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  1. Content Article
    Key recommendations A commitment to a properly funded plan to enable general practice to respond to surges in demand as they occur. Investment in GP practices’ IT and telephone systems, and the support they need to implement upgrades. The urgent roll-out of new and improved, properly funded retention schemes that halt the decline in the GP workforce. A reduction in unnecessary box ticking requirements and unnecessary workload to free up GPs’ time for patient care. A new public education campaign designed by patients and healthcare professionals to advise patients when and how to self-manage illness and when to access general practice or other services.
  2. News Article
    Health Education England (HEE) has outlined a new vision for general practice training which it says will better prepare GPs for future models of care. The programme will have greater focus on areas such as addressing health inequalities and managing the growing proportion of patients with mental health care needs seen in general practice, HEE said. Innovative placements, perhaps with charities, third sector organisations and services such as CAHMS will be explored, the Training the Future GP report said. And it should include educational opportunities around improving cancer detection and referral, the report said, as well as training in the harms of overdiagnosis. Overall the goal is to move to a flexible model of training that meets the needs, skills and experiences of the trainee as well as the area they are working in. HEE said it would also continue to work to address issues of discrimination, prejudice, bias and specifically racism at individual, institutional and systemic levels, and to reduce differential attainment. It will include plans to ensure patients in deprived areas are able to access care, with the development of specific training offers on these issues and prioritising expansion of training capacity to areas in need. Read full story Source: Pulse, 17 March 2023
  3. Event
    The event will be hosted by Lord Bethell, Member of the House of Lords and the former Health Minister, who will provide the opening remarks. Health Tech Alliance Chair Dame Barbara Hakin will welcome attendees and chair the event. The event will consist of opening remarks, a keynote address, networking and drinks. This event series follows the successes of our previous Conferences, originating in January 2020 where the launch of the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award was announced. Our previous keynote speakers include the then-Health Ministers Matt Hancock, Lord Bethell and Lord Kamall, Jeremy Hunt, and Dr Sam Roberts, Chief Executive of NICE. In 2023 we are adding this Networking Reception to address the need for dialogue between politicians, the health system, and industry in helping the NHS to fix much of its current challenges. Drinks and refreshments will be provided to the attendees. The reception is organised by the Health Tech Alliance, a coalition of HealthTech companies and bodies from across the health system working collaboratively to drive up the adoption of vital health technologies, devices and diagnostics that are proven to benefit patient outcomes and deliver cost savings to the NHS. Reserve a place
  4. Event
    This is a free live webinar event on ''Transforming the ‘waiting list’ into a ‘preparation list’ for Cheshire and Merseyside ICS'' with speaker Dr Mark Ratnarajah. The session will focus on how smart triage and digital health coaching is improving patient outcomes and reducing elective surgery waiting times across the Cheshire and Merseyside ICS. This event is open to everyone to attend and share thoughts and experiences on different topics. Join us to discuss, discover and learn about the latest ongoings in health tech. Register
  5. News Article
    Patients in England are set to benefit from a radical new project that will look to identify innovative new methods of preventing cardiovascular disease, as the Department of Health and Social Care appoints the first ever Government Champion for Personalised Prevention. John Deanfield CBE, a Professor of Cardiology at University College London, has been asked by the health secretary to explore how the potential of technology and data can be properly harnessed to allow people to better look after their health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Professor Deanfield will spearhead a taskforce comprised of experts in everything from policy and technology to economics and behavioural science to deliver a range of recommendations that will lay the foundations for a modern, tailored cardiovascular disease prevention service. The Government say the recommendations will: Identify breakthroughs in predicting, preventing, diagnosing and treating risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Advise on how public services, businesses and the population can be encouraged to support prevention outside the NHS. Use personalised data to predict and manage disease more effectively. Bring care closer to homes and communities by establishing new partnerships that advance the way preventative services are delivered. Evaluate how this strategy for cardiovascular disease prevention may impact conditions with shared risk factors. Read full story Source: NHE, 7 March 2023
  6. News Article
    The government has failed to meet most of its own deadlines for commitments to improve how the NHS uses data, including developing a cybersecurity strategy, HSJ can reveal. The delays include work to store and analyse patient data more securely, building public trust in the NHS’ use of patient data, and agreeing national strategies on cybersecurity and cloud technology. The strategy and its commitments were published following the Goldacre Review, which called for an overhaul of how NHS patient data is collected, stored and used. It came after the government was forced to indefinitely halt a controversial plan to collect all GP-held patient data in 2021, which resembled the fate of a similar data scheme in 2016. Several data projects have also come under scrutiny from doctors and campaigners in recent years, such as NHS England’s procurement of a new Federated Data Platform and a much-criticised trust’s data-sharing scheme with a credit rating company. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 28 February 2023
  7. Content Article
    The list for 2023 1. Gaps in recalls for at-home medical devices cause patient confusion and harm. 2. Growing number of defective single-use medical devices puts patients at risk. 3. Inappropriate use of automated dispensing cabinet overrides can result in medication errors. 4. Undetected venous needle dislodgement or access-bloodline separation during hemodialysis can lead to death. 5. Failure to manage cybersecurity risks associated with cloud-based clinical systems can result in care disruptions. 6. Inflatable pressure infusers can deliver fatal air emboli from IV solution bags. 7. Confusion surrounding ventilator cleaning and disinfection requirements can lead to cross-contamination. 8. Common misconceptions about electrosurgery can lead to serious burns. 9. Overuse of cardiac telemetry can lead to clinician cognitive overload and missed critical events. 10. Underreporting device-related issues may risk recurrence. You can download the full report via the link below. ECRI Members can also download the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2023 Solutions Kit on their member page.
  8. News Article
    The adoption of AI tools to simplify processes and workflows is slowly occurring across all industries, including healthcare — though patients largely disagree with clinicians using those tools when providing care, the Pew Research Center survey found. The potential for AI tools to diminish personal connections between patients and providers is a key concern, according to the survey, which included responses from over 11,000 adults in the USA collected in December. Patients also fear their health records could become less secure. Respondents, however, acknowledged potential benefits, including that AI could reduce the number of mistakes providers make. They also expressed optimism about AI’s potential impact on racial and ethnic biases in healthcare settings, even as the technology has been criticised for exacerbating those issues. Among respondents who believe racial biases are an issue in healthcare, about half said they think the tools would reduce the problem, while 15% said it would make it worse and about 30% said it would stay the same. Read full story Source: Healthcare Dive, 23 February 2023
  9. Event
    More than 1,400 English GP practices, around one in five, offer patients access to their prospective medical records: that means patients can see new entries to their medical records such as tests results, appointment notes and hospital letters online and through the NHS App and certain other apps. This webinar aimed at patients explains more about NHS England's programme to enable patients to access their medical records via the NHS App. Hear from: Patients Association members Claude and Greta about what the benefits are to them of being able to access their health information digitally GP Dr Brian McMillan, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, University of Manchester, and a Registered Health Psychologist, whose research interests include how digital technology can improve patients' experiences of primary care Registered nurse Tristan Stanton who is Assistant Director of Programmes – Primary Care, at NHS England and leads the programme to give people access to their online health records. The Patients Association's Chief Executive, Rachel Power, will chair the webinar. Sign up for the webinar
  10. News Article
    Five promising technologies that could help improve symptoms and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease have been conditionally recommended by NICE. The wearable devices have sensors that monitor the symptoms of people with Parkinson’s disease while they go about their day-to-day life. This information may more accurately record a person’s symptoms than a clinical assessment during in-person appointments and help inform medication decisions and follow up treatment such as physiotherapy. Parkinson's disease is an incurable condition that affects the brain, resulting in progressive loss of coordination and movement problems. It is caused by loss of the cells in the brain that are responsible for producing dopamine, which helps to control and coordinate body movements. Mark Chapman, interim director of Medical Technology at NICE, said: “Providing wearable technology to people with Parkinson’s disease could have a transformative effect on their care and lead to changes in their treatment taking place more quickly. “However there is uncertainty in the evidence at present on these five promising technologies which is why the committee has conditionally recommended their use by the NHS while data is collected to eliminate these evidence gaps. “We are committed to balancing the best care with value for money, delivering both for individuals and society as a whole, while at the same time driving innovation into the hands of health and care professionals to enable best practice.” Read full story Source: NICE, 27 October 2022
  11. News Article
    The NHS has signed a £20m deal to enable health-service organisations to deploy technology to help better manage the spread of infections. The contract – awarded to US-based healthcare giant Baxter – is intended to offer NHS trusts a means through which they can buy a comprehensive infection-control platform. According to newly published commercial information such a system would, in many cases, replace various specialist software programmes used by NHS trusts to collect and process data, alongside spreadsheets and paper documents. “The system will support infection prevention and control activities to identify critical issues, proactively respond to improve the quality of care and streamline processes to reduce time spent on administrative and reporting tasks,” the contract notice said. “Most NHS Trusts tend to manage infection control surveillance through the use of various systems, collating laboratory, patient and surgery data and manually searching through the data to identify patients of interest or complex scenarios. Paper and excel spreadsheets are also used to record and manage surveillance. This process is time consuming and risk of error. NHS trusts are finding that they do not have a robust infection control system to monitor and manage their patients.” Read full story Source: Public Technology, 15 February 2023
  12. 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
  13. News Article
    A heart failure patient has become the first in the UK to be fitted with an early warning sensor the size of a pen lid which gives off an alert if their condition deteriorates. Consultant cardiologists Dr Andrew Flett and Dr Peter Cowburn have pioneered the procedure to fit the FIRE1 System during trials at University Hospital Southampton (UHS), Hampshire. Dr Flett said: “This innovative new device has the potential to improve patient safety and outcomes in the management of patients with chronic heart failure and we are delighted to be the first site in the UK to implant as part of this ground-breaking study". Read full story Source: The Independent, 12 February 2023
  14. Content Article
    Recommendations Technology that is obsolete should be replaced with up-to-date models by employers. The cost of using obsolete devices in terms of lost time and efficiency is likely to far outweigh the cost of purchasing new hardware. Nurses should be consulted at an early stage in the choice of hardware for use in community settings to ensure that it is appropriate and safe for its designated use. Companies that design mobile devices should be called upon to improve future designs of those used by the community nursing workforce, actively seeking nursing feedback. Nurses should be involved at an early stage in the design and development of software programmes that they will use as part of their everyday work. Healthcare provider organisations, commissioners and policy makers should undertake national, regional and local reviews of WiFi internet connectivity in all areas where their services are delivered and understand how this is directly impacting on the work of nurses delivering care in people’s homes and communities. Healthcare services and supporting organisations could usefully campaign for improved internet connectivity and ask for increased investment by mobile phone operators and government. Scheduling tools and related apps should always be designed, developed and used in a manner that is consistent with the nursing process, professional judgement and autonomy, personalised care and patient need. All healthcare providers should have a nurse who is appropriately experienced and skilled to lead on the use of digital technology within the organisation.
  15. News Article
    Patients across the UK are set to benefit from access to safe, effective and innovative equipment and medical devices as part of the first ever medical technology (medtech) strategy published today. The blueprint for boosting NHS medtech will focus on accelerating access to innovative technologies, such as the latest generation of home dialysis machines that enable patients to manage their own health at home and in their day to day lives. It also sets out steps which need to be taken to ensure patients can access safe, effective and innovative technology through the NHS, which can help diagnose, treat and deliver care more quickly, freeing up clinician time. The NHS spends £10 billion a year on medtech including syringes, wheelchairs, Minister of State for Health Will Quince said: "The UK’s innovative spirit delivered revolutionary technology during the pandemic - from COVID tests and ventilators - and we want to harness this in promoting cutting-edge medical advancements to improve patient care. The NHS spends around £10 billion a year on medical technology and I’m looking forward to working with industry to use this as we focus on reducing hospital stays, enhancing diagnosis, preventing illness and freeing up staff time. This new medtech strategy will help build a sustainable NHS with patients at the centre so people can continue to access the right care at the right time." The key aims of the strategy are to: boost the supply of the best equipment to deliver greater resilience to health care challenges, such as pandemics, and enhance NHS performance through modernised technology which will enable faster diagnosis, treatment and ultimately discharge to free up hospital beds. encourage ambitious, innovative research to secure the UK’s position as a global science superpower and attract vital investment for the UK economy and create jobs across the country. In 2021, there were already around 60 different research programmes supporting innovative technologies, representing over £1 billion of funding. increase understanding and awareness of medtech by clinicians which will lead to more informed purchasing on new products and deliver better value for taxpayer money and better services for patients. build on the Life Sciences Vision to improve collaboration between the NHS, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as an innovation partner to ensure patients can access the right products safely. Read full story Source: DHSC, 3 February 2023
  16. Content Article
    Vision for medtech The vision focusses on 3 central objectives: right product right price right place. These concepts centre on delivering the highest quality of care for patients and interact with and balance against each other - often, as focus on one component increases, focus on the others can decrease. Striking the best possible balance between these objectives is difficult, but the aim is to reach an optimal point where all 3 elements are weighted appropriately so the UK medtech sector best supports the UK health and care system in delivering improved health outcomes for patients. Four priority areas Having considered the broader landscape and current activity, the strategy has identified four priority areas: Priority 1: resilience and continuity of supply. Priority 2: innovative and dynamic markets. Priority 3: enabling infrastructure. Priority 4: specific market focusses.
  17. News Article
    An acute trust has discovered an IT issue which appears to have led to ‘very high’ numbers of patients not turning up for their appointments. Bedfordshire Hospitals Foundation Trust discovered appointment letters were being lost, and not sent to patients, during intermittent server failures, its board was told yesterday. The trust’s “did not attend“ rate has been between 10% and 12% over the last year, compared to the national average of 7%, according to its board papers. The issue relates to patients with appointments booked at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. It is not yet clear how many patients were affected. The trust is now planning to ensure every patient with an appointment booked this year receives a new appointment letter, and an apology if they did not previously receive one. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 2 February 2023
  18. Content Article
    An evaluation was undertaken for a one-month period (June 2022) in two adult cardiac surgery services which routinely used patient smartphones for PDS, using the secure Islacare (Isla) system. The initial patient response rate for Isla was 87.3%, and the majority of patients (73%) remained engaged throughout the 30-day period. There was no significant difference in age, gender, operation type or distance to hospital between Isla responders or non-responders, or if the hospital provided a photo at discharge or not. Patients using Isla had a shorter post-discharge stay (P = 0.03), although this was not attributed to the platform. Patients not owning a smartphone and a technical issue were the main barriers to participation. Overall, nine SSIs were recorded, eight through the Isla surveillance and one through a hospital transfer readmission. The carbon emission associated with the SSI ranged from 5 to 2615 kg CO2e. The authors concluded that in a real-world setting, using patient smartphones is an effective method to collect PDS, including wound images.
  19. Event
    In this research chat, Care Opinion welcomes back Dr Lauren Ramsey of Leeds University to discuss her recent paper: Exploring the sociocultural contexts in which healthcare staff respond to and use online patient feedback in practice: In-depth case studies of three NHS Trusts. Research chats are informal and friendly and last 30 minutes. For the first 15 minutes, Care Opinion CEO James Munro discusses the paper with Lauren and then invite comments and questions via the chat box (or in person if you prefer!). Anyone can come along—you don't need to be academic and you don't even need to read the paper beforehand. So do join us! Register