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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.


Digital Health

UK government pumps £37.5m into new health and biomedical data hubs

New research centres connecting regional healthcare data with genetic and biomedical information will be set up in the UK following a £37.5m government investment. Between three and five ‘Digital Innovation Hubs’ will be established over the next three years, which pull data from GP practices, hospitals, social and community care providers for research and development purposes.

Digital Health

Leicestershire Partnership embraces telehealth for digital heart failure service

The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has launched a remote monitoring platform for heart failure patients. The service uses Spirit Digital’s cloud-based CliniTouch Vie setup and is designed to enable individuals to monitor their condition at home, circumventing the need to keep them under observation

Digital Health

CCG objects to extended roll-out of GP at Hand in Birmingham

Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CGG) has recommended that it raises an objection to the roll-out of GP at Hand across Birmingham. The CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee was asked on 17 July to approve for the Babylon-powered service to be introduced at Badger House in Birmingham, which adds to the five London locations where it is live.

Digital Health

Hancock: NHS needs to get app-happy

Health secretary Matt Hancock has called for more use of apps within the NHS, saying they present “a real opportunity” to both patients and healthcare teams. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Hancock suggested that more needed to be done to improve the adoption of digital in the healthcare sector, particularly regarding the use of apps.

Digital Health

Connected care homes ‘could slash £1bn from NHS demand’.

A project run by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has suggested that the use of telehealth in care homes could cut hospital admissions by as much as a third and free up some £1bn for the NHS. The Quest for Quality in Care Homes project was set up in 2013 to investigate how technology could support care home residents and reduce falls.


The robot will see you now: could computers take over medicine entirely?

They already perform remotely controlled operations – now robots look set to be the physicians of the future. Like all everyday miracles of technology, the longer you watch a robot perform surgery on a human being, the more it begins to look like an inevitable natural wonder.

King’s Fund

The NHS app: will it work?

It has taken a while for the NHS to go down this route. Smartphones have been with us for more than a decade. In the UK, 85 per cent of us have them, 70 per cent use them to go online and for 8 per cent of people they are their only route online. That is a little way off the NHS in terms of universal coverage but mobile technology – and particularly its scale – is something the health system has long struggled to take better advantage of.

NHS Digital

Personal Health Records Adoption Toolkit

The Personal Health Records (PHR) toolkit is designed to support health and care organisations in England to commission, develop or manage PHRs. It shares learning and innovation, while supporting consistency, through interoperability and standards.

NHS England

NHS England ‘to publish AI code of conduct later this year’.

NHS England plans to publish a code of conduct for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare later this year. The code of conduct will help provide ‘principles’, ‘guidance’ and ‘transparency’ for the use of AI within the NHS.

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Digitisation of Nursing Documentation

This project is transforming the documentation nurses are required to complete every day. It is standardising forms across NHS Wales and making them digital. The documents will use the same standardised nursing language to reduce duplication, and give back time to nurses to care for patients.


NIHR launches first open dataset

Working closely with the Open Data Institute (ODI), NIHR has published its first licenced open dataset – its funded portfolio of research. This makes its data accessible all in one place (rather than from separate NIHR centres), providing a single source of up-to-date, accurate and reusable data. The dataset, which has been accredited by the ODI, contains research awards funded by NIHR which were active at any time on or after 1st April 2011.

NIHR Signal

Outpatient video consultations are feasible but challenging for the NHS

Video consultations may be a useful substitute for face-to-face consultations for some hospital outpatient appointments. Video consultations can be safe and effective and are liked by staff and patients. But there are challenges in embedding new technology in routine practice, and these challenges may have been under-estimated.

Professional Record Standards Body

New care record guide to support patient safety and better care

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has published a revised set of standards for the structure and content of health and care records, which will support digital information sharing among all professionals and help people access better, safer care.

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