The troubled contact tracing app being developed by NHSX looked as if it was going to be delayed until the winter – until it was scrapped in midweek in favour of Apple and Google’s ‘decentralised’ approach. The NHS signed a huge deal with Microsoft for its Microsoft365 suite of office and communications tools.
Also this week: we talk to Nicola Haywood-Alexander, the latest member of the Highland Marketing advisory board about her career and work with Tech4CV19; and we look in more detail at the Tech4CV19 initiative, which is trying to make sure that smaller health tech companies can support the health service through the coronavirus emergency and the ‘reset’ to come.
On what should have been the first day of its annual conference, the NHS Confederation warned the health service faced a “long, slow road to recovery” and the government should manage public expectations of what would be possible to maintain public confidence. Meanwhile, the NHS in Scotland set off on its own road with a ‘Remobilise, Recover, Redesign’ plan.
In other news from around the four countries of the UK, Northern Ireland signed a £275 million, ten-year deal with Epic for electronic patient records, and Wales said the national video consultation service it had set up to deal with Covid-19 is here to stay.
The coronavirus death toll remained stubbornly high as the government’s testing statistics were queried and its Test and Trace tsar struggled to answer the most basic questions about the programme. The Nuffield Trust issued a short report on the lasting impact of Covid-19 on the NHS, warning that it would reshape services, hospitals and staff working practices in unpalatable ways, in the absence of significant investment.
Humber Teaching became the first mental health trust to deploy the Lorenzo EPMA solution, and Greater Manchester accelerated the region-wide deployment of its Graphnet shared care record, while Orion Health highlighted how its most advanced customers have benefited from their info sharing platforms.