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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.


Care Quality Commission

The state of care in independent online primary health services

This report finds that the quality of online primary care services, such as those that provide GP consultations and prescriptions through independent websites and apps, has improved over the past 12 months but further action from providers and the wider system is needed to ensure they are as safe as general practice in physical premises.

Thirteen countries sign up to Global Digital Health Partnership

Thirteen countries, including the UK, have signed up to a global network designed to support the use of digital technology in modern healthcare. The Global Digital Health Partnership is a network made up of governments, digital health agencies and the World Health Organization. The aim is to share policy and evidence that supports members to deliver better digital health services.

UK can be ‘world leader in AI’ if NHS data can be tapped

The parliamentary under-secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care has said the UK could be a world leader in AI research and “unlock a wake of innovation throughout the NHS” by harnessing patient data sets.

Almost 14m patients using online GP services across England

Almost 14 million patients across England are now using online GP services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view their records. According latest figures from NHS England, there has been a 42% increase in the number of people who are signed up for online services compared to the same time last year.

Information Commissioner’s Office

New data protection regulation set to be put in place

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new set of EU regulations and will become law in the UK on May 25, 2018. It will require all organisations which process personal data, including health organisations and arm’s length bodies, to meet higher standards for data protection.

NHS Digital

Electronic outpatient system set to save NHS at least £50 million

When GPs refer patients using the NHS e-Referral service (e-RS) from 1 October 2018, patients will be able to choose an appointment at a time and date that suits them, which is expected to halve the rate of patients missing appointments from 10%.

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