Text messaging transformed the way many of us communicate, and the next generation of such communication promises to do the same again.
Chain SMS, created by AccuRx, lets GP practices send texts to patients which can include asking them to book tests and sending follow-up information.
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A study has revealed more than two thirds of patients questioned showed a preference for digital communications, with 68 per cent stating they would prefer to manage medical appointments online or via a smartphone.
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GP Neil Paul is annoyed that his system supplier has tweaked its online booking platform; but also convinced that electronic communications with patients are on the cusp of a revolution.
NHS England has extended central funding of email-to-SMS services for primary care organisations using NHSmail, after the DH caused an outcry by announcing plans to cut funding from next March.
Plans to end central funding of email-to-SMS services for NHSmail2 will “go down like a lead balloon” with GPs, a primary care leader has warned.
Heatherwood and Wexam Park Hospitals NHS Trust has implemented an SMS booking system to make it easier for patients to book outpatient appointments.
A number of NHS trusts are employing a digital tool called “Buddy” to support the delivery of therapy services to their patients.
A text messaging pilot by the Bradford Student Medical Centre has reduced did-not-attend rates for practice appointments by 25%, according to TPP.
Mobile phone operators could be forced to allow users to text the emergency services under new proposals by regulator Ofcom.