The Department of Health and Social Care announced that it had met prime minister Boris Johnson’s target of offering every adult in England a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine; but cases and hospitalisations are still rising rapidly across the country.
The government has given up on its plans to start the GP Data for Planning and Research extract on 1 September; but NHSX has issued a tender for a register to hold health and social care standards information. Also this week: we talk to Will Smart, the global director, external affairs, Dedalus, about what the company plans for its Care Suite EPR (formerly Lorenzo) and its DC4H data platform.
It might be July, but winter is coming for the NHS. And a major report has warned that it could be a tough one, if Covid-19, flu and respiratory viruses hit at the same time. The Health and Care Bill has received its second reading. But is becoming increasingly controversial, with MPs asking how it will address health and care challenges, why ministers need new powers, and how the relaxed procurement regime will work.
In health tech news, Induction Healthcare has acquired Attend Anywhere, the video conferencing provider that shot to NHS ubiquity during the Covid-19 pandemic. And there was news on the app front, with NHS England testing a new NHS Orb app in Lancashire and South Cumbria
Prime minister Boris Johnson promised to tear-up Covid-19 restrictions in England on 19 July, to the horror of many public health and medical experts, but cheering from sections of the press. His government also published a health and care bill for England to enact the Integration and Innovation reforms and significant new powers for ministers over the organisation and operation of the NHS in England. The decision to end social distancing, mask wearing and, a little later, self-isolation, calls into question the future of the hugely expensive Covid-19 app. Although many people who downloaded it are no longer using it. In positive digital health news, Digital Health and Care Wales made an investment in the Better openEHR platform and NHSX published a mental health playbook.