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Personal Health Records: empowering people

18.07.18: Stewart Fishman, product manager for Personal Health Records (PHRs) at NHS Digital, writes for NHE to discuss the empowering impact PHRs can have for patients. Imagine a future where people can easily choose from a range of secure, usable...

NHS still largest buyer of outdated tech ‘popular last time England was in World Cup semi-final’

13.07.18: The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that NHS hospital trusts still own a staggering 9,000 fax machines, making the health system the world’s largest buyer of a technology “that was in popular use about the last time Engl...

Major NHS breach means 150,000 patients had confidential data used without consent

04.07.18: Just one month after the roll-out of GDPR, it has been revealed that a staggering 150,000 patients have been affected by an NHS data breach where confidential information only requested to be used to provide them with care was also exploited for...

Connected health cities

04.07.18: Professor Niels Peek, director of Greater Manchester Connected Health City, tells us about the perks of using patient data and digital technologies to rapidly improve our health service. In a society where information is the currency of cho...

Two new areas chosen to become local health and care record exemplars

28.06.18: Two new areas – Yorkshire and the Humber, covering West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside; and Thames Valley and Surrey, covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey – have been chosen to becom...

Private health data will be integrated into NHS systems to level out standards of care

27.06.18: Data collected from independent healthcare services will be funnelled into NHS systems and standards for the first time in order to address the long-standing concern that privatised care isn’t transparent enough. In a new initiative...

NHS will convert space technology into health solutions in £4m scheme

26.06.18: Up to four lucky applicants will have the unique chance to work alongside the UK Space Agency to turn technology originally designed for extraplanetary discovery – from exploration to satellite communications – into medical solutions...

Lessons from WannaCry

20.06.18: Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, warns that the UK Government must take seriously the threat of a more sophisticated cyber-attack in light of last year’s WannaCry fiasco. On Friday 12 May 2017, th...

E-referral service rolled out by over half of NHS trusts

12.06.18: Over half of all acute trusts in the NHS in England have now switched over to the NHS e-referral service (e-RS). Traditional paper referrals are being phased out across all trusts and, from October, providers will only be paid for activity that...

NHS England ‘far too slow’ to address misdirected clinical correspondence issue

07.06.18: The NHS has wasted almost £2.5m on reviewing the handling of misdirected clinical correspondence, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said. According to the committee’s report, NHS England was “far too slow” to treat...

GDPR: Record rights and wrongs

06.06.18: As patients get stronger legal rights to access and challenge the contents of their medical records, Dr Carol Chu, Medical Defence Union (MDU) medico-legal adviser, looks at the implications for clinicians and healthcare managers. Requests...

WannaCry: Has enough progress been made in the NHS?

06.06.18: Last year's major cyber-attack highlighted the importance of being prepared for digital threats. But what progress has really been made since then, and what else needs to change to ensure the NHS isn't vulnerable? Adam Wright, policy o...

Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

18.05.18: As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation, investigates. “...

Is the NHS ready for another WannaCry?

02.05.18: NHE’s Seamus McDonnell on the plans put in place to protect trusts and other NHS organisations from potential future cyber-attacks. In May 2017, the NHS’s cyber protection plans were thrust into the limelight after a ransomware...

Havant MP leads calls for NHS to go fully digital, saving taxpayer ‘billions’

01.05.18: An MP has today published a report calling for the NHS to scrap paper forms of recording and go fully digital as part of the ‘fourth Industrial Revolution’ which would allow patients to take on more control of their treatment. ...

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Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

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Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

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NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

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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Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insig... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

15/08/2018Population health for the 21st century

NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on populat... 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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