NHS uses data analytics for "sickness surveillance system"

09 February 2018

The NHS has implemented a “sickness surveillance system” to help plan for surges in demand over the winter.

Data gathered by Public Health England (PHE) are being used by NHS England’s operational monitoring teams to study winter trends, and to help give early warnings about rising outbreaks of flu, respiratory syncytial virus, norovirus, as well as other acute seasonal illnesses.

PHE first gathered these data in 2012 to try and predict illnesses that could have impacted the Olympic Games.

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Outsourcing in Europe sees uplift

09 February 2018

Annual contract values of outsourcing deals (€billions) by type in EMEA for 2017. ITO outsourcing still dominates but IaaS is growing as is SaaS while business process outsourcing is starting to decline. SOURCE: EMEA ISG INDEX

Annual contract values of outsourcing deals (billions) by type in EMEA for 2017. ITO outsourcing still dominates but IaaS is growing as is SaaS while business process outsourcing is starting to decline. SOURCE: EMEA ISG INDEX

The EMEA sourcing market rebounded in the final quarter of 2017, with double-digit growth in both traditional and as-a-service contracting values over the previous quarter, according to Information Services Group (ISG).

The technology research and advisory firm compiles a regular index measuring commercial outsourcing contracts with annual contract value (ACV) of €4m.

Its index for Q4 2017 reveals the EMEA market, which fell sharply in Q3 after starting the year strongly, was up 27 per cent sequentially.

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Who is responsible for securing the Internet of Things?

09 February 2018

Radware’s Andrew Foxcroft points out that everything attached to the network represents a security threat.

Radware’s Andrew Foxcroft points out that everything attached to the network represents a security threat.

Many companies believe IoT security is the responsibility of the consumer, finds new research carried out by Radware.

After surveying 605 IT executives from around the world for its 2017-2018 Global Application and Network Security report, the firm found that when asked who needs to take responsibility for IoT security, there was no clear consensus.

Executives pinned responsibility on the organisations managing the network or on device  manufacturers, but the majority (56 per cent) said it was down to consumers using IoT connected products.

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THE IoT CONNECTION – TRANSPORT

09 February 2018

The emerging global market for business services using drones is forecasted to be valued at more than $127bn.

The emerging global market for business services using drones is forecasted to be valued at more than $127bn.

PwC to help UK firms take-off with drone data

PwC has established a team of specialists in the UK to help clients take advantage of emerging drone technology and extract value from the data it can provide.

In its Clarity from Above report, the consultancy firm says drones have the potential to disrupt a variety of industries, estimating the market for current business services and labour that could be done by drones at more than $127bn globally.

According to the firm, drones can help capture information from a new angle, gathering data quickly from hard to reach places with accuracy down to a few centimetres. It also reckons that they can make a “crucial” difference to clients in managing costs, controlling risks and improving safety.

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