Industry view: Does blockchain have a role in digital health?

Aridhia’s chief technology officer, Rodrigo Barnes, explains how the blockchain technology that underpins Bitcoin is being explored for other transactions – and wonders if it might have a role in healthcare.

24 November 2015


Final score: NPfIT in mental health and community services

As the National Programme for IT in the NHS drew to a close in London and the South, Rebecca McBeth assessed its impact on mental health and community trusts.

23 November 2015


FinIT: the end of NPfIT in London and the South

Cerner Millennium trusts had to be out of the BT data centre by the end of last month. With the exit of the final trust just two weeks late, Rebecca McBeth reports on the end of the National Programme for IT in two of its five regions.

19 November 2015


Another view: returns to IT for GP federations

Neil Paul has been asked to advise an IT company on the changing face of general practice and its IT requirements. He has a lot of ideas; and wants to find a way of seeing more of them implemented faster.

17 November 2015

Standard bearers: using safety standards in IT implementations

The Health and Social Care Information Centre is promoting the use of standards and safety cases to improve healthcare IT implementations. But are the standards well known, and is the process working? Thomas Meek reports.

16 November 2015


Tom’s digital disruptors: testing times for apps

The NHS Apps Library has closed after concerns were raised about the effectiveness and security of the apps it endorsed. Thomas Meek wonders what this means for a new app endorsement process.

10 November 2015

Can the NHS bank on IT for productivity gains?

NHS England is bidding for billions of IT investment to improve NHS productivity. A McKinsey presentation shows that if it succeeds, the service will be required to deliver on a scale never before achieved, argues Digital Health editor Jon Hoeksma.

10 November 2015

The long Read

Read Codes are to be phased out across the NHS, and SNOMED CT must be used in primary care systems by the end of 2016 and in all IT systems by spring 2020. Thomas Meek reports.

5 November 2015


Interview: Tim Kelsey

NHS England’s director of patients and information Tim Kelsey speaks to Digital Health’s news editor Rebecca McBeth about the steps being taken to make sure technology can deliver its contribution to the ‘Five Year Forward View’ savings.

29 October 2015

Legal view: sending data abroad

Andrew Rankin and Chris Air of DAC Beachcroft discuss a recent European Court decision that has important implications for patient data sent to the US.

28 October 2015

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