EY launches new technology driven Healthcare practice

07 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

The advisory arm of EY has reinvented its healthcare practice under the banner of Healthcare 2.0. The new practice will be an amalgamation of its healthcare teams across its geographies, as well as connecting technology, telecommunications and consumers product expertise. The aim of the new practice is to provide healthcare solutions that tackle the ever increasing demand and cost of such care, with digital solutions slated as the solution to those issues.

As a result of a rapidly aging population and healthcare services becoming more complex and expensive, combined with the development of new technologies, a different approach to healthcare may be on the horizon. According to EY, the future healthcare system “Health 2.0” – is about to arise. This system will feature a more patient-centred approach, is out-come driven and focused on prevention, and takes a cross sector approach.

To take part in the development and rise of a different form of delivering healthcare services, EY has created a new healthcare consultancy within its wider advisory practice. The new practice will involve the advisory consolidate of its already existent health care teams from across its geographies, as well as knit together multiple sectors, including technology, telecommunications, consumer products.

EY launches new technology driven Healthcare practice

Guiding healthcare 2.0
The new EY healthcare practice is set to support companies and healthcare providers along three core services lines related primarily to delivering digital solutions to healthcare related issues:

Operating efficiently: the new practice seeks to provide cost and workforce optimisation to help streamline IT operations. The practice will also develop digital strategies related to Big Data and create data governance systems that apply to sensitive healthcare data.

Digital: the practice will consider the digital solutions and business models arising through which healthcare can be provided. This includes: making sense of its data; data capture and integration; IT systems and architecture transformations; cloud computing; and cyber security.

Wellness: the practice will develop, among others, solutions that empower providers and patients to focus on prevention and manage diseases in real time to help ensure more long-term wellness in patients.

Jacques Mulder - EY

The new practice will be led by Jacques Mulder, who will move from the position of Global Industry & Market Strategy Leader at EY to take on the role, and have a team of more than 4,000 employees. Included in the team are health department chief executives, hospital administrators, clinicians, accountants and policy advisors – whose new role it will be to provide best practice and develop solutions across a range of markets to support EY clients.

“Health systems and players are under increasing pressures to keep costs down and adopt new technologies — driving them to seek more viable approaches, including incentives that emphasise value. Compared to other industries, health care has been slow to embrace the digital age. […] Collaborative approaches will be needed to create sustainable health care systems that deliver high-quality care while being efficient and cost-effective,” explains Mulder. “EY’s new approach to health care consultancy demonstrates that the industry requires a fundamentally different approach for creating new opportunities for cross-sector partnering. It’s time to re-imagine health.”

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Ecorys manages Government fund reducing parental conflict

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Professional services firm Ecorys has been tasked with overseeing the management of a £2.7 million fund to increase support for disadvantaged families. The consultancy will work with charity Family Lives to assess applications for funding from projects on and offline which will support families at risk of parental conflict.

As defined by the UK Government, parental conflict can range from a lack of warmth and emotional distance, right through to verbal abuse. If children are exposed to this sort of distress over longer periods of time, their emotional and social development can be significantly affected. It may stop children from doing as well at school or even impact their career chances in later life – and this serves as an added handicap to the country’s most disadvantaged children, as those most at risk are those with parents who are out of work, on low incomes, or are themselves struggling with physical and mental health conditions.

In order to combat this vicious cycle, a new fund has been announced by the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson. The Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund is part of a wider programme which encourages councils across England to integrate approaches addressing parental conflict into their local services for families.

Ecorys manages Government fund reducing parental conflict

Tomlinson said of the initiative, “Conflict between parents can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on children, and it’s often caused by external stresses. We want families experiencing problems to have easier access to help… This innovative fund will develop solutions for parents to repair their relationships, resolve any conflict and provide a safer environment for their children to grow up.”

The multi-million pound fund will consist of two separate strands. £1.1 million of funding will be earmarked for projects to support families at a greater risk of parental conflict, working to help families deal with complex issues including debt trouble, divorce and mental health issues. A further £1.6 million will go to digital support, which will help parents find beneficial resources online.

Eligible bidders could include local authorities, digital organisations, organisations from the public and private sector, voluntary and community organisations, and social enterprises. Grant participants in both categories will be asked to develop creative solutions which target digital help at parents with low digital skills and who live in low income and workless households.

The applicants will be assessed by Family Lives and consulting firm Ecorys UK. Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. They will review applications for funding and oversee the delivery of the final projects, taking place between April 2019 and March 2020. Meanwhile, Ecorys is one of the oldest economic research and consulting companies in Europe. Its history dates back to 1929, when a group of businessmen from Rotterdam established the Foundation NEI: The Netherlands Economic Institute.

In the UK, Ecorys has worked on a number of high-profile governmental projects of late. Last year, the firm was recruited by the UK Government to evaluate Regional Adoption Agencies in England. The firm subsequently collaborated with the University of Bristol to examine the effectiveness of the new scheme – aimed at helping children find new, supportive homes more quickly – on behalf of the Department for Education.

Elsewhere, Ecorys was criticised for its management of another Government fund in 2018. Ecorys was placed in control of a £5 million pot aimed at supporting women’s rights groups during the 100th anniversary of female suffrage in Britain. However, a delayed and shortened submissions period for the fund meant that less than 5% of available funds were allocated to grassroots groups, leading Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, to state “the Government has outsourced yet another contract that has fallen woefully short of achieving its intended purpose.”