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Leeds pharmacies and GP practices first to share flu vaccination details via clinical systems

GP practices and pharmacies in Leeds have pilotted information sharing about flu vaccinations between systems.

Electronic notifications about patients who have had their flu vaccination in a pharmacy will be sent securely to their GP via clinical systems. Initially, only pharmacies using PharmOutcomes and GP practices using SystmOne will be able to send and receive the electronic notifications.

The content of the electronic notification is based on the flu vaccination data standard developed in partnership with the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB).


New eye tracking sensors launched

Tobii Dynavox, a global leader in assistive technology for communication, has launched the I-Series, its flagship communication device.

The new I-Series is developed for people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and ALS. It provides them with a voice to communicate and become more independent.

Jeff Fogel, youth sports coach diagnosed with ALS “The I-Series has made it possible for me to continue to do what ALS otherwise would have taken away from me. I can keep in touch with friends on Facebook, enjoy the latest shows on Netflix and go to live concerts. But most importantly, I can continue to coach the kids in basketball, football and deliver my pre and post-game speeches to them.”

Fredrik Ruben, CEO of Tobii Dynavox “Eye tracking unlocks a world of possibilities and with this new device, built on years of research and customer feedback, we have pushed the limits of what a communication device can do. Our goal with the new I-Series is to create the best possible experience and empower our users in their daily lives for increased independence.”


iRhythm launches in UK

iRhythm Technologies has launched in the UK to support the identification and superior clinical diagnoses of cardiac arrhythmias  such as atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common form of irregular heartbeat.

The Zio system is a small wearable heart monitor that attaches seamlessly to the patient’s chest for a period of up-to 14 days – providing uninterrupted, comprehensive monitoring of a patient’s heartbeats as they go about their daily lives, including showering, sleeping and exercising.

Between June and August 2019, iRhythm identified an arrhythmia in 72% of patients that were issued monitors, with nearly one in 10 then going on to be diagnosed with AF.

Justin Hall, VP and GM EMEA at iRhythm Technologies “AF is one of the most important preventable risk factors for stroke disease. Patients who suffer an AF-related stroke often have poor outcomes – and we’re launching in the UK to change that. With access to such innovative digital technologies – which utilise AI to accurately and efficiently aid detection and diagnosis of arrhythmias, such as AF, at the first time of asking, we can eliminate the need for numerous patient visits due to indeterminate repeat tests, as well as significantly improving the patient experience.”

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