 from the top 100 innovation cities prepared by Innovation Cities, based a combination of factors which together suggest a measure of innovation. More information at: http://www.innovation-cities.com/innovation-cities-top-100-index-top-cities/ Boston Paris Amsterdam Vienna New York Frankfurt San Francisco Copenhagen Lyon Hamburg Berlin Toronto Stuttgart London Munich Milan Stockholm Hong Kong… » read more

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In these days when the use of taxpayers’ money to bail out failing economies, and politicians are grappling with rising public debt, it is always timely to reflect on how the Commission spends our money. Without obvious evidence that it understands the notion of ‘belt-tightening’, meetings where the minutes are taken and the hours are… » read more

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The unrest in France over plans to raise the retirement age in 2018 to 62 contrast sharply with higher retirement ages in other countries and corresponding moves to increase retirement ages in the future. What the protests ignore is the real importance of continuing to be active as we age. There are specific problems people… » read more

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Health literacy is moving up the political agenda at the European level, and the hope as always is that the direction of travel is truly empowering for citizens. Having been involved in launching the world’s first digital interactive health channel for public access, in the UK in 2000, one thing I learned is not to… » read more

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I once wrote about “on-demand, real-time, location-independent” healthcare. Today, we often think of this in the context of e-health or telehealth. The essential capability behind this string of terms was to capture the way that the ‘information value chain’ (digital information technology) could influence how healthcare is delivered. An interview I gave in Euractiv added… » read more

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