Covid UK on course for 'tens of thousands' more deaths -

Covid: UK on course for ‘tens of thousands’ more deaths

Covid: UK on course for ‘tens of thousands’ more deaths. Prof John Edmunds is an infectious diseases expert and a government scientific adviser A leading government adviser has warned the UK is on course for “tens of thousands of deaths” during the current wave of coronavirus. Prof John Edmunds said the government’s current approach would[…]

Patients Know Best signs re-platform deal with the Renal Association -

Patients Know Best signs re-platform deal with the Renal Association

Patients Know Best signs re-platform deal with the Renal Association. Patients Know Best (PKB) has signed a deal which will see it re-platform the Renal Association’s PatientView system. The five-year agreement will see the Renal Association switching to PKB’s personal health records platform. It is hoped this switch will improve the existing security and functionality[…]

Coronavirus Republic of Ireland moves to highest restrictions. -

Coronavirus: Republic of Ireland moves to highest restrictions

Coronavirus: Republic of Ireland moves to highest restrictions. REUTERS The new rules will apply nationally and will last for six weeks, with a review after four The Republic of Ireland has now been moved to its highest level of coronavirus restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. The move takes effect[…]

Now the medical supplies drone, first was the flying doctor -

Now the medical supplies drone, first was the flying doctor –

Now the medical supplies drone, first was the flying doctor. Pic credit: Skyfarer Cranfield University is participating in two new research projects that focus on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for medical delivery purposes. There are more than 2.5 million movements of medical supplies, samples and other items between hospitals and medical centres[…]

Covid: 'Perfect storm' causing employment tribunal backlog

Covid: ‘Perfect storm’ causing employment tribunal backlog

Covid: ‘Perfect storm’ causing employment tribunal backlog. Concerns are being raised over a Covid-related backlog of tribunal cases involving people who believe they have lost their jobs unfairly. Official figures show the number of outstanding employment tribunal cases is greater than during the financial crisis of a decade ago. Citizens Advice said the situation was[…]

Coronavirus Spain passes one million Covid-19 cases -

Coronavirus: Spain passes one million Covid-19 cases

Coronavirus: Spain passes one million Covid-19 cases. REUTERS Spain is the sixth nation worldwide to record more than one million cases Spain has recorded more than one million coronavirus cases, becoming the first western European country to pass that landmark figure. On Wednesday the country reported 16,973 infections and 156 deaths in the previous 24[…]

Prince William warns of mental health catastrophe from new lockdown -

Prince William warns of mental health catastrophe from new lockdown –

Prince William warns of ‘mental health catastrophe from new lockdown. Prince William has expressed his concern and warns about the catastrophic impact of lock-down measures on people’s mental health. During a video call with business owners in Liverpool, he warned of a potential ‘mental health catastrophe’. The Liverpool region is under the strictest level of[…]

Newspaper headlines Lockdown 'by back door' and virus 'hidden victims' -

Newspaper headlines: Lockdown ‘by back door’ and virus ‘hidden victims’

Newspaper headlines: Lockdown ‘by back door’ and virus ‘hidden victims’. PA MEDIA MPs in Greater Manchester have called for the revival for the shielding programme instead of tougher restrictions across the board. The Daily Telegraph’s front-page headline is: “Shielding is the answer, Manchester MPs insist”. The paper says Boris Johnson is being urged by leaders in[…]

Equality gains in the UK risk being reversed by coronavirus, says EHRC

Equality gains in the UK risk being reversed by coronavirus, says EHRC

Equality gains in the UK risk being reversed by coronavirus, says EHRC. Watchdog says pandemic is hitting older people, minorities, the young and disabled people the hardest Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Street art in Deptford, south London by Deanio_X. Ethnic minorities are among those suffering disproportionately worse outcomes because of[…]

Coronavirus Evidence behind NI's Covid-19 response published -

Coronavirus: Evidence behind NI’s Covid-19 response published

Coronavirus: Evidence behind NI’s Covid-19 response published. PA MEDIA The Department of Health has made public the evidence used to inform its decisions on managing the Covid-19 pandemic. The evidence includes the executive’s paper on “non-pharmaceutical options for reducing the risk of Covid-19”. It assesses the effectiveness behind measures on travel, personal contacts and education.[…]

Ireland to impose 5km travel limit in strict new Covid lockdown -

Ireland to impose 5km travel limit in strict new Covid lockdown

Ireland to impose 5km travel limit in strict new Covid lockdown. Move to level 5 measures to include closing most shops and banning home visits Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Pubs, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve takeout meals only. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images Ireland is to close much of its[…]

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on teen mental health

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on teen mental health

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on teen mental health. An Imperial-led project is set to explore the impact the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK. Working with around 5,000 London teenagers, researchers will investigate risk factors for mental health problems due to COVID-19 public health measures, and the[…]

Digital health passport trials in the UK to help borders reopen -

Digital health passport trials in the UK to help borders reopen –

Digital health passport trials in the UK to help borders reopen. Regular fliers are used to long queues to clear security – but a rigorous COVID-19 testing regime could be added to pre-flight checks backed by a digital “health passport” to prove passengers are free from the coronavirus. The UK is the latest country to[…]

Covid vaccine will not be available in UK until spring, says Vallance -

Covid vaccine will not be available in UK until spring, says Vallance

Covid vaccine will not be available in UK until spring, says Vallance. The chief scientific adviser added it was unlikely Covid would be completely eradicated Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sir Patrick Vallance said there was a still long way to go before a vaccine was widely available. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters A[…]

Technology ‘sometimes a barrier’ for patients during Covid-19

Technology ‘sometimes a barrier’ for patients and providers during Covid

Technology ‘sometimes a barrier’ for patients during Covid-19. The NHS rapidly adopted digital health solutions during the Covid-19 pandemic but IT systems “were sometimes a barrier” for patients and providers, a new report has found. The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual state of care report found technology enabled more joined-up care and provided tools for[…]

Coronavirus People to get emergency help to pay energy bills -

Coronavirus: People to get emergency help to pay energy bills

Coronavirus: People to get emergency help to pay energy bills. GETTY IMAGES Energy regulator Ofgem is introducing new rules from 15 December to help vulnerable customers who struggle to pay their energy bills this winter. Suppliers will be required to offer emergency credit to customers who cannot top-up prepayment meters. And if customers are in[…]

Covid-19 Italy tightens rules after coronavirus cases surge -

Covid-19: Italy tightens rules after coronavirus cases surge

Covid-19: Italy tightens rules after coronavirus cases surge. Conte: “The government is here but everyone has to do their part” Italy has announced a new raft of measures to tighten restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases. A mask-wearing PM Giuseppe Conte said the measures were needed “to avoid a new lockdown”. Mayors will get[…]

Coronavirus Police get access to NHS Test and Trace self-isolation data -

Coronavirus: Police get access to NHS Test and Trace self-isolation data

Coronavirus: Police get access to NHS Test and Trace self-isolation data. PA MEDIA People in England who have been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace could have their details shared with the police on a “case-by-case basis”. Forces will have access to information telling them if an individual has been told to self-isolate,[…]

SpaceSpace Agency takes to the skies alongside the NHS 2 - company takes to the skies alongside the NHS 2 -

Space Agency takes to the skies alongside the NHS –

Space agency takes to the skies alongside the NHS. The UK Space Agency has today backed a healthcare drone start-up founded by NHS staff, to help in the response to COVID-19. The pandemic has seen the country pulling together, with organisations across the space sector stepping forward to help. Apian, part of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur[…]

Coronavirus France reports more than 30,000 new infections -

Coronavirus: France reports more than 30,000 new infections

Coronavirus: France reports more than 30,000 new infections Measures against coronavirus are being ramped up in cities across Europe France has reported a large jump in new Covid-19 cases ahead of a night-time curfew being imposed on Paris and eight other cities on Saturday. A further 30,621 infections were confirmed on Thursday, up from 22,591[…]

Coronavirus testing lab 'chaotic and dangerous', scientist claims -

Coronavirus testing lab ‘chaotic and dangerous’, scientist claims

Coronavirus testing lab ‘chaotic and dangerous’, scientist claims Dr Julian Harris raised concerns about safety protocols in labs A scientist who processed coronavirus swab samples at one of the UK’s largest labs has alleged working practices were “chaotic and dangerous”. He highlighted overcrowded biosecure workspaces, poor safety protocols and a lack of suitable PPE. The[…]

Medical technology: is the future self-driving laboratories -

Medical technology: is the future self-driving laboratories

Medical technology: is the future self-driving laboratories? IDTechEx has identified three core technology pillars that are required for the advent of self-driving laboratories, including laboratory informatics, materials informatics, and robotics. Self-driving laboratories, whereby a lab automatically chooses what experiments to do, robotically carries this out, tracks the reaction with integrated sensors, acquires and analyses the[…]

Innovative Tech new UK partners to supply hygienic cash automation kit -

Innovative Tech new UK partners to supply hygienic cash automation kit –

Innovative Tech new UK partners to supply hygienic cash automation kit.   The first installation was completed in partnership with CC Dynamic at a local fish and chip shop, The Top Chippy in Manchester. It was also installed in more food takeaway establishments and cash and carry wholesalers in the North West of England. ITL[…]

Tunstall Healthcare calls for greater investment in tech as winter approaches -

Tunstall Healthcare calls for greater invest in tech as winter approaches –

Tunstall Healthcare calls for greater invest in tech as winter approaches. Tunstall Healthcare is calling on health and social care leaders to invest in technological solutions in order to protect vulnerable people as winter approaches. The company said technological solutions will have a major role to play in reducing pressures on health and social care[…]

UK Bioscience Forum COVID-19 amplifying importance of real world data -

UK Bioscience Forum: COVID-19 amplifying the importance of real-world data

UK Bioscience Forum: COVID-19 amplifying importance of real-world data. LONDON – Tracking the pandemic in all its manifestations – from symptoms and spread, to viral genomics and repurposing drugs – has massively increased appreciation of the importance of real-world data, with significant implications for the future of drug discovery and clinical development, the use of[…]

Coronavirus Long Covid could be four different syndromes -

Coronavirus: Long Covid could be four different syndromes

Coronavirus: Long Covid could be four different syndromes. Continuing symptoms can affect everything from the brain to the heart and the skin. “Long Covid” – the long-lasting impact of coronavirus infection – may be affecting people in four different syndromes, according to a review. And this could explain why some of those with continuing symptoms[…]

Could wearable technology improve infection control in care homes -

Could wearable technology improve infection control in care homes

Could wearable technology improve infection control in care homes? A new trial is to take place in care homes across the UK to see if wearable digital devices can help reduce COVID-19 infections and prevent deaths. The wearable devices, similar in size to a wristwatch, can register when wearers come into contact with each other,[…]

Cognetivity Neurosciences on UK government's procurement framework -

Cognetivity Neurosciences on UK government’s procurement framework –

Cognetivity Neurosciences on UK government’s  procurement framework.   Admission onto platform streamlines adoption of Integrated Cognitive Assessment technology by NHS organisations. VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 13, 2020 /CNW/ – Cognetivity Neurosciences Ltd. (the “Company” or “Cognetivity”) (CSE: CGN) (FWB: 1UB) (OTCQB: CGNSF) announced today that its UK subsidiary, Cognetivity Ltd., has won a place on G-Cloud 12, a major[…]

First reported UK case of permanent hearing loss linked to COVID-19 -

First reported UK case of permanent hearing loss linked to COVID-19

First reported UK case of  permanent hearing loss linked to COVID. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Although uncommon, reported sudden permanent hearing loss seems to be linked to COVID-19 infection in some people, warn doctors, reporting the first UK case in the journal BMJ Case Reports. Awareness of this possible permanent hearing loss side effect is important because[…]

Next-generation Versius surgical robots introduced at Frimley Health -

Next-generation Versius surgical robots introduced at Frimley Health –

Next-generation Versius surgical robots introduced at Frimley Health. Next-generation surgical robots have been introduced at Frimley Health Trust Foundation Trust. The trust is the first in the UK to use CMR Surgical’s Versius robot in urology and colorectal surgery. The next-generation robot-assisted technology allows surgeons to carry out minimal access surgery (MAS), otherwise known as[…]

Guy’s and St Thomas’ chooses Epic as ‘preferred supplier’ for £175m EHR -

Guy’s and St Thomas’ chooses Epic as ‘preferred supplier’ for £175m EHR

Guy’s and St Thomas’ chooses Epic as ‘preferred supplier’ for £175m EHR. One of the biggest NHS trusts in London has selected Epic as its ‘preferred supplier’ for a new electronic health record (EHR) in a deal worth £175million. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust issued a tender in May 2019 which included a requirement for[…]

Large Trial BCG Vaccine Protects Against COVID-19 in Healthcare Staff -

Large Trial BCG Vaccine Protects Against COVID-19 in Healthcare Staff –

Large Trial BCG Vaccine Protects Against COVID-19 in Healthcare Staff.  Original story from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute A large trial designed to test the theory that could help protect against COVID-19 will soon recruit healthcare staff and care home workers in the UK. The University of Exeter is leading the UK arm of the trial,[…]

NICE to simplify how medicines are selected for evaluation -

NICE to simplify how medicines are selected for evaluation –

NICE to simplify how medicines are selected for evaluation. NICE has launched a public consultation for suggestions on updating how it selects the topics to develop guidance on, to improve medicine evaluations. The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has proposed simplifying how medicines and medical devices are selected for evaluation. As part, a review of[…]

Soon Covid-19 will be treatable, but it shouldn't just be the rich who benefit -

Soon Covid-19 will be treatable, but it shouldn’t just be the rich who benefit

Soon Covid-19 will be treatable, but it shouldn’t just be the rich who benefit. A scientist at work at the Oxford Vaccine Group’s laboratory. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images We all want a cure for Covid-19, but it won’t come in a single drug. Neither can we expect to escape this global crisis if treatments, tests or[…]

‘quality technical capability’

‘Excel-gate’ highlights need for ‘quality technical capability’ in NHS

‘Excel-gate’ highlights need for ‘quality technical capability’ in NHS. This week’s “Excel-gate” has highlighted the need for “good quality technical capability” within organisations, experts have said. Using Microsoft Excel is not an uncommon “workaround” when managing data but organisations need to find a “more robust” way of doing so, they said. It comes as reports[…]

UK set to pin hopes on South Korea inspired covid-19 tracing technology 1 -

UK set to pin hopes on South Korea inspired covid-19 tracing technology –

UK set to pin hopes on South Korea inspired covid-19 tracing technology. The technology has been used to trace more than 5,000 covid-19 cases back to one woman who attended a service at a mega-church in South Korea. It is believed the style of tracing could allow officials to find “superspreader events”. Government officials are said[…]

As UK prepares for new lockdowns, Europe too is struggling -

As UK government prepares for new lockdowns, Europe too is struggling

As UK government prepares for new lockdowns, Europe too is struggling. Restaurant and bar workers held a “funeral’ for their trade-in Paris. Just as UK government was hoping it could put COVID to rest, the virus has risen again, with renewed venom. Case numbers have been rising and in their wake, hospital admissions too. Europe too[…]

Apple launches Health Records in UK with Oxford and Milton Keynes -

Apple launches Health Records in UK with Oxford and Milton Keynes

Apple launches Health Records in UK with Oxford and Milton Keynes. Apple has this week launched Health Records on the iPhone in the UK, with Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT the first to offer the feature to patients. The feature enables users to securely view and store their[…]

Copper-infused anti-viral masks to be supplied to the UK market -

Copper-infused anti-viral masks to be supplied to the UK market –

Copper-infused anti-viral masks to be supplied to the UK market. Copper Clothing has exclusively partnered with South Korean medical devices manufacturer Medifiber to supply copper-infused face masks to the UK market. This partnership combines both companies’ copper technologies, knowledge and infrastructure to protect people during the pandemic. Between them, the companies have six anti-viral Coronavirus[…]

Covid-19 - New restrictions for parts of England likely next week 1 -

Covid-19 – New restrictions for parts of England likely next week –

Covid-19 – New restrictions for parts of England likely next week. Covid restrictions are to be further tightened in parts of England early next week, with the closure of pubs and restaurants a possibility in the worst-affected areas, the BBC has been told. There could also be a ban on overnight stays away from home[…]

Growing concerns over the decline in non-COVID-19 clinical testing -

Growing concerns over decline in non-COVID-19 clinical testing

Growing concerns over the decline in non-COVID-19 clinical testing. The industry is calling on the government to set out a plan for the safe and sustainable restart of non-COVID-19 clinical testing studies that were put on hold when the pandemic struck. Although restrictions were lifted in May, only 45% of trials that were suspended had[…]

Coronavirus Nottingham has the highest COVID infection rate in UK- BBC News -

Coronavirus: Nottingham has the highest COVID infection rate in the UK

Coronavirus: Nottingham has the highest COVID infection rate in the UK. PA MEDIA Nottingham has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the UK, according to the latest data. Public Health England figures show that 689.1 per 100,000 people tested positive for the virus in the city over the past week. Documents leaked earlier today indicate[…]

Kent Community goes live with Servelec’s Rio electronic patient record -

Kent Community goes live with Servelec’s Rio electronic patient record

Kent Community goes live with Servelec’s Rio electronic patient record. Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with an electronic patient record from Servelec. The Rio software replaces the trusts current electronic patient record (EPR) supplied by Advanced Health and Care. The Rio EPR went live across the trust’s children’s services over the[…]

Apple launches Health Rec. in UK giving iPhone users access to med. data -

Apple launches Health Rec. in UK giving iPhone users access to med. data –

Apple launches Health Rec. in UK giving iPhone users instant access to med. data. Apple Health Records has now launched in the UK (Image: APPLE) APPLE has announced that it has launched its Health Rec. service in the UK giving iPhone users instant access to their private medical records, test results, immunisations and more. After launching[…]

COVID-19 speeds up digital health adoption in the United Kingdom -

COVID-19 speeds up digital health adoption in the United Kingdom

COVID-19 speeds up digital health adoption in the United Kingdom. LONDON – After years of progressing at snail’s pace, COVID-19 has forced through rapid adoption of digital tools across the spectrum of health in the U.K., from general practitioner appointments to hospital referrals, elderly care homes and community nursing. “At game-changing speed” the health and[…]

NHS Providers report highlights digital transformation during Covid-19 -

NHS Providers report highlights digital transformation during Covid-19

NHS Providers report highlights digital transformation during Covid-19. A new report by NHS Providers says that digital transformation during the Covid-19 pandemic has been impressive but now needs additional investment and clear policy support if it is to be sustained. “Spotlight on… digital transformation” says innovation has been at the heart of the response to coronavirus,[…]

Covid-19 NHS tests threatened by Roche supply chain failing -

Covid-19: NHS tests threatened by Roche supply chain failing

Covid-19: NHS tests threatened by Roche supply chain failing. Coronavirus swabs and other key NHS tests for conditions including cancer are under threat, after a supply chain failure at a major diagnostics company. Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche said problems with a move to a new warehouse had led to a “very significant” drop in its[…]

Anti-virus creator John McAfee arrested over tax evasion charges -

Anti-virus creator John McAfee arrested over tax evasion charges

Anti-virus creator John McAfee arrested over tax evasion charges. John McAfee has been charged with failing to file tax returns for four years. Anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has been arrested in Spain and faces extradition to the US where he has been charged with tax evasion.  Prosecutors say he failed to file tax returns[…]

Excel software Why using Microsoft's caused Covid-19 results to be lost 1 -

Excel software: Why using Microsoft’s caused Covid-19 results to be lost –

Excel software: Why using Microsoft’s caused Covid-19 results to be lost. The badly thought-out use of Microsoft’s Excel software was the reason nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases went unreported in England. And it appears that Public Health England (PHE) was to blame, rather than a third-party contractor. The issue was caused by the way the agency[…]

Investigation launched after IT error misses thousands of Covid-19 cases -

Investigation launched after IT error misses thousands of Covid-19 cases

Investigation launched after IT error misses thousands of Covid-19 cases. An investigation has been launched after a “technical error” caused nearly 16,000 cases of coronavirus to go unreported. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that some 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were left out of daily figures. The glitch resulted in efforts to[…]

Seven NHS hospital trusts to receive share of £8.7m for e-prescribing -

Seven NHS hospital trusts to receive share of £8.7m for e-prescribing

Seven NHS hospital trusts to receive share of £8.7m for e-prescribing. A further £8.7million is to be dished out to seven NHS hospital trusts to introduce digital records and e-prescribing. The money is part of a £78million investment which was announced in February 2018 and aims to accelerate the roll-out of electronic prescribing systems across the NHS.[…]

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[…]

A Glimpse into the Future of the Health with Mobile Technology -

A Glimpse into the Future of the Health with Mobile Technology –

A Glimpse into the Future of the Health with Mobile Technology. (Marjan Grabowski, Unsplash) This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms Raunaq Al-Mughairi, a 3rd-year medical student at the national university of science and technology-college of medicine positioned in Sultanate of Oman and Ms Al-Zahra Al-Hashmi, a 3 rd year medical student at Sultan[…]

NHS Covid-19 app ‘more privacy-centric than original model’ -

NHS Covid-19 app ‘more privacy-centric than original model’

NHS Covid-19 app ‘more privacy-centric than original model’. A privacy expert who spoke out against the initial operating model of the NHS Covid-19 App has praised the privacy-centric design of the newly launched app – and even downloaded it himself. Professor Eerke Boiten, a professor in cybersecurity at De Montfort University in Leicester, was among[…]

Mobile health tech Advances, Facilitations and Promotion of Autonomy -

Mobile health tech: Advances, Facilitations and Promotion of Autonomy

Mobile health tech: Advances, Facilitations and Promotion of Autonomy. (Rami Al-zayat, Unsplash) This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms Raquel Japiassú Carvalho and Ms Caroline Ayumi Waricoda Horaguti, a third-year medical student. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this[…]

United Kingdom cases jump after COVID records glitch -

United Kingdom cases jump after COVID records glitch

United Kingdom cases jump after COVID records glitch. A technical recording issue has been blamed for a surge in Britain’s COVID-19 case numbers. A technical failure in England’s COVID-19 testing data system has now been fixed and should not be repeated, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has said. Britain reported a jump in daily[…]

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[…]

These are the new money transfer rules you’ll have to follow from 30 June -

These are the new money transfer rules you’ll have to follow from 30 June

These are the new money transfer rules you’ll have to follow from 30 June. Transferring money from your bank account to friends, family and other payees is going to change slightly from the end of this month, as part of new anti-fraud safety measures. Six major UK banks are to introduce new rules in an[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Adult social care app launched in England to support staff coronavirus pandemic -

Adult social care app launched in England to support staff for coronavirus pandemic.

Adult social care app launched in England to support staff for coronavirus pandemic. A dedicated app for the adult social care workforce in England has been launched to support staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Developed with NHSX and NHS Business Services Authority, the Care Workforce app will be introduced under the new CARE brand and[…]

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[…]

Connected Nottinghamshire launches digital ‘front door’ for local services -

Connected Nottinghamshire launches digital ‘front door’ for local services

Connected Nottinghamshire launches digital ‘front door’ for local services. Connected Nottinghamshire has partnered up with Patients Know Best (PKB) to connect their population to the information and services they need all in one place.  The digital transformation programme, set up by the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS), is the first to integrate with[…]

Digital Health Rewired Leadership Summit – here is what to expect -

Digital Health Rewired Leadership Summit – here is what to expect

Digital Health Rewired Leadership Summit – here is what to expect. Inspirational keynotes and lively panel discussions on a variety of topics await the attendees of this year’s Digital Health Rewired Leadership Summit 2020. Throughout the day the Digital Health News team will be reporting on the themes and concerns raised by the NHS IT[…]

The Anatomy of a Modern eLearning Course -

The Anatomy of a Modern eLearning Course

The Anatomy of a Modern eLearning Course. If you are a training manager, you have seen it develop for quite some time now. Your learner profile is slowly but surely changing. You now see many more members of Generation Y at the workplace and taking your training programs. These are the Millennials or the modern[…]

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Early years apps approved to help families kick start learning at home

Early years apps approved to help families kick start learning at home. Parents are set to benefit from new technology to support their children learning at home, with 6 new apps available to improve reading, writing and speaking. Following a competition to find the best educational apps for parents to engage young children in learning[…]

Skin cancer apps ‘cannot be relied upon for accurate results’, study finds -

Skin cancer apps ‘cannot be relied upon for accurate results’, study finds

Skin cancer apps ‘cannot be relied upon for accurate results’, study finds. Smartphone apps designed to detect the risk of skin cancer are poorly regulated and “frequently cannot be relied upon to produce accurate results”, according to a new analysis. Researchers based in the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Applied Health Research, in collaboration with[…]

Alzheimer’s Research UK launches data initiative to help spot early signs -

Alzheimer’s Research UK launches data initiative to help spot early signs

Alzheimer’s Research UK launches data initiative to help spot early signs. A spectrum of data is to be used to develop “fingerprints” of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s that can then be detected through wearable technology. The Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (EDoN) initiative, which has been launched by the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, aims to[…]

Healthcare needs a new year resolution to improve cyber-awareness -

Healthcare needs a new year resolution to improve cyber-awareness

Healthcare needs a new year resolution to improve cyber-awareness. Even though it the start of February, our cybersecurity columnist, Davey Winder, is thinking about resolutions and whether 2020 will still have “the same old security issues”. It’s a new year and I really don’t feel much like celebrating, truth be told. File me under ‘cyber-pessimist’[…]

Patient data sent to global drug companies ‘may not be anonymous’ -

Patient data sent to global drug companies ‘may not be anonymous’

Patient data sent to global drug companies ‘may not be anonymous’ The data of millions of NHS patients’ sent to international drugs companies may not be anonymous, experts in the field have claimed. Privacy campaigners have labelled it a “gross betrayal of trust”, arguing that simply following the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) anonymisation code of[…]

Augmented reality predicted to edge out VR in healthcare stakes -

Augmented reality predicted to edge out VR in healthcare stakes

Augmented reality predicted to edge out VR in healthcare stakes. The falling cost of augmented reality (AR) hardware and the growing possibilities it proposes to healthcare means it will succeed the popularity of virtual reality (VR) in the next 10 years, according to a new report. GlobalData’s ‘Virtual/Augmented Reality in Healthcare’ report forecasts the AR[…]

Health Foundation to explore impact of data analytics and technology -

Health Foundation to explore impact of data analytics and technology

Health Foundation to explore the impact of data analytics and technology. The Health Foundation will begin exploring the impact of data analytics and technology on health and care in the UK. The independent charity has launched its Data Analytics for Better Health strategy, which aims to tackle real-world problems that affect people’s health and develop[…]

Cybersecurity news round-up -

Cyber security news round-up

Cybersecurity news round-up. Our first cybersecurity round-up of 2020 details updates to NHSmail and advice from the National Cyber Security Centre on the use of Windows 7, after Microsoft officially ended support for the platform. Three-quarters of healthcare organisations suffered a cyber-attack in 2019 New research by data security provider Clearswift suggests that more than[…]

Legal considerations when it comes to robotics in surgery -

Legal considerations when it comes to robotics in surgery

Legal considerations when it comes to robotics in surgery. Robotics in surgery is on the rise with a key development being the use of the technology during minimally invasive procedures. Hamza Drabu, a partner at DAC Beachcroft, who leads their Medtech team, considers some of the main legal considerations associated with contracting for the technology[…]

Expectant mothers given access to health records at Royal Cornwall -

Expectant mothers given access to health records at Royal Cornwall

Expectant mothers given access to health records at Royal Cornwall. Expectant mothers at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust can now access their personal health records through a digital portal. Building on the trusts maternity information system supplied by Wellsky’s Euroking (formerly E3), the trust has added a fully customisable module that allows patients access to their[…]

Investment in digital ‘is a building block for world class GP services’ -

Investment in digital ‘is a building block for world class GP services’

Investment in digital ‘is a building block for world class GP services’. Investment in digital technology is one of the “building blocks” for providing a world class service to patients and clinicians, the Royal College of GPs has said. In launching its workforce roadmap, Fit for the Future, the college reiterated previous calls for increased[…]

Electronic prescription error lead to woman’s death, coroner finds -

Electronic prescription error lead to woman’s death, coroner finds

Electronic prescription error lead to woman’s death, coroner finds. A woman died after a mix-up with an electronic prescription caused her to continue taking the wrong medication for an infection, a coroner has found. David Urpeth, assistant coroner for South Yorkshire West, said “there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is[…]

Health Data Research UK launches £1m data science partnership -

Health Data Research UK launches £1m data science partnership

Health Data Research UK launches £1m data science partnership. Health Data Research UK has launched a new opportunity for organisations to improve patient care through analysing large-scale data. The work will include up to four projects and a new partnership that will integrate with Health Data Research UK’s (HDRUK) existing research programmes. The Better Care[…]

Digital health and wellness continues to grow at CES 2020 -

Digital health and wellness continues to grow at CES 2020

Digital health and wellness continue to grow at CES 2020. Digital health and wellness feature heavily at CES 2020, the gigantic consumer technology show that takes over Las Vegas this week and will be attended by around 170,000 people. Away from the latest in high-end entertainment hardware and gadgets, peripherals and tech innovation from every[…]

Gloucestershire Hospitals turns around Allscripts go-live in five months -

Gloucestershire Hospitals turns around Allscripts go-live in five months

Gloucestershire Hospitals turns around Allscripts go-live in five months. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with the Allscripts Sunrise electronic patient record (EPR) just five months after signing with the company. Two early adopter wards went live with nursing documentation and risk assessments in November, with a further 22 wards going live two[…]

How computer vision can alleviate pressure on NHS staff - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

How computer vision can alleviate pressure on NHS staff

How computer vision can alleviate pressure on NHS staff. Paul Davis, VP for UK and Northern Europe at Scandit explores how computer vision and augmented reality are improving patient care and removing the need for the NHS to commit to largescale technology investments. The NHS Long Term Plan, published earlier this year, outlines the importance of technology in[…]

NICE endorses patient record tool to improve AF treatment - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

NICE endorses patient record tool to improve AF treatment

NICE endorses patient record tool to improve AF treatment. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has endorsed a tool developed by a West Midlands GP to improve treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart condition that affects 1.2m people in the UK. The tool, being rolled out to 4,166 GP practices using[…]

Digital health predictions for 2020 from industry experts - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Digital health predictions for 2020 from industry experts

Digital health predictions for 2020 from industry experts. More scrutiny, regulation, open standards: 16 specialists tell us what they expect to see in 2020. Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of initiatives that aim to accelerate the use of digital tools and services for healthcare announced in Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, the Mayo[…]

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[…]

Socially intelligent robot fitness coach developed by researchers in Bristol -

‘Socially intelligent’ robot fitness coach developed by researchers in Bristol

Socially intelligent robot fitness coach developed by researchers in Bristol. The world’s first “socially intelligent” robot fitness coach has been developed by researchers at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL). The robot companion can give motivational voice prompts and make physical gestures to guide people through an exercise regime on a treadmill. Support from Pepper the robot[…]

A 'liquid health check' could predict disease risk - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

A ‘liquid health check’ could predict disease risk

A ‘liquid health check’ could predict disease risk. A single blood test could be used to predict whether someone is at risk of developing a range of diseases, according to research we part-funded. Researchers from the University of Cambridge collaborated with teams in the US to create a test which scanned a sample of blood[…]

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites. Online tools which track user behaviour for advertisers have been found on a swathe of EU public health websites, including NHS and Gov.uk pages. These trackers could compromise sensitive data about people. The researchers also discovered trackers on 89% of EU government websites. Most of the[…]

Staff lose more than 26,000 hours to IT issues, CQC reveals -

Staff lose more than 26,000 hours to IT issues, CQC reveals

Staff lose more than 26,000 hours to IT issues, CQC reveals. The Care Quality Commission has lost more than 26,000 hours of staff time due to IT issues in the last year, board papers have revealed. It’s estimated the loss of staff time has cost the watchdog £679,399. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed in[…]

Record sharing platform credited for saving patient’s life in Nottinghamshire -

Record sharing platform credited for saving patient’s life in Nottinghamshire

Record sharing platform credited for saving patient’s life in Nottinghamshire. A medical interoperability gateway (MIG) used by clinicians in Northamptonshire has been credited for saving one overdose patient’s life and reducing hospital admissions by one, per clinician per month. The Connected Nottinghamshire (CN) programme run by Nottinghamshire CCG has been using a MIG supplied by[…]

Plant Power - UK Scientists Are Hunting for the Medicines on our Doorstep - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Plant Power: UK Scientists Are Hunting for the Medicines on our Doorstep

Plant Power: UK Scientists Are Hunting for The Medicines on our Doorstep. The therapeutic potential of botanic-derived compounds is well established, and an array of pathological conditions have been treated using such “natural products”. Take atropine, for example. An anticholinergic compound, atropine is produced by certain members of the Solanaceae family of plants and has[…]

New research to study if phone usage can detect mental health relapse -

New research to study if phone usage can detect mental health relapse

New research to study if phone usage can detect mental health relapse. Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new research programme to understand if there are links with phone usage to detect and predict relapse in people suffering from a serious mental illness (SMI). The new study is to take place at[…]

Online GP consultation passes one million patient requests -

Online GP consultation passes one million patient requests

Online GP consultation passes one million patient requests. One million patient requests have been managed by GP practices using the askmyGP online consultation and workflow system since September 2018. The system is used by practices across the UK with a combined list size of 545,485. Clinicians at the practices use the system’s online triage tools[…]

Apps valuable tools for skin cancer self-monitoring, say dermatologists -

Apps valuable tools for skin cancer self-monitoring, say dermatologists

Apps valuable tools for skin cancer self-monitoring say, dermatologists. Apps that allow patients to keep photographic records of their skin and track changes over time are viewed by dermatologists as important tools for self-monitoring for skin cancer, according to new findings. The Skin Health Alliance 2019 Dermatologists Survey found that 93% of 245 dermatologists said[…]

Power of 5G technology in healthcare demonstrated in Birmingham -

Power of 5G technology in healthcare demonstrated in Birmingham

5G technology power in healthcare demonstrated in Birmingham. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and BT have demonstrated scenarios where 5G technology could provide solutions for the healthcare sector. The demonstration, held at the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC) at UHB, included a showcase of a concept of a 5G connected ambulance,[…]

Move to increase drug and treatment options in Guernsey - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Move to increase drug and treatment options in Guernsey

Move to increase drug and treatment options in Guernsey. GETTY IMAGES. A “disparity” between drugs and treatments available in Guernsey and in England is set to change next year, health bosses have announced. Currently one-third of NHS approved medical treatments are not funded for patients on the island. These are instead available under a private[…]

Tech players warns health services about using outdated IT -

Tech players warns health services about using outdated IT

Tech players warns health services about using outdated IT. Digital health technology companies have sounded warnings about using outdated computer systems after Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said it takes 17 minutes for her computer to load. It came to light after her conversation with health and social care secretary Matt Hancock was played aloud to delegates at[…]

European space agency awards contract to Spirit Digital -

European space agency awards contract to Spirit Digital

European space agency awards contract to Spirit Digital. Spirit’s CliniTouch Vie to provide remote healthcare monitoring with tailored clinical interventions aligned with air quality monitoring. Spirit Digital, part of the innovative healthcare organisation Spirit Health Group, has been awarded a European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications and Space Solutions contract and funding to deliver real-time[…]

Google buys wearables company Fitbit in £1.6billon deal -

Google buys wearables company Fitbit in £1.6billon deal

Google buys wearables company Fitbit in £1.6billon deal. Technology giant Google has announced it has acquired wearables company FitBit, in a deal worth approximately £1.6billion ($2.1billion). The deal is expected to close in 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Fitbit’s stockholders and regulatory approvals. “Google is an ideal partner to advance our[…]

New brain stimulation treatment for depression -

New brain stimulation treatment for depression

New brain stimulation treatment for depression. Harley Street clinics are to offer patients a new medically approved brain stimulation headset to treat depression. The technology from medical device company Flow Neuroscience has been shown in independent clinical studies to have a similar impact to antidepressants but with fewer and less-severe side effects. The treatment is being trialled in[…]

Orion Health ‘back in growth mode’ as share buyback puts cash in bank -

Orion Health ‘back in growth mode’ as share buyback puts cash in bank

Orion Health ‘back in growth mode’ as share buyback puts cash in bank. Orion Health is “back to growth” just over a year after it sold off its integration business to a British investment firm amid falling profits. Speaking at the company’s annual UK&I customer conference, CEO and founder Ian McCrae said Orion had “reinvented”[…]

Significant resource’ needed for tech to support dwindling GP numbers -

Significant resource needed for tech to support dwindling GP numbers

Significant resource needed for tech to support dwindling GP numbers. “Significant resource” in both capital and running costs for technologies are needed to support primary care among dwindling numbers of GPs across the country, a report has found. The Nuffield Trust report, Delivering general practice with too few GPs, found a focus on technology that supports patient[…]

VR training system closes latest funding round -

VR training system closes latest funding round

VR training system closes latest funding round. Tern, the investment company specialising in the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that FundamentalVR, a virtual reality (VR) training and data analysis technology platform, has closed a £4.3 million Series A funding round, including a £500,000 convertible loan note conversion, with a post-money valuation of £11.3 million.[…]

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[…]

Screen time and students’ mental health -

Screen time and students’ mental health

Screen time and students’ mental health. ‘As educators, we are in a position to teach our students how to use digital technologies responsibly.’ ©Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock The presence of digital technologies in the classroom is not a new phenomenon. Teachers have long recognised the educational and developmental benefits that may be derived from their use in schools.[…]

Government pledges £26m to upgrade digital prescribing systems -

Government pledges £26m to upgrade digital prescribing systems

Government pledges £26m to upgrade digital prescribing systems. Twenty-five trusts across the country are set to receive a share of £26million to upgrade digital prescribing systems, the government has announced. The funding will also be used to better connect patient history and replace outdated paper systems, with the ultimate aim of reducing errors and improving[…]

New £56m research network to focus on AI in radiotherapy -

New £56m research network to focus on AI in radiotherapy

New £56m research network to focus on AI in radiotherapy. A new multi-million pound research network, led by Cancer Research UK, will explore how artificial intelligence can improve radiotherapy treatments. The £56million Cancer Research UK RadNet network marks the charity’s largest-ever investment in radiotherapy research and aims to accelerate the developments of advanced treatments through[…]

Technology can help in dealing with mental health issues -

Technology can help in dealing with mental health issues

Technology can help in dealing with mental health issues. Technology offers new ways of helping individuals cope with depression and other mental health issues. Photo: AFP Depression is widespread in Hong Kong, especially in these days of unrest. A recent study by a research team from the University of Hong Kong faculty of medicine has described[…]

Wearable blood pressure cuff allows users to track hypertension at home -

Wearable blood pressure cuff allows users to track hypertension at home

Wearable blood pressure cuff allows users to track hypertension at home. A wearable blood pressure cuff that allows users to track and trend hypertension were featured in a multi-sensory ‘home of imagination’ pop-up in London. OMRON Healthcare’s EVOLV was demonstrated at the Amazon Alexa event in Shepherd’s Bush, which also included live demos of Alexa[…]

Mental health support available for all NHS doctors and dentists -

Mental health support available for all NHS doctors and dentists

Mental health support available for all NHS doctors and dentists. All NHS dentists and doctors in Britain are now able to access 24/7 confidential support and advice through NHS Practitioner Health. Matt Hancock announced on 21 October that all NHS dentists and doctors have access to mental health services either in person or over the[…]

Electronic Prescription Service to be rolled out nationally next month -

Electronic Prescription Service to be rolled out nationally next month

Electronic Prescription Service to be rolled out nationally next month. All prescriptions in England are set to be digitised following the roll-out of the final stage of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) next month. The service will create a faster and more secure process for clinicians to prescribe and dispense medication, the Department of Health[…]

UK Digital Healthtech companies to showcase ground-breaking technologies at Medica 2019 -

UK Digital Healthtech companies to showcase ground-breaking technologies at Medica 2019

UK Digital Healthtech companies to showcase ground-breaking technologies at Medica 2019. The world’s first ‘smart’ peak flow meter that connects to a smartphone and a software platform that turns exercise into video games are two of the cutting-edge technologies that will be showcased alongside a range of pioneering UK digital health innovations at MEDICA 2019.[…]

Certain Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Bowel Cancer - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Certain Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Bowel Cancer

Certain Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Bowel Cancer. Credit: Pixabay People who have a certain type of bacteria in their guts may be at greater risk of developing bowel cancer. In the first study to use a technique called Mendelian randomisation to investigate the causal role played by bacteria in the development of bowel cancer,[…]

Innovative New Technology Unveiled By North Wales Skin Clinic - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Innovative New Technology Unveiled By North Wales Skin Clinic

Innovative New Technology Unveiled By North Wales Skin Clinic. An award-winning skin clinic has invested in new technology to remain at the forefront of advances in the aesthetics sector. Pure Perfection Clinic in Rossett, near Wrexham, has added ground-breaking Diolaze and Morpheus8 machinery to its growing list of pioneering treatments. Morpheus8, a fractional skin process[…]

Basildon Hospital will get £1.2m for paperless system - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Basildon Hospital will get £1.2m for paperless system

Basildon Hospital will get £1.2m for paperless system. £1.7 million plan for hospital prescriptions to go paperless. TWO hospital trusts in south Essex will get £1.7million to help their prescription service to go paperless. Basildon and Thurrock Hospital Trust and the Essex Mental Health Trust will receive a share of £26million for digital prescribing systems[…]

Technology will create superteachers, not replace them - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

‘Technology will create superteachers, not replace them’

‘Technology will create superteachers, not replace them.’ Priya Lakhani OBE, founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, says schools can use AI to automate and improve less human-dependent tasks, so teachers can get back to what’s important – teaching. Priya Lakhani OBE. Tuesday 5th November 2019. On any given day, a cursory glance at the news headlines will[…]

How will the NHS AI lab change UK healthcare – and more - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

How will the NHS AI lab change UK healthcare – and more?

How will the NHS AI lab change UK healthcare – and more? Where is AI set to make a real difference to medicine in the coming years? (Image credit: Image source: Shutterstock/Wichy) Where can Britain be a world leader after it leaves the European Union? For all the uncertainty regarding the UK’s future trading relationship[…]

UK healthcare investment lower than other EU countries - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

UK healthcare investment lower than other EU countries

UK healthcare investment lower than other EU countries. © iStock/JOHNGOMEZPIX The UK is investing significantly less in healthcare capital than other EU countries according to new analysis from the Health Foundation. The analysis shows that UK healthcare investment in capital – including buildings, equipment and IT – is much lower than other EU countries, meaning the total[…]

AI in healthcare Microsoft reports promising uptake - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

AI in healthcare: Microsoft reports promising uptake

AI in healthcare: Microsoft reports promising uptake. © iStock/4X-image A survey on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the UK healthcare industry has revealed that 46% of NHS leaders reported that their trust utilised the technology in some respect, which is an 8% increase in comparison to 2018. The area which grew at the greatest rate[…]

Blood test could help detect breast cancer signs 5 years sooner - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Blood test could help detect breast cancer signs 5 years sooner

Blood test could help detect breast cancer signs 5 years sooner. The researchers identified three panels of tumour-associated antigens against which to test for autoantibodies. File photo London, November 3 Researchers have found that a simple blood test can detect breast cancer up to five years before there are any clinical signs of it. The[…]

Measles resets the immune system to baby-like state - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Measles resets the immune system to ‘baby-like state’

Measles resets the immune system to ‘baby-like state’. Scientists say measles virus causes long-term damage to the immune system, wiping out previous immunity to other infections. Measles can cause long-term damage to the immune system – resetting it to a baby-like state and leaving people vulnerable to other infections, scientists have said. According to new[…]

Tech will cut social care cost - but mean fewer home visits - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Tech will cut social care cost – but mean fewer home visits

Tech will cut social care cost – but mean fewer home visits. Essex County Council says monitoring will reduce the cost of adult social care but there will be fewer visits. Photo: Pixabay. A new scheme using digital technology to help support people to live independent lives in their own homes will save Essex County[…]

The importance of Coping with a stressful incident - Online Course -

The importance of Coping with Stress – Online Course

The importance of Coping with a stressful incident – Online Course. Stress is an unfortunate but often unavoidable side effect of our busy lives. Having online training for managing stress is a good way to combat its physical, mental, and emotional impact. You’ll find an excellent experience to do just that this year. Learnpac e-Learning stands out for their[…]

Healthcare Excellence Through Technology – designed for the healthcare industry -

HETT – designed for the healthcare industry

Healthcare Excellence Through Technology – designed for the healthcare industry. Matthew Gould to keynote as part of HETT’s unique programme designed by the healthcare industry for the healthcare industry – have you registered yet? HETT is the healthcare industry event to provide a unique platform for health and care professionals to share and solve the most pressing issues[…]

PET-CT services updated in the Thames Valley area -

PET-CT services updated in the Thames Valley area

PET-CT services updated in the Thames Valley area. On 3 September 2019, NHS England and improvement, Hospital NHS Foundation Trust , InHealth and Oxford University released a joint statement regarding an update on PET-CT services in the Thames Valley area. More lives are being saved by the NHSs commitment to detecting more cancers earlier. Scanning[…]

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[…]

Digital tool helping to speed up hospital discharge for older people -

Digital tool helping to speed up hospital discharge for older people

Digital tool helping to speed up hospital discharge for older people. Finding older peoples’ care home in Kirklees with availability is now easier thanks to an online tracking tool. The Care Home Capacity Tracker was introduced in Kirklees in July 2018 by Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs and Kirklees Council, supported by NHS England.[…]

Apple to launch research app to allow users to privately submit health data -

Apple to launch research app to allow users to privately submit health data

Apple to launch research app to allow users to privately submit health data. Technology giant Apple has announced it is launching a research app which can allow users to have the option of privately contributing to health research by sharing data collected from their smartwatch. Via this new app, Apple is looking to conduct three[…]

HUG to use IBM Watson’s AI tool for cancer care -

HUG to use IBM Watson’s AI tool for cancer care

HUG to use IBM Watson’s AI tool for cancer care. Hôpitaux Universitaires Genève (HUG) has announced it will become the first European university hospital to use IBM Watson Health’s precision oncology offering. Watson for Genomics, an artificial intelligence (AI) tool, enables oncologists to provide patients with more personalised, evidence-based cancer care. Using information extracted from[…]

Guy’s and St Thomas’ pharmacist develops app for medication questions

Guy’s and St Thomas’ pharmacist develops app for medication questions

Guy’s and St Thomas’ pharmacist develops app for medication questions.  A team from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has developed an app which provides patients with answers to common medication questions. MedTap provides answers to questions such as when and how to take pills, what to do about side effects, how to re-order more[…]

How smart solutions can transform the care eco-system -

How smart solutions can transform the care eco-system

How smart solutions can transform the care eco-system. As Greater Manchester’s NHS Trust and Council announce plans to undergo a £14.3 million digital revamp in a bid to improve care, Helen Dempster, chief visionary officer, Karantis360, further explores how smart solutions have the ability to transform the whole care eco-system. With an ageing population putting[…]

UK govt urged to investigate into neural interface technologies -

UK govt urged to investigate into neural interface technologies

UK govt urged to investigate into neural interface technologies. Image: The Royal Society has published a report on the potential of neural interface technologies. Photo: courtesy of Tom Morris/Wikipedia.org.  The Royal Society, in a report, has asked the UK government to take the lead role in investigating neural interface technologies, which are designed to merge[…]

England’s chief nursing officer on the hunt for NHS App ambassadors -

England’s chief nursing officer on the hunt for NHS App ambassadors

England’s chief nursing officer on the hunt for NHS App ambassadors. Nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and doctors are being called on to become the face of the NHS App on social media and in their communities. England’s chief nursing officer (CNO), Ruth May, launched the drive to find ten NHS ambassadors to help advocate[…]

CCIO says better infrastructure and training needed to reap benefits of tech -

CCIO says better infrastructure and training needed to reap benefits of tech

CCIO says better infrastructure and training needed to reap benefits of tech. Better infrastructure, access to data and training for the workforce is needed to fully realise the benefits technology can bring in healthcare, a CCIO has said. Speaking during an NHSX panel discussion at NHS Expo, Ayesha Rahim, CCIO and deputy medical director at[…]

AI Lab will ‘train’ algorithms and develop frameworks, Hancock says -

AI Lab will ‘train’ algorithms and develop frameworks, Hancock says

AI Lab will ‘train’ algorithms and develop frameworks, Hancock says. The newly announced National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab will be used to “train” algorithms and develop “ethical” frameworks, Matt Hancock has said. Appearing via video at NHS Expo, the health secretary said the lab was part of a “major transformation” to improve digital health and patient experience. “[The[…]

EMIS cites ‘huge increase’ in patients registering for Patient Access -

EMIS cites ‘huge increase’ in patients registering for Patient Access

EMIS cites ‘huge increase’ in patients registering for Patient Access. EMIS Health has cited a “huge increase” in patients using online GP services after registrations for Patient Access rose by a third in just over 12 months. According to EMIS, its Patient Access service has seen sign-ups increase from six million to eight million since[…]

iRhythm and Verily team up to assist AF patients -

iRhythm and Verily team up to assist AF patients

iRhythm and Verily team up to assist AF patients. An AI firm who is headed by the multinational giant, Alphabet, has today announced its plans to develop tech that will help patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). iRhythm Technologies, Inc. an AI-based testing and monitoring health company, has collaborated with Alphabet’s health tech data firm, Verily. The[…]

CHIME launches UK chapter in ‘landmark agreement’ with BCS -

CHIME launches UK chapter in ‘landmark agreement’ with BCS

CHIME launches UK chapter in ‘landmark agreement’ with BCS. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has launched a UK chapter after signing a “landmark agreement” with British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT. The agreement means BCS members can access CHIME’s online materials and gain admission to the CHIME Healthcare CIO[…]

Female health app develops tool to identify PCOS -

Female health app develops tool to identify PCOS

Female health app develops tool to identify PCOS. Female health app Flo has announced it has successfully developed PCOS Health Assistant, a digital self-assessment tool to help identify the risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a health condition that impacts approximately one in 10 women of childbearing age and is the cause of[…]

Digital mental health ward ‘empowering clinicians like never before’

Digital mental health ward ‘empowering clinicians like never before’

Digital mental health ward ‘empowering clinicians like never before’. Creating a digital ward at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust has “empowered clinicians like they’ve never been empowered before”, a matron at the trust has said. Speaking at NHS Expo today (September 4), Dave Austin explained how the digital ward, which has been released as[…]

The best health tech for beating stress -

The best health tech for beating stress

The best health tech for beating stress. Rawpixel/Getty Images Our stress levels are on the rise. A 2018 survey showed 74 per cent of Brits had experienced stress that left them feeling unable to cope. Half of those people admitted feeling depressed as a result, and 37 per cent felt lonely. Almost half of the[…]

Can artificial intelligence help prevent mental illness? -

Can artificial intelligence help prevent mental illness?

Can artificial intelligence help prevent mental illness? David Plans, BioBeats.  Technology entrepreneur David Plans knows first hand the risks of ignoring mental health. While going through security at Brussels Airport in 2003, he suddenly passed out, was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and flatlined in transit. “I was shocked back into life and given[…]

Medical device vulnerability scoring flaws put patients’ lives at risk -

Davey Winder: Medical device vulnerability scoring flaws put patients’ lives at risk

Davey Winder: Medical device vulnerability scoring flaws put patients’ lives at risk. In his latest column for Digital Health News, our cyber security specialist, Davey Winder, explores the complicated world of security rating systems for medical device vulnerabilities. In July, Digital Health reported how medical tech outfit Medtronic had identified a vulnerability in some of its insulin[…]

Tech time not to blame for teens' mental health problems -

Tech time not to blame for teens’ mental health problems

Tech time not to blame for teens’ mental health problems. Study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes. Teenagers using smartphones (stock image). Credit: © Syda Productions / Adobe Stock A new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and[…]

Falling Life Expectancy Becoming The 'Climate Change' Of Health -

Falling Life Expectancy Becoming The ‘Climate Change’ Of Health

Falling Life Expectancy Becoming The ‘Climate Change’ Of Health. Concept of new life and birth abstract medical background.GETTY It’s official. Despite the incredible strides we’re seeing in science and technology, life expectancies are stalling or even falling in much of the developed world. Recent statistics from the Centers for  Disease Control show life expectancy has[…]

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[…]

Transforming mental health services -

Transforming mental health services

Transforming mental health services. Paul Midgley, of Wilmington Healthcare, explores the NHS Long Term Plan’s strategy for tackling mental health conditions Mental health services have become a greater priority for the NHS in recent years, and they are increasingly seen as an area where demand can be reduced and greater efficiencies achieved. Policy changes began[…]

Mental health concerns on the rise for college students -

Mental Health Concerns on the Rise for College Students

Mental Health Concerns on the Rise for College Students. Is social media really to blame and how can college counseling help? Like thousands of students across the continent, tomorrow I’ll be heading back to school. For me this will (hopefully!) be for the very last time, as I enter my final pre-doctoral residency for my PhD. in[…]

Hearing and sight loss patients trained to use digital health tools -

Hearing and sight loss patients trained to use digital health tools

Hearing and sight loss patients trained to use digital health tools. People with hearing and sight loss in West Yorkshire and Harrogate are to be trained to use digital health tools to make visiting the GP easier. The project is being run by mHabitat and was designed to find out more about the challenges faced[…]

Imperial College goes live with electronic document management system -

Imperial College goes live with electronic document management system

Imperial College goes live with electronic document management system. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has gone live with an electronic document management system (EDMS). The trust has selected IMMJ Systems Mediviewer, which allows hospitals to scan, index and archive paper medical records and access them through a user interface. MediViewer will also integrate with the[…]

Artificial intelligence ‘predicts fatal heart attacks up to 5 years in advance’ -

Artificial intelligence ‘predicts fatal heart attacks up to 5 years in advance’

Artificial intelligence ‘predicts fatal heart attacks up to 5 years in advance’. Artificial intelligence could be used to predict those at risk of a fatal heart attack up to five years in advance, new research has found. Experts at the University of Oxford have developed a “fingerprint”, or biomarker, using machine learning. The fat radiomic[…]

London healthcare firm pledges nearly £50m to 'vital' retina therapy technology -

London healthcare firm pledges nearly £50m to ‘vital’ retina therapy technology

London healthcare firm pledges nearly £50m to ‘vital’ retina therapy technology. Syncona Ltd has funded £48m of a £50.4m Series B deal to Gyroscope Therapeutics with the extra £2.4m from Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC). Healthcare company Syncona focuses on founding, building and funding global businesses in life sciences, and retains an 80 per cent stake[…]

New smartphone-based heart monitoring device launched in UK-

New smartphone-based heart monitoring device launched in UK

New smartphone-based heart monitoring device launched in UK. AliveCor has launched of KardiaMobile 6L in the UK, an FDA-cleared and CE-marked, six-lead personal heart monitoring device. This smartphone-based technology provides a multi-dimensional view of the heart in 30 seconds, including visibility into arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation (AF) that are leading indicators of cardiovascular disease.[…]

Full power of innovative technologies ‘will not be achieved’ in no-deal Brexit -

Full power of innovative technologies ‘will not be achieved’ in no-deal Brexit

Full power of innovative technologies ‘will not be achieved’ in no-deal Brexit.  The full power of innovative digital technologies “will not be achieved” if the UK crashes out of the European Union without a deal, TechUK has warned. It comes amid concerns there may be delays in sharing health data between the UK and the[…]

St Helens and Knowsley launches System C vitals in ‘big bang’ go-live -

St Helens and Knowsley launches System C vitals in ‘big bang’ go-live

St Helens and Knowsley launch System C vitals in ‘big bang’ go-live. St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have celebrated a successful go-live of System C’s CareFlow Vitals as part of its strategy of becoming a digital exemplar trust.  The roll-out of CareFlow Vitals represented the first time System C’s e-observations (e-obs) software[…]

First ‘digital’ baby born at West Cumberland Hospital -

First ‘digital’ baby born at West Cumberland Hospital

First ‘digital’ baby born at West Cumberland Hospital. The first baby born using entirely digital maternity notes in north Cumbria has been born at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. The new digital system replaces the traditional paper based system with notes being held digitally for staff and linking to a phone app so women no[…]

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[…]

Oxford University Hospitals appoints chief digital and partnership officer -

Oxford University Hospitals appoints chief digital and partnership officer

Oxford University Hospitals appoints chief digital and partnership officer.  Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a chief digital and partnership officer to its board. David Walliker, the current CIO of Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Royal Liverpool Hospital, will take up the new role at the end of October. As well as CIO duties,[…]

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.[…]

Babylon calls for financial ‘incentives’ for digital providers in primary care -

Babylon calls for financial ‘incentives’ for digital providers in primary care

Babylon calls for financial ‘incentives’ for digital providers in primary care. Digital providers should be offered financial “incentives” to encourage them to “maximise their offerings”, according to Babylon. The digital-first provider also called for primary care IT infrastructure to be updated to allow Babylon GP at Hand’s technology to work seamlessly with existing systems. This[…]

What smartphones are doing to your teenager's mental health -

What smartphones are doing to your teenager’s mental health

What smartphones are doing to your teenager’s mental health. New research questions the connection between phones and mental health. How many times have you heard that screen time is bad for adolescent mental health? As a paediatrician, I’ve told many families that small amounts of screen time are fine, but large amounts of screen time[…]

Healthcare organisations offered funding to deploy Patients Know Best -

Healthcare organisations offered funding to deploy Patients Know Best

Healthcare organisations offered funding to deploy Patients Know Best.  Patients Know Best (PKB) has been selected by NHS England to support up to six areas to deploy its patient portal. The Innovation and Technology 2019/20 programme chose Patients Know Best (PKB) as an interoperable personal health record (PHR) tool, giving a number of healthcare organisations[…]

Greater Manchester to invest in technology across early years and dementia care.

Greater Manchester to invest in technology across early years and dementia care

Greater Manchester to invest in technology across early years and dementia care. Greater Manchester’s NHS and Councils are working together to develop and test new advanced technologies aiming to join up information across public services and empower people to live well and integrate care. Under the plans, a suite of new technologies will be developed[…]

Breast cancer risk from using HRT is ‘twice what was thought’ -

Breast cancer risk from using HRT is ‘twice what was thought’

Breast cancer risk from using HRT is ‘twice what was thought’. Study prompts medicines regulator to advise all women using HRT to remain vigilant. The study shows one in 50 women taking the most common HRT for five years will get breast cancer. Photograph: MarsBars/Getty Images/iStockphoto. The risk of breast cancer from using hormone replacement[…]

New tech to spot sepsis saves hundreds of lives -

New tech to spot sepsis saves hundreds of lives

New tech to spot sepsis saves hundreds of lives. The better use of digital technology has saved hundreds of people from sepsis in hospitals. Across the country there has been a large effort to eradicate sepsis by implementing a one hour diagnosis and treatment for the condition. This new “alert and action” technology uses algorithms[…]

Manchester LHCRE to invest £14.3m in integrated care tech -

Manchester LHCRE to invest £14.3m in integrated care tech

Manchester LHCRE to invest £14.3m in integrated care tech. The Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) programme in Manchester is investing over £14m in new tech to support integrated care and people living with long-term conditions. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is contributing up to £6.8m as part of the project, with a[…]

App advises steps to treat back pain in the workplace

App advises steps to treat back pain in the workplace

App advises steps to treat back pain in the workplace. An app created to reduce back pain has produced exercises aimed to treat the problem in the workplace. Kaia Health claims that a few simple changes in the workplace could help reduce the problem. These include: Walking and talking during phone calls Taking a break[…]

Portsmouth becomes first area to fully roll out electronic prescription service -

Portsmouth becomes first area to fully roll out electronic prescription service

Portsmouth becomes first area to fully roll out electronic prescription service. Portsmouth has become the first area in the country to offer electronic prescriptions to all patients. NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has piloted an update to the electronic prescription service (EPS), which allows prescriptions for all patients to be sent digitally. Previously it[…]

Blood test may detect ovarian cancer up to two years earlier, study finds

Blood test may detect ovarian cancer up to two years earlier, study finds. Scientists developed a simple screening method involving a biomarker made up of four proteins seen together ( WikiMedia ). A blood test may detect ovarian cancer up to two years earlier, a new study has found. Scientists developed a simple screening method involving a biomarker[…]

Report warns of Cyber attacks facing healthcare sector -

Report warns of cyber attacks facing healthcare sector

Report warns of cyber attacks facing healthcare sector. The healthcare sector is facing a range of cyber attacks and malicious activity, according to a report from cybersecurity experts FireEye. Medical cyber-physical systems, or biomedical devices, are becoming an increasing target for hackers, the report suggests. Though the report says the company isn’t aware of any malicious[…]

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[…]

E-rostering platform rolled out across Medway NHS Foundation Trust

E-rostering platform rolled out across Medway NHS Foundation Trust Staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust now have access to an e-rostering platform after the software from Allocate was rolled out. The trust rolled out Allocate’s MedicOnduty, MedicOnline and LocumOnduty software which has replaced a number of paper-based rotas. The systems were rolled out between January[…]

Health coaching app for young people described as “alarming” -

Health coaching app for young people described as “alarming”

Health coaching app for young people described as “alarming”. Weight Watchers decision to launch Kurbo, a health coaching application aimed at younger people, has been described as alarming by the UK medical director for Liva Healthcare. Kurbo has been designed to “help kids and teens reach a healthier weight and build healthy habits”. It works by[…]

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,[…]

Message-based consultation app Docly registers with CQC -

Message-based consultation app Docly registers with CQC

Message-based consultation app Docly registers with CQC. A message-based GP consultation app has been registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Docly allows patients to fill out a questionnaire about their symptoms and a GP is able to message them via the app to offer advice on suitable treatment and, if needed, send a prescription.[…]

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[…]

New toolkit recommends Skype consults to cut hospital admissions -

New toolkit recommends Skype consults to cut hospital admissions

New toolkit recommends Skype consults to cut hospital admissions. Skype consultations, apps and the use of other digital tools could prevent thousands of unnecessary hospital appointments for people with brain and nerve conditions. NHE England has joined forces with seven charities to produce a toolkit to help local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) improve services for[…]

Leicester’s Hospitals choose Nervecentre’s Next Generation EPR to power digital transformation -

Leicester’s Hospitals choose Nervecentre’s Next Generation EPR to power digital transformation

Leicester’s Hospitals choose Nervecentre’s Next Generation EPR to power digital transformation. One of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Nervecentre Software to deliver a Next Generation Electronic Patient Record (EPR) that harnesses mobile technology to achieve a best in class user experience for clinicians, and power its[…]

Air pollution linked to mental health issues, research suggests -

Air pollution linked to mental health issues, research suggests

Air pollution linked to mental health issues, research suggests. Areas with worst air quality had 27% increase in bipolar disorder, analysis found. PA People who grow up in areas with poor air quality are more likely to develop depression and bipolar disorder in later life, a new study has suggested. Analysis of health data from millions of patients found a “significant link”[…]

Children’s paediatric therapy provider raises $1.2m in funding -

Children’s paediatric therapy provider raises $1.2m in funding

Children’s paediatric therapy provider raises $1.2m in funding. Digital paediatric therapy provider Enable My Child (EMC), has raised $1.2 million in a seed round of financing led by Dallas-based CMI Ventures. With the new capital, Enable My Child will expand its platform, which provides therapy services for schools and early intervention centres across the United States. According[…]

Mobile phones are being used to fight Alzheimer’s disease -

Mobile phones are being used to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Mobile phones are being used to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Future treatments for age-related dementia could involve mobile phone frequency electromagnetic fields, researchers at Nazarbayev University and the National Laboratory Astana investigate. The scientists are studying how radio frequency electromagnetic fields could be used in Alzheimer’s disease therapy, selecting a frequency of 918 MHz because it’s[…]

Hundreds of patients wrongly told they had cancer due to ‘IT error’

Hundreds of patients wrongly told they had cancer due to ‘IT error’

Hundreds of patients wrongly told they had cancer due to ‘IT error’. Hundreds of patients in Scotland were wrongly told they had serious conditions – including cancer and endometriosis – after an “IT error” caused incorrect discharge letters to be sent out. NHS Forth Valley confirmed to Digital Health News that the glitch occurred after[…]

Mental health installation Blackout to present at PLASA 2019 -

Mental health installation Blackout to present at PLASA 2019

Mental health installation Blackout to present at PLASA 2019. After an acclaimed initial run at Guildford School of Acting (University of Surrey) earlier this year, this fusion of cutting-edge technology, art, theatre, and education visits PLASA as it gears up for a nationwide rollout. A mental health installation by Mig Burgess will be at the[…]

Two trusts trial AI to diagnose breast cancer sooner

Two trusts trial AI to diagnose breast cancer sooner

Two trusts trial AI to diagnose breast cancer sooner. Two trusts have turned to artificial intelligence to help them spot patients with breast cancer earlier. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) and Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUHT) are taking part in a trial in conjunction with East Midlands Radiology Consortium (EMRAD) and UK-based AI companies[…]

AI may be the future of radiology as clinicians struggle to meet demand -

AI may be the future of radiology as clinicians struggle to meet demand

AI may be the future of radiology as clinicians struggle to meet demand. Experts are testing how well artificial intelligence algorithms compare with human expertise by providing secure access to anonymised clinical data. AI could expedite radiological procedures, improving healthcare. (iStock) It is almost 40 years since a full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine was used for[…]

Beam Diagnostics, Excella team up on alcohol relapse app -

Beam Diagnostics, Excella team up on alcohol relapse app

Beam Diagnostics, Excella team up on alcohol relapse app. The provider-facing technology is expected to help predict when a person is drinking again. Beam Diagnostics is teaming up with tech company Excella to create an app that detects relapse in alcohol use disorder. The technology will specifically be targeted at helping providers predict when a patient[…]

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks to hospital patient Scarlett Gibbons, 5, during a visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, south-west England, Monday Aug. 19, 2019. Johnson is under increasing pressure Monday to recall Parliament after leaked government documents warned of widespread problems[…]

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[…]

Founder of London AI lab DeepMind placed on leave

Founder of London AI lab DeepMind placed on leave

Founder of London AI lab DeepMind placed on leave. Mustafa Suleyman led the development of the company’s healthcare arm, which has been criticised over its work with the NHS. CREDIT: Healthcliff O’malley The co-founder of Google’s London-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind has been placed on leave amid controversy over some of its work. Mustafa Suleyman is taking[…]