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

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

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

New NHS Patient Website to Provide Personalised Health Advice

A new patient website will track the browser history of users along with their location in order to provide personalised health advice. NHS.uk hasn't been due for some time, but finally some of the critical features of this new system have been revealed. Speaking on the matter at an event in London, NHS Digital’s transformation director Beverley Bryant divulged that NHS.uk will provide people with more personalised health advice than the current 'flat' information provided by NHS Choices. “If... Readmore

Two New Medical Apps to be Rolled Out Across Four NHS Trusts

Two new medical apps that enable people to monitor health in the comfort of their own home are about to be rolled out. Four national health trusts could benefit from this new technology which promises to reduce the need for GP visits. The software is currently being trialled in Oxfordshire, and has the ability to transmit patient data from tablets and smartphones direct to clinicians. It is believed that such applications will have a massive impact on the management of chronic diseases in the foreseeable... Readmore

NHS England to Spend £100 Million on Digital ‘Fast Followers’

NHS England has announced plans to spend £100 million on 20 so-called 'fast followers', effectively creating a second wave of digitally advanced NHS organisations. Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum event in London, NHS England chief information officer Will Smart indicated that 20 organisations within the healthcare system would be selected for this privilege over the next few months. Fast followers will be provided with £5 million of central funding over the next three years in order... Readmore

New Technology May Enable Locked-in Patients to Communicate

A new study utilises so-called mind-reading technology in order to enable people suffering with locked-in syndrome to communicate. Patients were able to provide yes or no answers to a series of questions via a computer, which has the ability to interpret brain signals in the individuals suffering from the severe form of motor neurone disease. And the system correctly relayed what they were thinking 70% of the time. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Tübingen and Central... Readmore

NHS Staff Inadvertently Trigger Google Cybersecurity Defences

Media reports over the last 24 hours have revealed that members of NHS staff have inadvertently triggered the cybersecurity defences of Google while utilising its search engine. NHS Digital has confirmed the rumours, with the organisation noting that the vast number of NHS staff using the search engine resulted in healthcare workers being forced to take a quiz to verify that they are not bots. In the meantime, NHS staff have been informed to use the Bing search engine as an alternative workaround. Responding... Readmore
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