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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.


Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care has launched two new tools to help women recognise the signs of breast cancer

The first, available through Amazon's Alexa can talk users through a breast examination and signpost to information on diagnosis, treatment and advice. The second app, BECCA (Breast Cancer Care App) is available on smartphones, tablets and computers and can also signpost users to Breast Cancer Care's information.

Digital Health Age

Virtual reality treatment to be trialled for stroke patients

The University of Chester is embarking on a two-year research project which will see them develop virtual reality software to be used to aid rehabilitation in stroke patients. The project will include a trial with 60 patients and if successful it could be developed to be used across the NHS.

Digital Health

Imperial College scientists create AI system to help treat sepsis

Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a system for treating sepsis called 'AI Clinician', which was able to learn treatment strategy from the analysis of 100,000 records of patients and doctors' decisions over a period of 15 years. They are now hoping to trial the system in intensive care units in the UK.

Digital Health

Northwick Park pilots porter hailing app for A&E staff

Northwick Park Hospital, part of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust is piloting a new app which allows patients to request a porter using their mobile phone. The timesaving app replaces the existing process of staff completing a two-page request form.

Digital Health

The app giving power to outpatients at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) is using the MyCare app to enable outpatients to book and manage their appointments. The app is saving the trust both staff time and money, significantly decreasing the amount spent on administration and postage.

Health Service Journal

GP patient data now being automatically collected to boost screening

NHS Digital will now routinely collect diabetic patient level data from GPs under a new legal direction designed to ensure consistent monthly reporting and improve screening for diabetic retinopathy. Previously GPs were relied on to self-report data on patients which was then used to identify those eligible for screening.

National Health Executive

New Greater Manchester partnership to deliver latest healthcare technology to the region

The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI), Health Innovation Manchester and Greater Manchester health and care providers and funders (the GMHSP), have formed a new partnership aimed at accelerating the delivery of digital healthcare in the Greater Manchester area.

NHS England

GP online services communications toolkit

The following communications guide aims to support GP practices in promoting GP online services to patients, and encourage them to register for these services. The guide includes suggested content for websites, social media channels and newsletters which can be tailored to individual practices, staff and patients.

Professional Record Standards Body

New standard to support better pharmacy information sharing

People want the safest and best care possible. To support this, the PRSB has published the first part of a new standard outlining the information that needs to be shared between community pharmacies and GP practices.


The digital future of nursing

The newly appointed Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock says he’s “determined to seize the opportunities of the modern age” and has pledged almost half a billion pounds to transform technology in the NHS to ease pressures on staff and improve patient care. Findings from an RCN consultation show that members support this vision. They too want to see the health and social care system benefit from digital tools and systems, but in practice there are numerous barriers.


Artificial Intelligence to help save lives at five new technology centres

The Business Secretary has announced that five new medical technology centres will open in the UK next year. The clinics based in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow and London will use artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis times and advance medical imaging techniques.

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