Go and play: gaming and the NHS

Pokemon Go may be generating stories about unexpected health benefits, but getting effective ‘health’ games into use is no easy task, as Ben Heather discovers at a Games for Health conference in Coventry.

18 August 2016


Nottingham: Lacing IT all together

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has a pure best of breed approach to IT, has been at the forefront of deploying e-observations and vital signs technologies, and is now trialling wearable monitors. Kim Thomas went to visit.

11 August 2016


Ewan Davis: on new leaders and hard and soft power

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is back and the NHS in England has a set of new IT leaders. So far so good, but can they make the shift from wielding hard power to encouraging collaboration, ‘honourable failure’ and a willingness to embrace what works?

4 August 2016


You say you want a revolution...

In Merseyside, health organisations are smashing faxes, finding cheap ways to go digital, and playing with tomorrow’s technology. Ben Heather reports from the iLinks Innovations Conference.

28 July 2016


Another view: of why GP federations need a CCIO

Our long-standing GP columnist supports a number of GP federations; and their projects always involve IT and IG. That means they need both managers and clinicians with IT expertise, he argues.

26 July 2016

Daniel Ray: on direct data flows

The Health and Social Care Information Centre’s new director of data science says it’s time to end central returns; data needs to flow faster and it needs to flow straight from local to national systems.

25 July 2016


Lorenzo: the end of the beginning

The National Programme for IT in the NHS came to an end in the North, Midlands and East last week. Its flagship electronic patient record was Lorenzo. How are recent deployments going, and what legacy will it leave, asks Ben Heather.

13 July 2016


Ewan Davis: Putting lipstick on a pig

Putting a few open APIs on a megasuite is not the same as creating an open platform. Still, while it’s somewhat akin to putting lipstick on a pig, it’s a step in the right direction – and some pigs can be very attractive. Argues Ewan Davis.

5 July 2016


The bigger picture: sharing PACs images

One of the big criticisms of the National PACS Programme was that it was hard to share images. Different, regional solutions are emerging to the problem, Kim Thomas discovers.

30 June 2016


Another view: of quite a lot going on

Neil Paul has made a list of all the innovations going on within his GP federation at the moment, and it’s quite a list. Most of it is even positive (just don’t mention the explosion in Crewe that took out his IT on a Monday morning...)

21 June 2016

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