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

TV Tech to Play Role in Healthcare Future

A new television technology system promises to revolutionise the way people communicate within the healthcare system. The technology is currently being trialled by a resident of Poulton, Lancashire, as he becomes one of the first to make use of a new service that lets him talk to a healthcare team through his television set. Eric Sefton got involved due to his enthusiasm about the potential of the project. “I thought it was a great idea and exactly what is needed to help people in similar... Readmore

Backward Windows Version Common in NHS IT

A Freedom of Information request from Citrix has revealed that most IT equipment in the NHS is still reliant on Windows XP. Citrix is an American multinational software company that provides server, application and desktop virtualization, networking, software as a service, and cloud computing technologies. While this particular version of the Microsoft operating system was acclaimed at the time, the software giant has since stopped delivering bug fixes and security updates. Thus it can only... Readmore

NHS Trusts Taking Undue Risks with Patient Data According to Report

NHS trusts are putting patients at risk by failing to satisfactorily encrypt online data, according to a major investigation. The organisation Hacker House has discovered that there are serious flaws in NHS cybersecurity. Hacker House is a team of computer hackers seeking innovation within the information security industry. And the organisation was able to find misconfigured email servers, outdated software and security certificates, along with NHS trusts' emails and passwords, with its experts... Readmore

Accenture Blamed for NHS Email Chaos

Following the email chaos which was widely reported by the media this week, National Health Service Digital has laid the blame for problems firmly at the feet of IT outsourcer Accenture. The email problem even continues to be ongoing in some NHS regions. Yet IT experts have poured scorn on this notion, suggesting that the issue can ultimately be attributed to a combination of user error and a system config update that was always likely to be problematical. The internal email system of the NHS had been... Readmore

NHS at Risk of Cyber Attacks According to Experts

A government minister has suggested that the NHS is at risk from cyber attacks. Ben Gummer, minister for Cabinet, suggests that "large quantities of sensitive data" held by the NHS is already being targeted by so-called 'black hat' hackers. And Gummer believes that cyber attackers could even work with foreign powers in order to undermine public services in the UK. The UK government has indicated that it will invest nearly £2 billion on toughening up Britain's cyber defences, but experts... Readmore

Virus Attack Hits NHS Trusts

Four clinical IT systems were shut down within the NHS system, while security experts "isolated and destroyed" a virus impacting them. The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust reassured the public that "the majority" of its computer systems were up and running shortly after the attack. Patients with scheduled appoints should presume they will go ahead, the trust added. No further details were given as to the nature of the attack or what impact it had on the trust's IT systems. Operations... Readmore

Data Release Statistics Indicate Privacy Problems

Data despatched to NHS, research and private organisations was made vulnerable by inadequate NHS Digital procedures. Around two-thirds of the data releases from the company between April and August this year included inappropriate information about patients. 1.2 million individuals who have asked for their records not to be shared, other than in circumstances related to direct care, were affected by this issue. The data was despatched to NHS, research and private organisations. A public... Readmore

Half of NHS Trusts Fail to Monitor Cloud App Usage

Almost half of NHS Trusts make no attempt to monitor cloud app usage, according to the results of a Freedom of Information request. The same FOI by cloud security firm Netskope also revealed that fewer than one-fifth of NHS Trusts have visibility into all cloud app use. This potentially leaves sensitive data vulnerable to both risky apps and malicious behaviour. Cloud computing refers to any Internet-based computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers... Readmore
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