X-prize to tackle hospital admissions
A $3m x-prize competition has been launched by the US Heritage Provider Network to develop a ‘breakthrough’ algorithm that can predict and prevent unnecessary hospitalisations.
Call for local QoF frameworks
Failure to set up local versions of the Quality and Outcomes Framework could lead to missed opportunities to improve quality and tackle local health priorities.
Around 350 GP consortia likely
The number of GP commissioning consortia that will be formed as primary care trusts are scrapped is likely to be as low as 350, research suggests.
BMJ Group buys GP software company
The BMJ Group has entered the primary care software market with the acquisition of Informatica Systems Ltd.
MPs given estimate of PCT job losses
Between 30 and 40% of the staff who are currently employed in primary care trusts could find a role supporting commissioning in the new NHS, MPs heard this week.
Lansley: no reprieve for PCTs
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has said there will be no reprieve for primary care trusts and strategic health authorities following the consultation on his white paper, and that he will be looking for pathfinder commissioning groups this year.
Connelly outlines NHS info ‘revolution’
The NHS’ director general of informatics, Christine Connelly, has outlined an information revolution to match the root and branch reform of the health service promised by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.
RCGP sees change in commissioning market
The Royal College of GPs has cast doubt on the ability of GPs to manage commissioning budgets, and predicted they will turn to a ‘consolidated’ market of support functions for assistance.
Birmingham OwnHealth in hands of GPs
GPs will decide whether the first telephone-based care management service in the UK should continue.
Answers and questions
E-Health Insider rounds up reaction to Simon Burns’ ministerial statement on the future – or otherwise – of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.