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
Radiologist using speech recognitionThe benefits of speech-enabling the Epic EPR with Dragon Medical One

Nuance recently hosted a webinar, which looked at the benefits of speech-enabling the Epic EPR with Dragon Medical One. If you missed it, here is what was discussed. Dr Brian Zimmerman – Nuance CMIO and a physician working at an Epic hospital in Ohio – opened up proceedings by giving audience members a live demonstration […]

The benefits of using speech recognition software within Cerner’s electronic patient record.

Cerner and Nuance have been working closely together to develop AI technologies and deploy solutions jointly with trusts to optimise workflows and enhance the clinician experience. This partnership has enabled the seamless integration of Nuance’s Dragon Medical One speech recognition software with Cerner Millennium, making it faster and easier for clinicians to update their electronic […]

NHS artificial intelligence AIThe importance of using AI to maximise efficiency of back-office functions first

One of the few positives we can take from the pandemic has undoubtedly been the innovation in healthcare during 2020. With the pressure on, the use of various technologies was adopted or accelerated to strengthen the NHS response to Covid-19 and keep services running. The optimisation of healthcare that AI and machine learning offers has […]

We must work to address the root causes of clinician burnout

The survey results are sobering and reveal diminishing levels of resilience, wellbeing and increases in stress and anxiety amongst the NHS workforce. Two thirds of respondents agreed their work-life balance has worsened since the start of the pandemic. Our survey was conducted from 16th September to 4th October, before a surge in cases saw the […]

A look at how technology can help tackle healthcare staff burnout

Burnout among healthcare staff continues to be a challenge. “Emotional exhaustion, elements of depersonalisation and feelings of reduced personal accomplishment … [often leading to] negative effects on patient care, increased errors, decreased self-worth and care,” said Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer at HIMSS, as he described the feeling and impact of burnout on healthcare professionals, […]

surgeonAddressing the challenges around surgical documentation

As NHS organisations work through the backlog of elective surgeries postponed during the last peak of the Covid-19 crisis, it is hugely important to ensure surgical departments are maximising efficiency where possible, while maintaining the quality and safety of the care they deliver. Documentation has a large part to play in this and is key […]

Clinical speech recognition at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT and Royal Cornwall NHS Trust

Earlier this month, we hosted a Digital Health Best Practice Webinar with our partner Microsoft, exploring how NHS Trusts across the UK have been using AI-powered clinical speech recognition to help mitigate the impact of the global pandemic. As well as key insights from myself, Dr Simon Wallace (Chief Clinical Information Officer at Nuance), and […]

Clinical CodersIt’s time to focus on clinical coders

The way a patient’s spell in hospital is coded is based on an important narrative. Not only does this narrative impact the financial returns of an organisation, but collectively the data produced from codes also provides a view of the care a setting delivers, the state of the public health, and much more. The need […]

Teleconsultations and NHS remote working due to COVID 19The Role of Digital Healthcare during these Challenging Times

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global health and economic challenge.  The impact of this novel coronavirus has felt shocking, yet experts have warned for years that a global pandemic is inevitable and that a crisis such as this should be considered a question of not ‘if’, but ‘when’. As we look to the future […]

The role of the clinical coder is set to change, but we should see it as an opportunity to improve healthcare

There are many roles in the NHS that we fail to acknowledge, and most are critical to the way the NHS runs. One such role is the clinical coder which is often seen as a backroom function. On my visits to NHS hospitals, I find clinical coding departments tucked away from frontline activity and in […]

doctor using tablet computer with patientLet’s embrace the latest technology, but acknowledge it must work for clinicians

Recently we have seen the collapse of Thomas Cook, leading many to consider the fate of businesses that don’t, or can’t, move with the times. In a recent column ‘Clicks not bricks’, commentator Roy Lilley likened the challenges faced by the travel agent, to the challenges faced by GPs. He says, not unlike Thomas Cook, […]

Clinician burnout – a global phenomenon

Healthcare professionals burning out due to quality of life at work Burnout is being experienced by many health professionals. Survey results from countries across the world provide an alarming picture of the current state of their well-being and raise the question of why their quality of life at work is so poor? Research by the […]