The new secretary of state for health and social care has placed interoperability at the heart of his vision for the NHS. So is the long-standing nut of information sharing between systems about to be cracked? Jennifer Trueland investigates.
Medical devices are a ubiquitous part of modern day healthcare – blood pressure monitors, infusion pumps, spirometers, the list goes on – and increasingly digital rather than analogue. Traditionally the data such devices collect has been held in something resembling isolation, but the growth of electronic patient records and data analytics holds the promise of being able to harness this information in a new way. Maja Dragovic reports.
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The benefits of vendor neutral archives in healthcare have been well rehearsed. But could combining this kind of storage with the growth of cloud yield even more advantages for the NHS? Maja Dragovic investigates.
Physical and mental healthcare interact in complex and significant ways, and yet traditionally the NHS has treated the two as separate issues. Can digital shared records help address this unhelpful separation and improve patient care? Jennifer Trueland investigates.
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With the shortage of radiologists showing no signs of abating – and the demand for scans increasing year on year – attention understandably continues to fall on how technology might help. Can radiology information systems be the key to better management of workload? And will artificial intelligence make a difference? Kim Thomas reports.
Earlier this year, national bodies officially approved the use of cloud for NHS data. But does this mean NHS organisations are now embracing it wholesale? Vivienne Raper investigates.
While experts welcome the current interest in diagnostic digital pathology, they believe that implementation of digital workflows, which includes integration between systems and software, is key to achieving widespread adoption and driving improvements. Claire Read reports.
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In December last year, the Royal College of Physicians released an updated version of the National Early Warning Score – NEWS 2. With 20% of hospitals still not using the national early warning scoring, how difficult will it be to implement the new system? And how can technology help? Maja Dragovic reports.
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With national funding pledges to increase the uptake of e-prescribing in hospitals, digital medicines management is occupying a prominent place on the national agenda. But does that mean it can now finally hold a consistent place across NHS activity in local organisations? Jennifer Trueland investigates.
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