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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.


BBC News

NHS to announce new online 111 services

Patients in England will soon be able to enter symptoms online and receive tailored advice or a call back from a health professional. The website will allow patients to book appointments, access medical records and order prescriptions.

Department of Health

Making IT work: harnessing the power of health information technology to improve care in England

In late 2015, the National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England was formed to advise the Department of Health and NHS England on its efforts to digitise the secondary care system. The recommendations fall into 2 broad categories: 10 overall findings and principles, followed by 10 implementation recommendations.

‘Significant problems’ with data access in public health

Public health services have been denied access to health data vital to doing their job, The Health Committee report argues that funding cuts to services since responsibility for public health shifted to local authorities are “a false economy, as they not only add to the future costs of health and social care but risk widening health inequalities”.

Royal Liverpool records digitalised ahead of new EPR

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust have digitalised tens of thousands of records ahead of announcing a new EPR. During the past few months, 50,000 records have been digitalised.

Heart failure patients in Norfolk use self-testing tech

A self-testing service for heart failure patients has been launched by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. The data was transmitted to the hospital community team via an online submission form or automated telephone service, and attached to patient record.

Verify (and Facebook) tested for NHS online identity service

Verify has not yet been rolled out in the NHS, amid concerns about its possible security implications, but NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group is currently testing whether it could work in practice for providing access to online health services.

EPRs top of roadmap wish list

A review of local digital roadmaps shows many NHS organisations are prioritising core IT systems for acute trusts, many of which come with a big price tag.

Cheshire shares records across 80 organisations

Cheshire has gone live with a shared care record that covers acute, primary, council, community, mental health and cancer data across the region using Graphnet’s CareCentric.

New England Journal of Medicine

Accelerating Innovation in Health IT

In this Perspective piece the authors bemoan the fact that “health IT success stories remain rare”. Acknowledging some of the barriers that have been identified they suggest that “sustained innovation programs” could foster innovation.

New England Journal of Medicine

State of Telehealth

There are many potential benefits that have been suggested for ICT in healthcare, including telehealth. This review sought to understand the effectiveness, population impact and costs associated with implementation of electronic consultation services, particularly in specialist services.

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