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Royal Orthopaedic first to pick PICS
IT belongs to Glasgow
Another view: of the future of primary care IT

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GP columnist Neil Paul has triggered an interesting debate about the future of primary care IT; and healthcare IT more generally. He notes that there are some oddities in the current market, with systems being paid for by one set of people – central government, local commissioning bodies – but used by another – GPs and other primary care staff – on behalf of yet another – patients.

This, he suggests, has some unfortunate effects, since incumbent suppliers are naturally inclined to respond to the demands of their paymasters, rather than their users. But it may also have some unfortunate long-term effects, if this focus leads them to miss changing user demands that newer, more nimble operatives can come in and meet.

For instance, he notes that NHS policy is pushing for more integrated working, for GPs to open longer through federated working, and for more efficient ways for patients to carry out routine monitoring, booking, and follow-up. Yet integration remains incredibly hard, incumbent suppliers have barely started on the federation challenge, and many of the good ideas for improving interactions with patients are coming from start-ups.

As things stand, and despite NHS England’s best efforts, if suppliers want to make integration difficult, or keep out new entrants keen to plug and play with their systems, they can. But Neil argues that in the end they will have to choose to evolve or die. What’s your bet on what will happen?  



Royal Orthopaedic first to pick PICS

A first customer has been announced for the PICS clinical decision support system developed by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and distributed by Servelec Group.

Luton and Dunstable looks at Lorenzo

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is planning to submit a business case to procure CSC’s Lorenzo electronic patient record.

City workers view images from EPR

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust staff will be able to see imaging data from within their Meditech electronic patient record using Agfa HealthCare’s enterprise imaging platform.

Cheshire runs large telehealth pilot

Cheshire has launched a one-year project to use telehealth to support patients with long-term conditions, working with Philips Healthcare.

Emis helps send emergency patients home

An urgent care centre at the Royal Free Hospital is using Emis Web to conduct rapid assessments of patients, enabling it to discharge or divert 26,000 a year.

Industry round-up

Digital Health News rounds up the latest industry news, including company announcements, appointments, product launches, and roll-outs.

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Digital Health News reporter Thomas Meek went to see Glasgow’s new ‘super hospital’ recently. And very impressive it is, too. Probably too impressive for the Daily Mail, which can’t cope with the idea that it has been built with public money by an SNP government to treat people for nothing. As the diary has noted before, the paper has dubbed the hospital The Death Star, after the world destroying star ship in the Star Wars trilogy / double trilogy / hexalogy / soon to be heptalogy.

Understandably, the trust and those working in it are not too keen on the Death Star tag. But the diary can’t resist using the tenuous link to run this wonderful info-graphic of the logistics of building the ‘actual’ Death Star. The graphic reckons it would cost one trillion dollars to build, need 1.8 million staff to run and 48 million staff to clean, and get through 1.8 million tonnes of food and 1.3 billion cups of tea every year. The tea’s a particularly nice touch…


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IT belongs to Glasgow

Glasgow’s new ‘super hospital’ is an impressive building with impressive IT. Reporter Thomas Meek went to take a look; and, of course, he started with the robot porters.

Another view: of the future of primary care IT

Why do so many incumbent IT suppliers get overtaken in their markets? GP Neil Paul's been reading up on the subject, and reckons that some primary care suppliers should do the same.


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“Of course, IBM and Microsoft did listen to their customers who wanted bigger faster versions of what IBM and Microsoft had previously sold them.

“Meanwhile, that sneaky extinction event was growing stronger and stronger providing smaller, smarter, cheaper solutions to an entirely new market.

“The problem with primary care IT is that its primary care IT - closed off to disruptive innovation. Good for the IT companies / poor for us patients.”

By: Infoman
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