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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 Age

NHS Trust develops text messaging service to help quit smoking

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has designed and developed a fully automated text message service to help patients quit smoking one text at a time. Gateshead patients who smoke and want to quit immediately have access to a new Smoking Cessation Service, which is a behavioural change text message service that is designed to give daily ‘nudges’ of motivation and advice that can give them the support they need when they need it.

Digital Health

Special Report: Electronic Document Management

Electronic document management has been seen by many as providing a temporary stepping stone to full digitisation via an electronic patient record. But, as Maja Dragovic reports, some are finding that it can play a much more active long term role.

NHS Digital

Digital Social Care

NHS Digital is working in a partnership on the development of Digital Social Care to support social care providers in adopting digital technology. The website currently includes a set of online resources for care providers, including cyber security, guidance on third part contracts and templates on citizen leaflets, data protection policy and data quality policy. It is also intended to act as a network to encourage care providers to embrace digital technology.


Teaching trust launches first-of-its-kind degree for new NHS role

A university and a teaching trust have launched a degree designed to train people for a new digital healthcare scientist role within the NHS. The digital healthcare science degree will take the “fusion science” approach to training, involving aspects of digital, physiological and behavioural sciences, as well as academic and professional development and clinical decision-making.

Med-tech news

New imaging system developed for digital diagnosis of skin cancer

A new imaging system has been developed by FotoFinder Systems, that aims to enable physicians to take a new approach to the digital diagnosis of skin cancer. It is claimed that Automated Total Body Mapping (ATBM) delivers results in a matter of seconds and reduce the need for biopsies and excisions.

NHS England

NHS aims to be a world leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning within 5 years

NHS chief Simon Stevens has called on tech firms to help the health service become a world leader in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The technology can help speed up diagnosis of cancer and other diseases and deliver more convenient care by revolutionising outpatient services.

NIHR Signal

Smartphones instead of direct supervision can improve adherence rates for TB treatment

People who need supervision take their medication for tuberculosis (TB) more reliably when using a smartphone to send video evidence instead of direct observations; for example, by attending a clinic appointment. Almost double the number of observations was completed in the video-supervised arm at six months than when people were directly observed.


A data-driven approach to cancer care

Progress in cancer care delivered by the NHS has meant that more people are surviving and enjoying a better quality of life. Advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment have led to remarkable improvements. However, there is still a long way to go. More than one in three people in England will develop cancer and there is considerable variation in survival rates across the country.

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