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TPP first for Full Rollout Approval for GP Connect: Appointment Management
TPP has received Full Rollout Approval for the Appointment Management capability as part of the GP Connect programme. It means clinical and administration staff across 111 and extended hours services can book and manage GP appointments.
A spokesperson for TPP said “It’s great to see the implementation of the first struct ured FHIR specifications for GP Connect. The Appointment Management programme will be a core part of the functionality required to support primary care networks nationally. We’re also looking forward to working with NHS Digital to make this functionality more widely available, so that staff members working in Urgent Care Centres, Emergency Departments, and Social Services can benefit from managing GP appointments for patients under their care.”
Fitbit Collaborates with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board on Population-Based Public Health Initiative
Fitbit has announced it will be collaborating with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) on a healthy population project in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.
The HPB is Singapore’s government agency that implements policy and programs to improve the nation’s health. This is Fitbit’s first major integration of a digital health platform and wearables into a national public health program. The initiative, named Live Healthy SG, aims to harness technology, behavior insights and analytics to help Singaporeans get healthier through meaningful and sustained behavior change.
Zee Yoong Kang, CEO, Health Promotion Board “The area of population health presents an exciting opportunity for innovation. Increasingly, the Health Promotion Board has leveraged emerging technologies as well as behavior insights in the design of our programs, such as the National Steps Challenge – a nationwide program to keep active, to encourage Singaporeans to adopt healthy living and to affect behavior change. HPB will continue to embark on such nationwide programs to encourage and support Singaporeans in keeping active, adopting healthy living and affecting behavior change. At the same time, we intend to work with industry innovators, such as Fitbit, on additional efforts to use technology to provide Singaporeans with personalised health advice and nudges, so that they can take control of their own health. Participants of this program will benefit from Fitbit’s plans to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and better sleep quality. The insights gathered can also help to enrich HPB’s health promotion programs.”
ORCHA to support Dutch Foundation for Mental Health
MIND, Dutch Foundation for Mental Health, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA).
The agreement is to provide an App signposting platform to ensure people are better informed about the quality and functionality of apps so they can make a choice more easily and safely.
Commenting on the agreement, Liz Ashall-Payne, ORCHA, CEO, said “We know that mental health apps can make a real difference, but with no regulations, finding safe and effective ones can be extremely hard for patients and practitioners. We’re delighted to be working with MIND in the Netherlands, to put steps in place to safeguard people and help them find the best apps.”
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