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Pathology goes digital in Coventry and Warwickshire

A West Midlands trust has digitised its pathology processes, allowing its medical staff to view samples and slides in high resolution on computer screens from any location.

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Innovation network could slip into ‘self-defeating spiral’

The much-vaunted scheme to drive and spread healthcare innovation across the country risks slipping into a “self-defeating spiral”, senior figures have warned after NHS England slashed its budget.

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MHRA introduces early access scheme

Severely-ill patients will soon have access to new medicines years before they are given the green light for widespread use.

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Laptops on ward rounds 'could save doctors an hour a day'

Using laptops or tablets instead of paper during hospital ward rounds could save each doctor almost an hour a day, research suggests.

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Beverley Bryant

NHS England director returns as Choices chief

A senior NHS England director and former director at outsourcing giant Capita has been made senior responsible officer for the NHS Choices programme.

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Kingsley Manning

Information Centre urged DH to intervene in last year

The Health and Social Care Information Centre urged the Department of Health in December to intervene in NHS England plans to publicise the controversial project, HSJ has learned.

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Third of NHS data releases went to private sector, audit says

Just over a third of the organisations which received approved patient data releases from the NHS between April and December last year were private firms, an audit published today said.

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Exclusive: Patient leader warning over timetable

Gaining public confidence in the controversial scheme may take longer than the six months currently set aside, according to an influential member of a group advising on the work.

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Cameras for ambulance staff urged

Ambulance crews should carry body-worn CCTV cameras to prevent thousands of ‘disgraceful’ assaults on frontline staff each year, according to a new report.

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NHS England chief technology officer leaves

NHS England’s chief technology officer Alex Abbott is leaving the organisation, the latest of a series of senior departures, HSJ has learned.

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Concerns over palliative death recording

The way hospitals record deaths could be covering up poor treatment and costing lives, according to a new report.

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NICE to consult on delayed ‘value-based’ drug pricing plans

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is to announce proposals on Thursday that could see the health service increase the amount it spends on branded pharmaceutical drugs.

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Tech Fund underspend to be rolled over

Nearly half of the £90m Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards technology funding originally earmarked to be spent this year will be rolled over into 2014-15, NHS England has said.

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Nominate the NHS’s social media pioneers

Champion the people using social media to drive change in the NHS

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MRC head brands naysayers ‘consent fetishists’

The head of the Medical Research Council has said data sharing in the NHS would be seen as a “no brainer” by patients if the government explained the scheme properly.

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NICE chief demands transparency over trial data

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence chief executive has said that the pharmaceutical industry should disclose more data from clinical trials.

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The best of 2014 so far: Innovation and efficiency

Our pick of the Innovation and efficiency channel so far this year

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Quicker patient test results: the solution in a tablet

Use mobile technology to provide more efficient care

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Let your staff dare to dream

Tips for encouraging and supporting healthcare innovation

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No place like home? Looking to the US model of residential care

Suitable housing is vital to quality care

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Social enterprises are driving the next chapter in dementia care

Knowing the patient’s story is key to care

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