Peer Review Schemes Make no Impact on GP Prescribing Research Indicates

Dutch research has suggested that peer review schemes fail to reduce the level of GP prescribing, nor do they result in decreasing the value of tests ordered. Scientists from the Netherlands concluded that the peer review process “may not be useful to deliver better adherence of guidelines and contain costs” in regards to GP prescribing and test ordering. The study was published in BioMed Central Family Medicine, and represented the first time that peer review schemes have been attested... Readmore

New Digital Procurement Platform Delayed

A major new procurement platform intended to save millions of pounds has been delayed. The online marketplace was compared to the infamous retailer Amazon, with NHS Shared Business Services suggesting that it will revolutionise the way that this critical part of the NHS works. However, reports have indicated that the new platform will not be ready until the autumn. Known as The Edge for Health, the platform has been funded by a joint investment from NHS Shared Business Services and the retail... Readmore

£7 Million Electronic Patient Records System Launched in Dorset

A new electronic record sharing system is to be launched in Dorset. The Dorset Care Record (DCR) will cost £7 million and enable the healthcare system in the county to draw together information from hospitals, GPs, community teams and local councils. This will enable the authority in the area to establish a detailed impression of the medical care history of an individual patient, with their needs consequently more holistically understood. The DCR has been provided by global healthcare company... Readmore

New Digital Services Launched for Mental Health Patients

Seven areas across England are set to pilot digital services for mental health patients, which will include innovative apps to improve care and online access to real-time patient records. NHS England has announced new funding for seven mental health trusts to enable these organisations to pioneer world-class, digital services to improve care for patients experiencing mental health issues. This will include, for the first time, all key professionals involved in a patient’s care having access... Readmore

New Toolkits Launched to Aid Health and Social Care Workforce

New resources are being made available to employers, training providers and employment professionals to help alleviate London’s social care skills shortages. Ambition London, funded by JP Morgan Chase Foundation, has authored two new toolkits. These are intended to promote skills-sharing and tackle common misconceptions of careers in both the health and social care sectors. It is known that health and adult social care sectors face an acute shortage of skilled workers with too few entrants,... Readmore

NHS England Announces New ‘Redbook’ System

NHS England has announced a digital version of the Redbook will be rolled out across London, answering calls from parents who often lose information when Redbooks are misplaced. From April, parents of the 136,000 babies born across London each year will be able to record and manage information about their child’s health and development online. A digital version of the Redbook, known as the eRedbook, will be rolled out across London, is intended to ensure that it is quicker and easier for new parents... Readmore

Figures Show One-in-Three Cancer Pathway Referrals Downgraded

Nearly one-third of referrals made by GPs through the two-week wait cancer pathway were downgraded as less urgent over the previous 12-month period. This is acccording to a raft of responses pulled from 564 salaried doctors, and acquired by a poll conducted by GPOnline. Overall, 27% had experienced the bounceback of a referral, or a refusal, in the last year. Meanwhile, 23% of GPs who had experienced this issue with a referral later discovered that the affected patient was suffering from... Readmore

Around 10,000 British Women to Benefit From New Breast Cancer Treatment

Scientists suggests that approximately 10,000 women may benefit annually from a new type of breast cancer treatment that may become available in Britain. Biological therapies are increasingly being utilised in the fight against cancers caused by rare, inherited genetic problems, such as the BRCA example that was encountered by Angelina Jolie. And a study conducted by experts at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute indicates that targeted drugs may work in women that do not even have a genetic... Readmore

200 High Priority Clinical Documents Outstanding After Patient Data Failures

Over 200 high priority clinical documents are still awaiting assessment following over 70,000 items of patient data being found undelivered in a warehouse last year. Ministers have documented the fact that payments related to this information have now exceeded £2.4 million. Yet over 700 items still require further clinical assessment, with over 200 of these cases considered a high priority. Health minister Nicola Blackwood provided the information in response to a parliamentary question... Readmore

New Test to Revolutionise Premature Birth

A new test may revolutionise the attempts of the healthcare service to prevent premature births from taking place. Scientists believe that a non-invasive device that somewhat resembles a pencil will assist them in accurately predicting the chances of pre-term delivery up to three months in advance. The device has the potential to save the NHS over £1 billion annually, and works by alerting doctors of critical accumulations of moisture in the cervix region. This early intervention will enable... Readmore

US Researchers Believe Pancreas can be Triggered to Regenerate

Researchers from the United States believe that it is possible to trigger the pancreas to regenerate itself via a special type of fasting diet. Restoring the function of the organ was able to reverse symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. Experts believe that this could become an exciting new treatment for the debilitating condition. Statistics indicate that there had been something of a diabetes academic, not only in Britain but across the Western world. In the study, mice were... Readmore

Wearable Startup Wins Major NHS Contract

An Edinburgh startup has won a major healthcare contract to develop what is believed to be a massively significant form of technology. Snap40 acquired the £1 million contract from NHS England in order to further develop what it asserts will be a “game-changing” wearable monitoring device. The company’s technology consists of a single medical wearable device, worn on the upper arm, that continuously monitors respiratory rate, heart rate, relative change in systolic blood pressure, oxygen... Readmore
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