Digital Health Age: Weekly news roundup

Digital Health Age takes a look at some of the biggest stories covered this week within the industry.


NHS Digital fails to reach GP Wi-Fi target

New research by Digital Health Age has revealed that less than half of GP practices in the UK have free Wi-Fi available to patients.

Despite NHS Digital promising last year that Wi-Fi services would be available to patients at all GP practices by the end of 2017, the service is only available to over 40% of 97 CCGs.

NHS Digital is waiting on updates from the remaining 110 CCGs on their progress.

The organisation told Digital Health Age that “it is anticipated that the majority of surgeries will be providing free Wi-Fi by the end of the financial year, if not before.”

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On cloud nine

Research from cloud communications provider Sesui has highlighted how cloud technology could help relieve pressures for NHS GPs.

Sesui’s latest report encourages the uptake of cloud technology, which they state could help GPs with their work life balance, treat patients from home and reduce waiting times.

The report argues that GPs who wish to use cloud technology should be able to do so to benefit their work life balance. Not only this, many doctors believe that patients would benefit if they were able to work from home on more occasions.

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Emis Health lose NHS Wales contract

Emis Health has lost its contract to provide its IT services to GP practices across Wales.

The service is one of two IT systems and currently covers 195 practices across Wales. Emis Health failed to pass a procurement process and the contract has now been awarded to two new suppers – Vision and Microtest.

The news comes after a review of customer and product support processes offered by Emis were found to be lacking. The company announced earlier this month that it had failed to meet certain service levels and reporting obligations with NHS Digital.

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Social workers hindered by lack of digital access

Social workers are struggling to share information digitally according to new research by NHS Digital.

Research by NHS Digital showed that the majority of social workers couldn’t access case information whilst out of the office despite having access to a smartphone.

The research highlighted how digital technology is currently being used within social care, citing examples such as it being used within administration, day-today communication, remote interventions and to support team work.

Unfortunately, the vast majority (98%) of social workers mentioned at least one difficulty with sharing information digitally. The most common issues included the attitudes of other agencies and a lack of consistency in recording information. Other problems included the levels of security and encryption across organisations and around half said systems had issues with being user friendly.

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Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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