Digital maps show flu pick-up gaps
NHS emergency planners in Bristol and Avon are using advanced digital mapping to develop their swine flu pandemic response strategy. The mapping has been used to identify the appropriate number and location of antiviral collection points needed for patients in the area. The mapping took into account population statistics and travel times to community pharmacies and […]
Personal view: Mary Hawking
Mary Hawking, a GP and critical friend of NHS IT, asks: are your records fit for sharing?
Welsh GPs test admission risk tool
GP practices in Wales are testing a risk stratification tool which is to be made available across NHS Wales. The Predictive Risk Stratification Model aims to use Welsh data to identify patients at risk of emergency admission and enable better targeted care. Informing Healthcare, the Welsh IT agency, says 25 GP practices across Wales will […]
NHS Number exemptions expected
Community pharmacists and other groups of NHS workers will be made exempt from the national requirement to use the NHS Number from next month because they cannot trace or store NHS Numbers. The National Patient Safety Agency is expected to publish an official statement confirming that healthcare providers including community pharmacists, community nurses, dentists, optometrists […]
Renegotiating LSP deals may prove costly
A senior industry analyst has compared the potential cost of renegotiating the NHS’s local service provider contracts, worth £4 billion, to “bailing out the banks”. With the addition of BT’s National Application Service Provider deal for the NHS Spine the total value of contracts to be renegotiated rises to £5 billion. Mike Davis, senior analyst at […]
Call for phase two CAF demonstrators
The Department of Health is looking for a wider range of IT systems to take part in demonstrator sites for information sharing across health and social care. The DH has called for expressions of interest and applications for phase two of the Common Assessment Framework programme, with £11m funding available. The DH ran a consultation […]
London carnival on hold for RiO
Further implementations of the latest RiO community and mental health software in London and the South have been put on hold until September. The mounting delay means that up to five months will have passed since installations were stopped in April. Local service provider BT and the London Programme for IT previously said they planned […]
London PCTs pilot polysystem IT
Two London primary care trusts have been chosen to work on a pilot project looking at interoperability in polyclinics.
Nintendo DS to offer diabetes care
A pharmaceutical company has unveiled a blood glucose meter for children with diabetes that connects to the Nintendo DS and DS Lite games consoles.
ACS buys staff scheduling software firm
Primary care IT specialist, Advanced Computer Systems, has purchased StaffPlan Ltd, a London based domiciliary and homecare software provider in a cash and equity transaction for £1.36m.