Nuance Communications has launched the English version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition 3, a front-end, real-time speech recognition solution for single worker users in primary care practices and clinics. It is designed to be easy to deploy and to use with departmental systems or electronic medical records. Dr Alastair Dickson, a GP and health economist, argued in a company statement that it makes it easier for doctors to keep detailed and comprehensive notes, which is particularly important now more patients are getting access to their medical records.12 May 2015
Ixico has won an Innovate UK grant to develop its Assessa medical device technology, which aims to quantify the vascular disease burden in patients with CNS diseases and to enable better targetted clinical trials. The company will be working with Imperial College London and Edinburgh University on the project, which has won £1 million from the old Technology Strategy Board. Assessa is a CE marked medical device to support the diagnosis of dementia through the automated, quantitative assessment of structural brain MRI in combination with other clinical data. It is a web-based system already accessible to clinicians in Europe and Canada that is looking to extend to other CNS diseases.12 May 2015
Patients Know Best, an online, patient-controlled medical records system, has taken the top prize at the EU eHealth Campion 2015 event in Riga, Latvia, which is held as part of the annual e-health week. The competition rewards e- and m-health systems produced by small and medium sized companies across Europe. Last year's winner was the Big White Wall mental health social and support network.12 May 2015
Sectra has won a Swecare export award, which is intended to encourage successful Swedish companies and to highlight good examples of export ventures. The award jury noted that Sectra's products are developed in Sweden, but sold to 50 countries, through offices in 12. In the UK, Sectra is best known for its digital imaging solutions.
Northgate Public Services has launched an integrated care web portal that is designed to help people to manage their own care, by giving them access to self-assessment, support planning, community networking and purchasing tools. It is particularly intended to support the Care Act 2015, which puts a new emphasis on prevention and using personal budgets for care. Trevor Hampton, director of local government and housing solutions at NPS, said: "By enabling people to access their own care needs on-line through a joined-up facility we can hep to meet the needs of the Care Act and enable peple to play a bigger role in managing their own support. It will also lead to improved comunication and understanding with [professionals]."12 May 2015