Commission calls for 112 to become multilingual
The European Commission has called for the 112, the common European emergency number, to become multilingual. Since December 2008, EU citizens can contact emergency services from anywhere in the European Union by dialing 112, the EU-wide emergency number, free of charge from both fixed and mobile phones. However, research shows that only one in four […]
GPS patient tracking launched in Switzerland
Aerotel Medical Systems, a specialist in mobile and home-based telemedicine and telecare solutions, has partnered with GEBOA SA, to launch Aerotel’s GeoSKeeper GPS personal location system in Switzerland.
iPlato supports Southwark MMR drive
GP surgeries in Southwark Primary Care trust are using iPlato text messaging to invite patients for MMR jabs and to alert parents to recent measles outbreaks in local schools. The initiative has been launched in response to concern about the rising number of measles cases reported in Britain over the past few months. In common […]
Pharmacists get access to PDS for EPS R2
Community pharmacists are to be issued with new smartcards to give them access to the Personal Demographics Service. NHS Connecting for Health and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee have released guidance on smartcard arrangements for Release 2 of the Electronic Prescription Service, which CfH expects to go live in 2009. More than 20,000 pharmacists already have […]
Sue Rushbrook won the Healthcare ICT Champion of the Year award for her work on a voice and data network that has now been integrated with core computer systems.
BT e-Health Insider Awards 2008: the finalists
All the finalists in this year’s awards, along with a description of their projects.
Cayton stakes claim to independence of NIGB
The new chair of the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care has criticised plans to make it easier for researchers to access patient information. According to the Guardian, Harry Cayton has described plans to give researchers access to patient information to recruit for medical trials as “ethically unacceptable.” The proposals are included in […]
Europe urges protection of critical infrastructure
The European Commission has published proposed legislation to strengthen information-sharing on critical infrastructure protection between EU Member States.
Dudley uses Soarian to identify infections
Nurses at Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust are using the workflow engine embedded in Siemens’ Soarian electronic patient record system to rapidly identify and isolate patients with infections such as MRSA. Soarian interfaces with existing patient administration and departmental support systems. The workflow engine allows administrative and clinical processes to be synchronised across departments, […]
English Churches Housing Group invests in telecare
English Churches Housing Group has announced a major upgrade to its IT infrastructure to make it compatible with digital communication systems. ECHG, which is one of the largest providers of sheltered and supported housing services in the UK, has partnered with Tunstall to upgrade communication and monitoring systems to support the independence of its 6,000 […]