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  • 30Oct

    Help PIF celebrate 21 years of health information

    It’s a special anniversary for PIF this year, as we celebrate our 21st year. Since 1997 health information has transformed.  We have moved from a paper-based world to a mixed-media universe dominated by digital.  ‘Doctor knows best’ has been replaced by shared decision making and patient empowerment. PIF’s strength is in its members’ expertise and we want…

  • 25Oct

    The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care

    This policy paper from Department of Health and Social Care outlines what is needed to enable the health and care system to make the best use of technology to support preventative, predictive and personalised care. This document proposes a modern technology architecture and a set of guiding principles that will together be the foundation for a…

  • 25Oct

    Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead

    The Talking about dying report from the Royal College of Physicians seeks to offer advice and support for any doctor on holding conversations with patients much earlier after the diagnosis of a progressive or terminal condition, including frailty. Key recommendations: Ask the patient if they would like to have the conversation and how much information they would…

  • 25Oct

    AMA launches Digital Health Implementation Playbook

    The new playbook will include a step-by-step approach to implementing digital health tools, as well as best practices and other resources. The American Medical Association launched the Digital Health Implementation Playbook, a guide that spells out the steps for developing a digital health technology and best practices. The tool, which can be accessed online, also gives…

  • 25Oct

    GP Online Services Communications Toolkit

    NHS England has published a guide for GP practices to promote GP online services to patients. The GP online services team developed this toolkit to support you to promote online services to your patients and encourage them to register for GP online services. The aim of this toolkit is to help you to: promote GP online services…

  • 25Oct

    Your next doctor’s appointment might be with an AI

    Excerpts from a Technology Review article: A new wave of chatbots are replacing physicians and providing frontline medical advice—but are they as good as the real thing? “My stomach is killing me!” “I’m sorry to hear that,” says a female voice. “Are you happy to answer a few questions?” And so the consultation begins. Where’s…

  • 25Oct

    Shared Decision Making: essential but hard to measure

    Richard Lehman, Professor of the Shared Understanding of Medicine at the University of Birmingham, reflects on the latest Cochrane evidence on shared decision making and what might be needed to see it become a reality in all health care settings. Shared decision making is a good thing. Here is how the authors of an updated Cochrane Review…

  • 25Oct

    Digital Health Literacy – Key factor for the democratization of health

    This article in ICT and Health explains how the digitalization of healthcare brings brand new opportunities for patients. Experts talk about the democratization of healthcare, better access to health services, strengthening prevention and lower costs. On the other hand, many patients don’t know how to use the potential of digital solutions. Will the lack of digital…

  • 25Oct

    Job advert: Public Involvement Adviser, NICE

    Job title: Public Involvement Adviser (3 posts) Salary: Band 7 (£33,222 – £43,041 per annum) Location: Manchester Job type: 2 permanent posts & 1 fixed term (1-year) maternity cover, all posts 37.5 hrs/wk Closing date: Sunday 11 November 2018 (12 midnight) Do you have the enthusiasm and flair for putting patient and public involvement policies into…

  • 24Oct

    Job advert: Publications Officer, Crohn’s & Colitis UK

    Job Title: Publications Officer Location: Hatfield Salary: £28,800 – £31,000 Type: Full Time Closing date: Monday 19 November 2018 (9am) Crohn’s & Colitis UK are seeking to recruit a full-time Publications Officer. The role will support the Information and Support Services team in the production of more than 50 information sheets, booklets and guides about all aspects of…

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