GPs warned about fake DPA agencies
GP practices have been warned to look out for bogus data protection firms posing as official government bodies. Londonwide Local Medical Committees has alerted its GPs after it was informed that many organisations were being targeted for the scam. The LMC said letters requesting up to £135 for notification under the Data Protection Act often […]
CfH consults on future of GP systems
Connecting for Health has begun a consultation on what stakeholders want from GP systems and work on an enhanced roadmap for GP Systems of Choice.
Health promotion portal launched
A primary care IT manager has set up a website to make it easier for GP practices to run health awareness campaigns. The site, Healthcarepromotions.co.uk, provides more than 500 links to posters, leaflets and factsheets on more than 60 health areas and access to all the resources on the site is free of charge. James […]
Babylifecheck site launched
The Department of Health has launched an interactive website offering advice and information to parents of babies as part of its commitment to provide online health checks. NHS Baby LifeCheck is one of three initial NHS LifeChecks that the DH committed to launch following the 2006 white paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say. However, […]
KPMG to provide digital strategy for NHS
The Department of Health has commissioned management consultants KPMG to report on a vision for a digital strategy for the NHS.
Lords question flu response
Members of the House of Lords have told the government they have “significant concerns” about the delay in the launch of the full National Pandemic Flu Service, which is not due to be ready until 1 October. In a report on pandemic flu, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee said the government appeared […]
FluSurvey surveillance website launched
A website that will provide up-to-date information and surveillance on swine flu has been launched by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The LSHTM together with the Health Protection Agency set up the new site to allow visitors to access information on the transmission, symptoms and receive advice about swine flu as […]
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 […]
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.
Swine Flu tracking on Qsurveillance
Healthcare IT system supplier EMIS is encouraging its GPs practices to sign up to its primary care tracking database QSurveillance to help provide national and local information on swine flu. EMIS said the QSurveillance database is already providing information on 23m patients from 3500 GP practices and that the level of detail provided in reports […]