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
Pathology and artificial intelligence

How AI is meeting the needs of pathologists Pathology has been an early adopter of AI as it is able to assist in many of the tasks in the clinical workflow. There is a growing trend, for example, towards artificial intelligence being used to improve clinical outcomes by assisting in accurately diagnosing diseases and predicting […]

Female nurse taking an old woman's blood pressureAmbient Clinical Intelligence (ACI) and the clinic room of the future

How AI is meeting the needs of patients and clinicians For decades now doctors have been turning away from their patients consumed by their computer screen and the need to search for and enter key clinical knowledge as they capture the record of the patient encounter. Now Nuance’s AI powered speech technologies, supported by deep […]

Male doctor pointing at different medical featuresAI-powered speech recognition is improving clinical documentation

The productive workflow In my last blog, I highlighted the importance of speech to text to support clinicians recording data in an electronic format in the EPR. I also described the role that AI could play in meeting the aspirations of the NHS Long Term Plan. The considerable progress that has been made in AI […]

Male doctor pointing at different medical featuresAI 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 2019UK 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 careAHP 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 […]

The marriage of digital histopathology and radiology speeds NHS innovation and transformationHistopathology 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 documentationListen 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 ZealandThe 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 […]

Male nurse and boy using stethoscopeLet’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 documentationNHS 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 […]