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Find coverage in the press of Reform's latest work below. 

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Health Service Journal, 26 October 2018

To accompany the launch of our latest report 'A data-driven approach to personalised care', report author and Reform Research Manager, Maisie Borrows, wrote an article outlining why the NHS needs to create a single point of access to all cancer data. 

Reform statement: Department of Health and Social Care’s policy paper, ‘The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care’

Welcoming the Department of Health and Social Care’s policy paper, ‘The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care’, Reform Research Manager, Maisie Borrows said:

“This paper places a welcomed emphasis on getting the basics right in the digital architecture of the NHS. There is a digital divide within the current system. On the one hand, parts of the NHS are innovating and using Artificial Intelligence to improve diagnosis of conditions. On the other, the NHS remains strongly attached to archaic technology, such as fax machines, to share patient information. Building open data standards, secure data storage and interoperability will overcome this divide and mean all patients benefit from a tech-enabled NHS.”

Public Sector Executive, October/November issue

Rose Lasko-Skinner, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article* for Public Sector Executive on social value in public procurement. The article discusses the importance of social value and considers possible next steps, following the amendment of the Social Value Act, to be taken to improve procurement practice.

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Reform statement: The Care Quality Commission’s annual ‘State of Care’ report

Commenting on today’s report, Maisie Borrows, Research Manager at Reform, said:

“Whilst the report sheds light on an unwelcome “integration lottery” in local health and care systems, it also highlights the positive role of technology in accelerating joined up care. Integrated care records enabling effective data sharing are fundamental to this, improving care quality and reducing unnecessary admissions – a win-win for service users and providers, which we need to see more of.”

This statement was covered in Pharmafield and Public Sector Executive

Glint Perspectives, 10 October 2018

Maisie Borrows, Research Manager at Reform, wrote a piece for Glint Perspectives on how public services could use technology to improve productivity. Her piece draws parallels with innovation in the private sector to explore what lessons the public sector could learn.

Read it here.

Civil Service World, 2 October 2018

Following the publication of Reform‘s report, Smarter Working in public services: the HMRC experience so far, Researcher Luke Heselwood wrote an article for Civil Service World exploring what other departments can learn from HMRC’s smarter working agenda.

“Smarter working can help to break down the traditional silos of government, with more shared spaces and technology. By doing so, it can improve service delivery and help to reach Sir Michael Barber’s aim of achieving maximum value for every pound spent.”

Read the article here.

AI in Government and Public services, August 2018

Maisie Borrows, Research Manager, contributed an article to the recently published Braintree whitepaper on AI in Government and Public services. Following the publication, she was quoted in both Government Computing and Open Access Government, saying “AI can have a profound impact on how the civil service runs. From defence to health, a greater use of AI can lead to more efficient, effective and productive public services. At its most basic level, AI can replace repetitive tasks and allow civil servants to focus on more complex work. More sophisticated AI has the potential to change the entire nature of work, allowing public services to predict and prevent future challenges.”

Sky News, 17 August 2018

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research, appeared on Sky News on 17 August to discuss the Government's new project to tackle the problems in Britain's 10 most challenging prisons. She argues that whilst extra £10 million of funding is a good thing, we cannot forget about the wider prison reform and how we can improve outcomes longer term and reduce re-offending.