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Giant bacteria, electric shocks and dusty medicinal discoveries – all in a day’s work for CHC

The CHC offices are full of people who have a real passion for science, so it’s important to us that we maintain our curiosity and stay informed. That’s why the CHC team found themselves faced with a 28ft giant inflatable E.coli as we ventured along to two days of New Scientist Live, taking place at the ExCel London.

The hall was split into four themed zones: Technology, Brain & Body, Cosmos and Earth, with each section hosting a number of exhibits and talks. Some of our highlights included:

The future of healthcare –Ruth McKernan of Innovate UK

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Patient-Pharma interactions; a mutually beneficial relationship?

Patient-Pharma interactions are vital for drug development, but are often seen in a negative light. There will always be sceptics; those who think pharma companies have cynical intentions when approaching patients, and conversely, those who feel some patients advocate for the wrong motives. However, in recent years patient advocacy has become a pivotal aspect of the drug development process, where pharma companies have increasingly sought the unique insight that patients can offer.

So can there be a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship between patients and pharmaceutical companies? Read more

Exciting advances of digital technology in healthcare

At CHC we like to keep our ear to the ground, we also like to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation within healthcare. With this in mind, I recently attended an event called ‘The Future of Digital Healthcare’. Run by DSMLF in collaboration with Bupa, it was a day packed with interesting presentations and discussions about the role digital technology has within healthcare. Read more

CHANGE

So the team told me I had to write the first post on our new CHC blog, Can’t Help Commenting.  As someone who has quite a few opinions (just ask my colleagues and clients!) on communications and the critical role it can and should play in health and medicine I’ve actually found it pretty difficult to nail down a single topic.  Perhaps this bodes well for the start of a blog – there should be no excuses if the blogs ‘dry up’.

But a few meetings and conversations in the last week or so have helped me arrive on a topic.  Change.  And how much what we do has changed in the last few years. Read more