New technology challenge to support people who are isolating

New technology challenge to support people who are isolating. £500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus. The funding will be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The ‘Techforce19’ challenge aims to support those who need to stay at home for several weeks and need help. This could include people who [...]

Paedophiles could be tracked down from pictures of their hands

Paedophiles could be tracked down from pictures of their hands A five-year research project will try to discover if hands are unique to individuals, much like fingerprints. The study will try to establish if hands are unique Images of the hands of online child abusers could be key to tracking them down, according to a group of scientists. Researchers from Lancaster and Dundee universities are investigating whether hands are unique, in the same way as fingerprints. A prime motivation for the study is to [...]

NHS workforce needs tech innovation just as much as patients

NHS workforce needs tech innovation just as much as patients Upskilling the NHS workforce is a long-debated issue with the 2019 Topal Review concluding the health service should ‘focus on building digital workforce’. Rory Tanner from the Health Tech Alliance explores the issue following on from the inaugural Parliament & Healthtech Conference last month.  People are the most important part of healthtech innovation Looking back on the Health Tech Alliance’s inaugural Parliament and Healthtech Conference on the 28 January, there is a quote from Dr [...]

All-Wales digital pharmacy service to improve prescribing across hospitals

All-Wales digital pharmacy service to improve prescribing across hospitals. Hospitals in Wales are set to benefit from a new hi-tech pharmacy system as part of the first phase to modernise pharmacy and prescribing. NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) has signed a seven-year contract with Wellsky for an all-Wales hospital pharmacy system to replace the existing 30-year old software. The new system will be designed to improve computerised dispensing and medicines stock management. Colin Powell, chief pharmacist for acute services at Aneurin Bevan, said: [...]

Patient data sent to global drug companies ‘may not be anonymous’

Patient data sent to global drug companies ‘may not be anonymous’ The data of millions of NHS patients’ sent to international drugs companies may not be anonymous, experts in the field have claimed. Privacy campaigners have labelled it a “gross betrayal of trust”, arguing that simply following the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) anonymisation code of conduct does not mean a patient’s identity is protected. Senior NHS figures have claimed that data taken from GP surgeries and hospitals and sold on for research [...]