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

Extent of NHS ‘Reply All’ Email Blunder Becomes Clear

The widely publicised reply-all email error from last year involved 500 million emails being distributed across the health service network in total. This vast email payload was sent out in just 75 minutes, according to an investigation into the matter. What began with an innocent test message quickly turned into a system-destroying problem. A senior associate ICT delivery facilitator had believed that she was sending an email to a local distribution list, but instead sent it to 850,000 NHS workers. The... Readmore

New Artificial intelligence Software can Identify Skin Cancer

Researchers into AI from Stanford claim that artificial intelligence software being developed at the university can identify skin cancer in photographs with the same accuracy as trained doctors. The major breakthrough is being described by experts on the debilitating condition as particularly exciting and revolutionary. Already it is being suggested that AI could eventually be included within mobile technology, effectively turning everyday smartphones into cancer scanners. Cancer Research... Readmore

Parkinson’s Health App to Improve Medical Adherence

A new software application intended to assist with Parkinson's can assist medication adherence, according to new research. Nature Parkinson’s journal printed the the study in question, which provides encouraging news for those suffering from this debilitating condition. “Today’s NHS is all about embracing proven new technologies,” commented Juliet Bauer, NHS England’s Director of Digital Experience, while adding that a “growing evidence base shows online tools can make a real difference... Readmore

Government Rejects Surveillance Camera Watchdog Request

The government has decided not to approve a request from the surveillance camera watchdog to enable it to monitor the increasing unregulated use of CCTV and body-based cameras in British hospitals. Body-worn cameras are being utilised in order to assist with the reduction of the physical abuse of healthcare staff. Surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter had previously warned ministers that the practice could be in contravention of privacy laws. Porter instead recommends that NHS trusts... Readmore

NHS to Experiment with AI App as Alternative to 111 Service

The NHS has announced its intention to experiment with an artificially intelligent medical AI as a potential alternative to the the NHS 111 helpline. 1.2 million residents of North and Central London will gain access to this software, with the London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Enfield and Barnet central to this process. The app will perform certain checks for those suffering with non-life-threatening conditions. Users will be able to submit their personal symptoms to the software, with... Readmore

Barcode Technology Eyed as NHS Money Saver

Six NHS trusts are trialling barcode technology with a view to ultimately rolling the technology out across the NHS. Scan4Safety aims to reduce mistakes and cut costs within NHS in England. Universal barcodes are attached to medical supplies and equipment, as well as to patients, nurses and doctors. Codes are scanned during every stage of the treatment of a patient. While the technology has numerous applications, it is thought to be particularly valuable in reducing the number of incorrect... Readmore
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