Industry news in brief
This month’s industry nibs includes NHS Wales embarking on a new early payment programme for its suppliers and product launches.
Norfolk Recovery Partnership trial new non-invasive drug test technology
Norfolk Recovery Partnership trial unique fingerprint-based drug test technology allowing them to detect traces of drugs via sweat.
One in 10 prescriptions have errors
One in 10 written hospital prescriptions contain mistakes, most are minor and spotted but some are potentially lethal. In many cases the errors result from poor or illegible handwriting, transcribing errors, ambiguous prescriptions or other communication breakdowns. This is the finding of major new research commissioned by the General Medical Council, which says despite the prevalence […]
Reported drug errors increase, says NPSA
The incidence of reported drug errors leading to avoidable deaths and patient harm is on the increase, according to a new National Patient Safety Agency report.
Primary care inspires review
EHI Primary Care editor Fiona Barr dissects the NHS IT review and identifies the wellspring of ideas that shaped it.
EHI’s industry round up 31.7.2009
This month’s E-Health Insider industry round-up covers new and upgraded products, system deployments and other developments at leading healthcare IT suppliers. Eizo supports Sectra in Northern Ireland Monitor manufacturer Eizo has been chosen to provide medical monitors for the Swedish medical IT company Sectra, which is installing PACS at Northern Ireland’s hospitals. The Northern Ireland […]
Vein crawling mini robot developed
The Israeli Institute of Technology has created a miniature crawling robot small enough to crawl through human veins.
NW Ambulance Service COIN
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust has created a community of interest network to link its headquarters and ambulance stations. The new infrastructure runs across the NHS’ broadband network, N3, and links 141 trust sites in Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire, and Cheshire and Merseyside. The trust estimates the COIN will save it around £60,000 […]
MHRA launches drug info debate
The UK’s medicines regulatory body has launched a consultation on the European Commission’s plans to change the rules on the information that drug companies can provide to patients. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is seeking views from the public on the UK government’s response to the proposals and says it will also […]
Legal advice on SCR and Spine
GPs have been given medico-legal advice about the implications of using the Summary Care Record and uploading information to the Spine. A series of more than 40 frequently asked questions prepared by NHS Connecting for Health and the Medical Protection Society have been published on the CfH website. Dr Stephanie Bown, MPS director of policy and […]