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Data scandal worsens as NHS loses further 162,000 key patient files

18.10.17: Revelations that the NHS lost more than half a million patient files have been deepened with the reveal of a further 162,000 pieces of paperwork also missing. The information was discovered as part of a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inqui...

Four trusts first in England to roll out digital appointment response system

04.10.17: A new digital portal has been brought in to four trusts to make them the first in England to allow patients to receive and respond to appointment letters digitally. The change will put plans to digitise the NHS outlined by Jeremy Hunt a few...

Boards across England urged to put IT at the top of the agenda

15.09.17: IT and new technology designed to drive innovation should be “at the top of the agenda” of every board in the country, NHS England’s national director for operations and information has this week stated. Addressing delegat...

Hunt sets high bar for digital service roll-out by 2018

13.09.17: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has this week told trusts across the country that he expects a number of services online to be available to patients in app form by the end of next year. By 2018 – the year the NHS celebrates its 70th birt...

NHS Digital launches new projects to stamp out digital health inequalities

11.09.17: Five new projects have today been launched by NHS Digital to improve the digital health skills and access of thousands of patients to new technologies aimed at supporting their health and care. The new digital inclusion pathfinder projects...

Hunt to promise GP and prescription booking app by 2018

11.09.17: Jeremy Hunt is expected to promise that every patient in England will be able to access their medical records and book a GP appointment via an app by the end of 2018. The health secretary will unveil the new commitment at NHS Expo tomorrow...

Digital Academy aims to train 300 leaders by 2020

08.09.17: The NHS Digital Academy has ambitious plans to train 300 digital leaders by 2020, and support a network of passionate informatics professionals who have the right skills and vision to accelerate the digital transformation of the NHS, according t...

Seven trusts forced to submit delayed private care data by October

31.08.17: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has started formal action against seven trusts that have failed to meet the deadline for publishing information on the quality of their private healthcare services. After the authority’s inv...

New NHS Digital CEO takes up job

14.08.17: NHS Digital has welcomed its new chief executive Sarah Wilkinson into the role today. Wilkinson will take over from Rob Shaw, who has acted as interim chief executive of the organisation for the past six months and who will now become deput...

NHS trusts could face severe fines for inadequate cyber security

08.08.17: NHS trusts could face considerable fines if they do not put robust cyber security measures in place in their organisation, it has been revealed. The government has today said that organisations responsible for delivering services and lookin...

Changing our digital culture and safeguarding patient data

08.08.17: Joanna Smith, chief information officer at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT (RBHT), says that as the NHS becomes more digital it has to get better at supporting and funding the consequential impacts on IT infrastructure. Like all of my...

Birmingham trust rolls out innovative patient administration system

07.08.17: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT (UHB) has this week announced the launch of an innovative new patient administration system. The trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, is one of 12 NHS Global Digital Exemplars&...

Information of over 500 trainee doctors published online in data breach

03.08.17: The personal information of more than 500 trainee GPs from a trust in the Cheshire and Merseyside area have been published online following a data breach at a hospital. Detail including addresses, phone numbers and National Insurance number...

NHS Digital Academy to be hosted by three world-leading universities

01.08.17: The NHS Digital Academy will be led by three of the world’s best universities in a bid to equip healthcare staff with the right skills to boost digital innovation. Experts at Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health...

NHSE: Trusts must urgently develop leaders to drive digital innovation

26.07.17: The NHS needs to urgently develop leaders to help drive forward the implementation of digital technology in the health service, a leading figure in NHS England has this week warned. In a statement, NHS England’s associate chief clinic...

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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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