HTN Monthly Newsletter

In June we featured an opinion piece focusing on the trend for surgeries to become part of wider networks or federations of practices and how this has created a great opportunity for them to use technology to work more effectively with their patients and peers.

Also in primary care Microtest announced they had won over 100 new GP practices in Wales.

Half of acute trusts switched over to the NHS e-Referral Service, meaning more than 50 per cent of acute hospital trusts in England have switched off paper referrals and are now processing GP referrals for outpatient appointments digitally.

Care home workers are playing a vital role in an exciting new partnership between care homes and the NHS aiming to improve the quality of life of residents and reduce emergency hospital admissions in Sheffield.
Private healthcare data is to be captured by NHS systems, an initiative to ensure private healthcare data is recorded in the same way as NHS data in England, with the aim of improving consistency across the system.

Torbay Hospital Rheumatology Department have brought patients and physicians together with a new app; Rheumatology Connect. Dr Kirsten Mackay, a rheumatology consultant at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, commissioned an app from partnership organisation Health & Care Videos.

South Tyneside Council has been awarded £20,000 to investigate how technology can be used to improve communication with people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Twelve councils have been chosen by NHS Digital and the Local Government Association to explore how technology could help shape the future of social care.

Health Call has launched a new digital health service for gestational diabetes in the North East of England. The collaboration of NHS trusts has designed the programme to observe and check on the progress of expectant mothers with the condition.

An innovative digital home testing kit for patients with kidney conditions, has been launched by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with
The Countess of Chester Hospital is moving away from paper-based notes by updating its electronic patient record system as part of its commitment to providing safe, kind and effective care in the digital era.
Managed cloud provider Novosco has been awarded the contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Creavo Medical Technologies has announced the start of a new study at St George’s, University of London, led by Dr Elijah Behr.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is the latest to implement the platform Edge4Health as their new and intuitive online eMarketplace.

Stratasys has announced that surgeons at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust are using 3D printing technology to improve the success rates of life-saving, complex organ transplantation in young children.
Civica has partnered with Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on a new five-year contract to provide an Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration solution, Civica Prescribing. 
We featured a Case Study on how South Tyneside has optimised its workflow.
A new web-based “feedback” technology which allows therapists to accurately monitor how patients with depression are coping has been found to reduce the probability of deterioration during psychological treatment by 74%, a new study has found.
The NHS could free up frontline time worth up to £12.5 billion a year, almost 10 per cent of its annual running cost, by investing in a far-reaching programme of automation, a report to be published later this month will say.
Nightingale Health the blood biomarker technology for studying chronic diseases, will analyse the biomarker profiles of 500,000 blood samples from UK Biobank.
Healthcare innovation company, Chanua Health, has built a 3D-printed brain to teach students about mental health. With support via Sensor City, Chanua Health was able to access and implement 3D printing technology to create a model that enables students to learn about the different parts of the brain
In our latest interview we explore some of the key challenges facing NHS executives and how data, predictive analytics and insight can support to better manage patient flow, reduce waiting lists and support a reduction in stranded patients. 
Last month NHS England announced three areas, covering 14 million people, had been chosen to become ‘Local Health and Care Record Exemplars’ (LHCRE).