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The Morning Briefing: Innovation in healthcare

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about innovation in healthcare.

1.) £38m biopharmaceuticals centre to drive healthcare innovation. The Centre will be part of the Government’s life sciences strategy, and will support innovative solutions in the UK healthcare market.

2.) Can innovation really be the raison d'etre of every NHS employee as David Nicholson hopes? The chief executive of the NHS wants to make innovation the core business of the health service, but there is still a long way to go.

3.) Healthcare Tech Trends for 2013. Believe it or not, calming your cough with heroin and lobotomies used to be considered best practices when it came to healthcare.

4.) Obamacare's cruel war on patient-centered healthcare. To cope with runaway health costs, businesses have been increasingly experimenting with health plans that put patients in the driver’s seat — giving them more control over their care while making them more aware of the cost of the care they consume.

5.) High-tech health care 'can benefit NI patients and economy.' Technology can revolutionise the way in which health care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

Bonus: America's stunningly overpriced healthcare system in 2 charts

Thumbnail: Flickr/Andreanna Moya

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— By on December 13, 2012, 4:58 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure