Golden Jubilee National Hospital goes live with Patient Portal

A major Scottish health board has entered into a partnership with Orion Health. The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is piloting a Patient Portal from Orion Health, that could lead to improvements in the way it engages with patients. A national resource for Scotland, the Golden Jubilee is helping to redefine the concept of the public hospital, with a vision of “leading quality, research and innovation” for NHS Scotland. Initially, 40 pulmonary hypertensive patients attending the Scottish... Readmore

New App Wins Prestigious Healthcare Award

Sensely has won a prestigious award celebrating the very best of innovation in healthcare in collaboration with the West Midlands CCGs. At the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN)’s second annual Celebration of Innovation Awards, the Industry Collaboration Award was given for the successful introduction of the Ask NHS App and its integration with the West Midlands NHS 111 Service. Around 300 people from across the region’s NHS, industry, academia, third sector and patient... Readmore

New French Technique Offers Insight into Blood Diseases

A new technique to study the flow of liquids developed by scientists from Université Paris-Saclay and the University of Amsterdam offers fresh hope for tackling blood diseases like thrombosis. Previous microfluidic measurement tools have been based on particle tracking. The new technique uses polarised optical signals from luminescent nanorods to measure flow shear – i.e. the strain produced by directional pressure – at an instant, microscopic level never achieved before. This can be used... Readmore

Lancet Study Suggests Many Dementia Cases are Preventable

A major study published in the Lancet journal suggests that around 35% of dementia cases could be prevented if people made more effort to look after their brain health throughout their lives. The international study listed nine key risk factors for dementia including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. And the study will be presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London. It is believed that 131 million people people could be living... Readmore

£86 Million Government Support for Medical Breakthroughs Announced

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, Lord O’Shaughnessy, has revealed a new package of support worth over £85 million, intended to assist British businesses with developing medical innovations. It is then hoped that the technological breakthroughs will be utilised within the NHS system. The funding can be considered the first step in the implementation of recommendations made in the Accelerated Access Review. This document was intended to ensure that... Readmore

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Option to be Made Available on the NHS

A new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis could be made available on the NHS in the foreseeable future. Regulators ruled Eli Lilly’s Olumiant to be cost-effective meaning that some patients could benefit from the treatment in the coming months. Draft guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend Olumiant (baricitinib) as an option for treating severe active rheumatoid arthritis in adults whose disease has responded inadequately to intensive therapy with conventional... Readmore

Technology Should be Used to boost Empathy-Based Medicine Royal Society Asserts

  Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Jeremy Howick and Dr Sian Rees of the Oxford Empathy Programme, say a new paradigm of empathy-based medicine is needed to improve patient outcomes, reduce practitioner burnout and save money. Existing digital technologies must be exploited to enable a paradigm shift in current healthcare delivery which focuses on tests, treatments and targets rather than the therapeutic benefits of empathy, according to the eminent physicians. Empathy-based... Readmore

Digital Health Strengthened by New Irish Initiative

St Michael’s Hospital achieved a significant milestone in East Ireland’s journey towards digitally enabled healthcare by going live with an electronic patient management system in its Emergency Department (ED). The new system will effectively make the ED paper-lite as the core clinical and administrative processes move from being paper-based to electronic. And representatives from St Michael’s state that this was achieved with no disruption to patient care. The new software, referred... Readmore

Massive Increase in Spending Required to Avoid Major Cyber Attack

An expert on cyber security has warned that the Scottish government must spend significantly more if unavoidable cyber attacks on NHS computer systems are to be avoided. The comments of Prof Bill Buchanan follow a ransomware attack on 11 health boards in Scotland last month. This so-called WannaCry attack also impacted on computer systems worldwide. Buchanan believes that this incident should be considered a wake-up call to the government and health authorities. While ransomware is a serious... Readmore

New Immune Cell to Help with Lung Cancer Therapy

Researchers have reportedly identified a new type of immune cell which could have a massive impact on lung cancer. Scientists say that it will be possible to predict which lung cancer patients will benefit most from treatment with immunotherapy by utilising the newly discovered cell. Cancer Research UK has been involved in the funding of the study, which has been published in the journal Nature Immunotherapy. And researchers demonstrated that lung cancer patients with a high level of tissue-resident... Readmore

UK Prostate Cancer Treatment is Massive Success

A new clinical trial conducted on prostate cancer has delivered powerful results according to researchers based in Britain. Early intervention with a drug intended to relieve the deadly condition produced excellent results, according to a new study. The trial assessed abiraterone as an additional treatment in patients with prostate cancer who were about to start long-term hormone therapy. Results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, with researchers finding that the treatment... Readmore

New Proton Beam Machine to Aid Healthcare in Newport

Wales is the destination for the UK's first high-energy proton beam machine. Proton Partners International (PPI) delivered the technology to its new location in Newport. The cancer-treating machine will be located at the Rutherford Cancer Centre. PPI proclaims the technology to be the "most-advanced piece of cancer machinery" in the UK. It is hoped that the proton beam machine will transform the treatment of 500 cancer patients annually. This will be a real boost for Newport and could... Readmore
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