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  1. Content Article
    In late 2015, the National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England was formed to advise the Department of Health and NHS England on its efforts to digitise the secondary care system. Our recommendations fall into two broad categories: 10 overall findings and principles, followed by 10 implementation recommendations.
  2. Content Article
    NHS England provides regular updates on progress with the implementation of the Digital Clinical Safety Strategy to show how they've captures insights about digital clinical safety, how they are training their workforce to support safety in this area and how they use technology to drive safer care.
  3. Content Article
    This free eGuide will aid your strategic communications design, and show you how you can develop strategic communications that support and educate populations and patients to make better lifestyle decisions and live healthier lives. In the eGuide, you’ll discover: Why is behavioural change critical for prevention? What are the fundamental elements of strategic healthcare communications. How to develop your vision for patient activation communications to become a reality. The guide is free, but you will need to submit your details download the Apteco guide from their website.
  4. Content Article
    The TEC Action Alliance, in partnership with over 30 organisations, has released a challenge paper titled “Technology-Enabled Lives: Delivering Outcomes for People and Providers.” The paper highlights the lack of widespread adoption of digital social care services despite the public’s desire for technology to better support those who draw on social care and health services. The paper reveals that only a handful of councils, housing, and care organisations are delivering digital care in people’s homes at scale. This is despite evidence that using technology in social care keeps people safe, healthy, and happy at home.
  5. Event
    The implementation of policies from the centre, getting systems talking to each other and bridging the gap between analysts and clinicians all remain system-wide issues. The HSJ Data & Analytics Forum is a unique opportunity to challenge thinking, discuss challenges openly and share best practice through a blend of keynote speeches, panel sessions and intimate round-table discussions. Register for this event
  6. News Article
    One week ago NHSX published the first of its kind Digital Clinical Safety Strategy – but what do industry leaders think of the framework? The strategy aims to help the NHS provide a safer service when using digital technology, including through training and better use of data. Speaking to Digital Health News, Natasha Phillips, CNIO and director of patient safety at NHSX, said there was a clear demand for training in digital clinical safety in the NHS and that frontline staff were “excited” about learning more on using technology to improve safety. The strategy aims to set out a “clear vision” and recommendations on how to use digital to improve safety, as well as expanding staff access to digital safety. Sarah Hanbridge, chair of the Digital Health chief nursing information officer (CNIO) Network, welcomed the strategy but warned not to “underestimate” organisational changes it will require. “Patient safety is all our responsibilities, as nurses and AHP’s [allied health professionals] delivering safe care is at the heart of what we do every day, proactively taking steps to prevent avoidable harm,” she told Digital Health News. “The Digital Clinical Safety Strategy has been welcomed by our [Digital Health] CNIO Network, as we know the benefits of how digital technologies can enhance patient safety in delivering care." Reaction from suppliers has followed a similar pattern, with a recognition that safety needs to be embedded in the heart of digital. Dr Constantin Jabarin, chief clinical information officer (CCIO) at Allscripts, said the strategy was a “vote of confidence” for digital health tools. “As a clinician who also works for a technology company, I see the Digital Clinical Safety Strategy as a vote of confidence for digital solutions, rather than an obstacle, for improving patient safety issues,” he told Digital Health News. “As a clinical user I can’t stress how important it is to design systems with the user and the patient in mind to ensure they contribute towards safer clinical practice.” Read full story Source: Digital Health News, 24 September 2021
  7. News Article
    A new nursing digital documentation service is expected to roll out across Wales. Nurses will soon be able to use a mobile tablet to help perform their assessments in adult inpatient settings with the hope the new system will be more time efficient and improve accuracy. The project, led by NHS Wales and funded by the Welsh Government, will see nurses replacing paper documentation with digital ones. As part of the new digital implementation, a clinical nursing informatics lead is now employed in each health board. Hospitals in Hywel Dda University Health Board, followed by Swansea Bay University Health Board and Velindre University NHS Trust have been the first to adopt the new system. Read full story. Source: Nursing Times, 14 June 2021
  8. Event
    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 opportunity to assess how a range of digital tools from simple to complex can be used to innovate service design, support integration, improve population health management, and reduce health inequalities, touching on implications for staff and patients. Book a ticket
  9. Event
    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 Digital and key organisations that combat cyber threats daily. They will also hear directly from experts in the field about the steps they are taking to help healthcare organisations to address their issues and concerns. During this event, you will: Current cybersecurity threats faced by healthcare organisations from both cybercriminals and hostile nations. Specific risks due to online working, increasing digitalisation and prevalence of connected medical devices and artificial intelligence (e.g. data provenance). Specific risks due to the use of medical and telehealth devices in the home and community. How the NHS is equipped to deal with current and future threats. Tools and approaches to protect organisations and devices from attack. Register
  10. Content Article
    The What Good Looks Like (WGLL) Hub has been developed to support NHS staff and their organisations in achieving What Good Looks Like.  It brings together a wealth of digital health information and features good practice examples of technology-enabled healthcare, standards, guides and policies, useful tools and templates and networking information.  It will help you with your digital transformation work.
  11. Content Article
    This is part of our series of Patient Safety Spotlight interviews, where we talk to people working for patient safety about their role and what motivates them. Clive talks to us about the important role of digital technologies in tackling the big issues healthcare faces, the need for digital tools and records to be joined-up and interoperable, and how his experiences as a carer have shaped how he sees patient safety.
  12. Content Article
    An overview of the industry study by MxD and IAAE between February and June 2021 funded by FDA Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats. The aim of the study was to gain an initial baseline to deepen FDA’s understanding of the factors that impact a manufacturer’s decision to invest in and adopt digital technologies by illuminating both perceived and demonstrated barriers from technical, business, and regulatory perspectives, and related cybersecurity considerations.
  13. Content Article
    By placing patients at the heart of care, the future of healthcare looks promising. However, we must remember that technology is not used in isolation and has to be developed and implemented with and for the user.
  14. Content Article
    This paper in the journal Learning Health Systems examines what would be needed to develop learning health systems (LHS) in the United Kingdom, considering national policy implications and actions which local organisations and health systems could take. It identifies opportunities for local NHS organisations to make better use of health data and ways that national policy could promote greater use of collaboration and analytics.
  15. Content Article
    This report by the consultancy firm Deloitte looks at patient safety across biopharmaceutical (biopharma) value chains, arguing that change is needed to make medications safer for patients and add value to pharmaceutical products. The authors highlight that there is currently great potential for strategies to increase safety, improve equity and enhance patient engagement and experience. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and data analytics, combined with increased incidence of adverse event reports (AERs) and increasing expectation of more personalised, preventative, predictive and participatory (4P) medicine, present an opportunity to improve pharmacovigilance.
  16. Content Article
    In this report, US organisation RevSpring, looks at the role and importance of patient engagement in all healthcare departments . It looks at how communications can help with payments, motivate people to be partners in their medical care, and improve patient experience.
  17. Content Article
    This publication reflects on how a digital strategy can help to improve patient experience from scheduling appointments to methods of communication. Authors, Becker’s Hospital Review and RevSpring, outline the competitive advantage this can give and the importance of understanding patient preferences.
  18. Content Article
    Digital healthcare knowledge and tools can enhance the efforts of patients, clinicians, and health systems working to improve healthcare quality and safety. AHRQ’s digital healthcare research (DHR) programme funds research to create actionable findings on what and how digital healthcare works best for these critical stakeholders in healthcare. Now more than ever, the DHR programme is focused on supporting crucial research that identifies how the various components of the ever evolving digital healthcare ecosystem can best come together to positively influence healthcare delivery and create value for its key stakeholders: patients, clinicians, and health systems. This ecosystem includes clinical, contextual, and patient-generated health data as well as the tools used to manage and apply these data, such as advanced analytics and data visualisations. The application of these data can result in new knowledge, which can take the form of computable clinical guidelines and decision support. The DHR program continues to fund research on how these ecosystem elements and the actors who create and use them can best support the quality and safety of healthcare.
  19. News Article
    The NHS App will soon be updated with features to help offer people in England more personalised care. It is part of the government's plan for a digital revolution to speed up care and improve access while saving the health service time and money. By March 2023, more users will receive messages from their GP and be able to see their medical records and manage hospital elective-care appointments. By March 2024, the app should offer face-to-face video consultations. The government's ambition is for at least 75% of adults to be using it by March 2024. Currently, less than half - about 28 million - have it on their phone or tablet. The government also wants 90% of NHS trusts to have electronic patient records in place or be processing them by December 2023 and for all social-care providers to adopt a digital social-care record. And patients across the country should be able to complete their hospital pre-assessment checks from home by September 2024. Read full story Source: BBC News, 29 June 2022
  20. Content Article
    This report by the thinktank Public Policy Projects makes a series of recommendations to national government, local government, care providers and technology providers which, if implemented, will aid in the digitisation of the care sector for the benefit of people being supported and cared for, the social care workforce, and the NHS. Digital transformation across the adult social care sector is happening at a rapid pace. Despite being initially slower to adopt technology than colleagues working in the NHS and other health settings, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the care sector has been quick to adopt digital social care recording (DSCR) systems, alongside a range of transformative assistive and support technology. In the face of the immense strain on England’s social care system, due to an ageing population combined with chronic funding and workforce challenges, the effective implementation of the right technology could support the people providing care and support and those in receipt of support and provides an opportunity for a better quality of life. 
  21. Content Article
    TPXimpact was commissioned by the NHS Race & Health Observatory to deliver  research that can shape future digital health recommendations to reduce ethnic inequality in the usage of healthcare apps such as the NHS App, NHSBT Give Blood app, and other current and future healthcare apps. As health inequalities are shaped  by wider determinants of health, addressing them requires a response beyond digital and even beyond the NHS. This report focuses on the role digital can play in understanding and addressing ethnic health inequalities.
  22. Content Article
    In this on-demand webinar, professionals across the NHS discuss how their speciality areas interact with urgent care, and how digital health can be used to relieve pressure in relevant areas. Speakers: Dr Tom Micklewright, Medical Director at ORCHA and NHS GP Helen Hughes, Chief Executive at Patient Safety Learning Chris Efford, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist and Digital Fellow, University Hospitals Dorset and DNHS Dorset Digital Services at Home Team Dr Simon Leigh, Health Economist and Director of Research, ORCHA View presentation slides from the webinar
  23. News Article
    In an eleventh-hour decision NHS England has halted the automatic, blanket roll-out of a scheme that would have given all NHS patients in England prospective online access to their GP-held records the day before it was due to come in. The high-profile scheme to enable patents to automatically view their GP records via the NHS app by 30 November, has been a key digital promise by successive Conservative health secretaries. The last-minute u-turn came following a series of talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS England, in which the BMA made clear many practices would not be ready to roll out the programme in a safe way for patients, and that it didn’t comply with their data protection obligations. The BMA says the decision is the ‘right thing to do’ for patient safety. The BMA said in a statement that while some practices were ready to implement this, many expressed concerns over safety aspects and that it wasn’t fit for purpose at the present time. Dr David Wrigley, deputy chair of GPC England at the BMA, said: “We’re pleased to hear that NHS England has decided to review the pace and timing of the automatic, mass roll-out of the Citizens’ Access programme. This is, without doubt, the right thing to do for patient safety. “We want patients to be able to access their GP medical records, but this must be done carefully, with the appropriate safeguards in place to protect them from any potential harm. “The deadline of 30 November was, for many practices, just too soon to do this, and removing it will come as a huge relief to GPs and their teams across the country.” Read full story Source: Digital Health, 30 November 2022
  24. News Article
    Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock delivered a ‘future of healthcare’ speech to the Royal College of Physicians on Thursday and laid out seven lessons from the health and care response to Covid-19 that he wants to see retained. If followed through, some of his points would mark significant shifts in policy and Conservative thinking. However, Hancock said it was important to “build better” in the way that London was built better after the Great Fire in 1666. Hancock’s seven points were: the NHS must value people and ‘bust bureaucracy’ that gets in their way; the future is “collaboration not competition”; “better technology means better healthcare”; the NHS must be open to other sectors; planning and funding will be “system first”; and social care and public health need more attention. On tech, Hancock said consultations will be digital first, and there will be a new focus on interoperability and data sharing.
  25. News Article
    In his latest blog post, Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX, has reiterated the potential AI has to reduce the burden on the NHS by improving patient outcomes and increasing productivity. However, he said there are gaps in the rules that govern the use of AI and a lack of clarity on both standards and roles. These gaps mean there is a risk of using AI that is unsafe and that NHS organisations will delay employing AI until all the regulatory gaps have been filled. Gould says, “The benefits will be huge if we can find the sweet spot” that allows trust to be maintained whilst creating the freedom for innovation but warns that we are not in that position yet. At the end of January, the CEOs and heads of 12 regulators and associated organisations met to work through these issues and discuss what was required to ensure innovation-friendly processes and regulations are put in place. They agreed there needs to be a clarity of role for these organisations, including the MHRA being responsible for regulating the safety of AI systems; the Health Research Agency (HRA) for overseeing the research to generate evidence; NICE for assessing whether new AI solutions should be deployed; and the CQC to ensure providers are following best practice. Read the full blog Source: Techradar, 13 February 2020
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