- According to a new poll, there has been an increase in the use of connected care technologies in UK healthcare in the last twelve months. Nearly half of those in the UK who were surveyed or interviewed for The Future Health Index 2017, which was commissioned by Philips, said they had seen greater use of such technologies by primary care doctors in the past year.
- The number of patients in Wales waiting more than a year for surgery has gone up by 400% in just 4 years.The Royal College of Surgeons asked every health board in Wales how many people had been on the waiting list for longer than 52 weeks.
- Officials have announced that all child deaths will be recorded onto a new national database in a bid to share information aimed at saving young lives.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 2nd of September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News
According to a new poll, there has been an increase in the use of connected care technologies in UK healthcare in the last twelve months. Nearly half of those in the UK who were surveyed or interviewed for The Future Health Index two thousand seventeen, which was commissioned by Philips, said they had seen greater use of such technologies by primary care doctors in the past year. These are the key findings of the report: About half or forty eight percent of healthcare professionals have seen an increase in the use of connected care technologies by primary care doctors in last twelve months; About a third of the general population (thirty one percent) have used connected care technologies to monitor a health indicator in the last twelve months; Over half of the general population or fifty seven percent who have used connected care technology to track health indicators have shared their data with a healthcare professional in the last twelve months; Six out of ten members or sixty two percent of the general population think that integration of the health system would make the quality of healthcare better. The report defined connected care technology as anything that enabled sharing of information throughout all parts of the health system, and covered nine countries and five continents.
Alongside two hundred two healthcare professionals, one thousand five hundred members of the general population in the UK were surveyed for the report.
In July, Digital Health News reported on the unveiling of an eighty six million pound government fund for investment in innovative healthcare technology. The fund is intended to support small and medium sized enterprises to develop, test and integrate new technologies in the NHS.
The number of patients in Wales waiting more than a year for surgery has gone up by four hundred percent in just four years. The Royal College of Surgeons asked every health board in Wales how many people had been on the waiting list for longer than fifty two weeks.
Its Freedom of Information requests revealed that in March two thousand seventeen there were three thousand six hundred five patients waiting over a year, compared to six hundred ninety nine in March two thousand thirteen.
Earlier this month, the Welsh Labour Government promised to spend an extra fifty million pounds from its reserves to bring down waiting times. But the problem – driven largely by a rapidly ageing population – isn’t confined to Wales.
The latest statistics from NHS England show the number of people waiting more than six months for an operation has almost tripled in the same period to one hundred twenty six thousand one hundred eighty eight in March two thousand seventeen, compared to fifty five thousand fifty four in March two thousand thirteen. But there are far fewer waits of over a year in England – with one thousand three hundred two patients compared to two thousand six hundred five in Wales, despite a population seventeen times the size. Responding to Wednesday’s figures, the Welsh government acknowledged some patients were waiting too long.
All child deaths will be recorded onto a new national database in a bid to share information aimed at saving young lives, officials are reportedly planning.The shake-up is being designed to overhaul the current system of local review panels which critics say squander the opportunity to learn lessons. According to documents seen by the Health Service Journal, the Department for Education, which oversees the current system, will be stripped of its role and a new national database established by the Department of Health. The move is intended to improve the UK’s position in the bottom twenty five percent for deaths of children under four in Europe.
The database is being established as part of NHS England’s wider child mortality programme.
Experts have speculated that Britain’s high child death rate is partly due to inferior paediatric training compared to other European countries.
Despite a legal requirement for all child deaths to be reviewed by local Child Death Overview Panels or CDOP, there are concerns at the Department of Health and NHS England that the panels are not sharing vital information and analysis locally or nationally. A two thousand sixteen report by Alan Wood, former president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, warned: “Currently the gathering of data on child deaths and the analysis of them is incomplete and inconsistent. This means there is a gap in our knowledge and we are not sufficiently extracting learning from the data and intelligence we have available.” NHS England is reported to be spending one point five million pounds on the new system.