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

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AI needs quality NHS data to succeed

The vision of personalised data The Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer suggests we will “evolve from Electronic Health Records to an individualised ‘Electronic Health Engine’ that integrates high dimensional data about the individual, including social and economic determinants of health, behavioural risks, biomedical, genomic and citizen-generated data, to generate real time dynamic risk […]

Clinical Speech Recognition and the NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan  describes its data and digital and technology commitment as the ambition ‘to provide more convenient access to services and health information for patients…better access to digital tools and patient records for staff, and improvements to the planning and delivery of services based on the analysis of patient and population data’ Clinical speech […]

UK health tech predictions 2019

UK Health Tech Predictions 2019

What would be your new year’s resolution for the health tech industry for 2019? This year, the NHS must demonstrate how it can encourage a culture shift to ensure technology is properly being used to boost efficiency, improve patient care and reduce stress and burnout seen across the healthcare profession. To achieve this, it is […]

The important role of allied health professionals in documenting patient care

AHP roundtable highlights clinical documentation challenges

AHPs wide ranging roles and working environments Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) make up one tenth of the NHS workforce. Almost 70,000 work in the UK delivering over four million client and patient interactions per week. AHPs work in the community, in hospital trusts, in peoples’ homes or for specialist providers helping people at every stage […]

Australian digital health strategy ready to onboard speech recognition?

Can speech recognition be a magic bullet for the digitisation of Australia healthcare?

  Australia digital health from the front line Australia has published a comprehensive national digital health strategy with seven strategic priority outcomes spearheading the drive to meet both the clinical and financial challenges of delivering and sustaining a complex 21st century healthcare system. Tim Kelsey, once of NHS fame, now Chief Executive of the Australia […]

The marriage of digital histopathology and radiology speeds NHS innovation and transformation

Histopathology and radiology – the perfect marriage?

  A marriage of radiology and histopathology? Both radiology and histopathology generate images and are the foundation of the 21st Century digital health vision. Dr Oliveira explains that radiology became digital because it had no choice; the multiple CT, MRI and PET images simply could not be evaluated ‘dynamically’ without the power of digital reconstruction. […]

Nurses discuss what they need from technology to help them overcome challenges of clinical documentation

Listen to what nurses need to improve care

  Nurses get around the table We have just published a follow-up report, with a forward from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to our roundtable event which drilled into challenges of clinical documentation facing nurses and how they can be overcome. The roundtable was chaired by Anne Cooper, chief nurse, NHS Digital and was […]

Examples of clinical speech recognition to meet the challenges of clinical documentation in New Zealand

The challenge of clinical documentation in middle-earth

  On a recent visit to middle earth I was recently asked to support a Nuance partner – Comrad – on a trip to New Zealand, the backdrop for middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. I met several UK-trained doctors on my travels, perhaps not surprising given the level of discontent in […]

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Let’s give GPs more time to care

With UK general practice under significant pressure and GPs showing their frustration by threatening to leave the NHS, it feels as though we have reached a crisis point. The situation looks bad for GPs who struggle to spend what they feel is an appropriate amount of time with their patients. There is also a detrimental […]

NHS Digital must do its homework on clinical documentation

NHS Digital: time to do its homework on clinical documentation

The NHS Digital Academy, launched in Manchester August 2017, is the fruition of another Robert Wachter recommendation. Over the next three years it will train up to 300 digital leaders starting with chief clinical information officers (CCIOs) and chief information officers (CIOs). Rachel Dunscombe, CIO at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has become its chief […]

Digitising the NHS and role of data

Why data is like black gold when it comes to digitising the NHS

Pessimists amongst us might view our journey towards a digital healthcare service fit for the 21st Century as tortuous. I was recently fortunate enough to attend the Digital Health CCIO Summer School where this frustrating crusade was put centre stage. There were several key themes across the two days including the critical role of data, […]

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Make it digital and smart: what NHS nurses need from healthcare IT

Anne Cooper, Director of Clinical Safety and Chief Nurse at NHS Digital chaired the roundtable discussion which was attended by 15 senior nurses from acute, primary, community and mental health who shared their experiences, frustrations and their future ‘fantasies’ nursing clinical documentation. The discussion began with recent headline statistics about the burden of nursing documentation gathered […]