IMS Health wins IC indicators contract
US-based healthcare intelligence company IMS Health has been chosen to produce clinical indicators for the NHS Choices website, taking over from Dr Foster Intelligence. The NHS information Centre issued a tender for the production of indicators for NHS Choices after completing a review of the use of indicators such as hospital standardised mortality ratios. The […]
A year in the life of TPP
TPP’s co-founder Frank Hester talks to Fiona Barr about 2009 and beyond
Summary record roll-out builds momentum
Five NHS strategic health authorities, covering half of England, are planning to begin roll-outs of the Summary Care Record in the New Year.
Oldham outsources IT to Computacenter
NHS Oldham has outsourced its IT services to Computacenter in a four year deal worth £650,000 a year. The primary care trust says the deal has already saved it 10% on its previous arrangements, provided by a PCT-run shared service. It estimates savings of a further 25% over the next year to 18 months. Stephen […]
CfH to crack down on C&B ‘misuse’
NHS Connecting for Heath is hoping to crack down on the misuse of Choose and Book through new guidance that will be published in the next few weeks.
DH promotes C+B to beat strike
The Department of Health is encouraging GPs and hospitals to use NHS Choose and Book and secure text messaging to manage referrals and appointment reminders during the postal strike. A DH spokesperson told EHI Primary Care that there were other ways of communicating with patients without using the post, including Choose and Book, email and text […]
New hope for HealthSpace
NHS Connecting for Health is hoping to be given the green light to develop new functionality for HealthSpace, according to the personal health portal’s clinical director.
RiO upgrades restart in London
The programme of upgrades to the RiO community health software has re-started in London, with two primary care trusts now using the latest version. Newham PCT received an upgrade to Version 5.1 earlier this month from local service provider BT, and has been followed by NHS Brent. A spokesperson for BT told EHI Primary Care that […]
Swine flu website crashes on launch day
The National Pandemic Flu Service website crashed on the day it was launched after the site recorded more than 9.3m hits per hour. The Department of Health said demand was “unprecedented” with 2,600 hits a second and that it believed many people were visiting the site out of curiosity. Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson […]
Public asked for views on HealthSpace
Patients are being invited to give their views on the future development of the Department of Health’s personal health record project, HealthSpace.