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[…]

Student startup aims to improve health care through technology -

Student startup aims to improve health care through technology

Student startup aims to improve health care through technology. IST junior Joel Seidel pairs with health policy and administration major Devanshi Agnihotri to form finalist team in Invent Penn State’s Summer Founders Program. Joel Seidel, a junior in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is part of an interdisciplinary finalist team in Invent Penn[…]

Nearly 1 in 4 millennials hasn't had a physical in 5 years, survey says -

Nearly 1 in 4 millennials hasn’t had a physical in 5 years, survey says

Nearly 1 in 4 millennials hasn’t had a physical in 5 years, survey says. A new survey from Harmony Healthcare IT shows 23-to-38-year-olds eschewing traditional care and flocking to WebMD. Group of friends are enjoying a meal together. They are talking and laughing while eating their starters and drinking champagne. (Group of friends are enjoying[…]

AI is coming to healthcare – and it’s here to help

Artificial Intelligence is coming to healthcare – and it’s here to help

Artificial Intelligence is coming to healthcare – and it’s here to help. ‘GPs will have a really important translator role to play between machine learning and the broader clinical world,’ according to Dr Martin Seneviratne. The potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare has generated a considerable amount of excitement in recent years. Not all[…]

Most patients willing to share medical records for research purposes -

Most patients willing to share medical records for research purposes

Most patients willing to share medical records for research purposes. Credit: CC0 Public Domain As medicine becomes both bigger and more personalized, the need for massive databases of patient records, such as the 1 million person All of Us Research Program, become increasingly essential to fueling both new discoveries and translational treatments. But the looming,[…]

Mental Health Software Market 2019-2025

Mental Health Software Market 2019-2025

Mental health software market 2019-2025. The global Mental Health Software market is comprehensively and Insightful information in the report, taking into consideration various factors such as competition, regional growth, segmentation, and Mental Health Software Market size by value and volume. This is an excellent research study specially compiled to provide the latest insights into critical aspects of the Mental[…]

Applications for cohort three of NHS Digital Academy now open.

Applications for cohort three of NHS Digital Academy now open

Applications for cohort three of NHS Digital Academy now open. Applications are now open for the third cohort of the NHS Digital Academy. Officially launched in 2017, the academy, which is run in partnership with Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Medical School, is a year-long training programme which results in a Post Graduate Diploma[…]

Why health companies are branding themselves as tech companies -

Why health companies are branding themselves as tech companies

Why health companies are branding themselves as tech companies. ADOBE From digital health startups to primary care groups, companies are increasingly branding themselves as tech companies first, health care companies second. Shunning ties to the mission-driven health care sector may seem counterintuitive at best and sacrilegious at worst. Yet for many new entrants, such an approach —[…]

Dr Google ‘diagnoses’ 100m health concerns as GP wait times rise

Dr Google ‘diagnoses’ 100m health concerns as GP wait times rise

Dr Google ‘diagnoses’ 100m health concerns as GP wait times rise. Packed GP surgeries and rising wait times is driving more people to Google to self-diagnose health concerns, new research has suggested. Data compiled by private UK healthcare provider, Benenden Health, revealed that more than 100 million health-related Google searches were placed in the UK[…]

GP at Hand’s cap on Birmingham patient registrations set to be lifted

GP at Hand’s cap on Birmingham patient registrations set to be lifted

GP at Hand’s cap on Birmingham patient registrations set to be lifted. The cap on the number of patients that can register with GP at Hand in Birmingham could be lifted next month but only if the digital provider can address concerns over screening services. Babylon’s app was given the green light to expand to Birmingham in[…]

The best emerging health technology for diabetes -

The best emerging health technology for diabetes

The best emerging health technology for diabetes. The top glucose monitors, insulin pumps, dosage management tools and dietary apps for diabetes sufferers. MaskotGetty Images According to the International Diabetes Federation’s last count in 2017, 425 million adults and over a million children are living with diabetes. A further 325 million people are at risk of developing[…]

Are health app firms being transparent surrounding the use of personal data -

Are health app firms being transparent surrounding the use of personal data?

Are health app firms being transparent surrounding the use of personal data? Hayley Davis and Agatha Claridge, solicitors in the Commercial Technology team at Kemp Little, write about the concerns surrounding health apps and the use of personal data. A recent study published by the British Medical Journal has warned that many health apps may be selling[…]

Study to Investigate Links Between Immune System and Mental Health -

Study to Investigate Links Between Immune System and Mental Health

Study to Investigate Links Between Immune System and Mental Health. The immune system in action: a scanning electron microscope image of a single neutrophil (yellow), engulfing anthrax bacteria (orange). Credit: Volker Brinkmann [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)]. Our understanding of how our psyche affects our immune system – and vice versa – has been limited. Until[…]

The potential effects for life sciences of an AI patent application -

The potential effects for life sciences of an AI patent application

The potential effects for life sciences of an AI patent application. After news emerged that a multi-disciplinary team led by the University of Surrey successfully filed the first ever AI patent applications for inventions autonomously created by AI without a human inventor, Ian Bolland caught up with team leader Professor Ryan Abbott about the potential knock-on effect[…]

Fact Fiction Is social media damaging youngsters’ mental health -

Fact/Fiction: Is social media damaging youngsters’ mental health?

Fact/Fiction: Is social media damaging youngsters’ mental health? Old news, truthfully retold. This week we look at a new study looking at why frequent social media use was associated with greater psychological distress. It divided news outlets so we analyse who was right and who was wrong. How it was told We’re all still trying[…]

Microsoft adds to health team with chief medical officer

Microsoft adds to health team with chief medical officer

Microsoft adds to health team with chief medical officer. Microsoft has increased its health team in the US with a new chief medical officer.  David Rhew, who had the same position at Samsung Electronics, joins a growing health team at Microsoft which includes Google Cloud’s former health lead, Greg Moore. Rhew will also serve as Microsoft’s[…]

NeuroFlow is teaming up with a genetic testing biz to advance its mental health platform -

NeuroFlow is teaming up with a genetic testing biz to advance its mental health platform

NeuroFlow is teaming up with a genetic testing biz to advance its mental health platform. The 2019 realLIST company is entering another partnership to expand its brand. Mental health platform NeuroFlow has been making moves this year. When we checked in with the 2019 realLIST company last month, the team had grown its staff to 26, was on pace to[…]

Ascenti launches revolutionary exercise and rehabilitation app PhysioNow -

Ascenti launches revolutionary exercise and rehabilitation app PhysioNow

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

New Research Report on Healthcare Information Technology Software Market Growth with top key vendors -

New Research Report on Healthcare Information Technology Software Market Growth with top key vendors

New Research Report on Healthcare Information Technology Software Market Growth with top key vendors. Healthcare Information Technology Software Market 2019 Global Industry research report offers you market size, industry growth, share, development trends, investment plans, business idea and forecasts to 2025. This report highlights the exhaustive study of major market along with present and forecast[…]

Hedge funds are dumping tech stocks for health care -

Hedge funds are dumping tech stocks for health care

Hedge funds are dumping tech stocks for health care. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Spencer Platt | Getty Images. Key Points: Health care has become the biggest sector exposure for hedge funds at 18% by the end of the second quarter, Goldman says. “Funds took the policy-driven decline of Health[…]

UK to innovate new life-saving treatment and diagnosis technology -

UK to innovate new life-saving treatment and diagnosis technology

UK to innovate new life-saving treatment and diagnosis technology. Diseases could be detected even before people experience symptoms, thanks to a pioneering new health-data programme as part of the Industrial Strategy. Businesses and charities back Industrial Strategy challenge to develop life-saving disease detection technology with an expected co-investment of up to £160 million investment will[…]

Health tech unicorn shows vital signs of another Edinburgh success story -

Health tech unicorn shows vital signs of another Edinburgh success story

Health tech unicorn shows vital signs of another Edinburgh success story. Skyscanner veteran Richard Lennox says Current Health is ready for year of rapid growth. Current Health’s wearable device allows remote monitoring of patients by doctors. Richard Lennox knows how to spot a success story in the making. He was a software engineer at Skyscanner[…]

Voice Technology And The Lure Of Zero UI In Health Care -

Voice Technology And The Lure Of Zero UI In Health Care

Voice Technology And The Lure Of Zero UI In Health Care. GETTY Great technology is invisible. There’s always a push toward it becoming less and less obvious to the user. The less a user notices, the better it’s working. Voice-assisted technology is one place we see this push today. But while it’s ideal for many[…]

Tech traps UK teens in mental health crisis can it save them -

Tech traps UK teens in mental health crisis — can it save them?

Tech traps UK teens in mental health crisis — can it save them? Rebecca Maharaj, a mental health professional with Britain’s National Health Service, talks to a high school student in London in this July 4, 2019 file photo. — Thomson Reuters Foundation. LONDON — For the British teachers grappling with a mental health crisis in[…]

What is 'blobology' and how is it transforming biology -

What is ‘blobology’ and how is it transforming biology?

What is ‘blobology’ and how is it transforming biology? An enhanced picture of virus seen through an electron microscope. UCSF CHIMERA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Spectacularly detailed videos from an advanced microscope are sparking a biology “revolution”, scientists say. The technique was once termed “blobology” because its images were so indistinct. But now, it is being used to[…]

£9m awarded to breakthrough digital health technologies -

£9m awarded to breakthrough digital health technologies

£9m awarded to breakthrough digital health technologies. Patients to benefit from AI, machine learning and hand-held devices as newly-funded digital projects by pioneering companies point to future of healthcare. Innovative digital technology projects to address key challenges in health care have received a £9m funding boost through the government’s Digital Health Technology Catalyst it was[…]

Technology group acquires medical software provider -

Technology group acquires medical software provider

Technology group acquires medical software provider. ClearCourse Partnership, a group of technology companies providing software, services and digital capabilities has acquired e-clinic a patient and clinic management software provider. Gerry Gualtieri, CEO of ClearCourse, said: “e-clinic is a dynamic new addition to ClearCourse Partnership. The Company has developed a strong reputation in the healthcare sector[…]

MMR vaccine one in seven five-year-olds in England may not be immunised -

MMR vaccine: one in seven five-year-olds in England may not be immunised

MMR vaccine: one in seven five-year-olds in England may not be immunised. Public Health England issues warning as UK loses measles-free status and PM pledges action on social media firms.  A nurse prepares an MMR injection. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo. One in seven five-year-olds may not be up to date with their MMR immunisation, Public Health England[…]

New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably.  Christy and her son Christopher Christopher Stephens has haemophilia A – his body lacks a protein that makes blood clot. A simple graze can mean the two-year-old bleeds uncontrollably. To avoid this he needs treatment every few days with a drug put into his bloodstream via a[…]

The 4 NHS Digital foundations enabling today’s innovative health care -

The Four NHS Digital Foundations Enabling Today’s Innovative Health Care

The 4 NHS Digital foundations enabling today’s innovative health care. The UK’s National Health Service is helping health providers use machine learning and automation to detect skin cancer using a mobile app. But the emerging tech being used today required a strong digital foundation, years in the making and built on the scrapheap of a[…]

Immune system pathway may be key to Crohn's disease treatment 1

Immune system pathway may be key to Crohn’s disease treatment

Immune system pathway may be key to Crohn’s disease treatment. Treatment options for Crohn’s disease tend to focus on symptom control, but new research highlights a potential treatment option that targets a pathway in the immune system itself. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, have published the results of[…]

Reasonable adjustment flags to be integrated with patient record systems.

Reasonable adjustment flags to be integrated with patient record systems

Reasonable adjustment flags to be integrated with patient record systems. NHS Digital is trialling the reasonable adjustment flag on patient records that alerts health and care staff if a patient has a learning disability and has specific requirements for care services. The reasonable adjustment flag is a national record that indicates whether adjustments are required for a[…]

How medical technology is making a big difference for your health

How medical technology is making a big difference for your health. The ability to connect with a physician online can make it easier to get diagnosed quickly, making the process more efficient for everyone involved. – stock.adobe.com Technology is an integral part of daily life, from constant entertainment at the fingertips to the ability to communicate[…]

Lavender oil could cause abnormal breast growth in young boys and girls, new study suggests -

Lavender oil could cause abnormal breast growth in young boys and girls, new study suggests Shampoos, soaps and perfume use the essential oil

Lavender oil could cause abnormal breast growth in young boys and girls, new study suggests. Shampoos, soaps and perfume use the essential oil. Lavender oil is among the most popular essential oils in the world and has been used in herbal remedies and rituals for thousands of years. ( iStock ) Lavender oils found in soaps, shampoo and[…]

Brain study probes molecular origins of anxiety

Brain study probes molecular origins of anxiety

Brain study probes molecular origins of anxiety. Scientists have found that increasing the levels of a molecule in a particular part of the brain can reduce anxious temperament in young monkeys. The finding sheds light on the origins of anxiety disorders and how it might be possible to devise early treatments for those at risk. Although there[…]

How chatbot technology can open up the world of published data -

How chatbot technology can open up the world of published data

How chatbot technology can open up the world of published data. NHS Digital is trialling chatbot software on its website to help clinicians and researchers find published data more easily. Programme manager David West offers insight into the technology pilot and its anticipated rewards. NHS Digital’s data is used and viewed by a diverse range[…]

UH Bristol to expand ‘teledermatology’ service in southwest England

UH Bristol to expand ‘teledermatology’ service in southwest England

UH Bristol to expand ‘teledermatology’ service in southwest England.  University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust plans to expand its telehealth dermatology service for patients in the South West of England.  The trust provides remote assistance for patients with skin problems that eliminates the need for them to attend hospital for appointments. Run by clinicians at[…]

A nudge in the right direction the challenges of patenting advanced wearables -

A nudge in the right direction: the challenges of patenting advanced wearables

A nudge in the right direction: the challenges of patenting advanced wearables. Featured in Med-Tech Innovation News: A new wearable technology uses nudge theory to match consumer products to an individual’s genotype and encourage better habits. But patenting such advanced technology isn’t easy, as Robert Lind, partner at legal and IP specialist Marks and Clerk explains.[…]

Scientists find cure for TB strain resistant to current treatment -

Scientists find cure for Tuberculosis strain resistant to current treatment

Scientists find cure for Tuberculosis strain resistant to current treatment. The XDR strain is resistant to all four families of antibiotics typically used to fight the disease. sanjeri/iStock. When she joined a trial of new tuberculosis drugs, the dying young woman weighed just 57 pounds. Stricken with a deadly strain of the disease, she was terrified. Local nurses told her the Johannesburg hospital to[…]

'Spontaneous chemistry' may drive Alzheimer's

‘Spontaneous chemistry’ may drive Alzheimer’s

‘Spontaneous chemistry’ may drive Alzheimer’s. Despite decades of research, Alzheimer’s disease still holds many mysteries. A recent study asks whether spontaneous changes to the chemistry of proteins might help explain the neurological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia; it currently affects an estimated 5.5 million people in the United States. As it[…]

Wearable tech works like a Band-Aid to monitor health

Wearable tech works like a Band-Aid to monitor health

Wearable tech works like a Band-Aid to monitor health.  Scientists have designed an innovative, wearable tech device that tracks movement, heart rate, and breathing without using any wires, batteries, or circuits. The device sticks to human skin like a Band-Aid. The human skin is a fascinating organ. In fact, it is the largest and heaviest organ of[…]

Fast follower Royal Oldham digitises dietetic referrals -

Fast follower Royal Oldham digitises dietetic referrals

Fast follower Royal Oldham digitises dietetic referrals. The dietetic team at Royal Oldham Hospital has switched to digital referrals to reduce paper and improve patient safety. The team currently receive 180 adult dietetic referrals every month and, though they arrive electronically, they are processed manually. The programme involves standardising and digitising dietetic documentation at the hospital[…]

Health Apps and technology could help patient power -

Apps and technology could help ‘patient power’

Health: Apps and technology could help ‘patient power’. Apps are being developed to help patients manage their own medicines. Could apps and wearable technology soon mean patients in Wales take more control of their treatment? Doctors and scientists are looking at ways for both drugs and conditions to be better monitored by patients themselves. One[…]

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

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

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

Call for Government action ahead of North-East event to raise awareness of dementia -

Call for Government action ahead of North-East event to raise dementia awareness

Call for Government action ahead of North-East event to raise dementia awareness. A SPEAKER at a North-East event aimed at raising dementia awareness has called for Government action to accelerate finding a cure. Anthony Horan, community speaker for Alzheimer’s Research UK – the country’s leading dementia research charity – will address the “Living With Alzheimer’s and[…]

WeChat apps are tackling China's hidden mental health crisis -

WeChat apps are tackling China’s hidden mental health crisis

WeChat apps are tackling China’s hidden mental health crisis. Nearly 90 per cent of Chinese people with a serious mental health disorder does not seek treatment. Now WeChat apps are helping address this deep cultural taboo. Credit Ilya Milstein As she came to the end of a master’s in social work at New York’s Columbia[…]

Accredited suppliers for electronic patient records launched by NHS -

Accredited suppliers for electronic patient records launched by NHS

Accredited suppliers for electronic patient records launched by NHS. A list of accredited suppliers of electronic patient record solutions has been published by the NHSX and NHS England. This gives purchasers in the NHS more security in their digitisation endeavours. A new section has been developed in the Health Systems Support Framework by NHS England[…]

Digital tools prevent hundreds of sepsis deaths across three hospitals

Digital tools prevent hundreds of sepsis deaths across three hospitals

Digital tools prevent hundreds of sepsis deaths across three hospitals. Three hospitals have reduced sepsis deaths and increased screening for the deadly condition using digital “alert and action” solutions. Cambridge University Hospitals, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital have each seen a reduction in mortality rates using algorithms to[…]

Online pharmacy invests £500k in AI and biometrics -

Online pharmacy invests £500k in AI and biometrics

Online pharmacy invests £500k in AI and biometrics. Online pharmacy UK Meds has invested more than £500,000 into AI and facial biometrics software in a bid to improve patient safety within the industry. The news comes after the average waiting time for GP appointments in the NHS has peaked at 15 days. In response to[…]

FA to raise mental health awareness in soccer -

FA to raise mental health awareness in soccer

FA to raise mental health awareness in soccer. Picture courtesy – mdleast1The Football Association (FA) and mental health charity Heads Together have teamed up in an initiative to raise awareness of mental health issues. The ‘Heads Up’ campaign, spearheaded by the Duke of Cambridge aims to  show the UK that mental health is just as[…]

10 barriers to healthcare innovation -

10 barriers to healthcare innovation

10 barriers to healthcare innovation. To move medicine forward, inventors and companies creating new products must first overcome many obstacles. A successful collaboration among all parties – manufacturers, providers, the NHS and patients – is critical. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images. Innovative new products can and do transform industries every day, and the pace of change[…]

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health -

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health. Which seven pressure points should the global health community focus on to save millions of lives? Vaccines for HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis could save millions of lives Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty Images. Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the world’s poorest?[…]

Case study - How MIG data is increasing efficiency in Bristol -

How MIG data is increasing efficiency in Bristol

Case study: How MIG data is increasing efficiency in Bristol. Access to GP and community care patient data via the Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) is increasing healthcare efficiency and improving care quality for over a million people in the Bristol area. The Connecting Care Partnership has brought together a shared care record from across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire[…]

How to ensure funding for healthtech in the NHS -

How to ensure funding for healthtech in the NHS

How to ensure funding for healthtech in the NHS. Shane Tickell, CEO, IMS MAXIMS, writes about innovative ways to ensure funding for healthtech in the NHS. New prime minister Boris Johnson has generated headlines in recent weeks by promising a relatively small investment in 20 hospitals. He’d be better investing the same kind of money[…]

Time to put AI at the heart of the NHS -

Time to put AI at the heart of the NHS

Time to put AI at the heart of the NHS. Geoff Twist, managing director for Roche Diagnostics UK and Ireland, writes about the value of AI for clinical diagnostics. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help healthcare professionals transform the NHS. Not only will it improve care for patients and lead to increased cost savings, it can[…]

Asthma app monitors children’s symptoms to reduce risk of attacks

Asthma app monitors children’s symptoms to reduce risk of attacks

Asthma app monitors children’s symptoms to reduce risk of attacks. A new app being trialled at Sheffield Children’s Hospital helps children manage their asthma as well as alerting parents to worsening symptoms. The Asthma+me App, a partnership between the hospital and Aseptika, allows the child, parent, or other family members to enter information about their[…]

Bucks trust deploys digital FGM solution to protect vulnerable girls - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Bucks trust deploys digital FGM solution to protect vulnerable girls

Bucks trust deploys digital FGM solution to protect vulnerable girls. A Bucks trust has become the first to introduce a digital information sharing tool to protect women at risk of female genital mutilation. Milton Keynes University Hospital has implemented the Female Genital Mutilation-Information Sharing (FGM-IS) solution, which allows authorised health professionals in the region to[…]

Mental Health Software and Devices Market 2019 Global Industry Analysis - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Mental health software and devices market 2019

Mental Health Software and Devices Market 2019 Global Industry Analysis by Size, Challenges, Opportunities, Share, Growth, Trends, Competitive Landscape, Statistics and Regional Forecast To 2023. Mental Health Software and Devices Market – Overview The incorporation of technology has increased substantially and has gained widespread inclusion in the mental health domain. Reports that appraise the healthcare[…]

Cannabis and Mental Health - Social Anxiety Disorder -

Cannabis and Mental Health: Social Anxiety Disorder

Cannabis and Mental Health: Social Anxiety Disorder. Social anxiety may sound like something we all experience at times in life, and that is true. It is natural for a person to feel nervous or anxious in situations like being alone in a new place or going on a first date. But for those living with[…]

Medical charity implements PatientSource EPR after e-prescribing success

Medical charity implements PatientSource EPR after e-prescribing success

Medical charity implements PatientSource EPR after e-prescribing success. The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) has implemented PatientSource’s electronic patient record system following the success of the supplier’s e-prescribing system. The independent medical charity said it reduced prescription errors by 83% following the introduction of PatientSource’s e-prescribing technology across four of the hospital’s wards. It’s now[…]

NHS Trust introduces information tool to protect FGM victims -

NHS Trust introduces information tool to protect FGM victims

NHS Trust introduces information tool to protect FGM victims. Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) has become the first NHS Trust to introduce an information-sharing tool which aims to protect women at risk of suffering female genital mutilation (FGM). The Female Genital Mutilation-Information Sharing (FGM-IS) solution is a tool which allows relevant, authorised healthcare professionals and administrative staff[…]

Fixing Our Broken Mental Health System - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Fixing our broken Mental Health System

Fixing our broken Mental Health System. It’s a great idea, but it’s not a way to stop mass shootings. After three mass shootings in the past week left 29 people dead, politicians resurrected a familiar narrative: The perpetrators were mentally ill, and the solution to the problem is to shore up our nation’s mental health[…]

New national AI laboratory introduced - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

New national AI laboratory introduced

New national AI laboratory introduced. The government’s announcement of a £250 million investment into artificial intelligence (AI) is very exciting and will solve some of the healthcare systems most difficult challenges. Although the UK is making leeway in the battle against cancer, the breakthroughs are only significant if early disease detection is made sooner rather[…]

Mental health services not bothering with NICE guidelines to routinely enquire about abuse - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Mental health services “not bothering” with NICE guidelines to routinely enquire about abuse

Mental health services “not bothering” with NICE guidelines to routinely enquire about abuse. Findings come as charities, practitioners and leading experts call for the Domestic Abuse Bill to ensure all public services ask about domestic abuse. Mental health services across England are failing women by not asking about experiences of domestic abuse, according to new data published[…]

Mobile health and apps news in brief -

Mobile health and apps news in brief

Mobile health and apps news in brief. This month’s mobile apps round-up features news that myGP has launched medical record access for patients across the country, while patient messaging service MJOG and healthcare app developer my mhealth are joining forces to help people manage their chronic conditions. myGP launches medical record access for patients across[…]

installs new computer system -

North West Anglia NHS Trust installs new computer system

North West Anglia NHS Trust installs new computer system. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals, has successfully installed a new computer system which stores detailed information on all patients. The project saw 1.67 million current and archived patient records transferred from two separate Patient Administration[…]

Mobile phone network for personal hearing needs launches -

Mobile phone network for personal hearing needs launches

Mobile phone network for personal hearing needs launches. Mobile phone network Audacious is launching in the UK to provide a solution for users with a range of hearing needs, using technology created in partnership with audiologists to personalise calls to the user’s unique hearing profile. While Audacious was designed with hearing loss in mind, it[…]

Mental Health Software And Devices Market Disclosing Latest Trends and Advancement 2019 to 2024 - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Mental Health Software And Devices Market Disclosing Latest Trends and Advancement 2019 to 2024

Mental Health Software And Devices Market Disclosing Latest Trends and Advancement 2019 to 2024. The Mental Health Software And Devices Market research provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The market report also calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of this report and[…]

Studiomade design and develop App to help educate against alcohol abuse - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Studiomade design and develop App to help educate against alcohol abuse

Studiomade design and develop App to help educate against alcohol abuse. First released in 2014 , Drinks Meter has supported over 50,000 people and helped users from 170 countries. The brainchild of Global Drug Survey Founder, Dr Adam Winstock; Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for the Addiction for London Prisons, believed in order to[…]

Relentless Brexit news coverage is really hurting our mental health - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Relentless Brexit news coverage is really hurting our mental health

Relentless Brexit news coverage is really hurting our mental health. People are changing routes to work and imposing curfews on themselves to avoid stress from endless Brexit news coverage. WIRED Dwindling food supplies. The prime minister threatening another general election if there’s a vote of no confidence in his government. The prospect of day-long traffic[…]

Digital solutions ‘should be encouraged’ to ease pressure on GPs

Digital solutions ‘should be encouraged’ to ease pressure on GPs

Digital solutions ‘should be encouraged’ to ease pressure on GPs. Future policies need to encourage the adoption of digital solutions to ease patient demand on GPs, the director of the Digital Healthcare Council has said. Simply “peddling faster” to keep up with demand is unsustainable, Graham Kendall told Digital Health News. Instead, smarter solutions like[…]

Mobile app helps increase detection rate of acute kidney injury - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Mobile app helps increase detection rate of acute kidney injury

Mobile app helps increase detection rate of acute kidney injury. Detection of one of the biggest killers in the NHS has been cut from hours to minutes at the Royal Free Hospital in London thanks to the introduction of a new mobile app. That is one of the key findings of an evaluation of Streams[…]

Addressing mental health issues in small businesses could bring major boost to the economy - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Addressing mental health issues in small businesses could bring major boost to the economy

Addressing mental health issues in small businesses could bring major boost to the economy. Mental health awareness has risen enormously in recent years. Celebrities from athlete Michael Phelps to Prince Harry and pop star Lady Gaga have spoken publicly about their mental health struggles and the stigma surrounding them. But business has been slow to react – particularly[…]

AI standards need to be created to protect patient safety, experts warn

AI standards need to be created to protect patient safety, experts warn

AI standards need to be created to protect patient safety, experts warn. Appropriate methods and standards around artificial intelligence need to be created to protect patient safety, experts have said. Responding to the Government’s pledge of £250 million for a National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab, Matthew Honeyman, researcher at The Kings Fund, also said the NHS workforce[…]

Could music festivals be good for your health -

Could music festivals be good for your health?

Could music festivals be good for your health?. Many festival-goers get up early to take part in workshops and classes. Millions of people around the world go to music festivals each year. At one time, they were seen as encouraging heavy drinking and drug-taking while providing poor facilities and bad food. But now organisers are[…]

Mental Health Disorders Are Not Like Measles, Which Makes It Difficult To View Them Using A Medical Lens -

Mental Health Disorders Are Not Like Measles, Which Makes It Difficult To View Them Using A Medical Lens

Mental health disorders are not like measles, which makes it difficult to view them using a medical lens. With two recent mass homicides, one by someone who endorsed “white supremacist” views and one that supported “Antifa” violence, the search is on for commonality between two people in opposition to each other in many ways. One[…]

Thousands to benefit from digital tools to tackle Type 2 diabetes

Thousands to benefit from digital tools to tackle Type 2 diabetes

Thousands to benefit from digital tools to tackle Type 2 diabetes. Thousands of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes will receive digital interventions after a successful pilot. They will receive wearables that monitor their levels of exercise, access to health coaches and educational content, online peer support groups and the ability to set and[…]

Social media effecting young peoples’ mental health - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Social media effecting young peoples’ mental health

Social media effecting young peoples’ mental health. Matt Hancock delivered a speech at the Bright Blue and Barnado’s conference last month titled ‘Left to their own devices?’ He spoke about the impact social media has on the mental health of the youth and about the topics discussed when the largest social media companies came together[…]

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust launches pioneering app for increased staff engagement - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust launches pioneering app for increased staff engagement

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust launches pioneering app for increased staff engagement. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has rolled out an app from Ryalto designed to improve the working and professional lives of its healthcare staff. Croydon NHS Trust is now offering all of its 3,800 workers access to Ryalto –a platform that enables healthcare[…]

UK university first to embed digital therapeutics into curriculum

UK university first to embed digital therapeutics into curriculum

UK university first to embed digital therapeutics into curriculum.  The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will offer digital therapy training as part of its curriculum, marking the first offering of its kind from a UK university. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is part of the NHS Long Term plan and aims to provide an[…]

Infographic The use of mobile devices in healthcare - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Infographic: The use of mobile devices in healthcare

Infographic: The use of mobile devices in healthcare. This infographic looks into how mHealth apps are currently transforming healthcare delivery across the world. We are living in an age when an ever-growing number of professions are using technology in their work, and the healthcare sector is no exception to this. In fact, recent years have[…]

Virtual reality app eases children’s anxiety before surgery

Virtual reality app eases children’s anxiety before surgery

Virtual reality app eases children’s anxiety before surgery.  Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals has launched a virtual tour to give young patients an interactive experience of wards before they have surgery. The Little Journey App includes a virtual reality doctor, nurse and anaesthetist, and gives a tour of the children’s day ward, anaesthetics room and[…]

NHS approves first Cancer-Related Fatigue app -

NHS approves first Cancer-Related Fatigue app

NHS approves first Cancer-Related Fatigue app. Untire has become the first Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) app to be approved by the NHS and is now available to download for free via the NHS Apps Library. The Fatigue app, which aims to tackle CRF – one of the most common side effects of cancer and its treatment – has successfully[…]

Digital medication firm to launch in the UK in 2020 -

Digital medication firm to launch in the UK in 2020

Digital medication firm to launch in the UK in 2020. MedAdvisor, a digital medication management company, has announced it will launch in the UK market in early 2020, having secured its first UK pharmacy chain customer, the Day Lewis Pharmacy Group. Day Lewis owns over 270 pharmacies, who service over 1 million customers. Under the[…]

'I lost my son to a sudden asthma attack, despite him having mild symptoms'

‘I lost my son to a sudden asthma attack, despite him having mild symptoms’

‘I lost my son to a sudden asthma attack, despite him having mild symptoms’   Bailey Davis died after a sudden asthma attack Eight-year-old Bailey Davis only ever showed mild symptoms of asthma, but in 2017, without warning, he suffered an acute attack, collapsed and died. His mother Nicki Davis is keen to warn others[…]

Tech companies renew pledge to support interoperability in health

Tech companies renew pledge to support interoperability in health. A number of tech giants have renewed their commitment to supporting interoperability in healthcare. Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce made the announcement in August 2018 and all signed up to take steps to advance data-sharing standards. A year later and the six companies have reaffirmed this[…]

Government pledges £250m for National AI Lab to improve diagnostics

Government pledges £250m for National AI Lab to improve diagnostics

Government pledges £250m for National AI Lab to improve diagnostics. The government has pledged £250 million for a National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab to improve diagnostics and screening in the NHS. The lab will be used to develop treatments for cancer, dementia and heart disease. The programme aims to improve cancer screening and speed up[…]

Knowledge of 5G potential needs to be embedded into NHSX, report finds

Knowledge of 5G potential needs to be embedded into NHSX, report finds

Knowledge of 5G potential needs to be embedded into NHSX, report finds. Knowledge and experience on the potential of 5G needs to be embedded into NHSX in order for the benefits of the technology to be realised, a new report has found. But the potential for 5G to transform online consultations and remote care may[…]

Family raising money in fight over medical treatment for daughter

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

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Psychedelic mental health treatment expected to be approved in Australia within five years

 Psychedelic mental health treatment expected to be approved in Australia within five years.  Australia has been ‘pretty slow’ to realise the benefits of psychedelic therapy involving magic mushrooms or MDMA, Mind Medicine Australia says. Photograph: Juris Kraulis/Alamy Psychedelic therapy involving magic mushrooms or MDMA to treat mental illnesses could be five years away from regulator[…]

Technology will revolutionise mental health care - but only if we put people at the centre -

Technology will revolutionise mental health care – but only if we put people at the centre.

Technology will revolutionise mental health care – but only if we put people at the centre. Claudia Martinez is Research Manager at independent public services think tank, Reform. She recently authored a paper on the potential of data-driven technology for mental healthcare. Recent years have seen increased interest in the use of artificial intelligence and other[…]

Technology companies want your smart speaker to take on health care

Technology companies want your smart speaker to take on health care

Technology companies want your smart speaker to take on health care. Now that it’s upending the way you play music, cook, shop, hear the news and check the weather, the friendly voice emanating from your Amazon Alexa-enabled smart speaker is poised to wriggle its way into all things health care. Amazon has big ambitions for[…]

Mental Health Software And Devices Market Evolving Technology and Growth Outlook 2019.v1

Mental Health Software And Devices Market Evolving Technology and Growth Outlook 2019

Mental Health Software And Devices Market Evolving Technology and Growth Outlook 2019.  The Global Mental Health Software And Devices Market Report provides a complete analysis of the market. The Report focuses on manufacturers, suppliers, segmentation according to the application, major players, customers, opportunities, future road map, and furthermore. The competitive data type analysis includes capacity, market share,[…]

DirectTrust alliance developing standard for trusted healthcare instant messaging

DirectTrust alliance developing standard for trusted healthcare instant messaging

DirectTrust alliance developing standard for trusted healthcare instant messaging. DirectTrust a non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance initially created by and for participants in the Direct communications standard, has announced the development of Trusted Instant Messaging, or TIM+, an industry-first standard to enable real-time communication of health information that incorporates trust network concepts to ensure secure transmissions between known, trusted entities[…]

App for Alexa launched for hearing screening -

App for Alexa launched for hearing screening

A new app for Alexa launched for hearing screening. Audiology business Amplify Hearing has launched a brand-new hearing screening app for Amazon’s Alexa after recognising a pattern in undetected hearing loss amongst the over 50s. One in six people in the UK are currently suffering from hearing loss and this app aims to address that[…]

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak

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

Mental Health Commission of NSW grant funding leads to app project

Mental Health Commission of NSW grant funding leads to app project

Mental Health Commission of NSW grant funding leads to app project. Teamwork: (back left) Bronwyn Rich, Joanne Hollis, Michael Daley, Madeline Ganino, Laura Walker (front) Rebecca Williams, Josh Suidgeest, Deb Collins and Nicole McIntosh brainstorm ideas for the app. A Port Macquarie group aims to harness technology to help people with lived experience of mental[…]

Ebola: How a disease is prevented from spreading

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

First Major Trial Of VR Therapy For Serious Mental Health Conditions Launches -

First Major Trial Of VR Therapy For Serious Mental Health Conditions Launches

First Major Trial Of VR Therapy For Serious Mental Health Conditions Launches. VR street environment. OXFORD VR The first large-scale trial of virtual reality therapy for serious mental health conditions has been launched in the U.K. Healthtech startup Oxford VR has teamed up with gameChange, a £4 million project funded by U.K. National Institute of Health Research,[…]

How technology can help a GP’s work-life balance - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

How technology can help a GP’s work-life balance

How technology can help a GP’s work-life balance. Dr Sarwat Hassan, NHS doctor and partner of Chobham and West End, Surrey and Woking GP practices, explains how technology is helping her solve the stress of childcare issues this summer. As a GP and surgery partner, I am incredibly fortunate to have a job I love,[…]

Can technology finally help remove the stigma of mental health 2

Can technology finally help remove the stigma of mental health?

Can technology finally help remove the stigma of mental health? We have all heard about the global state of our mental health. It’s mentioned quite frequently everywhere. In the press. By family and friends. Celebrities have been talking about it as well. Michael Phelps is a known advocate. The list is endless. While it’s commendable that[…]

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

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

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

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting

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

Clinical AI company welcomes healthcare data report - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Clinical AI company welcomes healthcare data report

Clinical AI company welcomes healthcare data report. Sensyne Health, a clinical AI technology company, has welcomed EY Global Services Limited’s report entitled Realising the Value of Healthcare Data.  EY estimates that curated NHS data could generate as much as £5 billion per annum while delivering around £4.6 billion of benefit to patients. This is through operational savings[…]

NHS commissions mental health support app for Londoners - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

NHS commissions mental health support app for Londoners

NHS commissions mental health support app for Londoners. NHS-approved online mental wellbeing service Good Thinking has partnered with My Possible Self to provide Londoners with free tools for tackling stress, anxiety and depression. My Possible Self is a smartphone app that offers techniques for helping reduce stress and anxiety. The app offers self-help learning modules[…]

Student emotional fitness app shortlisted for start-up award -

Student emotional fitness app shortlisted for start-up award

Student emotional fitness app shortlisted for start-up award. Students’ Emotional Fitness app Fika has been shortlisted for Start-Up of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Fika, which launched in February 2019, rolling out across UK universities nationwide, was one of eight companies in London and the South East of England recognised for pioneering new initiatives in technology.[…]

InsterSystems to make all FHIR profiles available to NHS customers

InsterSystems to make all FHIR profiles available to NHS customers

InsterSystems to make all FHIR profiles available to NHS customers. InterSystems, a provider of information technology platforms for health applications, has committed to making all NHS HL7 FHIR profiles available to NHS customers. FHIR is an international standard for exchanging information between systems, developed by HL7 International. It is being used alongside other standards in[…]

Healthcare Organizations Embrace Emerging Technologies

Healthcare organisations embrace emerging technologies

Healthcare organisations embrace emerging technologies. A new report by Accenture has found that, as digital becomes increasingly more critical in all aspects of healthcare, organisations must master a new set of emerging digital technologies to deliver convenient and effective care. According to a new Accenture report, Accenture Digital Health Technology Vision, nearly all of the 221 healthcare executives[…]

Digital health firm makes donation towards mole mapper as part of Melanoma UK project -

Digital health firm makes donation towards mole mapper as part of Melanoma UK project

Digital health firm makes donation towards mole mapper as part of Melanoma UK project. Digital health company Vitaccess has donated £10,000 towards an Adamo Horus HS800 mole mapper for the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust as part of its syndicated project with Melanoma UK. Back in October 2017, Vitaccess, Melanoma UK and The Royal[…]

Charity tech ideas share £370,000 in funding

Charity tech ideas share £370,000 in funding

Charity tech ideas share £370,000 in funding. Eight organisations, including those supporting low-income families and survivors of domestic abuse, are to share £370,000 to develop tech ideas for good causes. The money is being handed out through Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Tech for Good Fund. Those to be awarded charity tech grants include Alexandra Rose Charity, which supports families[…]

Medical device firm raises $1.5m investment for mental health challenges -

Medical device firm raises $1.5m investment for mental health challenges

Medical device firm raises $1.5m investment for mental health challenges. Medical device company Flow, creators of a medically approved treatment for depression has raised $1.5 million in an investment round led by Khosla Ventures to tackle mental health challenges. The investment will be used to support Flow’s European rollout, introduce Flow to healthcare clinics, and fund[…]

NHSX at the forefront of future technology - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

NHSX at the forefront of future technology

NHSX at the forefront of future technology. NHSX officially launched on 1 July 2019. Their core ambition is to reduce the pressure on clinicians and staff so that they can focus more on patients. Patient safety across the NHS will be of utmost importance and productivity within the NHS will be improved with digital technology.[…]

Interoperability named highest priority for NHS IT chiefs two years running - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Interoperability named highest priority for NHS IT chiefs two years running

Interoperability named highest priority for NHS IT chiefs two years running. Interoperability has been cited as the highest priority for NHS IT Leaders for a second year in a row, according to the findings of the 2019 NHS IT Leadership Survey. It was identified as the number one concern by 78% of NHS IT leaders[…]

Healthtech firms collaborate in social wellbeing bid -

Healthtech firms collaborate in social wellbeing bid

Healthtech firms collaborate in social wellbeing bid. Patients Know Best (PKB) and HealthUnlocked have signed a partnership agreement in a bid to improve social wellbeing for patients. The partnership which will see HealthUnlocked’s eSocial Prescription capability integrated with PKB’s digital platform is set to make it easier for healthcare professionals to offer their patients more[…]

Virtual primary care service aligns with NHS work-life approach - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Virtual primary care service aligns with NHS work-life approach

Virtual primary care service aligns with NHS work-life approach. Docly has announced it is to align with NHS England and NHS Innovation’s approach to rethink work-life balance for overburdened GPs. The company offers messaging-based consultations to provide an alternative to video visits and are an integral part of the digital/virtual primary care ecosystem, keeping the[…]

Private Rhyl mental health hospital bid rejected

Private Rhyl mental health hospital bid rejected

Private Rhyl mental health hospital bid rejected. The building had been home to Denbighshire social services Plans for a private hospital in Rhyl for people with mental health issues have been rejected by councillors. Backers said the 61-bed facility at former council offices on Brighton Road would have created 150 jobs. North Wales Police raised[…]

Woman who wanted to die should be given chemotherapy, judge decides -

Woman who wanted to die should be given chemotherapy, judge decides

Woman who wanted to die should be given chemotherapy, judge decides. A court hears the woman – when she was mentally capable of making decisions – had said she would not want to live with cancer. Doctors said there was a 50% chance the woman would be cured with chemotherapy. File pic A judge has[…]

ORCHA partners with mental health charity to protect young people

ORCHA partners with mental health charity to protect young people

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

Virtual assistant launched by Moorfields Eye Hospital - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Virtual assistant launched by Moorfields Eye Hospital

Virtual assistant launched by Moorfields Eye Hospital. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new virtual assistant designed to engage with patients and provide 24/7 answers and information. The virtual assistant, known as the Oriel Assistant, will provide answers to questions from patients, staff and the general public and let them have their[…]

simple bar code can change the tide in the NHS -

A simple bar code can change the tide in the NHS

A simple bar code can change the tide in the NHS. Setting the standards for digital projects within the NHS can only work with clinical input and understanding the small details that make up a successful system, says Stuart MacMillan, interim consultant on Scan4Safety, who is speaking at the upcoming Healthcare Partnership Network event. Nobody thinks that[…]

Mon health center works in virtual reality with patients

Mon health center works in virtual reality with patients

Mon health center works in virtual reality with patients. Photo Provided Karen Buckton, a resident of Rock Cave, W.Va., and a cancer patient at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, W.Va., tries on virtual reality goggles while undergoing treatment. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Dr. Jaschar Shakuri-Rad, a urologist at the Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown,[…]

VR therapy player to commence treatment for psychosis -

VR therapy player to commence treatment for psychosis

VR therapy player to commence treatment for psychosis. VR-therapy player Oxford VR, a collaborator in gameChange is commencing a large-scale multi-site trial to test VR therapy treatment for psychosis to advance its roll out by the NHS and Social Care. The gameChange trial is being led by Daniel Freeman, professor of psychology at the University[…]

Health Care Tech ETF Debuts -

Health Care Tech ETF Debuts

Health Care Tech ETF Debuts. ROBO Global, the index provider behind the first robotics ETF, is providing the underlying benchmark for another ETF managed by Exchange Traded Concepts. The ROBO Global Healthcare Technology and Innovation ETF (HTEC) takes a forward-looking perspective on the health care tech. HTEC comes with an expense ratio of 0.68% after a fee[…]