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News items focusing on eHealth

eHealth covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today's society.

This theme covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today’s society. It’s much more than any one type of technology or device. We are seeing the appearance of new operational models supported by technology.


Department of Health and Social Care

New NHS app will make it quicker and easier to access health services

The new NHS app, freely available from December 2018, will give patients safe and secure access to their GP record. Patients will be able to use it to make GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions, manage long-term conditions and access 111 online for urgent medical queries.

Digital Health

Mobile and Modern Working

With increasing emphasis being placed on community healthcare, efficient ways of working are imperative in order to meet the increasing demand. Using mobile technology is viewed as one way in which this can be achieved. Though progress has been made, there is still further to go.

Digital Health

Could IR35 be the NHS’s Achilles heel?

Columnist Graham Smith thinks the real Achilles heel to digital reform across the NHS could be the tax law IR35. Recent reforms to IR35 have created some consternation in the public sector, and the question remains as to whether it could deter IT contractors, further hampering the NHS’s adoption of new technology.


NHS to receive £487m technology boost

The health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, has pledged almost half a billion pounds to transform technology in the NHS. In his first speech since being appointed to the post, Hancock will announce a £487m funding package to create “the most advanced health system in the world”.

Health Service Journal

Role of technology in care integration

Gary Birks – general manager UK and Ireland at Orion Health – considers the role of technology in delivering integrated care, the traditional challenges in sharing information within and between organisations, and the way in which an integrated digital care record can support better information sharing.

NHS Digital

NHS Digital welcomes three new, non-executive directors

John Noble, Deborah Oakley and Balram Veliath have joined the board to help shape the governance of the organisation. Noel Gordon, Chair of NHS Digital, said: “We have been very lucky to attract such distinguished experts to our Board and I have every confidence we will greatly benefit from the skills they bring to us.”

NHS England

Digital-first primary care and its implications for general practice payments

Digital technologies have come to alter many aspects of our lives, but how they will re-shape healthcare is very much a work in progress. NHS England has released this paper seeking views on how healthcare systems commission, contract and pay for care that grasps the opportunities digital innovation offers while ensuring that new technology is safely integrated into health and care pathways.


How can we develop more fundable NIHR digital healthcare proposals?

Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of Digital Healthcare at the University of Southampton, and Clinical Advisor on New Technologies at RCP London, gives his suggestions on how to make a successful application to the digital technologies to improve health and care funding opportunity.

Nuffield Trust

How technology can help people with MS take control

Sophie Castle-Clarke looks at the digital ways in which people with MS can take better control of their care – and why we can’t overlook the importance of patients becoming confident when it comes to technology.

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