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  1. Content Article
    Implementing a new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) is a complex process and requires meticulous planning, coordination, involving change across every aspect of a healthcare organization. However, it also presents a unique opportunity to transform patient and staff experiences and enhance productivity by eliminating time-consuming manual processes. This webinar was hosted by Deloitte and brought together some of the UK digital health industry’s most experienced leaders with significant experience in implementing electronic patient records in their own organisations. Panellists included: Dr Cormac Breen, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Jacqui Cooper, RN Chief Nursing Information Officer, Health Innovation Manchester Professor Adrian Harris, Chief Medical Officer, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Dr Henry Morriss, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Manchester Royal Infirmary Consultant Emergency, and Intensive Care Medicine Frances Cousins, Digital Health Lead Partner, Deloitte UK Dr Afzal Chaudhry, Executive Chief Clinical Information Officer, Epic The speakers shared insights for success across a wide variety of topics including crafting a clinical safety case, safely transferring patient data, optimising staff training, preparing for operational readiness across and within organisations and change management for a successful Go-Live.
  2. Content Article
    In this article, Radar Healthcare provides a summary of the main sessions, messages and themes emerging from the Care Show London and the Digital Healthcare Show 2024, which both took place in April 2024. It discusses these topics: Embracing technology in care provision Mastering CQC-ready feedback processes The importance of integration between social care and the NHS Leveraging social media AI: The challenges and opportunities Avoiding digital fatigue:  Fostering patient safety In this final section, the article highlights a presentation given by Patient Safety Learning's Chief Executive Helen Hughes and Chief Digital Officer Clive Flashman about the organisation's patient safety standards. They spoke about the standards and accompanying online patient safety assessment toolkit, an easy-to-use resource designed to help organisations establish clearly defined patient safety aims and goals, support their delivery and demonstrate achievement. The article also highlights the contribution of the hub to improving patient safety, saying, "Patient Safety Learning's platform is recognised for its excellence in sharing knowledge on patient safety. It provides a comprehensive suite of tools, resources, case studies, and best practices to support those striving to improve patient care."
  3. Content Article
    In 2022 the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the CMS National Quality Strategy (NQS), an ambitious long-term initiative that aims to promote the highest quality outcomes and safest care for all. This document gives an overview of the strategy, using infographics to explain its four priority areas: Outcomes and alignment Equity and engagement Safety and resiliency Interoperability and scientific advancement
  4. Content Article
    Data federation is a process that uses software to connect many existing systems so that they can function as one. It was recently announced that the contract to develop the NHS Federated Data Platform (FDP).has been awarded to US analytics and AI firm Palantir. This blog explains what the FDP is and what it will do, as well as outlining issues surrounding data privacy that have been raised with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England by National Voices and other organisations.
  5. Content Article
    In this video and accompanying transcript, clinical decision support researcher F Perry Wilson looks at the importance of health records and databases indicating whether or not a patient is deceased. If they are not up to date and sharing this information with the right staff and processes, inappropriate messages can be sent to healthcare professionals or the deceased patient's family. He argues that as well as being a waste of resources, sending communications requesting procedures or offering appointments in this situation undermines confidence and trust in health systems, in both staff and members of the public.
  6. 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. Gordon talks to us about how bureaucracy in the health service can compromise patient safety, the vital importance of agreed quality standards and what hillwalking has taught him about healthcare safety.
  7. Content Article
    For many years the NHS has talked about the need to shift to a more personalised approach to health and care—where people have choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered, based on “what matters” to them and their individual strengths, needs and preferences. In this HSJ article, Ben Wilson, product solution director at Orion Health, discusses the progress, benefits and future possibilities for an integrated, patient-centric healthcare system.
  8. Content Article
    There is a huge challenge to improve technology adoption and readiness across the NHS. This article in HSJ looks at a partnership between tech services company Agyle and Dorset County Hospital (DCH) which aimed to develop a digital patient record strategy which places user experience at the heart of its approach. DCH's objective was for its staff to access a decreasing number of systems, designed around clinical processes, with data flowing seamlessly between those systems. The article looks at how Agyle and DCH worked together to achieve improved clinical safety, interoperability, cost-effectiveness and future-proofing through their strategy.
  9. Content Article
    The first ever HETT North event, which brought together digital health leaders from across the country, took place in March 2023 in Manchester. The event highlighted the latest advancements in digital healthcare, and this blog reports on the final keynote session of the day, which focused on ‘Assessing the landscape of digital health transformation – past, present & future’. Key topics included identifying underlying issues that need to be addressed to allow for digital transformation, and the policy surrounding digital transformation in Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). Alongside Clive Flashman, Patient Safety Learning's Chief Digital Officer, the panel included: Sam Shah, Chair, HETT Steering Committee Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas, Head of Blended Learning & Digital Learning & Development Lead, Health Education England Tremaine Richard-Noel, Head of Emerging Technology, Northampton General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO, ORCHA You can watch a video of the discussion on Youtube.
  10. Content Article
    TCC-CASEMIX has created a unique infrastructure to provide total traceability of medical device performance. This infrastructure is supported by The Association of British HealthTech Industries [ABHI]. We refer to it as an 'Open Registry Infrastructure' for medical devices. It is 'open', because unlike existing clinically focused registries, which are 'closed', we enable wide searches across the registries connected into it. It is 'open' because registries will 'declare the content' (I don't know what I don't know, so how can I search for what I don't know?) Access to this infrastructure is through a Data Access Portal which is being configured for the specific needs of each stakeholder group. We are seeking interest from patient groups who would like to join an Advisory Board to help specify how data should be presented to patients in a way that is relevant and meaningful. Our vision is to link this portal into an enhanced pre-operative assessment process, and to transform patient informed consent. 
  11. Content Article
    In his newsletter today (The Top 10 Dangers of Digital Health), the medical futurist, Bertalan Meskó, raises some very topical questions about the dangers of digital health. As a huge advocate of the benefits of digital health, I am aware of most of these but tend to downplay the negative aspects as I generally believe that in this domain the good outweighs the bad. However, as I was reading his article, I realised that it was written very much from the perspective of a clinician and, to some extent, a healthcare organisation too. The patient perspective was included but not from a patient safety angle. Many of the issues that he raises do have significant patient safety issues associated with them which I’d like to share in this blog.
  12. Community Post
    NHS hospital staff spend countless hours capturing data in electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems. Yet that data remains difficult to access and use to support patient care. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve patient safety, drive efficiencies and save time for frontline staff. I have just published a post about this challenge and Triscribe's solution. I would love to hear any comments or feedback on the topic... How could we use this information better? What are hospitals already doing? Where are the gaps? Thanks
  13. Content Article
    The Digital Medicines Transformation Portfolio aims to use digital technologies to make prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines everywhere in Wales, easier, safer and more efficient for patients and professionals. It brings together the programmes and projects that will deliver a fully digital prescribing approach in all care settings in Wales. This video outlines the different elements of the portfolio that will be introduced across primary and secondary care, including the Shared Medicines Record, which will store information about a patient's medications all in one place.
  14. 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. Maureen discusses the important role of professional standards in building a patient safety infrastructure, the need to reframe safety as a positive idea and her experience of implementing learning processes during her time as a GP.
  15. Content Article
    This report by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change looks at how the NHS needs to adapt to meet the demands of the current population. It asks the questions, should we and could we go much further in fundamentally changing the design of how the NHS is run, highlighting two key societal changes that make change necessary: increases in our knowledge of how to stay healthy, and huge technological advances such as artificial intelligence.
  16. Content Article
    People with diabetes are increasingly using medical devices to help manage their condition, including devices for monitoring glucose and delivering insulin. However, healthcare professionals are finding that they cannot always access up to date information about a person with diabetes and the data from their medical devices. This makes it harder to provide the best advice and support. The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) was commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to produce two standards for sharing diabetes information between people and professionals across all care settings, including self management data from digital apps and medical devices (for example, continuous glucose monitors). The Diabetes Information Record Standard which defines the information needed to support a person’s diabetes management. It includes information that could be recorded by health and care professionals or the person themselves that is relevant to the diabetes care of the person and should be shared between different care providers. The Diabetes Self-Management Standard which defines information that could be recorded by the person (or their carer) at home (either using digital apps or medical devices) and shared with health and care professionals.
  17. Content Article
    Research undertaken by digital health platform, CAREFUL shows that handover in hospitals is the cause of frequent and severe harm to patients.
  18. Content Article
    The number of people on NHS Wales waiting lists for treatment has reached record levels. This problem has worsened since the Covid-19 pandemic, with the average wait time for treatment more than doubling since December 2019. This report by the Welsh Centre for Public Policy identifies five key areas in which policy could be developed to improve outcomes and reduce waiting times. These areas target the underlying factors causing increased waiting times, and are likely to both improve the overall performance of the health system, and to impact outcomes which matter to patients, resulting in a more patient-centred approach: Workforce capacity Digital technology Reimagining primary care Systems collaboration Follow-up care
  19. Content Article
    Chances are, you’ve heard of an electronic health record, or EHR. Over the past 10 years, the vast majority of healthcare providers in the United States have implemented this technology to use in caring for their patients. EHRs have benefited us in many ways and hold tremendous promise. Given their widespread use, this technology now plays a significant role in the routine delivery of health care. Less understood outside the healthcare profession, however, is that EHRs have introduced new kinds of risks to the safety and quality of care, due to serious challenges with EHR usability, or the effectiveness and efficiency of using the technology. These well documented issues can lead to clinician burnout and errors that directly impact patient safety. In response, the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare teamed up with the American Medical Association to show what they mean by sharing rare videos of real and simulated EHR usability challenges. They believe improving EHR design, development, and implementation to eliminate known patient safety risks and make them easier to use is the responsibility of healthcare providers, EHR vendors, policymakers, and patients, all working together.
  20. Content Article
    The Health and Social Care Select Committee is currently holding an Inquiry into Delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond. It’s stated aim is to ‘give focus to these upcoming strategic challenges, and give those working in the NHS and care sectors an opportunity to set out what help they will need from Government in meeting them’[1]. In its call for evidence the Inquiry has specifically identified ‘meeting the needs of rapidly discharged hospital patients with a higher level of complexity’ as one of the issues it will cover [2]. This is a joint submission (see attachment) to the Inquiry by Patient Safety Learning and CECOPS which is focused on this specific issue.
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