There were worrying signs that Covid-19 cases were on the rise as England’s testing system all but collapsed. NHS England issued its financial allocations for the rest of the year, focused on systems rather than internal market mechanisms, and on delivering elective activity.
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust became the first hospital in Europe to reach Level 7 on the HIMSS EMRAM maturity model, using Epic. Oxehealth announced it is working with two of England’s leading mental health trusts and Hospify launched a Web App version of its communications service. Plus: Find out how our judges picked their #HealthTechToShoutAbout shortlist for the Health Tech Awards 2020.
Both the English and Scottish governments announced new restrictions on social gatherings as coronavirus infection rates ticked up again. Scotland launched a contact tracing app. England didn’t. To underline the challenges that UK health systems could face this winter, the number of people on waiting lists hit record highs.
In a quiet week for health tech news, the NHSX NHS AI Lab unveiled 42 projects that it will develop, evaluate, test or try and get adopted in the NHS. And Orion Health was listed on the Spark framework for cutting edge technology, for its Remote Patient Monitoring solution.
Health and social care secretary announced a £500 million investment in fast, mass Covid-19 testing, in the hope that this might enable “more of the things that make life living” to resume. NHS England/Improvement pushed ahead with the roll-out of ‘talk before you walk’ access to A&E, despite concerns about the model and whether NHS 111 is up to the job.
Dame Fiona Caldicott issued her final report as NHS data guardian and warned that the pandemic should not lead to the permanent abandonment of information governance rules. The Health Service Journal saw a report paving the way for the LHCRE programme to be ditched. And former McKesson trusts re-entered the EPR market place, five years on from the end of NPfIT in the NME.