HTN Newsletter

In our latest newsletter we cover the news, interviews and features we brought you in the month.

In April we reported on an announcement from NHSX to mandate health tech standards. NHSX also announced it wants to assemble a world-class team of technical experts to help solve some of the biggest technology challenges in health and care.

Matt Hancock launched the TPA report heavily focusing on the role of technology in healthcare.

Thousands of patients now have online access to a wide range of images from x-rays to CT and MRI scans thanks to an extension of a national network called the Image Exchange Portal.

HTN launched the HTN Health Tech Trends Survey 2019 sponsored by InterSystems. The Health Tech Trends Survey provides you with the opportunity to share your views and opinions on health technology.

NHSX, which will be operational from July, has announced its CEO, Matthew Gould, who will join in the summer. He is currently the Government’s Director General for digital and media policy, previously the Government’s Director for cyber security, and a former ambassador to Israel.

Organisations that provide and commission adult social care services are invited to bid for a share of £4.8m to enable them to roll out their local digital projects on a wider scale.

14 start-ups have made the shortlist to participate in Propel@YH first digital health accelerator programme.

Innovative digital technology projects have received a £9m funding boost through the government’s Digital Health Technology Catalyst.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced new technology which allows patients to receive appointment letters directly to their mobile phone. The Trust previously would send 744,000 letter by post, with an estimated cost of £75,000.

Alcidion the parent company to Patientrack has partnered with Better by Marand to offer its electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) to NHS Trusts.

A pilot to provide medics with Summary Care Record access has launched by using the new NHS Identity Service to authenticate to the system.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has streamlined its employee relations (ER) and case management processes by implementing Selenity’s ER Tracker. The solution enables the Trust to improve its reporting, compliance and information gathering for Freedom of Information requests and supports greater communication amongst the HR department.

NHS Digital has agreed a deal with Splunk a data monitoring and analytics platform. The deal is said to support trusts make better use of their machine generated information and provide a more cost-effective approach in utilising the data analytics and processing software to drive operational insight from machine data.

University Hospitals of Leicester has reduced its did not attend rates by 433 from January to mid-March thanks to introducing a new two-way text messaging service.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is utilising technology from Nervecentre to capture, store and share images of patients with pressure ulcers.

The National Events Management Service is now live allowing for patient centric event messages to be published from one system and distributed to a number of other subscriber systems.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has seen a reduction in did not attend rates to 4.1 per cent following a new patient communications project.

Global standards organisation, GS1 UK and NHS Digital have announced a five-year partnership to enable NHS trusts to use GS1 standards starting with the patient wristband and extending to location management using the Global Location Number registry.

Salford Royal has extended the use of PillTime following a successful pilot. The system ensures patients receive the right medication on time, every time.

In our latest interview we spoke with Dr Tanya Pankhurst, Deputy Director of Digital Healthcare from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has appointed  OLM to optimise its 0 – 19 Healthy Child Programme service with new cloud-native technology, ECLIPSE; a case management system to improve and simplify the case recording process.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has announced Lincolnshire residents will gain access to video consultations with healthcare professionals through technology platform Q doctor.

Poole Hospital has gone live with a new virtual fracture clinic using technology from Bluespier.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with Patchwork to trial a new clinical staffing solution for their medical workforce.

IMS MAXIMS and Secure Exchange Solutions have announced a partnership to offer mobile provider-to-provider and provider-to-patient communications to NHS organisations, GP practices and patients.

A partnership between Push Doctor and Urban Health and I3 primary care networks, covering 13 practices and 88,000 patients now enables patients to make a digital appointment with an online GP.

TPP has achieved full roll-out approval for Access Record: HTML capability as part of NHS Digital’s GP Connect programme.

Bournemouth University, the local NHS and industry have launched a new partnership with the aim of using innovation to drive forward improvements in healthcare outcomes for people across Dorset.

Apple this month has launched its ECG app on the Apple Watch Series providing the functionality to take an electrocardiogram and capture heart rhythms. Apple said the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification feature will help identify signs of AFib, the most common form of irregular rhythm.

The start up Siilo Messenger has reached a milestone of 140,000 unique users, doubling its user base in less than 12 months.

Biogen has launched a new app, CleoTM as an everyday digital companion to provide information and support for people living with multiple sclerosis, as well as their carers, friends and family.

Ping An Healthcare and Technology has launched a one-minute clinic at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to provide consultations and health management services. The platform uses AI technology and connects with more than 1,000 medical professionals and almost 5,000 externally contracted doctors.

In our Interview Series we spoke with Stephen Hannan, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express.