NHS IT, Records and Data

RCGP ‘concerned’ by continuation of data-sharing MoU

08.03.18: NHS Digital is to continue its data-sharing agreement with the Department of Health & Social Care and the Home Office, despite recommendations from the cross-party Health Select Committee to suspend it. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has w...

Data saves lives

14.02.18: Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improving care for patients by linking services together more effectively. Imagine a health service tha...

Emergency medicine consultant named new NHS England CCIO

13.02.18: An emergency medicine consultant has been confirmed as NHS England’s new chief clinical information officer (CCIO). Dr Simon Eccles replaces Prof Keith McNeil, who resigned last year, and will provide clinical leadership on the&n...

NHS cyber-attack fears return as all tested trusts fail assessments

06.02.18: None of the trusts tested for cyber security vulnerabilities have passed inspection, NHS Digital bosses have revealed today. Out of 200 trusts assessed, not one was up to the standards set by inspectors, prompting fears the system could be...

Patient data should not be shared for immigration tracing purposes, Wollaston argues

01.02.18: Chair of the health committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, has called on NHS Digital to stop sharing patient data for immigration tracing purposes. In a letter to NHS Digital’s chief executive, Sarah Wilkinson, she urges the organisation to withd...

Are you ready for GDPR?

31.01.18: Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, outlines the major changes that NHS organisations must prepare for ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The most important change to data privacy for 20 years is bein...

Winter in the dark: the value of robust data

31.01.18: Ruth Thorlby, assistant director of policy at the Health Foundation, argues that a lack of data across social, primary and community care compared to the hospital sector means planning for winter will always be incomplete. Not even halfway...

Trio of ambulance trusts selected for £10m NHS England digital improvement scheme

25.01.18: NHS England announced this week that three ambulance trusts from different regions across the country have been chosen to take the lead in digital improvement as part of a £10m scheme. The news comes as part of attempts from the natio...

‘Networking outage’ knocks out internet and NHS patient records in Wales

25.01.18: A “networking outage” across the NHS in Wales yesterday left GPs unable to access test results, patient results or letters from other staff. The failure at two Wales National Data centres has now been resolved, a statement from...

NHS approves off-shore cloud systems for medical record storage

23.01.18: NHS Digital has today announced that providers will be able to use public cloud services to store patient data. This is the first time that health and care organisations have been able to use offshoring facilities to store this kind of info...

Shoe leather, perspiration and caffeine

22.12.17: NHE’s Josh Mines reports from the NHS Providers annual conference in Birmingham on the work of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and how organisations should look to push digital innovation forward. To many attending NHS Provid...

What can we learn from how the vanguards have harnessed technology?

20.12.17: Ella Jackson, policy advisor at NHS Providers, shares the top 10 tips that providers and commissioners can learn from vanguards when it comes to adopting digital technology effectively and efficiently. The health and care sector is abuzz wi...

NHS Digital to launch £20m cyber defence centre complete with ‘ethical hacking’

27.11.17: A new cyber security service with a £20m budget will be launched by NHS Digital in an attempt to battle against digital security threats. The Security Operations Centre (SOC) will monitor national health and care services and will giv...

Realising the power of data

22.11.17: Nick Hirst, chief information officer at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, outlines how his organisation is adapting and developing to reach the ambitious goal of saving lives through data. As the...

GP app could put unnecessary pressure on doctors

06.11.17: The NHS’s new GP app has today come under criticism from the Royal College of GPs. The new service gives access to GPs at practices in London via the GP at Hand app, run by health provider, Babylon. Eligible patients can book video con...

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This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

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Data saves lives

14/02/2018Data saves lives

Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14/02/2018The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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