Covid Test error should never have happened - Hancock -

COVID Test error ‘should never have happened’ – Hancock

COVID Test error ‘should never have happened’ – Hancock. The health secretary has said a technical glitch that saw nearly 16,000 Covid-19 cases go unreported in England “should never have happened”. The error meant that although those who tested positive were told about their results, their close contacts were not traced. By Monday afternoon, around[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]