All posts by Lisa Altmann-Richer

Lisa is an Actuarial Pricing Consultant at Bupa, the opinions expressed are the author’s own views.

Leveraging big data to transform health care through predictive modelling

This week, I’ll be presenting at the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Conference on Competition, Big Data and Fundamental Rights on the topic of leveraging big data to transform health care through predictive modelling. I will look at how big data sets are already being used in predictive models to improve health care. I’ll also be exploring ...

Can we use wearable health tech to reduce society’s disease burden?

The chronic disease burden is continuing to rise – with record numbers being diagnosed with conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and mental illness. In developed countries, chronic diseases are often the most expensive health conditions to treat and they account for more than 60% of deaths worldwide. An increase in physical ...

Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Healthcare Demand Forecasting

On 28 November, I’ll be presenting my latest research paper for the IFoA on the topic of Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Healthcare Demand Forecasting. In simple terms, predictive analytics is the process of learning from historical data to make predictions about future unknowns and can involve either supervised or unsupervised learning. The paper looks ...

Using data science to help reduce hospital admissions

Nearly 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in NHS hospitals in England each year. This week NHS England announced plans to try to reduce the number of long-staying patients by 25% ahead of the winter flu season. The plan appears to be focused on reducing admissions by increasing access to primary care, providing more ...

SAI Annual Convention: Embedding Wearable Health Tech into Insurance

In May 2018, I presented a session entitled “Embedding Wearable Health Tech Into Insurance” at the Society of Actuaries in Ireland’s Annual Convention. The session explored the potential for physical activity trackers and other wearable health technologies to become embedded into the insurance industry over time. It drew on evidence of the effectiveness of wearables to ...

Unwillingness to disclose data to insurers could hold back progress in genomic medicine

With the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal still featuring prominently in the headlines, data privacy concerns are becoming increasingly apparent in spheres beyond social media. A major report into Genomics and Genome editing in the NHS published today by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee clearly highlights the public’s data privacy concerns surrounding genomic screening. The ...

Wearable brain scanners could transform health & society

The announcement of the development of a wearable brain scanner by a team of researchers from UCL and the University of Nottingham opens up exciting possibilities in the field of medical diagnostics and monitoring. The prototype headset can record the brain activity of a moving subject at millisecond resolution. This means that patients will no ...

Preventing the NHS winter crisis through predictive analytics

Despite plans put in place in September for 3,000 more beds to be made available this winter, between Christmas Day and New Year more than 20 NHS Trusts in England reported that they were at 100% operating capacity. As a result of demand for hospital care exceeding supply, non-urgent operations have been cancelled this month ...

Are Pfizer set to win big again with Viagra?

This week’s news that over-the-counter sales of Pfizer’s Viagra Connect will be permitted in the UK in April next year is a landmark moment. With a recent investigation revealing that Viagra accounts for 90% of all counterfeit medication sales, the move aims to clamp down on the rise of online counterfeit pharmaceutical sales. It’s interesting ...

Integrating technology into healthcare delivery

If integrated into clinical practice with due consideration, technology has the potential to improve healthcare delivery. Electronic patient records, e-prescribing and robotic pharmaceutical dispensing can improve the efficiency of healthcare operations. However, ensuring these tools facilitate positive change requires a deeper understanding of the network of multidisciplinary stakeholders that interact with these technologies. Moreover, care ...