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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.


Computer Weekly

Matt Hancock plans to sequence five million genomes in five years

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced plans to expand the current 100,000 Genomes Project, with the NHS and a medical research project called UK Biobank, aiming to sequence five million genomes in the UK over the next five years.

Digital Health

Smart’ glasses could help track Parkinson’s symptoms

Two artificial intelligence companies are working on a pair of technology-imbued spectacles designed to track the severity of Parkinson’s symptoms. UK start-up Emteq and Munich-based audEERING, will collaborate on a device that will use facial tracking and vocal analysis to track “key physical indicators” of Parkinson’s disease.

Digital Health

Health AI market predicted to ramp up significantly within next four years

The global healthcare industry could generate some $150bn (£114bn) in savings through its use of AI and cognitive computing by 2025. Fresh forecasts from the consulting firm examine the current AI supplier market and the revenues expected to be made by AI-enabled technologies within primary healthcare IT.

Digital Health

Sleepio app to be rolled out across the south of England

The South East NHS roll-out is designed to find the best ways of helping people to access digital medicine through partnering with stakeholders such as GPs, pharmacies, libraries and local employers. It will develop a blueprint for wider uptake of digital medicine across the NHS in England in a bid to improve sleep health.

Digital Health

UK innovation agency grants £865k to mobility AI project

Innovate UK has awarded more than three-quarters of a million pounds toward the development of an artificial intelligence platform that could improve care for people with mobility issues. A consortium led by Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (CBAS) is developing a machine learning system that analyses the daily movements of patients with orthoses and those at risk of falls.


Advert for GP access smartphone app banned by watchdog

A watchdog has banned adverts for a smartphone app that promises to let patients “see an NHS GP in minutes for free”. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told the private health firm Babylon Health not to advertise its GP at Hand service, which has been endorsed by the health secretary, until it corrects factual errors used in its promotion.

Health Foundation

Helping the NHS use data better to improve patient care

”The scale of the NHS means it generates vast amounts of information, with over 5 million GP consultations and 3 million hospital visits happening each week in England alone. This data is a huge asset for the NHS, and there’s real potential to use it to help improve outcomes for patients.”

Health Foundation

Data Linkage: joining up the dots to improve patient care

Despite the scale of the data collected by the NHS it is often not linked together in helpful ways, making it hard to easily see how to improve care. Linking data sets together from many areas in the NHS and more widely can provide solutions to these problems, and make data more useful to improve care.


Portable cancer test uses smartphone, new gold biosensor

Early diagnosis of cancer greatly improves the odds of successful treatment. Yet many people, especially in developing countries, lack access to facilities to detect the disease. To address this issue, a University at Buffalo-led research team is creating a new cancer-spotting tool that health care providers could eventually use in areas that lack hospitals, clinics and other treatment centers.

Medical Futurist

How to Support Patient Education Through Technologies?

There’s nothing new about an information-savvy patient. The novelty is the array of digital technologies and internet-based communication tools aiming at appeasing that appetite beyond just asking doctors for advice. How could medical professionals help their patients understand the most possible about diseases, drugs, treatments and alternative care with the help of innovative means?”

National Health Executive

New £1.4m cash pot for digital projects at 18 councils looking to modernise social care

New adult social care funding for 18 councils across the UK has been awarded by NHS Digital, with the local authorities splitting the £1.4m cash pot to develop digital projects in support of social care.

National Law Review

UK Code of Conduct for Data-Driven Health Technology: Key Takeaways for Stakeholders

In September 2018 the UK government released an initial code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology. This code is voluntary and a final version is due to be published in December. The article suggests which of the 10 key principles set out in the code stakeholders may wish to focus on when providing feedback.

NHS Digital

New interactive online data tool provides easier access to mental health statistics

National mental health statistics that shed new light on care and treatment for patients are now available at the click of a mouse thanks to the latest interactive data hub created by NHS Digital. The online hub enables healthcare workers, patients, carers, charities and researchers to find the information most relevant to them at their fingertips.

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