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EHI EHealth Insider Highlights

EHI News becomes Digital Health News
Nominate your champion of 2015
QR coded helmets to help in RTAs

Welcome [*data('2.first_name')|html*] Issue No 682, 8 May 2015 twitter contact



This week has been a big week for EHI News, which on Monday became Digital Health News, and moved to a new domain – For a few weeks, anyone going to the domain will be given some redirect options, and if you want our news, jobs board, Intelligence service, or information about the Health CIO and CCIO networks, then is the option to pick.

The change is the first of a number to come. A new website will be launched later in the year. However, as one of our regular commenters noted, the new name has the great advantage that “it now says on the tin exactly what it does.”

Nominations have also opened for Healthcare IT Champion of the Year 2015, the very category of the EHI Awards decided by readers. The awards are now being run by Informa, but the process remains the same. If you know of somebody who should be recognised, then nominate them now.

Finally, some well-known names in healthcare IT are moving on, with Adrian Stevens, the former iSoft boss who set up Aura Healthcare retiring after selling the company to Servelec, and Sir Jonathan Michael, the former BT and then Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust boss, announcing he will be handing over to Bruno Holthof from Antwerp in October.



EHI News becomes Digital Health News

EHI News has changed and become Digital Health News; a new name to reflect the changing face of healthcare IT and digital health and social care.

Nominate your champion of 2015

Nominations have opened for the Healthcare IT Champion of the Year, a special category of the EHI Awards 2015 that will be decided by you, the readers of Digital Health News.

NME 180 trusts turning to SBS framework

NHS Shared Business Services has received 69 expressions of interest from NHS trusts in regard to its framework to support the procurement of clinical information systems.

Salford urges move to digital pathology

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has called for the whole of Manchester to use digital pathology services, following a successful pilot with Sectra.

Servelec buys Aura Healthcare

Servelec has acquired Aura Healthcare, a software developer set up by two former senior figures in iSoft (now CSC).

Oxford looks to Antwerp for chief exec

Bruno Holthof has been appointed as the new chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and listed the use of new technologies among his priorities for the organisation.

QR coded helmets to help in RTAs

Starting this summer, paramedics at South East Coast Ambulance Service will be able to access details of people involved in motorcycle or bicycle accidents by scanning a QR code on their helmet.



The dawn of digital medicine is causing all sorts of issues with the doctor-patient relationship. Particularly in the deep South of the USA, where the Greensboro-based News and Record has just run a blog complaining about “nosy doctors” who go about “asking personal questions and writing down notes in [their] computers.” What kind of questions? Well, questions about guns.

The writer argues that: “It’s my private business and no-one else’s, how many guns I have, what kind of guns, how I stores them and what I do with them” – even if the consultation is for depression or a gunshot wound. Also that it’s high time everyone backed an NRA bill to enshrine that in law. As we said. Different world.




Fit for a Princess

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been struggling to incorporate the Princess Royal University Hospital, and now faces some big questions about its IT and its future. Thomas Meek reports.

Going to the end of the line

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been on a ten year e-prescribing journey; and it recently invited CIOs and CCIOs to see where it has got to. Thomas Meek reports.


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“The NHS is in dire financial straits and this is beginning to undermine the health of our nation. We urge whichever government is in office to provide the NHS funding to the EU or OECD average… [and ensure] it is publicly funded, publicly delivered, and fully accountable to the public…. [to] restore it to good health.”

Letter to the Guardian signed by Sir David Nicholson, former chief executive of NHS England, and serving and former heads of royal medical colleges.


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