medDigital and medCrowd unaffected by recent ransomware attack.

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by


We are very concerned to hear about the ongoing ransomware attacks that involve many enterprises, including the NHS.  So we are glad that we can reassure all our clients that our servers and equipment was routinely patched in March, well before the attack started and within 24 hours of the patch being released by Microsoft, so that all our systems remain unaffected by this attack.

Microsoft’s critical patch that addresses the vulnerability was released on March 14th.  All medDigital desktops, laptops and Windows servers applied this patch within 24 hours of it being released and in many cases, on the day of release.

We believe this is another clear example that demonstrates why we need to comply with the right information governance standards to keep equipment and confidential data safe from malicious cyberattacks. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about how we ensure we are compliant and our software is routinely patched with the latest critical updates.


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Making healthcare digital devices better, together

Posted on April 25th, 2017 by


It has been estimated that there are over 2.2 million applications on the Apple App Store and 2.7 million on the Google Play store 1 with the numbers increasing by the day. With so much choice, it might be surprising to find that applications (and their related digital devices) remain underutilised within certain industries. In particular, when it comes to healthcare, despite the growing number of apps, uptake and sustained use remain low 2,3,4.

We believe that with growing pressures on healthcare systems and the economy, it is crucial to support people in taking charge of their health; that means making the most of technology. This is why we are trying to uncover the barriers people face in making the most of the healthcare apps. From this we seek to distil the key set of factors which lead to the success of apps and digital devices within healthcare, with the aim of making them better for everyone.

As part of this research, we are investigating what people look for in healthcare apps. We’ve created a short questionnaire that takes approximately 5 minutes to do. Please complete the questionnaire – your responses will make an impact.

For more information, feel free to contact us at healthappsimperial@gmail.com 

Thanks

References:
1. http://news.softpedia.com/news/google-play-store-vs-apple-s-app-store-a-comparison-512601.shtml
2. http://health.asiaone.com/health/health-news/health-apps-abound-usage-low
3. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/11/26/part-three-tracking-for-health/
4. http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/21/in-the-candy-store-of-iphone-apps-users-treat-health-apps-like-broccoli/

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medCrowd team attend the eyeforpharma conference in Barcelona!

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


Steph at the medCrowd booth and Felix giving a talk at the conference.

 

Earlier this month, the medCrowd team attended the eyeforpharma conference in Barcelona. The conference is the world’s largest commercial pharma summit, attended by over a thousand industry leaders and is located on Barcelona’s new seafront esplanade.

This year, one of the key topics discussed at the conference was “digital transformation” and how the pharma industry as a whole needs to close the innovation gap between current scientific and technological advancements available today, in comparison to what is currently delivered to patients.

Other themes discussed how the pharma industry is moving towards a more outcomes-based approach. This model demonstrates that those who deliver real-world evidence with real-time insights will have a competitive advantage over those companies who do not.

This year was the first eyeforpharma conference to have a specific Medical Affairs track, with talks by leaders in the field, including our own Felix Jackson who gave a talk on “Dynamic digital content development and approval” as well as showcasing the advantages of using technologies like medCrowd to help pharma companies, healthcare professionals and patients to work better together.

We are already looking forward to attending the eyeforpharma conference again next year 🙂


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medCrowd relaunched.

Posted on March 30th, 2017 by


We’re pleased to anounce that medCrowd has been relaunched today.

Find out more about medCrowd’s Inspiring Story.

 


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International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by


Did you know?

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186.

This year, the International Women’s Day movement’s 2017 campaign theme #BeBoldForChange focusses on economic gender disparity.

 

Today, IWD activists are highlighting the gender pay gap e.g. by encouraging salary transparency to reduce intentional/unintentional bias, non-meritocratic salaries and by raising awareness of these facts.

 

 

 

Did you know?
In a global ranking of the Gender Gap Index, the United Kingdom is 20th – below the Philippines, Namibia, South Africa, Slovenia.

https://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2016/rankings/

 

 

Did you know?
For every £1000 that men earn, women in the same job only earn £803.
http://www.equalpayportal.co.uk/statistics/

 

 

For further info:
Infographics – http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2016/infographics/
IWD – resources: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Resources

 

Author: Sarah Mohamad

 


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February can be S.A.D.

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


Here we are, February, a funny month. The obvious highlights being Valentine’s Day (though perhaps not universally popular) and of course Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day (which is not so selective with its target audience and probably preferred as a result, especially for those that enjoy pancakes, rather than it’s religious significance). I am personally very excited about Pancake Day!

The winter months also affect a surprisingly considerable portion of the population in another way, SAD, not just January blues but Seasonal Affective Disorder. The BBC’s fantastic series ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’ explored this to find out more about how it affects us and how many people are affected by it.

It’s been suggested that up to 5% of the UK population (a whopping 3.2 million people!) can suffer severe depression as a result of SAD, not just the low mood often synonymous with the condition.

The solution, light, light and more light, getting out in the sunlight (when it appears) or utilizing special light boxes that keep your Vitamin D levels up. With other additional health benefits of Vitamin D recently hitting the news and suggestions it should be added to foodstuffs generally, it would be interesting to see if the reporting of SAD would decrease with increased Vitamin D intake.

But let’s not forget, the days are getting longer, the sun is shining more and Spring is only around the corner so hopefully SAD is already on the decline for those unfortunate enough to suffer. I wouldn’t mind just one more snow day though 🙂


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