With the political world consumed by who paid for the redecoration of the prime minister’s flat (and his taste in soft furnishings) it was a quiet week for health – before Sir Simon Stevens announced that he will stand down as chief executive of NHS England in July.
In the tech world, here was another interesting EPR win for Cerner, the South 4 Pathology Partnership picked a LIMS from CliniSys, and the East of England Stroke Telemedicine Project told publications about its ten-years of success with Visionable. Plus: we have an exclusive interview with Scottish Care on why tech for social care can’t just be ‘health tech-lite’.
A fifth of the UK population has now received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Six NHS think-tanks, bodies and unions urged the government to invest in preventing a ‘haemorrhage’ of frontline staff just as the health and care system needs to get into the elective care backlog.
The Health Service Journal and the King’s Fund wrote rather different reports on NHS IT that highlighted uncertainty about the leadership of, funding for, and strategy underpinning health tech just as it needs to build on the gains made during the pandemic. And our advisory board debated what next for social care.
More experts concluded that Covid-19 is spread through the air and not surfaces, with significant implications for the ventilation of buildings as UK governments start to lift lockdown restrictions. Waiting lists in England rose again, as the impact of Covid-19 on the health service became ever more apparent.
Google and Apple blocked a planned update to the NHS Covid app on privacy grounds. And there was significant company news from Alcidion, which has acquired ExtraMed, and SilverCloud Health, which is offering free digital therapy for common Covid-related mental health problems.