Patient-centred approach to innovation and clinical development proposed by BIA and MHRA

Collaborative approaches to supporting innovation and to facilitating clinical development and timely access to new treatments and vaccines for patients were unveiled in a new report this week. The report, from the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) follows their annual conference - ‘Pathway of Innovation from Research to Patients’ – in London last month. The event was attended by over 140 delegates from patients’ groups,... Readmore

New guidance issued to assist medical battery design

New guidance which tackles the issues facing battery design, development and use in the medical and healthcare sector has been made available this week by battery manufacturer Accutronics. It is intended to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) better understand the possibilities and limitations of rechargeable battery technology in designing products for the sector. The Accutronics guidance is free to download and aims to inform its readers on areas of recent battery design interest.... Readmore

NHS England announces scheme to make healthcare innovation more accessible for patients, hospitals and GP practices

The successful applicants to a scheme designed to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients were announced today (Monday 6 July) by NHS England’s Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh. The scheme will see 17 healthcare pioneers from the UK and abroad receive national support to roll out their technologies, processes and models of care to patients, hospitals and GP practices throughout England. This support includes mentorship from seasoned innovators such as Lord Ara Darzi,... Readmore

IT will transform NHS services say healthcare leaders

Health and social care leaders are to announce detailed plans that will improve services for patients by “making better use of technology” that will increase transparency across more services and ultimately save money. The plans, which have been designed to build on the successes of the last 12 months which have seen 97 percent of GP practices offering patients the chance to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view a summary of their GP records online, commit to giving patients... Readmore

Innovative diabetes project wins top award

An innovative project - entitled ‘My Diabetes My Way’ - which allows people with diabetes electronic access to their medical records has been recognised with a top UK award. Led by the University of Dundee in partnership with NHS Scotland, the project has been named winner of the Education and Self-Management Award at the 2015 Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference. The project offers people with diabetes anywhere in Scotland online access to their medical records, explaining the clinical... Readmore

New vaccination lowers pneumonia incidence among elderly people

Researchers at University Medical Center (UMC) of Utrecht have discovered a vaccine that lowers incidents of pneumonia among elderly people. The research, carried out among 85,000 Dutch subjects over the age of 65, the research reveals that vaccination halves the number of hospitalisations. The ‘Community-acquired pneumonia immunization Trial in Adults’ - CAPiTA – studied the effect of vaccine PCV13, which targets 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae, the main cause of pneumonia. “It... Readmore

Healthcare leaders to address first UK e-Health week

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh and National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey are to be the key attendees when UK e-Health Week comes to London’s Olympia on 3-4 March. A world-class learning and networking opportunity, e-Health Week brings together the latest e-Health innovations with those who commission, implement and use them on the frontline. Tim Kelsey, national director for patients... Readmore

Failed NHS IT programme still costing taxpayers

The National Programme for IT in the NHS is continuing to incur significant costs despite being officially ‘dismantled’ a committee of MPs has found. Launched in 2002, the National Programme (known as the Lorenzo system) was designed to reform the way that the NHS in England uses information but has proved to be one of the biggest failures in the history of the public sector. The programme was a joint venture between the NHS and IT services company, CSC. In 2011, the Government announced... Readmore

UK Cancer research receives 19m ‘e-Health’ boost

London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea are to be the locations of four Cancer Research Centres of Excellence under a new £19 million scheme to improve patient care and public health and keep the UK at the forefront of global medical research. Funded by government and charitable organisations, each location will have an 'e-Health research' Centre which will have researchers tasked with becoming experts at analysing UK health information  and how such data can be best utilised. The Centres... Readmore

NHSBT and Facebook team up to boost number of registered organ donors

A new collaboration to help boost the number of people on the Organ Donor Register was announced today by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Facebook. Facebook’s new Timeline enables people to post key life events and milestones to their profile. From today, by clicking a new health and wellbeing button, this can include their intention to become an organ donor - with the added benefit of sharing that information with friends and family. NHSBT already uses social media to engage with wide... Readmore
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