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HTN 100: Paper correspondence, Doctor Care Anywhere, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Panlogic and Kintell

Paper correspondence fails 40,000 women

Over 40,000 women England have not received correspondence for cervical cancer screening following an error to send out the letters between January and June 2018. It is estimated 10% of these were test results and the remainder inviting women for screening or reminders they were due. The service is provided by Capita who issued a statement on the correspondence delay: ”Letters are being sent to all women who have experienced a delay in receiving cervical screening correspondence. Additionally, there has been an issue relating to issuing results letters.”

”For invitation and reminder letters, from January to June this year, approximately 43,200 women due to receive letters were sent an invitation letter or a reminder, but not both. We are writing to the women who only received one letter to remind them to book an appointment and to apologise for the delay in sending a reminder letter. The scale of the screening programme should be borne in mind: approximately nine million letters are produced and sent each year to women in England.”

Doctor Care Anywhere adds to its team

Doctor Care Anywhere, the online primary care provider owned by Synergix Health, has appointed Professor Nicholas Peters to Chair of Doctor Care Anywhere’s Clinical Advisory Board.

Currently Professor of Cardiology and Consultant Cardiologist at Imperial College NHS Trust, Peters is globally recognised for his role as Clinical Advisor to Google Health London and as a leading advocate for the benefits of smart technology in healthcare.  Peters also sits on the Board of DigitalHealth. London, is a co-founder of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society and is the only non-US member on the Board of Trustees and the newly created Digital Health Committee of the Heart Rhythm Society.

UK’s largest lung cancer screening trial launches in Leeds

Yorkshire Cancer Research has partnered with leading mobile medical unit providers, EMS Healthcare and Alliance Medical, to bring the UK’s largest lung health check programme to the heart of communities.

The lung screening trial is part of a multi-million-pound investment by Yorkshire Cancer Research in ground-breaking initiatives that will improve lung cancer outcomes and increase early diagnosis in the region. Lung cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in Yorkshire, with around 4,500 people diagnosed with the disease every year. 7,000 people living in Leeds will be screened across the duration of the trial.

Panlogic announces FOI research

Panlogic, a digital engineering consultancy, has announced the findings of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request into 222 NHS Trusts. The research was undertaken to analyse the application of operational guidance by NHS Trusts and uncovered concern over legal and disciplinary issues, in particular the number of incidents relating to delivering safeguarding measures.

The research found that a third of NHS Trusts (51 out of 150) reported incidents regarding the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children in the last three calendar years. Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust recorded 109 incidents, the highest number for the FOI request, with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust reporting the second highest number of incidents (73). In terms of disciplinary action taken relating to staff not following safeguarding issues correctly, a similarly high 38 Trusts admitted they had to go down this route. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust reported the highest number of disciplinary incidents (43) followed by East London NHS Foundation Trust (24). Three NHS Trusts (East London, Shetland and County Durham & Darlington) admitted that legal action had been taken against them, due to not following safeguarding guidance correctly.

Kintell launches all-in-one Smart-Health-System

Kintell has announced its smart-home-system is available to buy through Kickstarter. The devices and smart system are designed for families to improve the health and well-being of older adults and extend the time people spend living independently in their home.

Aaron Johnston, Kintell co-founder & CEO, ”We are very excited to begin offering Kintell to the world through our Kickstarter pre-order campaign. We’ve worked with elderly people and their families to create a simple, empowering and private smart-health-system that helps you to age more confidently in your own home. We believe that the home is the best place to be when it comes to getting older and this is where we can start making a real impact on the confidence and ongoing independence of our elderly loved ones. We’re delighted to be able to offer Kintell through Kickstarter as we know so many families are looking for technology to keep them active, healthy and connected to each other.”

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