Liverpool University chooses Better way to teach e-prescribing -

Liverpool University chooses a better way to teach electronic prescribing

Liverpool University chooses a better way to teach electronic prescribing. Liverpool John Moores University has teamed up with Better to teach nursing and pharmacy students about digital prescribing practices. The university is set to use Better’s OPENeP electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) solution as part of a student’s learning. It’s aimed at enabling students[…]

North Bristol NHS Trust fast-tracks digital tools roll out during Covid-19 -

North Bristol NHS Trust fast-tracks digital tools roll out during Covid-19

North Bristol NHS Trust fast-tracks digital tools roll out during Covid-19. North Bristol NHS Trust has fast-tracked the roll out of a series of digital tools to clinicians to help in their response to Covid-19.  More than 3,500 clinicians went live with System C’s CareFlow instant messaging and care co-ordination app, and soon after the[…]

Bradford Teaching Hospitals ditches paper for digital appointment letters -

Bradford Teaching Hospitals ditches paper for digital appointment letters

Bradford Teaching Hospitals ditches paper for digital appointment letters. Digital appointment letters are being trialled at Bradford Teaching Hospitals in a bid to phase out the paper. The letters are currently being piloted in the ophthalmology and paediatrics departments with patients receiving text message notifications instead of a paper letter. The text message provides them[…]

Ascom wins £13m contact for Wales critical care information system -

Ascom wins £13m contact for Wales critical care information system

Ascom wins £13m contact for Wales critical care information system. NHS Wales Informatics Service has awarded a £13m contract for the development of a national critical care information system. Telecommunications company Ascom will develop and manage the system over a seven-year period. The company’s Digistat clinical information system (CIS) will enable care staff across Wales’[…]

Rapid adoption of technology ‘should not be abandoned’ post-Covid -

Rapid adoption of technology ‘should not be abandoned’ post-Covid

Rapid adoption of technology ‘should not be abandoned’ post-Covid. The rapid adoption of digital care solutions during the Covid-19 pandemic “should not be abandoned”, a new report has found. The government “must support” infrastructure needed to assist care providers in switching to technology-enabled care, according to the report from the policy institute, Public Policy Projects[…]

Consultant Connect data reveals usage has soared during Covid-19 -

Consultant Connect data reveals usage has soared during Covid-19

Consultant Connect data reveals usage has soared during Covid-19. Data from Consultant Connect has revealed the usage of its products soared by as much as 380% during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has an enhanced advice and guidance platform which supports telephone and photo advice. GPs are able to choose a specialty[…]

Greater Manchester Mental Health trust launches validated apps library -

Greater Manchester Mental Health trust launches validated apps library

Greater Manchester Mental Health trust launches validated apps library. Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust has launched its own apps library to extend the support offered to patients. The trust is the first in the UK to launch a dedicated library of reviewed mental health apps for patients with anxiety or depression. The apps will[…]

NHS Highland looks to tech to help reduce Covid-19 spread in care homes -

NHS Highland looks to tech to help reduce Covid-19 spread in care homes

NHS Highland looks to tech to help reduce Covid-19 spread in care homes. NHS Highland is looking to deploy technology in care homes which aims to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.   The Scottish health board together with Highland Health Ventures and Wyld Networks are hoping to instal the technology which uses an app on[…]

Digital immunity passports part of government’s plans to ramp up testing -

Digital immunity passports part of government’s plans to ramp up testing

Digital immunity passports part of government’s plans to ramp up testing. Digital immunity passports are to form part of the government’s new plans to ramp up testing, a leaked memo has revealed. The ambitious Operation Moonshot programme aims to carry out up to 10 million Covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part[…]

NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app to be launched in England and Wales -

NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app to be launched in England and Wales

NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app to be launched in England and Wales. The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app is set to launch across England and Wales in two weeks. The app will officially be rolled out on 24 September after months of setbacks, including a U-turn on the original operating model. It uses Bluetooth technology to track[…]

Kettering General Hospital goes live with System C’s Patient Flow software -

Kettering General Hospital goes live with System C’s Patient Flow software

Kettering General Hospital goes live with System C’s Patient Flow software. Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a new real-time clinical system which aims to help better manage patient journeys through the hospital. The trust is the first in the country to go live with System C’s Patient Flow software, a[…]

Gould reveals lessons learned during development of contact-tracing app -

Gould reveals lessons learned during development of contact-tracing app

Gould reveals lessons learned during development of contact-tracing app. There were “several” lessons learned during the development of the Covid-19 contact-tracing app but NHSX “did what it was set up to do”, the head of the organisation has said. Speaking at London Tech Week on 8 September, Matthew Gould spoke about the journey of the[…]

Government announces £50m diagnostic products under National AI Lab -

Government announces £50m diagnostic products under National AI Lab

Government announces £50m diagnostic products under National AI Lab. The government has announced a further £50million for artificial intelligence technologies to benefit NHS patients. A range of AI tools that can accurately analyse breast cancer screening scans and assess emergency stroke patients will be tested and scaled under the National AI Lab. Take-home technology could also[…]

The Royal Marsden goes live with Soliton IT Radiology Information System -

The Royal Marsden goes live with Soliton IT Radiology Information System

The Royal Marsden goes live with Soliton IT Radiology Information System. The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a new radiology information system (RIS) from Soliton IT. The contract was awarded in March 2019 and involved the supplier’s Radiology+ RIS application being rolled out across the trust’s sites in Chelsea and Sutton[…]

NHS seeks supplier to continue Palantir’s work on Covid-19 data store -

NHS seeks supplier to continue Palantir’s work on Covid-19 data store

NHS seeks supplier to continue Palantir’s work on Covid-19 data store. NHS England and Improvement are seeking a supplier to provide a platform to continue the work of the NHS Covid-19 data store, which is currently run by Palantir. The procurement process began on 1 September, Digital Health News understands and NHS England and Improvement[…]

Covid-19 tracing tool to be built into phones, Apple and Google announce -

Covid-19 tracing tool to be built into phones, Apple and Google announce

Covid-19 tracing tool to be built into phones, Apple and Google announce. Future versions of Android and iOS operating systems are set to have a Covid-19 notification system built-in, Apple and Google have announced. The system will replace the need for users to install contact-tracing apps developed by public health bodies. The exposure notification system[…]

Government pledges £50m for AI to improve diagnosis of deadly disease -

Government pledges £50m for AI to improve diagnosis of deadly disease

Government pledges £50m for AI to improve diagnosis of deadly disease. The government has pledged £50 million for further investment in artificial intelligence to improve diagnostics across the NHS. The investment aims to speed up the diagnosis of deadly diseases like cancer through delivering digital upgrades to pathology and imaging services across the country. It[…]

British Army deploys clinical communication app to keep medics connected -

British Army deploys clinical communication app to keep medics connected

British Army deploys clinical communication app to keep medics connected. The British Army has deployed a clinical communications app to keep the medical staff from the Defence Medical Services connected while in the field. The Pando app has been used to send more than 120,000 messages by deployed medical staff over the past six months.[…]

Medical Interoperability Gateway extended to urgent care staff in London -

Medical Interoperability Gateway extended to urgent care staff in London

Medical Interoperability Gateway extended to urgent care staff in London. The Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) has been extended to urgent care staff in London so they can give more informed advice to vulnerable patients with Covid-19 symptoms. The MIG, from Healthcare Gateway, provides a real-time view of the GP records of around eight million patients,[…]

Newham trial of contact-tracing app a ‘step in the right direction’ -

Newham trial of contact-tracing app a ‘step in the right direction’

Newham trial of contact-tracing app a ‘step in the right direction’. The decision to trial the revamped NHS contact-tracing app in a more diverse area of the country is a “step in the right direction”, the leader of a network for women of colour in digital health has said. But Shuri Network co-founder Dr Shera[…]

NHS organisations adopt clinical decision support tool during pandemic -

NHS organisations adopt clinical decision support tool during pandemic

NHS organisations adopt clinical decision support tool during pandemic. A number of NHS organisations have adopted a clinical decision support tool to help during the Covid-19 pandemic. Wolters Kluwer Health’s UpToDate is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. It contains more than 10,000 articles providing[…]

Managing the UK’s ‘next big crisis’ of disrupted cancer care and diagnosis -

Managing the UK’s ‘next big crisis’ of disrupted cancer care and diagnosis

Managing the UK’s ‘next big crisis’ of disrupted cancer care and diagnosis. With a lot of medical care on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, Paul Landau, founder and CEO of digital cancer care company Careology, looks into how the UK’s ‘next big crisis’. On the 23rd March, the UK government announced that lockdown measures to[…]

Barts clinicians develop digital programme for long-lasting Covid-19 symptoms -

Barts clinicians develop programme for long-lasting Covid-19 symptoms

Barts clinicians develop a digital programme for long-lasting Covid-19 symptoms. A digital programme to treat the lasting symptoms of Covid-19 has been developed by clinicians from Barts Health in collaboration with UCL researchers and UCL Partners. A team led by Barts Health clinicians and UCL health researchers have developed a rehabilitation tool with app developers[…]

ZOE Covid-19 Symptom Study app awarded £2m government grant -

ZOE Covid-19 Symptom Study app awarded £2m government grant

ZOE Covid-19 Symptom Study app awarded £2m government grant. A £2million grant is to be given to the ZOE Covid-19 Symptom Study app by the UK government to support its data collection. Launched in March 2020, the ZOE app is used by participants who regularly report on their health and symptoms and whether they have tested positive[…]

Welsh health board launches Covid-19 Artificial Intelligent assistant -

Welsh health board launches Covid-19 Artificial Intelligence assistant

Welsh health board launches Covid-19 Artificial Intelligent assistant. Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has launched a Welsh and English speaking  Artificial Intelligent to help answer information requests about Covid-19. The assistant, which uses IBM Watson, can help answer information requests and reduce the overload on NHS call centres. Known as “CERi”, the virtual agent[…]

Dudley Group NHS FT accelerates information sharing platform roll-out -

Dudley Group NHS FT accelerates information sharing platform roll-out

Dudley Group NHS FT accelerates information sharing platform roll-out. The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has accelerated the roll-out of an information-sharing platform to support its clinicians during the coronavirus outbreak. The trust is one of the first in the UK to adopt the Allscripts’ dbMotion platform and was planning a full-scale deployment this summer,[…]

Applications now open for Digital Pioneer Fellowship to grow innovation -

Applications now open for Digital Pioneer Fellowship to grow innovation

Applications now open for Digital Pioneer Fellowship to grow innovation. Applications are now open for a place on the Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme to support digital change in the NHS in London. The programme, run by DigitalHealth. London aims to support innovators employed by the health service to design and lead transformation projects. Now in[…]

Covid-19 - New trial for England’s revamped NHS contact-tracing app -

Covid-19: New trial for England’s revamped NHS contact-tracing app

Covid-19: New trial for England’s revamped NHS contact-tracing app. England’s new-look NHS contact-tracing app is set to begin public trials today, after months of setbacks. The app will be based on Apple and Google’s decentralised model. NHSX has been working with the tech giants to develop a new version of the app after abandoning its original[…]

Emergency planning hub introduced at Birmingham Community Healthcare -

Emergency planning hub introduced at Birmingham Community Healthcare

Emergency planning hub introduced at Birmingham Community Healthcare. A digital contingency planning hub has allowed staff at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC) to make better use of their time during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 Contingency Planning Hub helped the trust to manage the pandemic locally by allowing it to track its operations[…]

Period of reflection post-Covid-19 is needed to learn about NHS innovation -

Period of reflection post-Covid-19 is needed to learn about NHS innovation

Period of reflection post-Covid-19 is needed to learn about NHS innovation. A period of reflection on what has been learnt about the nature of innovation in the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic should take place ‘once the dust settles’, according to a report by The King’s Fund. The ‘Technology and innovation for long-term health conditions’ report,[…]

Early warning system to be deployed across NHS Lanarkshire -

Early warning system to be deployed across NHS Lanarkshire

Early warning system to be deployed across NHS Lanarkshire. An early warning system that helps identify when patients are at risk of deterioration is to be deployed across Lanarkshire. Patientrack, which has previously helped staff at NHS Fife, is to be deployed across the entirety of NHS Lanarkshire in a new five-year contract with Alcidion. The[…]

Answer Digital to continue delivering NHS Integrating Care Programme

Answer Digital to continue delivering NHS Integrating Care Programme

Answer Digital to continue delivering NHS Integrating Care Programme. Digital services company Answer Digital has won a contract to continue delivering the NHS Integrating Care Programme. Working with NHS Digital, the Leeds-based company will be responsible for the development and delivery of the programme, which aims to join up care. Answer Digital has worked on[…]

Northern Ireland launches UKs first Covid-19 contact-tracing app -

Northern Ireland launches UKs first Covid-19 contact-tracing app

Northern Ireland launches UKs first Covid-19 contact-tracing app. Northern Ireland has released its contact-tracing app – the first country in the UK to roll-out the technology. The app, StopCOVID NI, uses Bluetooth technology to notify users if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Those who test positive will[…]

Patients Know Best launches education programme for medical students -

Patients Know Best launches education programme for medical students

Patients Know Best launches education programme for medical students. Patients Know Best has launched an education programme which can be used by medical schools.  Among the first to use the programme are undergraduate Pharmacy students at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). The Patients Know Best platform, which recently became the first personal health record to be fully integrated[…]

Calls for government to invest in local data sharing to recover from Covid -

Calls for government to invest in local data sharing to recover from Covid

Calls for government to invest in local data sharing to recover from Covid. The government should invest in local data sharing to help the country recover from Covid-19 and prepare for future pandemics, according to data experts. The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) have said investment in local data sharing programmes is “vital” to fighting[…]

NHS clinicians given access to online training for treating Covid-19 patients -

NHS clinicians given access to online training for treating Covid-19 patients

NHS clinicians given access to online training for treating Covid-19 patients. NHS doctors and nurses in England are being given access to training in treating Covid-19 patients from some of UK-based technology companies. A consortium called Resilient XR has provided the health service with interactive videos that allow healthcare staff to rotate the content 360 degrees and[…]

Hancock NHS needs to ‘double down’ on tech advances after Covid-19 -

Hancock: NHS needs to ‘double down’ on tech advances after Covid-19

Hancock: NHS needs to ‘double down’ on tech advances after Covid-19. The NHS needs to “double down” on the technological advances made during Covid-19 to ensure they continue after the pandemic, health secretary Matt Hancock has said. Speaking about the future of healthcare at a Royal College of Physicians event, Hancock told the audience better[…]

Leeds City Digital Team helps third sector go digital during pandemic -

Leeds City Digital Team helps third sector go digital during pandemic

Leeds City Digital Team helps third sector go digital during pandemic. Leeds City Digital Team provided special grant funds to help third sector organisations across the city continue to deliver essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Voluntary, community, charity and social enterprise organisations benefited from a funding of up to £1,000 to help with equipment[…]

Health Foundation launches Networked Data Lab to improve healthcare -

Health Foundation launches Networked Data Lab to improve healthcare

Health Foundation launches Networked Data Lab to improve healthcare. Independent charity The Health Foundation has launched a Networked Data Lab to address the biggest healthcare problems facing the UK. Five organisations have joined the lab which brings together analytical teams from across the country. It will focus on the most pressing challenges, such as understanding[…]

Visionable partners with Bupa Cromwell Hospital for video platform -

Visionable partners with Bupa Cromwell Hospital for video platform

Visionable partners with Bupa Cromwell Hospital for video platform. Bupa Cromwell Hospital and Visionable have partnered to introduce a video collaboration platform used to treat patients based in the UK and abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visionable’s platform, which is accessible using an app, connects doctors not only with their patients but also their peers,[…]

Safeguarding skin cancer services during Covid-19 using teledermatology -

Safeguarding skin cancer services during Covid-19 using teledermatology

Safeguarding skin cancer services during Covid-19 using teledermatology. Dr Amy Poyner, a GP on the Isle of Wight, highlights how using teledermatology has not only improved the process for skin cancer diagnosis, but ensured referrals continue as normal during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like every part of the NHS, the Isle of Wight has been doing[…]

Free app which helps people navigate Covid-19 is launched -

Free app which helps people navigate Covid-19 is launched

Free app which helps people navigate Covid-19 is launched. A new free-to-download app to help people navigate the coronavirus pandemic has been launched for Apple and Android devices. Designed and made in Bristol, the Coronavirus Support App (UK) has been created by Expert Self Care, alongside a team of volunteers and eight partner organisations, including NIHR Applied[…]

Covid-19 tests now being automatically sent to GP systems -

Covid-19 tests now being automatically sent to GP systems

Covid-19 tests now being automatically sent to GP systems. GP systems are now being automatically sent Covid-19 test results giving doctors visibility of which patients have had tests and results. Patients who use online patient services such as the NHS App and who have requested full access to their GP medical records will now be[…]

Norfolk and Norwich deploy automated Covid-19 staff risk assessor -

Norfolk and Norwich deploy automated Covid-19 staff risk assessor

Norfolk and Norwich deploy automated Covid-19 staff risk assessor. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has deployed an automated Covid-19 risk assessor to help vulnerable frontline workers limit their exposure to the virus. Developed by intelligent automation company Rainbird, the system provides staff with a digital one-to-one automated report. It uses artificial intelligence to evaluate a[…]

Digital Health Unplugged Breaking the Covid-19 backlog -

Digital Health Unplugged: Breaking the Covid-19 backlog

Digital Health Unplugged: Breaking the Covid-19 backlog. The latest Digital Health Unplugged is now live, looking at the backlog of appointments leftover from Covid-19 and the role technology has to play in easing pressure on the NHS. Host Andrea Downey chats to Tom Whicher, founder of DrDoctor, and Graham Kendall, director of the Digital Healthcare[…]

DrDoctor CEO has high hopes for post-Covid innovation

DrDoctor CEO has high hopes for post-Covid innovation

DrDoctor CEO has high hopes for post-Covid innovation. The CEO of DrDoctor has said he hopes the drive for innovation across the health service will continue post-Covid-19. Tom Whicher spoke to Digital Health News about how the digital health start-up has responded during the coronavirus pandemic. The DrDocotor team have mixed together some of their[…]

New £11m programme to explore AI in lung cancer diagnosis -

New £11m programme to explore AI in lung cancer diagnosis

New £11m programme to explore AI in lung cancer diagnosis. More than £11 million is set to be invested in an Oxford-led artificial intelligence programme to improve the diagnosis of lung cancer. The funding, from UK Research and Innovation and Cancer Research UK, will be used to accelerate pathways for earlier diagnosis of the disease[…]

NHS clinicians given free access to online health and care video library -

NHS clinicians given free access to online health and care video library

NHS clinicians have given free access to online health and care video library. An online video library which covers a wide selection of topics, conditions and procedures has been made available to NHS clinicians and patients. The Health and Care Video Library has been produced by digital health agency Health and Care Innovations (HCI), in partnership[…]

Sussex Partnership leads the way in Attend Anywhere digital appointments -

Sussex Partnership leads the way to Attend Anywhere digital appointments

Sussex Partnership leads the way to Attend Anywhere digital appointments. A mental health trust in Sussex is leading the way in providing digital appointments for patients during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to national figures for England. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust rolled out remote appointments through Attend Anywhere software on March 16 and in the[…]

House of Lords committee press for NHS Covid-19 app roll-out date -

House of Lords committee press for NHS Covid-19 app roll-out date

House of Lord’s committee press for NHS Covid-19 app roll-out date. The managing director of the NHS Covid-19 app has told a House of Lords committee that the introduction of the technology is “urgent and important” but could not give a specific roll-out date. The government recently announced it was abandoning its contact-tracing app in favour of[…]

NHS launches online recovery service for Covid-19 patients -

NHS launches online recovery service for Covid-19 patients

NHS launches online recovery service for Covid-19 patients. An online recovery service for those who are suffering from long-term effects of coronavirus has been launched by the NHS. Nurses and physiotherapists will be able to reply to patients’ needs either online or over the phone as part of the ‘Your Covid Recovery’ service. Patients who[…]

Greater use of health technology ‘could save 20,000 lives a year’ -

Greater use of health technology ‘could save 20,000 lives a year’

Greater use of health technology ‘could save 20,000 lives a year’. Greater use of health technologies could prevent 20,000 deaths a year and save the NHS billions of pounds, a new report has found. The UK has a “good track record” of innovation but struggles to keep up with international peers in providing quick and[…]

More than two thirds of readers agree with contact-tracing app U-turn -

More than two thirds of readers agree with contact-tracing app U-turn

More than two-thirds of readers agree with contact-tracing app U-turn. More than two-thirds of Digital Health readers have said they agreed with the government’s U-turn on the NHS contact-tracing app. Out of the 175 people who voted, 120 (67%) said they thought the decision to abandon the app in its current form was the right[…]

Former Accenture MD appointed as NHS Resolution’s first CIO -

Former Accenture MD appointed as NHS Resolution’s first CIO

Former Accenture MD appointed as NHS Resolution’s first CIO. A not-for-profit part of the NHS which provides expertise to the health service to help resolve disputes fairly has appointed its first CIO. Niamh McKenna joins NHS Resolution from Accenture where she was managing director for health in the UK. She will start in her new[…]

Contact-tracing app U-turn ‘shouldn’t distract from wider data concerns’ -

Contact-tracing app U-turn ‘shouldn’t distract from wider data concerns’

Contact-tracing app U-turn ‘shouldn’t distract from wider data concerns’. The contact-tracing app U-turn “shouldn’t distract us” from pressing the government for clearer information on how it is using health data, a cybersecurity and privacy expert has warned. Professor Eerke Boiten, a professor in cybersecurity at De Montfort University in Leicester, raised concerns about the companies with “strong[…]

Reassurance on privacy of contact-tracing app remains ‘crucial’ -

Reassurance on privacy of contact-tracing app remains ‘crucial’

Reassurance on privacy of contact-tracing app remains ‘crucial’. Reassuring people about data protection and their privacy in relation to the NHS contact-tracing app remains “crucial”, an MP has said. Harriet Harman, chair of parliament’s joint human rights committee, has written to health secretary Matt Hancock requesting further clarification on how data will be collected and[…]

NAO report highlights “complexity of the NHS digital landscape” -

NAO report highlights “complexity of the NHS digital landscape”

NAO report highlights “complexity of the NHS digital landscape”. The team behind a troubling report into digital transformation across the NHS in England have said they think it highlights the “complexity of the NHS digital landscape”. Published in May, the National Audit Office’s (NAO) report concluded that local NHS organisations are facing “significant challenges” when it comes[…]

Covid-19 tracking tool appears on smartphones – but it’s not an app -

Covid-19 tracking tool appears on smartphones – but it’s not an app

Covid-19 tracking tool appears on smartphones – but it’s not an app. A new Covid-19 tracking feature has appeared on Androids and iPhones – but it’s not a contact-tracing app. The new settings are part of an update to the operating systems,which will enable an app to run in the background. The “exposure notification” allows[…]

NHS Covid-19 data store fails to collect and analyse BAME data -

NHS Covid-19 data store fails to collect and analyse BAME data

NHS Covid-19 data store fails to collect and analyse BAME data. Data collected to inform the NHS and government response to Covid-19 will not include ethnicity or race, according to government documents. The data protection impact assessment (DPIA) on the NHS Covid-19 data store revealed that health data on the virus would not be broken[…]

Consortium to look into algorithms for Covid-19 pneumonia diagnosis

Consortium to look into algorithms for Covid-19 pneumonia diagnosis. A team led by the University of Oxford is looking to develop potential algorithms which could help diagnose Covid-19 pneumonia. GE Healthcare is also working with the National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging (NCIMI) in the UK on the programme, which also aims to predict which[…]

Cyber security framework launched to bolster trusts’ safety -

Cyber security framework launched to bolster trusts’ safety

Cyber security framework launched to bolster trusts’ safety. A free-to-access cyber security framework has been launched to help the NHS manage risks. The Cyber Security Services Framework provides access to 25 suppliers specialising in managing cyber risks, recovering from attacks, cyber consultancy and security personnel. The £250m framework is set to run until May 2022[…]

Contact-tracing app data ‘could feed into NHS Covid-19 data store’ -

Contact-tracing app data ‘could feed into NHS Covid-19 data store’

Contact-tracing app data ‘could feed into NHS Covid-19 data store’. Data collected by the NHS contact-tracing app could be fed into the health service’s Covid-19 data store, according to a government document released last week. The data protection impact assessment (DPIA) on the store, managed by controversial firm Palantir, provides the first look at how[…]

New technologies can help break the looming backlog of Covid-19 crisis in the NHS -

New technologies can help break the looming backlog of Covid-19 crisis in the NHS

New technologies can help break the looming backlog of Covid-19 crisis in the NHS. As the NHS starts to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, Tom Whicher, an NHS Innovation Fellow and founder of DrDoctor, looks into how new technologies can help with the looming backlog of non-Covid conditions. Despite early fears, it would be overwhelmed[…]

Imperial College docs using Microsoft HoloLens for Covid-19 ward rounds -

Imperial College docs using Microsoft HoloLens for Covid-19 ward rounds

Imperial College docs using Microsoft HoloLens for Covid-19 ward rounds. Doctors at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have been piloting the use of Microsoft HoloLens to carry out ward rounds for patients with coronavirus. By wearing the computer headset, the mixed-reality ward round means only one doctor has to enter the coronavirus ward. During the[…]

Greater Manchester launches care homes Covid-19 tracker -

Greater Manchester launches care homes Covid-19 tracker

Greater Manchester launches care homes Covid-19 tracker. A digital tool has been developed in Greater Manchester which helps care homes to track Covid-19 and coordinate care with GP practices, social care and hospitals. Developed with tech company Safe Steps, the platform allows care homes staff to input information about a residents’ Covid-19 related symptoms into[…]

Livi announces three new NHS partnerships in the Midlands and North -

Livi announces three new NHS partnerships in the Midlands and North

Livi announces three new NHS partnerships in the Midlands and North. Online consultation provider Livi has announced three NHS partnerships to expand its patient reach in the Midlands and North of England to one million. The European provider has joined forces with South and East Leeds GP group, OneMedicalGroup of Yorkshire, and City Healthcare Partnership[…]

Analysis of Covid-19 data ‘fails to provide actions to reduce inequalities’ -

Analysis of Covid-19 data ‘fails to provide actions to reduce inequalities’

Analysis of Covid-19 data ‘fails to provide actions to reduce inequalities’. A report that found people of black and minority ethnic backgrounds are twice as likely to die from Covid-19 has been criticised for failing to provide recommended actions to reduce inequalities. A rapid review of coronavirus data by Public Health England (PHE) found people[…]

Online consultation provider eConsult added to NHS App

Online consultation provider eConsult added to NHS App for Covid-19. Online consultation provider eConsult is now available through the NHS App. Patients whose GP surgeries use the service can now use the NHS App to ask their GP for advice. They will be prompted to complete clinically validated questions through eConsult. Where possible the online[…]

Anonymous summary data on shielding covid-19 patients published -

Anonymous summary data on shielding covid-19 patients published

Anonymous summary data on shielding covid-19 patients published. Anonymous summary data on patients who have been identified as being on the Covid-19 shielded patient list (SPL) has been published. The SPL is a specific subset of patients judged to be at highest risk should they contract coronavirus, identified by the chief medical officer. The open[…]

Mobile health and applications news in brief -

Mobile health and applications news in brief

Mobile health and applications news in brief. Digital Health’s latest mobile apps round-up features news that Patient Access has passed 10 million UK users and Pando Health has been added to the NHS Apps Library. Patient Access passes 10 million UK users Ten million NHS patients are now registered on the Patient Access app, powered[…]

Covid-19 - NHS contact-tracing app launched in Isle of Wight -

Covid-19: NHS contact-tracing app launched in Isle of Wight

Covid-19: NHS contact-tracing app launched in Isle of Wight. A trial of the NHS contact-tracing app has been launched on the Isle of Wight, with a further roll-out of the tool expected in the coming weeks. The app, which has already been trialled at an RAF base, will form part of the next phase of[…]

NHSX publishes AI buyers guide to ensure safety and efficiency for Covid-19 -

NHSX publishes AI buyers guide to ensure safety and efficiency for Covid-19

NHSX publishes AI buyers guide to ensure safety and efficiency. NHSX has published a buyers checklist to aid trusts and healthcare providers in the procurement of artificial intelligence solutions. The Buyer’s Checklist for AI in Health and Care is designed for procurement teams, chief finance officers, service transformation and commissioning leads, data scientists and analysts,[…]

New test and trace system falls short on roll-out of contact-tracing app

New test and trace system falls short on the roll-out of the contact-tracing app. The government has today launched a new test and trace service to slow the spread of coronavirus – but it does not include a date for the roll-out of the contact tracing app. From today, anyone who tests positive for the[…]

How the GoodSAM app has revolutionised volunteering in a Covid-19 crisis -

How the GoodSAM app has revolutionised volunteering in a Covid-19 crisis

How the GoodSAM app has revolutionised volunteering in a Covid-19 crisis. In March, it was announced the GoodSAM app was to be used to help recruit an army of volunteers for the NHS to help during the coronavirus pandemic. The call was met with an overwhelming response with around 750,000 people signing up. In light[…]

The importance of healthtech partnerships during a Covid-19 pandemic -

The importance of healthtech partnerships during a Covid-19 pandemic

The importance of healthtech partnerships during a Covid-19 pandemic. During the lockdown, Rachel Murphy, CEO of DiFrent, and Richard Corbridge, director of high street healthcare at Boots UK, have come together to discuss how partnerships have been used in the fight against coronavirus, emphasising why they are important when it comes to digital health. For[…]

Online portal launched to help care homes access Covid-19 tests -

Online portal launched to help care homes access Covid-19 tests

Online portal launched to help care homes access Covid-19 tests. A new online portal which aims to make it easier for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched by the government.   All symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents in England are now eligible for testing. Testing will[…]

Cyber experts warn of malicious campaigns targeting Covid-19 response -

Cyber experts warn of malicious campaigns targeting Covid-19 response

Cyber experts warn of malicious campaigns targeting Covid-19 response. Cybersecurity experts have warned of malicious cyber campaigns targeting healthcare organisations and policymakers involved in the Covid-19 response. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) have spotted large-scale ‘password-spraying’ campaigns against healthcare and medical research organisations. Password spraying[…]

UK Biobank collating Covid-19 data for future research purposes -

UK Biobank collating Covid-19 data for future research purposes

UK Biobank collating Covid-19 data for future research purposes. UK Biobank is examining Covid-19 data to determine why some individuals are disproportionately affected by the virus. The team, led by chief executive Sir Rory Collins, will develop a resource for 15,000 approved researchers from 85 countries using datasets provided by Public Health England. The data[…]

Privacy organisation raises concerns over NHS and Amazon deal - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Privacy organisation raises concerns over NHS and Amazon deal

Privacy organisation raises concerns over NHS and Amazon deal. A privacy organisation has raised concerns about the NHS’ partnership with Amazon which allows the tech giant to use NHS data for free on its Alexa platform.  UK-based advocacy group Privacy International is claiming the information could allow Amazon to make, advertise and sell their own[…]

Ailing Mothercare lines up administrators for UK business -

Ailing Mothercare lines up administrators for UK business

Ailing Mothercare lines up administrators for UK business. Mothercare has put administrators on standby to take over its domestic division Mothercare is finalising a radical restructuring plan that could see its British operations placed into administration this week, dealing a fresh blow to a beleaguered retail sector. Sky News has learnt that the company, which[…]

Public Health England launches new infectious disease strategy -

Public Health England launches new infectious disease strategy

Public Health England launches new infectious disease strategy. The new strategy addresses current and future threats to health, including antibiotic resistance and health inequalities. Over the last decade, 19 new genetic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance have been identified in bacteria causing infections in the UK. The findings come as Public Health England (PHE) sets out[…]

Mayo Clinic, Cerner expand into UK with new Oxford partnership -

Mayo Clinic, Cerner expand into UK with new Oxford partnership

Mayo Clinic, Cerner expand into UK with new Oxford partnership. The Mayo Clinic is set to establish its first healthcare facility in the United Kingdom, via a collaboration with Oxford University Clinic. The new clinic, set to open later this month, will deploy Cerner Millennium as its foundational electronic health record platform. WHY IT MATTERS[…]

First of its kind community Diabetes Village opens for patients -

First of its kind community Diabetes Village opens for patients

First of its kind community Diabetes Village opens for patients. People registered with a Leicester GP practice and either living with type 2 diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes will soon be able to access a wide portfolio of support services all under one roof. A new diabetes village opened its doors at the[…]

Doctor dares 'muppet' Rees-Mogg to report him after no-deal clash -

Doctor dares ‘muppet’ Rees-Mogg to report him after no-deal clash

Doctor dares ‘muppet’ Rees-Mogg to report him after no-deal clash. Politician called neurologist ‘shameful’ for raising concerns about supply of medicines. Rees-Mogg accuses doctor of ‘fearmongering’ about potential no-deal deaths. The consultant neurologist who clashed with Jacob Rees-Mogg over contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit has challenged the politician to report him to the General Medical Council.[…]

Device that predicts heart failure based on saliva developed

Device that predicts heart failure based on saliva developed A hand-held device to predict heart failure based on saliva has been developed with the aim of helping millions of potential victims take preventative steps to avoid their fate. A multi-partner deal has been signed to bring the technology to market. It contains nano-sensors on the[…]

Out-of-area GP rules should be ‘withdrawn’. -

Out-of-area GP rules should be ‘withdrawn’.

Out-of-area General Practitioner rules should be ‘withdrawn’. Out-of-area GP registration rules should be “withdrawn” to prevent digital providers prioritising healthy patients, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said. The regulations “are not in line” with wider NHS England policy on population-based health management and are no longer required due to the rising number of telephone,[…]

CliniSys software to play major role in supporting new cervical screening service -

CliniSys software to play major role in supporting new cervical screening service

CliniSys software to play major role in supporting new cervical screening service. Leading lab tech provider announces that its software will support all of the eight hubs chosen to deliver the primary HPV programme. CliniSys is set to play a major role in supporting England’s primary HPV screening service,after securing contracts to provide its requesting[…]

Digital consultation service receives CQC accreditation -

Digital consultation service receives CQC accreditation

Digital consultation service receives CQC accreditation. Messaging-based consultation service Docly has received CQC accreditation and has subsequently launched across the UK. In the first weeks since its launch, Docly has provided 200 additional consultations to one practice alone. Barnaby Poulton, managing director of Docly, said: “We are rightly proud to be the first messaging-based digital consultation[…]

Digital diabetes prevention launched -

Digital diabetes prevention launched

Digital diabetes prevention launched. Digital support will be offered to people who are susceptible to Type 2 diabetes to prevent them from getting the condition. These thousands of people are being helped in this way as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. The initial schemes are offering 24/7 online support and advice, and so[…]

Ascenti launches revolutionary exercise and rehabilitation app PhysioNow -

Ascenti launches revolutionary exercise and rehabilitation app PhysioNow

Ascenti launches revolutionary exercise and rehabilitation app PhysioNow. Thousands of NHS and private patients set to benefit from round the clock guidance that will change the way musculoskeletal injury is treated nationwide. Currently 16.9% of the population in England, across all ages, have back pain; with 60-80% of adults likely to experience back pain in[…]

You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock -

You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock

You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock. The government wants to replace NHS health screening with AI. But for many people, face-to-face consultations are a lifeline ‘Potentially removing face-to-face contact with GPs reeks of yet more cost-cutting.’ An older man gets his blood pressure checked in a[…]

Family raising money in fight over medical treatment for daughter

Family raising money in fight over medical treatment for daughter Tafida Raqeeb, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in February (Family handout/PA)  A couple who want to take their seriously ill daughter to Italy for treatment after UK doctors said it is in her best interests to be allowed to die have asked people to[…]

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak The Good Food Chain supplied 43 NHS trusts across the UK (Andrew Matthews/PA)  A sixth person has died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to a listeria outbreak, Public Health England (PHE) has said. The latest death was one of the nine cases previously confirmed and PHE said[…]

Ebola: How a disease is prevented from spreading

Ebola: How a disease is prevented from spreading Marie Roseline Darnycka Belizaire (L) helps to lead WHO efforts to tackle Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. WHO For health workers on the frontlines of the battle against Ebola, time means everything. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international health emergency in[…]

New blood pressure drug approach ‘may prevent more heart attacks and strokes’

New blood pressure drug approach ‘may prevent more heart attacks and strokes’

New blood pressure drug approach ‘may prevent more heart attacks and strokes’   A new blood pressure drug approach may prevent more heart attacks and strokes, according to a study (Anthony Devlin/PA)  A third more heart attacks and strokes could be prevented in the UK if the way blood pressure drugs are prescribed is changed,[…]

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting Kellie Armstrong took this picture in the foyer of the hotel:KELLIE ARMSTRONG The Department of Health (DH) has apologised for postponing a public engagement on reshaping stroke care because too many people turned up. The meeting was due to take place in the Strangford Arms Hotel in Newtownards,[…]

ORCHA partners with mental health charity to protect young people

ORCHA partners with mental health charity to protect young people

ORCHA partners with mental health charity to protect young people. Young people at risk of suicide now have access to clinically-proven digital tools thanks to a new partnership between health app evaluation organisation ORCHA and charity Papyrus. ORCHA has provided the mental health charity with a microsite to allow young people to manage their own[…]

Healthcare lacks ‘knowledge base’ that tech could bridge The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Healthcare lacks ‘knowledge base’ that tech could bridge

Healthcare lacks ‘knowledge base’ that tech could bridge. Healthcare is lacking a “knowledge base” that technology could provide to enable better care, a chief clinical information officer (CCIO) has said. Great Ormond Street Hospital CCIO, Shankar Sridharan, said businesses were already ahead in collecting data to provide better customer service, and healthcare needed to do[…]

Listeria outbreak: One of five killed after eating sandwich is identified

Listeria outbreak: One of five killed after eating sandwich is identified. Five people are suspected to have died after eating pre-packed sandwiches and salads at NHS hospitals. There has been a listeria outbreak at several hospitals One of the victims of the listeria outbreak at UK hospitals is a businessman who ate a contaminated sandwich, according[…]

Medical groups warn climate change is a health emergency -

Medical groups warn climate change is a ‘health emergency’

Medical groups warn climate change is a ‘health emergency’. As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as “a health emergency.” The new climate[…]

New commitments in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

New commitments in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Professor Dame Sally Davies will become UK special envoy on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and details announced on funding UK’s work in global fight against AMR. Public Health Minister Seema Kennedy has confirmed the government will be retaining the world-leading expertise of outgoing Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame[…]

Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol

Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol. GETTY IMAGES Women know too little about alcohol’s role in increasing breast cancer risk, a study suggests. Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor. But alcohol consumption is estimated to be responsible for 5-11% of cases.[…]