Hospitals could reduce length of stay and improve patient outcomes if they reimagine the way more than 10 million patients a year undergo surgery in the NHS, HSJ has been told.
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PERFORMANCE: An ambulance service’s use of shared electronic patient records has helped avoid more than 2,000 accident and emergency admissions this financial year in Kent, local commissioners have estimated.
Technology giant IBM is to be the supplier of the electronic staff record system covering 1.4 million NHS staff in England and Wales.
NHS organisations are being strongly encouraged to bid for funding from an EU pot worth £4.4bn to be spent in the UK over the next seven years.
FINANCES: North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group has finalised an incentive scheme to encourage GPs to adopt the electronic Choose and Book system for patient referrals rather than using paper.
WORKFORCE: Central London Community Healthcare Trust has issued 181 smart phones to staff in areas such as physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy after a trial showed multiple benefits.
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Sir David Dalton has been named the top NHS provider chief executive in 2015.
STRUCTURE: Work has begun on a new delivery suite at in the maternity unit at James Paget University Hospitals Trust
Trust did all it could preparing for winter pressures
A two year delay in NHS England drawing up a prescribing policy for a licensed drug has led to at least two ‘absolutely preventable’ deaths and more than 30 adults and children left at significant risk, HSJ has been told.
COMMERCIAL: Camden Clinical Commissioning Group has won funding for a £1m project that will use statistical data to predict outcomes for patients with diabetes.
England’s two biggest general practice software suppliers have struck a long awaited agreement to share patient record data between their systems.
PERFORMANCE: Psychiatry doctors in training in London now have a huge record of documents, policies and guidance at their fingers through the introduction of a trust-developed app.
A decision by NHS England to hand more than half of the country’s PET-CT imaging services to one company could be the subject of a formal complaint to market regulator Monitor, HSJ has learned.
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