Dr Simon Wallace
Dr Simon Wallace is the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) of Nuance’s Healthcare division in the UK and Ireland. Simon has worked as a GP, hospital and public health doctor in Brighton and London. His interest in health informatics began in the 90s when he spent a year at the King's Fund investigating the impact of the internet on shared decision making between patients and their healthcare professional. For the past 15 years, he has worked for a range of organisations including Bupa, Dr Foster, Cerner Corporation and GSK across a range of technologies which include electronic patient records, telemedicine, mobile health and lifestyle devices. Simon has a keen interest in the voluntary sector, recently completing a 7 year term as a Trustee for Fitzrovia Youth in Action, a children and young people’s charity based in London.
Dr Simon Wallace’s stories
Speech recognition accelerates Emergency Department documentation by 40%

It seems not a week goes by without another headline focusing on ambulance queues and record waiting times at Emergency Departments (EDs) throughout the UK. My colleagues who work in EDs can easily pinpoint the root cause of the problem; it’s what Sir Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director, calls “a tripledemic of Covid, flu […]

UK healthcare predictions 2023: Three trends that will define the sector this year

In the coming year, the UK healthcare sector will have to weather many challenges, from nursing strikes to chronic staff shortages. All the while, the pressure will be on to accelerate the digital transformation agenda of the Health and Social Care Act 2022. However, while the challenges cannot be ignored, there are opportunities too. Here […]

Nuance and the PRSB join forces to improve clinical documentation across the NHS

I’m excited to announce that Nuance is partnering with the Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) to help NHS trusts implement standards for care records to improve patient care and safety and reduce clinician burnout. By joining the Standards Partnership Scheme, we’re bringing together the two pillars that support high-quality clinical documentation: speech recognition technology and […]

Research reveals clinicians spend a third of working hours on clinical documentation

Back in 2015, Nuance published a study with independent research consultancy, Ignetica, revealing the challenges of clinical documentation. Now, seven years on, we have repeated a very similar study with Ignetica assessing the burden of clinical documentation. It has revealed many of the documentation challenges clinicians face remain the same, and in some cases have […]

The Health and Care Act 2022: What’s next for the future of healthcare in England?

With the passing of the Health and Care Act 2022, England’s healthcare system is set for its most comprehensive set of reforms yet, with the government planning sweeping changes to its structure and hierarchy as they plot the future of healthcare. Care commissioning groups and other regional mechanisms will be replaced by integrated care systems […]

Meet the NHS GP saving an hour a day—and increasing patient safety—with Dragon Medical One

In our recent webinar, we looked at how Dragon Medical One, our conversational AI workflow assistant and documentation companion, uses advanced medical speech recognition to reduce the clinical documentation burden. During the webinar, I had a fascinating conversation with Dr Barry Sullman, GP at Balaam Street Surgery and Clinical Lead Prescribing at Newham CCG. Dr […]

Healthcare 2050: How ambient clinical intelligence will redefine patient care

What will healthcare look like in 2050? At HIMSS Europe 2022, I presented a session with Greg Moore, Corporate VP of Microsoft Health & Life Sciences, detailing how AI-driven ambient clinical intelligence will define the future of healthcare. In case you missed it, here’s a summary of the key takeaways from the session. Using AI […]

How cloud technology can alleviate pressures on the NHS

Faced with long backlogs and limiting staff shortages, hospitals across the UK are striving to do more with less. In a recent webinar, I spoke to leaders from Microsoft and the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust to explore how cloud technology can help—by unlocking new ways of working and untapped operational efficiencies. […]

Why Frimley Health NHS Trust are speech-enabling their Epic EPR

Like so many other NHS Trusts, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is on a journey of digital transformation, with the ultimate goal of delivering exceptional patient care. And it’s no small undertaking. Frimley started its journey with more than 200 legacy systems. Today, it’s well on its way to replacing them with a single system, […]

Dragon Medical One supports clinical documentation across the care continuum

At the end of February, I’ll be joining a panel at the HSJ Digital Transformation Summit, where leaders from all across the healthcare sector come together to discuss the technologies that are helping them tackle some of the industry’s major challenges. Thinking ahead to the discussion, I’ve been considering how the recent move to integrated […]

Speech-enabling EMIS Web: The power of speech recognition for primary care

Demand for primary care is at an all-time high, putting a major strain on already limited resources—but GPs across the UK have continued to step up and deliver critical services, even during the pandemic. Through this period of intense pressure, primary care providers have had to quickly adapt their services to meet new demands, covering […]

East Kent NHS Trust streamlines clinical documentation workflows

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust’s vision of ‘great healthcare from great people’ serves more than 695,000 people across five hospitals and community clinics in southeast England. But the combined pressures of regulation, staff shortages, and increasing demand were putting East Kent’s clinical documentation processes under strain. “Like many trusts across the country, we’re […]