Digital Health Age: Weekly news roundup

Digital Health Age takes a look at some of the biggest stories that have emerged over the course of the past week.


You’ve lost mail…….

The biggest story of the week came from the announcement that the misplacement of over 700,000 pieces of medical data put patients on the NHS at risk.

The National Audit Office released a report looking into the incident which occurred between 2011 – 2016.

The mail blunder is estimated to cost the NHS over £6 million in costs, an unfortunate figure especially when the NHS is facing increased pressures.

The report displays a staggering amount of oversight regarding the backlog of patient information, which was known about for some time without anything being done to correct the situation. The National Audit Office state that the incident resulted in 1,788 cases of potential harm to patients.


Dealing with diabetes

It’s no secret that diabetes has a huge impact on the NHS. It’s estimated that the cost of treating the disease and associated complications is £14 billion.

The NHS has now released a new diabetes pathway that aims to improve and reduce variations in care.

The NHS RightCare Pathway: Diabetes highlights the components needed for an optimal diabetes service for people who have or are at risk of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The pathway aims to deliver diabetes care with better value in terms of outcomes and cost.

The pathway identifies seven priority areas including decreasing the amount of type 2 diabetes cases, improved detection of the disease, better care planning, inpatient safety, reduced amputations and reducing hospital errors.


Sign me up

The British Deaf Association (BDA) are making over 200 sign-language videos to help deaf people access a range of services, including healthcare and financial advice.

The videos are being made following a grant of £60,000 from charity support group London Freemasons. The videos will be distributed online to over 20,000 deaf people who use British Sign Language.

The British Deaf Association are making the videos in response to surveys of deaf people which identified the difficulties they face. Difficulties include access healthcare services, getting legal and financial advice, getting news and more.

Damian Barry, director of Community Development and Operations at the British Deaf Association, said: “We are very grateful to London Freemasons for their generous grant, which will allow us to help thousands of deaf people right across the country to access vital information and services that hearing people take for granted.”


Watch out digital health

Digital health projects at Stanford University are set to receive 1,000 Apple Watches.

The projects have been awarded by the Stanford Center for Digital Health to study the creative uses of smartwatches and their meaningful healthcare outcomes.

Projects that have received funding include a virtual therapist for stroke patient arm recovery, artificial intelligence projects for health mindsets and adherence behaviours, mindsets in health and reducing hyperactivity and supporting attention for youths with ADHD.

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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