Coronavirus: Download NHS contact tracing app to ‘make country a safer place’, health secretary urges

Coronavirus: Download NHS contact tracing app to 'make country a safer place', health secretary urges Every person who downloads the NHS coronavirus contact tracing app will be helping "make the country a safer place", the health secretary has told Sky News. Speaking to Kay Burley, Matt Hancock said the app - which has finally been launched in England and Wales after months of delay and questions about its effectiveness - was a "helpful tool" in the fight against COVID-19. Asked what percentage of [...]

Could better connecting of data lead to a cure for Covid-19?

Could better connecting of data lead to a cure for Covid-19? Large volumes of connected research data cannot be managed using classic analysis tools – so scientists need to look for new approaches in combating major diseases, argues Dr Alexander Jarasch, head of data and knowledge Management at Munich’s head-office of the German Centre for Diabetes Research. The problem faced by anyone trying to study complex diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia is that the analysis methods we have [...]

Rapid adoption of technology ‘should not be abandoned’ post-Covid

Rapid adoption of technology ‘should not be abandoned’ post-Covid The rapid adoption of digital care solutions during the Covid-19 pandemic “should not be abandoned”, a new report has found. The government “must support” infrastructure needed to assist care providers in switching to technology-enabled care, according to the report from policy institute, Public Policy Projects (PPP). The report, ‘Connecting services, transforming lives’, published in partnership with Tunstall Healthcare, addresses the need for continued use of telehealth in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic [...]

Coronavirus: More mobile testing units pledged for Covid hotspots

Coronavirus: More mobile testing units pledged for Covid hotspots GETTY IMAGES Up to five extra mobile testing units will be deployed to Covid-19 hotspots in Wales this week, Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said. He said extra lanes at drive-through centres and tests processed at a Welsh laboratory were also being considered. People trying to get tests have spoken of their frustration over the length of time to book and distance to travel. GP and Plaid member of the Senedd (MS) Dr Dai Lloyd has [...]

Community health, elderly care, and technology

Community health, elderly care, and technology. iStock-Courtney Hale HEQ explores technology solutions for health and elderly care. According to figures produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), 20% of the world’s population will be over the age of 60 by 2050. The WHO predicts the number of people older than 80 will triple between 2019 and 2050, rising from 143 million to 426 million. As the healthcare sector works to adapt to the needs of a rapidly growing elderly population, the role of technological and digital [...]