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  1. News Article
    A recent report based on research and case studies of good practice in combatting digital health inequalities demonstrates the importance in working with patients who are digitally excluded. The report, Putting patients first: championing good practice in combatting digital health inequalities, is the second report by the Patient Coalition for AI, Data and Digital Tech in Health. This report focuses on digital health inequalities and the impact that digital exclusion is having on health in the UK. It highlights different reasons for disparities in a person’s ability to access and us
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    This report covers the following subjects: What do we mean by digital health inequalities? The scale of digital exclusion in the UK The impact on patients Case studies of good practice How can we use these examples going forward Recommendations for the Government and the NHS Engage with those digitally excluded Ensure patients have a choice Ensure the language is appropriate for all audiences Learn from good practice Related reading Digital health during the COVID-19 pandemic: Learning lessons to maintain momentum (Feb
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    A website that tells patients how long they are likely to wait for NHS treatment will be made available in Scotland this summer. Humza Yousaf, the Scottish health secretary, said people queuing for tests and procedures and their doctors would be able to access information about any delays in their area using the software. Many patients living in pain are waiting years to have common operations such as hip and knee replacements. In theory, the SNP guarantee hospital treatment within 12 weeks of patients joining the waiting list, but this law was broken extensively before the pandemic
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    The Big Conversation will bring people together for a range of interactive discussions, workshops and presentations, giving a space for people to talk through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, explore continuous improvement opportunities and share fresh insights and ideas on how to promote the improvement of health and care for the benefit of everyone, those who experience services and those who provide them. The Big Conversation will take place over two days. You can choose how much or how little you can attend for - feel free to join one session or stay for the whole time. W
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    Digital technologies are transforming the way in which health and care is delivered. They have played a crucial role in enabling the delivery of services during the pandemic and are set to continue to play a pivotal role in the design, delivery and innovation of health and care going forward. This event will take a deep dive into the practical implementation of digital solutions in health and care. We will explore how data insights and technology are being used to improve care, access and user experience against the backdrop of the impact of Covid-19. Sessions will also provide an op
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    Through multidisciplinary lectures from expert speakers and lively panel discussions, this Royal Society of Medicine conference will look at the current cybersecurity threats facing health and care organisations and examine the progress made by healthcare institutions since 2017 in rising to the challenge of cybersecurity. We will focus on the issues facing the NHS today and the steps that NHS organisations should take to protect themselves. Attendees will learn how cybercriminals and hostile nation-states pose a threat to patient safety and trust. Delegates will hear from NHSX, NHS Digit
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    ECRI Recommendations: 1. Ensure that protections against phishing campaigns are in place by following best practices, including: Maintaining up-to-date spam and malware filtering on e-mail systems Routine phishing awareness education for employees 2. Ensure that Internet-facing systems are configured securely and that security updates are applied, including: Remote access systems and VPNs Electronic medical records (EMRs) (and other data management systems) and Patient Portals. 3. Implement multi-factor authentication for Internet-facing services:
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    Key findings: 1 in 5 patients says their wearable device is hard to use. The majority of patients who are manually inputting data (87%) have recorded inaccurate data on their wearable devices. Of these, 85% said the error occurred because the user interface was hard to understand. Despite challenges, patients still see the benefits of wearables: 49% of patients cited the biggest benefit of their wearable as a better understanding of their own health.
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    The 10 key lessons: Dedicate sufficient time and resource to engage with end users. Co-design or co-production with end users is an essential tool when implementing technology. Identify the need and its wider impact on the system, not a need for a technology. Explore the motivators and barriers that might influence user uptake of an innovation. Ignore information governance requirements at your peril. Don’t be afraid to tailor the innovation along the journey. Ensure adequate training is built in for services using the technology. Embedding the
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    This article discusses eight human factors and ergonomics principles for healthcare AI, drawn from a white paper published by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors: Situation awareness - Design options need to consider how AI can support, rather than erode, people’s situation awareness. Workload - The impact of AI on workload needs to be assessed because AI can both reduce as well as increase workload in certain situations. Automation bias - Strategies need to be considered to guard against people relying uncritically on the AI, for example, the use of exp
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    Are you interested in storytelling health? Do you want to use narrative as the basis for improvement? Do you want to work with people and hear about their experiences of care? Are you curious about storytelling? If so, come along to the NHS/Hope storytelling festival which is taking place between 9 and 23 March. You will find out about filmmaking, arts therapy, live performance, storytelling for quality improvement, staff stories, digital stories, how volunteers can capture stories, and hear from the author of a book about storytelling in health and how patien
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    Key messages: Now is the time to reform general practice in England. Reform is not a distraction from tackling the biggest issues confronting the profession. A mixed economy should prevail, but with greater incentives for workforce, data and procurement to become coordinated through ‘layers of scale’ in cooperation with the NHS. Independent provision will continue to have a central role in primary care. The primary care pathway should be redesigned to improve access by creating a more coherent ‘first contact’. Ensure continuity of care is built into any ne
  13. News Article
    A Scottish hospital has become the first in the UK and one of the first in the world to pilot using artificial intelligence (AI) in its cervical cancer screening programme. University Hospital Monklands has increased capacity by around 25% and improved analysis turn-around times with the measure, which experts said could “revolutionise” the screening process. The system, from medical technology company Hologic, creates digital images of cervical smear slides from samples that have tested positive for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These are then reviewed using an advanced algorith
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    There are more than 7,000 rare diseases, affecting an estimated 3.5 million people in the UK. Their complex nature means it is difficult for healthcare professionals to receive training on every condition or for patients to access the relevant specialist. People living with rare diseases, such as muscular dystrophies or Huntington’s disease, can go through multiple appointments and referrals before a diagnosis is made due to the complexity of conditions, making it difficult for individuals and their families to coordinate their care. The action plan, published today, includes 16 comm
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    Electronic patient record (EPR) systems must be implemented in at least 90% of NHS trusts by the end of next year, the health secretary has announced at HSJ’s Digital Transformation Summit. Speaking at the event with digital healthcare leaders in Birmingham, Mr Javid said an estimated one in five trusts are currently without EPR systems implemented. He said: “We have seen some brilliant progress {on digital transformation] but it’s not always been consistent across the board.” He said: “We must see these disparities as just as unjust as disparities in access to education and employme
  16. News Article
    The NHS plans to treat up to 25,000 hospital patients at home in “virtual wards” to help clear the backlog caused by the pandemic, the “living with Covid” plan has revealed. Patients will be offered acute clinical care at home, including remote monitoring and treatment, as an alternative to hospital stays. Consultants or GPs will review patients daily via digital platforms and phone calls. In some cases, patients will be provided with a wearable device to continuously monitor and report their vital signs. The NHS has set a national target of 40 to 50 virtual beds per 100,000 pop
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