There were signs of strain on the NHS as two hospitals declared ‘black alerts’ because of pressure on their services. Black alerts are associated with ‘winter pressures’; but it’s August. The government’s habit of announcing technology initiatives with round sums of money but no details attached was called out by The Register.
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust completed a major patient administration system merger as part of a seven-year contract with System C and with the support of Stalis. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust announced that it was going to roll-out Sunquest ICE to enable 47 GP practices to order tests electronically for the first time.
Prime minister Boris Johnson unveiled £1.8 billion of capital spending in the NHS, with £850 million going on 20 high-profile building projects over the next five-years. Eight suppliers made the final lot of the Health Systems Support Framework, which covers electronic patient records.
David Hancock from InterSystems was elected as vendor co-chair of INTEROPen, the collaborative that supports open standards for interoperability. He wants to make it more supplier-led. And Health Service Journal readers poked gentle fun at NHSX for planning a skunkworks development unit.
New prime minister Boris Johnson completed his cabinet shake-up, leading to changes in the team at the Department of Health and Social Care. He also announced that the government would spend up to £2.1 billion on no-deal Brexit preparations, with £434 million going on securing medicines.
In health tech news, the ICO announced that NHS Digital would get to play in its new regulatory sandbox, NHS Forth Valley went live with InterSystems, University Hospitals of Leicester announced an EPR partnership with Nervecentre and CliniSys revealed that its software will underpin England’s new primary HPV screening service.