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By Benjamin Harris 10:37 am December 11, 2018
By March 31, 2020, the 8,000 fax machines still in use by the UK's National Health Service will be no more. Citing advances in digital healthcare technology and the need to better communicate with patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered the NHS to halt the purchase of any new fax machines and to phase out the ones remaining in service. Royal College of Surgeons spokesman Richard...
By 07:42 am December 04, 2018
A global investigation has found that unsafe medical devices have caused 1.7 million injuries globally and almost 83,000 deaths in the last 12 years. According to The Implant Files, a year-long investigation of the manufacturers of devices by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), unsafe medical devices have been allowed into global markets as a result of poor...

The New Children's Hospital in Helsinki. Credit: Matti Snellman/ HUS

By Dillan Yogendra 06:13 am December 04, 2018
Since opening its doors to the first patients in September this year, the New Children’s Hospital in Helsinki, Finland is using a unique combination of art and play, recognised as key elements for a “healing environment", and the latest technologies available to support the children that it provides services for and their parents. With a total budget of €183m,...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:38 am December 03, 2018
NHSmail national outage caused by “software issue” The national NHS email service managed by Accenture suffered a "severity 1" outage midday on 1 December, caused by a “software issue in the supplier’s internal infrastructure”, which meant that NHS staff were unable to access their accounts. All users had their access restored by 8pm, and accounts locked...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:03 am December 03, 2018
The UK's Academy of Medical Sciences has published a report outlining a set of principles to guide the development, evaluation and use of data-driven technologies in healthcare, through a project partly funded by a grant from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The new framework is based on a series of workshops involving patients, healthcare...
By Leontina Postelnicu 04:09 pm November 28, 2018
Thirteen NHS trusts in England providing a mixture of acute, mental health and community services will receive a share of £16m to speed up implementation of e-prescribing. Former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt announced back in February that £78m would be made available to help trusts move away from paper prescriptions, after a study found that an...
By Anett Molnar 04:19 am November 26, 2018
Key European eHealth interoperability experts gathered in Brussels, Belgium, last week to discuss a multi-stakeholder initiative that could allow a one-time interoperability testing of eHealth products with mutual recognition across the EU and beyond. New usages, new technologies, an ageing population and many other factors have contributed to a change in healthcare, leading to...
Innovation Factory’s Alaa Chalabi
By Laura Lovett 02:29 pm November 19, 2018
Snorers—every household has one, joked Innovation Factory cofounder Alaa Chalabi. This noisy problem inspired the Innovation Factory’s newest product Snorelife, a smart algorithm that can detect and analyze sleeping sounds, which was displayed at the the Young Innovators Showcase at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Doha, Qatar last week. “Snoring is a problem that...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:59 am November 19, 2018
The UK’s HealthTech Advisory Board, created to help guide the government and look at transforming the use of technology across the NHS, will meet for the first time today, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock vowed to "sort out" the IT infrastructure of the NHS earlier this year, calling it “the...

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