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Intouch acquires Synopsis Healthcare

Intouch with Health has announced the acquisition of Synopsis Healthcare, a leading developer of software for pre-operative assessment for hospital patients.

The Synopsis pre-operative assessment software strengthens the patient flow solutions developed by Intouch.

Mike Sanders, CEO, Intouch with Health “This is an incredibly exciting time. Synopsis will add to our existing product portfolio, help support growth, whilst widening our offering to our existing customers. The acquisition will allow us to present an end-to-end product that provides a link to the surgical pathway from our Outpatient flow offering. We will be the only provider to supply a joined-up patient pathway of this type.”


Julie Sweet becomes CEO at Accenture 

Julie Sweet has assumed the role of chief executive officer of Accenture and joined the company’s board of directors. She succeeds David Rowland, who has assumed the role of executive chairman after serving as interim chief executive officer since Jan. 10.

Since 2015, Sweet has served as chief executive officer of Accenture’s business in North America, the company’s largest geographic market. Previously, she was Accenture’s general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer for five years. Outside of Accenture, Sweet is a leader on topics including innovation, technology’s impact on business, and inclusion and diversity.

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Oxford University Hospitals appoints chief digital and partnership officer

David Walliker has been appointed to a new role of Chief Digital and Partnership Officer at Oxford University Hospitals.

David was Head of Informatics at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust in 2004 and was appointed Chief Information Officer to Liverpool Women’s Hospital in 2013 and in 2015 took on the additional responsibility of covering the same role for the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

David will be the Trust’s lead on developing integrated partnerships, in particular with the Oxfordshire place based system, the BOB integrated care system and the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance. These partnerships will require a digital infrastructure to support the collaboration and David will lead on the Trust’s participation in the Local Health and Care Records Exemplar programme.

David Walliker said “I am looking forward to starting my new role at Oxford University Hospitals in October. The Trust is already doing a lot of work to transform the way it interacts with patients, the public and internally to go digital, but there is so much more we can do. It is an exciting area of work with huge possibilities. I am also joining at a really important point for the Trust in terms of partnership working as the Trust works on refreshing its strategy and deepening its partnership working with other health and social care providers and engaging with local communities.”


British Heart Foundation launches £1million fund

The British Heart Foundation has opened applications for a £1million fund to transform the way heart failure services are delivered in the UK.

The fund aims to test innovative approaches to delivering better heart failure care and services and put in place new ideas to solve old problems.

Jacob West, Director of Healthcare Innovation at the BHF, said “The country is facing a heart failure crisis. Patients with heart failure often have a poor quality of life. Numbers are also rising, and this has a significant impact on hospitals and other care services.”

“We want the Hope for Hearts Fund to inspire the country’s innovators to tackle these issues head on. This is not about maintaining the status quo. We want to encourage practical new ideas that can help patients with heart failure to live better, longer lives.”

The closing date is 12pm on November 28, 2019.


Docly register with CQC to enter UK

Docly a messaging-based consultation service received CQC registration on 9th August 2019 and launched in the UK.

Docly works with practices to enable messaging-based digital consultations. Its streamlined data collection methods allow the patient as much time as they need to express their symptoms, whilst providing the doctor with all the information they need. Doctors can provide prescriptions if required. As standard, neither doctor nor patient have to work to a scheduled appointment, saving valuable clinic time and avoiding disruption to the patient’s day with less than 1% of any consultations require a video interaction.

Prof Rishabh Prasad, GP Partner at Willowbrook Surgery in Leicester “The launch of Docly at the practice has been hugely beneficial for patients and staff alike. Docly allows my practice to offer advice to patients within a couple of hours, rather than them waiting days for an appointment. I have always been concerned with the unmet need of my patients and I hope to be able to offer 1,000 appointments a month with the app”.


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