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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Lack of ‘robust’ digital systems is pilling pressure on GPs -

Lack of ‘robust’ digital systems is pilling pressure on GPs

Lack of ‘robust’ digital systems is pilling pressure on GPs. A lack of robust digital systems and sustainable plans is leading to extra work for GPs, a British Medical Association (BMA) survey has revealed. Due to reduced numbers of patients attending hospital because of the coronavirus pandemic, family doctors across the country are now expected[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Gloucestershire Hospitals ‘holds nerve’ in deploying EPR during Covid-19 -

Gloucestershire Hospitals ‘holds nerve’ in deploying EPR during Covid-19

Gloucestershire Hospitals ‘holds nerve’ in deploying EPR during Covid-19. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with the latest part of its electronic patient record (EPR) powered by Allscripts. The trust “held its nerve” in deploying the system during the coronavirus outbreak. It follows the implementation of Sunrise EPR as a ‘clinical wrap’ around its existing[…]

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[…]

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[…]

NHSX seeks remote monitoring suppliers to manage Covid-19 pressure -

NHSX seeks remote monitoring suppliers to manage Covid-19 pressure

NHSX seeks remote monitoring suppliers to manage Covid-19 pressure. NHSX is seeking suppliers of remote monitoring technology to help scale solutions across the UK in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. In a tender notice published on 15 May, the organisation called on technology companies with “evidenced examples” of the successful use of their innovation to[…]

Technology How social care can emerge from the Covid-19 crisis -

Technology: How social care can emerge from the Covid-19 crisis

Technology: How social care can emerge from the Covid-19 crisis. Tested to the limits by the current pandemic, social care has been under the spotlight as never before. When the sector emerges from the battle with Covid-19, Jonathan Papworth, co-founder and director of Person Centred Software, sees an opportunity to build a new technology-enabled delivery model that[…]

NHS Wales launches data hub to manage Covid-19 demand -

NHS Wales launches a data hub to manage Covid-19 demand

NHS Wales launches a data hub to manage Covid-19 demand. A new data hub that tracks patients across all health systems has been launched by NHS Wales Informatics Service in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The hub allows healthcare leaders to interpret visual data from all health boards and trust to help them better manage[…]

Clinical teams at two London hospitals using new Covid-19 software -

Clinical teams at two London hospitals using new Covid-19 software

Clinical teams at two London hospitals using new Covid-19 software. A new piece of software is helping clinical teams at Northwick Park and Ealing Hospitals monitor and track the progress of Covid-19 patients in intensive care. Path point ICU is based on digitising various patient pathways without being speciality-specific. It allows large numbers of patients to[…]

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[…]

Data from NHS contact-tracing app ‘to be kept for research purposes’ -

Data from NHS contact-tracing app ‘to be kept for research purposes’

Data from NHS contact-tracing app ‘to be kept for research purposes’. A portion of data collected by the NHS contact-tracing app will be kept for research purposes when the Covid-19 pandemic is over, NHSX has confirmed. Concerns about privacy and the use of data have been rampant since it was announced central NHS would be[…]

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[…]