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  • 21Aug

    Government considers personalised health checks

    Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has announced an evidence-based review into the NHS Health Check service. The checks are currently offered to everyone aged between 40 and 74 to spot the early signs of major conditions that cause early death, including stroke, kidney disease, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. However, the checks…

  • 14Aug

    Health secretary announces £250m investment in AI

    Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced a £250m investment in artificial intelligence with the creation of a new National Artificial Intelligence Lab. The government hopes the AI Lab will bring together the industry’s best academics, specialists and technology companies to work on some of the biggest challenges in health and care, including earlier cancer detection, new…

  • 14Aug

    Digital diabetes prevention rolled out as part of Long Term Plan

    Thousands of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes will receive digital support to prevent them developing the condition as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. In pilot schemes, offering 24/7 access to online advice significantly boosted the numbers taking up the flagship Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP). Almost seven in 10 people (68%) referred…

  • 14Aug

    Cancer-related fatigue app gets NHS approval

    Untire has become the first Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) app to be approved by the NHS, and is now available to download for free via the NHS Apps Library. The app aiming to tackle CRF, one of the most common side effects of cancer and its treatment, has successfully passed NHS assessment. Untire aims to help users…

  • 14Aug

    Paper prescriptions ‘rare’ by next year

    In this interview with the Pharmaceutical Journal, NHS Digital’s Programme Director for Digital Medicines Richard Ashcroft says paper prescriptions will be rare by next year. He discusses the target of getting around 90 per cent of prescriptions issued through the electronic prescriptions service within the next 12 months. www.pharmaceutical-journal.com

  • 1Aug

    How the NHS is talking to Alexa

    In this article, Eva Lake, head of engagement for NHS Digital discusses the Amazon collaboration in more detail. With 14% of households now having voice-activated speakers and 50% of searches predicted to be by voice by 2020, Eva argues it is a significant market, particularly for health information. Voice-activated devices can be a useful alternative…

  • 24Jul

    Using online patient feedback to improve care

    A new guide has been launched supporting clinical, patient experience and quality teams to understand how to use online feedback to improve healthcare. Available via The Point of Care Foundation, it covers three main areas: getting started with online feedback, what we know about online feedback, and applying online feedback to improve care. The resource is…

  • 24Jul

    Have your say on changes to primary care

    The NHS is holding a policy consultation on patient registration, funding and contracting rules under digital-first primary care. The Long Term Plan made a commitment that every patient will have the right to be offered digital-first primary care by 2023/24. But current GP contract rules weren’t designed for digital-first services. Key goals for the proposals…

  • 17Jul

    HSJ Partnership Awards 2020 open for entries

    The HSJ Partnership Awards scheme, showcasing the most effective partnerships within the NHS, is now open for entries. The awards are aimed at those helping the NHS deliver better services, driving better patient outcomes and creating value or savings. Nominations are open to: private sector partners and suppliers to the NHS; businesses providing world-class products and…

  • 17Jul

    Amazon’s Alexa to provide NHS health information

    Amazon is set to provide ‘reliable health information’ from the NHS website through voice-assisted technology. A government announcement said the technology will help patients, especially the elderly, blind and those who cannot access the internet through traditional means, to get professional, NHS-verified health information in seconds, through simple voice commands. Amazon’s algorithm uses information from the NHS…

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