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  • 23Aug

    The BHF joins forces with Microsoft and the NHS to save thousands more lives from cardiac arrests

    Thousands more lives could be saved from cardiac arrests, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between the NHS, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and Microsoft. The new partnership aims to map all of the UK’s defibrillators, with a shared ambition for the life-saving devices to be made readily available for every out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The initiative…

  • 23Aug

    Relationship Between Internet Health Information and Patient Compliance Based on Trust

    Empirical Study in the JMIR: Background: The internet has become a major means for acquiring health information; however, Web-based health information is of mixed quality and may markedly affect patients’ health-related behaviour and decisions. According to the social information processing theory, patients’ trust in their physicians may potentially change due to patients’ health-information-seeking behaviour. Therefore, it…

  • 23Aug

    New data links route to cancer diagnosis and treatment

    Data from Public Health England show that patients diagnosed through screening, GP referral or 2-week referrals likely to have more treatment options. New data from Public Health England (PHE) illustrates how the way that cancer patients are diagnosed may affect their treatment options. The national data links individual patients’ route to diagnosis, including screening, GP referrals, and…

  • 23Aug

    New standard for clinical referrals will support faster, better patient care

    An innovative new standard for sharing clinical referral information will help reduce avoidable referrals, speed up treatment times and make care better and safer for patients. Referrals to hospital are increasing as more people continue to live longer with a range of complex conditions and good information sharing is integral to ensuring that patients can receive the…

  • 23Aug

    A User-Centred Design Approach to Integrated Information Systems

    A Perspective Paper by Niamh Lennox-Chhugani in the The International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC). Integrated care requires joined up information for effective planning, delivery and management. Different countries are experimenting with a range policy approaches to designing integrated information systems with varying levels of success. Information systems to support integrated care that start with…

  • 16Aug

    King’s Improvement Science: guide to evaluation resources

    This guide signposts to useful evaluation resources for evaluating health and social care initiatives, including quality improvement projects and programmes. This guide will help you to get a head start on planning your evaluation quickly, instead of spending your time searching for useful or relevant resources. It includes: resources to help you learn about evaluation…

  • 16Aug

    New project aims to understand if AI holds the key to better care in the NHS

    A new partnership between the University of Essex and social enterprise Provide will examine if artificial intelligence (AI) can help the NHS cope with increasing health demands across the UK. The three-year, Innovate UK-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) will look at how technology can help the NHS deal with the increasing demands of the modern…

  • 16Aug

    Improving Consumer Understanding of Medical Text

    Development and Validation of a New SubSimplify Algorithm to Automatically Generate Term Explanations in English and Spanish While health literacy is important for people to maintain good health and manage diseases, medical educational texts are often written beyond the reading level of the average individual. To mitigate this disconnect, text simplification research provides methods to…

  • 16Aug

    Beyond patient centricity – supporting the support network

    Excerpts from an article in Pharmaphorum: Our new patient-centric world has already gone “beyond the pill”, and now it’s going beyond the patient. There’s a growing awareness that we need to look after the friends and family who care for their loved ones when the clinic is closed and pharma has clocked out for the night.…

  • 16Aug

    UK National Screening Committee: information development guidance

    Guidance for the development, production and review of information to support UK population screening programmes. Appendix A: Overview of screening information development (flowchart) This guidance provides the 4 UK countries with best practice in terms of developing public information resources such as leaflets to support the national screening programmes. Their definition of a ‘personal informed choice’…

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