NICE to take charge of QoF
The Department of Health has announced that it is to go ahead with its plans to put the National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence in charge of the Quality and Outcomes Framework from next month.
Doc ratings site moves into charity work
The controversial website iwantgreatcare, which allows patients to rate their doctors, is expanding into other areas of NHS work, in a move that aligns with Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s call for public service users to be able to rate them.
At last year’s BT e-Health Insider awards, NHS Choices won the best use of ICT in patient and citizen involvement category, sponsored by Fujitsu, for a new media sexual health initiative in the Humber region.
Wikipedia-plus launches for medics
The Medpedia Project has launched a beta version of what it hopes will become the world’s largest online medical encyclopedia. The initial launch includes a collaborative knowledge base, a professional network and directory and communities of interest in which medical professionals and others will be able to discuss conditions, treatments and lifestyle issues. Since the […]
Probe into lost appointment bookings at Barts
More than 400 patients have had to wait more than 13 weeks, after details of 2,000 telephone bookings were left unprocesed on a spreadsheet.
Interactive websites for Liverpool GPs
Liverpool Primary Care Trust has commissioned individual websites for ten PCT-run GP practices, as part of its commitment to providing information and online services to patients. North Mersey Health Informatics Service was asked to create the websites, which can be accessed through a single portal: www.liverpoolpctms.nhs.uk. Liverpool PCT said each website includes photographs of the […]
OLPC has potential for health
Computers provided to children in developing countries as part of the One Laptop One Child initiative could also be used to deliver health education and healthcare, according to a new report. Researchers from the National Library of Medicine in the US looked at how the laptops could be used in medical settings and concluded that […]
NHS Choices to offer GP rating for patients
Patients will be able to rate their GP’s performance via the NHS Choices website from next summer, according to reports today. Health minister, Ben Bradshaw says in an interview with the Guardian that he wants the site to do for healthcare what Amazon has done for the book trade. The idea was condemned by the […]
Here was the news for 2008
The past 12 months in primary care IT have seen the implementation of a scheme to secure GP IT system choice, increasing numbers of GP records transferred electronically and a new consent model introduced for the NHS Summary Care Record. Less successfully, 2008 also saw the disappearance of one local service provider, the government seemingly […]
Operating Framework stresses savings and Darzi
NHS organisations have been told to sort out their finances in preparation for making “very substantial efficiency savings” in 2010-11, when the health service’s three year settlement comes to an end. The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2009-10, announced by the Department of Health yesterday but only released onto its website this morning, […]