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Thousands at risk of Type 2 diabetes to receive digital support 

In pilot schemes, thousands will be offered wearable tech to monitor exercise and provide access to educational programmes and peer support groups.

People who are at risk of developing Type 2 but who cannot make face-to-face support sessions will be the first to benefit from the expansion which starts this month.

Nikki Joule Policy Manager at Diabetes UK, said “With millions of people in the UK at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it’s vital that the NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme is able to reach as many people as possible.”

“This pilot has shown that a digital version of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has the potential to encourage a wider range of people to participate.”

“This could be vital in reaching more of the millions of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes, and in helping to reduce the increasing prevalence of the condition.”

“The success of this pilot should lead to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’s digital offering being rolled out more widely.”


DeepMind racks up further debt

AI company DeepMind has extended its losses, with its accounts from Companies House showing losses of more than £470m in 2018, up from £302m the year prior.

The company said it had written assurance from its parent company Google that it would be supported for at least another year.

In the year staff costs almost doubled to £398m.


NHS patient safety technology provider Patientrack becomes Alcidion

Patientrack, which provides vital signs and electronic observations technology to hospitals across the UK, is now known as Alcidion.

The Patientrack product will remain fully supported with the same UK team, the company has now been formally rebranded as Alcidion, to reflect its wider offering.

Donald Kennedy, UK general manger, Alcidion, said: “We are building on a remarkable legacy of collaboration with the NHS that has delivered a big impact on patient safety. As Alcidion, we have the ability to take this to the next level, and to offer the NHS a much wider set of digital tools. These have been designed to not only support the next generation of patient safety, but to streamline patient journeys, increase operational efficiency, inform clinical decision making and help hospitals to understand their data.”

Kate Quirke, managing director of Alcidion, said “People in the NHS have come to know Patientrack as an important innovator in the patient safety arena, and we now look forward to developing that innovation to a growing number of areas, as we continue to partner with one of the most respected health institutions in the world to deliver the best for its patients.”


North Tees and Hartlepool to benefit from 1 password for 21 applications

Imprivata®, the healthcare IT security company, has announced that North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has deployed Imprivata Spine Combined Workflow to deliver secure, instant access to applications on the NHS Spine at the point of care.

Clinicians in A&E, the Rapid Access Clinics and the Emergency Assessment Unit can now access NHS Spine applications and see the summary care records for each patient.

Using Imprivata OneSign, staff only have to remember one password to access 21 applications.

Chris Bellerby, ICT Specialist, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said “Fast access to NHS spine enabled applications has been a game changer for us, the benefits from Imprivata have been immediate.”

“We have eliminated unsecure practices such as leaving cards in workstations, sharing credentials and writing passwords down on notes stuck to monitors. This has not only improved security practices but also audit logs ensuring compliance with CQC guidelines. Implementing Imprivata has been a leap forward in achieving digital transformation, improving patient care and enabling staff to work without technological barriers.”


Spirit Digital’s joins G-Cloud 11

Spirit Digital a company that designs, develops and delivers digital technology-enabled care services, has been recognised as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) G-Cloud 11 framework for its digital remote clinical monitoring solution, Clinitouch Vie.

Speaking of the successful extended placement, Nadine Miles, Director of Market Development at Spirit Health Group says “Spirit Digital is proud to be at the forefront of the digital evolution of healthcare delivery. We’re dedicated to using the latest technology to deliver an evidence-based, patient-centric service that supports the successful management of long-term conditions where it is most effective. Spirit Digital’s listing on the G-Cloud 11 framework is further testament to our clinically proven Clinitouch Vie platform.”

“Through the use of our technology, we will be able to support forward-thinking care models that drive timely, proactive intervention that will make better use of clinical resource, improve costs and empower patients to improve the management of their conditions.”



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