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Hospital Trust to have pagers replaced by over 300 smartphones

Mobile and ICT healthcare company Ascom UK has won a contract to supply more than 300 of its smartphones to replace pagers at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. Emergency medicine consultant Dr Matt Shepherd said: “The Ascom technology will help clinicians communicate within and across clinical teams in a more effective way. It means…

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Capita criticised after patient records mistakenly archived

The chair of the GP committee at the British Medical Association has hit out at Capita after patient records were mistakenly archived rather than transferred to surgeries from the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) programme. NHS England has written to GP practices to inform them of 160,000 patient records, with Capita saying 30,000 of those…

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Study suggests clinicians could prescribe fitness apps to cancer survivors

Fitness apps could be prescribed by clinicians to help patients recovering from cancer increase their physical activity levels, new research in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship reports. Researchers from the University of Surrey and Universidad de Oviedo in Spain evaluated fitness apps and their suitability for helping cancer survivors increase their physical activity. Clinical guidance…

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Mobile care company incorporates IDDSI into nutritional tools

Mobile care monitoring company Person Centred Software has incorporated the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) into its nutritional tools for care providers. Andrew Coles, head of product management at Person Centred Software said: “We have adopted the IDDSI categorisation of food and fluid into our electronic evidence of care planning system, so that care…

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Spin-out to deliver prototype communications aid for tracheostomy patients

A spin-out of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has announced that it is to deliver a prototype patient-carer communications aid to be used by tracheostomy patients in critical care environments. Liopa, which has secured UK Research and Innovation funding, will work alongside Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust…

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