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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

Could patients become their own doctors?

An NHS where patients stay at home and rarely attend GP surgeries or hospital out-patient appointments is likely in a decade's time, according to US health expert Dr Eric Topol, who was asked by ministers to look at how technology would change the role of health staff in England.

Digital Health

NHS Highland launches VR headsets to help patients prep for MRI scans

The project, launched in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, aims to make the confronting scans more bearable for patients. Before going in for an MRI scan, patients will be given a virtual MRI experience using VR headsets.

Digital Health

Un’appy times – the challenges facing the NHS App

The NHS App that launched at the end of December is a prestige project on the road to NHS digitisation, championed first by Jeremy Hunt and now by Matt Hancock. But it’s just lost two of its key leaders and will have to overcome serious technical challenges if it is to become the default digital gateway for patients.

Digital Health

CQC appoints first executive level chief digital officer

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed its first executive level chief digital officer. Mark Sutton, currently the technology director at charity Teach First, will join the CQCs board and executive team in April this year. Mark has more than 20 years’ senior IT management experience in financial services, insurance, retail healthcare and not-for-profit organisations.

Digital Health


WannaCry put healthcare cyber security in the headlines and on local and national priority lists. But, two years later, have lastings changes truly been made? Or has the momentum been lost? Jennifer Trueland reports.

Digital Health Age

Portal using Orion Health technology launched in North Scotland

The North of Scotland Care Portal has gone live after being commissioned by four NHS boards. The portal allows staff working in NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland a single view of patient information held in different IT systems across the boards.

Digital Health Age

Healthcare technology company signs SRAs with NHS Trusts

Healthcare technology company Sensyne Health has signed Strategic Research Agreements (SRA) with Wye Valley and George Eliot Hospital NHS Trusts. The agreements will allow Sensyne Health to analyse anonymised patient data using clinical artificial intelligence (Clinical AI) technology. The purpose of the research is to derive new insights that will improve the care of NHS Trusts’ patients and help to find new treatments.


NHS urges social media firms to ban celebrity ads for health products

NHS England’s national medical director is urging social media companies to ban “irresponsible and unsafe” adverts for health products of dubious value by celebrities. Prof Steve Powis wants the likes of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stop running ads in which famous people are paid to market diet pills, detox teas and appetite-suppressing sweets.

Health Education England

The Topol Review: preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future

The Topol Review explores how to prepare the health care workforce, through education and training, to deliver the digital future. This independent report makes recommendations that will enable NHS staff to make the most of innovative technologies such as genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics to improve services.


Summary care record to be replaced, says NHS digital chief

Matthew Swindells has announced that the national summary care record system will move to a network of 'longitudinal' patient records that will link more detailed regional data together. The 'local health and care records' system will make it easier to share data for care, planning and research.


Involving the public in robust and trustworthy data sharing

The report explores how to bring the public into the heart of decision-making about what data and information public service providers collect, analyse and share as they develop more effective and efficient public services.

King’s Fund

Is it possible to use the digitisation of the NHS to reach the furthest first?

The health and care system has historically been reliant on paper for sharing information about patients, but digitisation is inevitably changing that. In this guest blog Annie Whelan, Chief Executive of Seaview (a charity for those living on society's margins and one of eight winners of a GSK IMPACT award in 2018), explores how digitisation impacts upon those who are marginalised.

National Health Executive

NHS workforce lacks digital literacy as Tesco knows more about its customers than the health service, warns Matt Hancock

Tesco knows more about its customers than the NHS does about its patients, and staff need far greater digital literacy, Matt Hancock has said, announcing a review on how to prepare the NHS workforce for a digital future.

New Statesman

HealthWatch becomes first government agency to sign up to Workplace by Facebook

NHS patients champion HealthWatch England has become the first UK government agency to sign up for Workplace by Facebook, the embattled social network’s professional communications platform. HealthWatch is in the process of rolling out the service, which adapts traditional Facebook features for business users, to its network of 152 local centres, where staff and volunteers will use it to communicate with one another, and access advice and support.

NHS Digital

Digital inclusion project brings healthcare technology to the homeless

Homeless and insecurely housed people in Hastings now have access to medical treatment and support thanks to an innovative digital health care outreach project. So far, the project has helped 122 homeless people in Hastings by using technology to improve how outreach workers respond to the healthcare needs of their clients.

Public Technology

Government launches £5m digital health fund for UK SMEs

Innovate UK has launched a competition to support new UK businesses in developing new digital health technologies. Supported by NICE, successful proposals will demonstrate that their project will help in one or more of the following areas: improving health and wellbeing, transforming care to improve quality, or controlling costs and enabling change.

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