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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.


Asthma UK

Data sharing and technology: exploring the attitudes of people with asthma

This report explores asthma patients' views on sharing personal health data for research and to help improve NHS service provision. It finds that a high percentage of the 3,000 participants would be willing to share their personal data.

Calling time-out on WhatsApp: The need for secure and integrated clinical messaging service

"WhatsApp is being used outside current information governance rules, often without local NHS oversight and with huge confusion about just how secure information held in WhatsApp really is.”

Salford Royal introduces first-of-kind smartphone urine test for kidney patients

Kidney patients at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust will soon be able to analyse urine tests at home using an innovative new smartphone solution. The trust has launched a digital home testing kit that incorporates a mobile phone camera and computer vision technology.

Healthwatch England

How do people feel about their data being shared by the NHS?

This briefing explores the results of a poll carried out by Healthwatch England and ComRes that asked people's about their views and concerns regarding sharing their data for reasons other than their care.

House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee

Algorithms in decision-making

This report calls on the government to ensure that algorithms used to aid decision-making in the public sector are sufficiently 'challenged, understood and regulated' to ensure data is used safely.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Sharing and Empathy in Digital Spaces: Qualitative Study of Online Health Forums for Breast Cancer and Motor Neuron Disease

The forums were viewed as both a useful and meaningful space in which they could share experiences, information, and emotions, and receive empathetic support within a supportive and warm atmosphere.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Using Social Media to Target Cancer Prevention in Young Adults

This viewpoint paper describes the current landscape of nascent research using social media to target cancer prevention efforts in young adults and propose future directions to strengthen the scientific knowledge supporting social media strategies to promote cancer prevention behaviours.

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