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As the Government’s 10-year plan for the NHS reveals it aims to make digital consultations the norm, Dan Worman CEO of Refero, urges the healthcare sector to stop saying Skype when it means tele-consultation, and explains why the globally recognised video conferencing tool is not the solution to improving patient care. When NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis urged hospitals to use Skype video calls to treat patients, did he really mean Skype? The report...

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The UK is one of the only countries in the world to be lucky enough to have an organisation that supports our health and wellbeing for free like the NHS. However, issues in its efficiency are arising that are often out of the control of the organisation itself, but that are having dramatic effects on the quality of service it’s capable of providing to the thousands of patients that visit its hospitals and clinics every...

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In his keynote speech to the 2017 Health and Care Innovation Expo, Matthew Swindells, NHS England’s National Director of Operations and Information, urged software providers to “not be protective about ‘your’ data”. He added that, “If the patient wants you to share what you’ve got with another clinician who’s treating them, I don’t want to see vendors locking the data down”. Swindells also encouraged those working within the NHS to “drive openness and data sharing...

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Against a backdrop of growing demands and static or reducing budgets, Matthew Holloway, Senior Corporate Finance Manager at Community Health Partnerships takes a look at how a cloud-based transformation project can support a company’s strategic growth. Owned by the Department of Health, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) works with partners to transform the NHS estate, offering a unique blend of investment, property management and strategic estate planning expertise. In recent years we have experienced major change....

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In this interview, CEO of Software Europe, Neil Everatt speaks with Sue Childerstone, Head of Payroll at Northumbria Healthcare Trust on why other NHS organisations should move to a cloud-based Expenses system and away from paper. Neil Everatt: Before taking advantage of cloud technology, your expense claims were done manually – you had upwards of 5,000 claims per month that were all on paper. That’s a lot of pieces of paper to process! Sue Childerstone:...

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NHS England has published an update on the Five Year Forward View, outlining what it describes as “a series of practical and realistic steps for the NHS”. In this Q&A, Lyn Whitfield, Highland Marketing’s new content and strategy director, explains why the Next Steps document matters, and what it has to say about healthcare IT. Remind me about the background? NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, published the Five Year Forward View in October 2014....

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