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Technology

Surgery theatre

Royal college: Changing surgical pathways could save money and lives

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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Ambulance triage: woman at desk with computer

Shared record system helped avoid 2,000 A&E admissions, says CCG

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.

Computer and stethoscope

IBM to supply electronic record for 1.4m staff

Technology giant IBM is to be the supplier of the electronic staff record system covering 1.4 million NHS staff in England and Wales.

Europe

NHS bodies urged to bid for slice of multibillion EU fund

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.

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Shredded paper

GPs given incentives to make electronic referrals

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.

Mobile phone

Trust gives smart phones to staff to access records

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.

Sir David Dalton

Revealed: HSJ’s top provider chief executives

Sir David Dalton has been named the top NHS provider chief executive in 2015.

Baby

James Paget to upgrade maternity unit

STRUCTURE: Work has begun on a new delivery suite at in the maternity unit at James Paget University Hospitals Trust

Peter Homa is Nottingham University Hospitals Trust chief executive

We need a sustainable workforce to keep up with winter pressures

Trust did all it could preparing for winter pressures

Exclusive: NHS England drug delay led to ‘absolutely preventable’ deaths

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.

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Diabetes injection

£1m IT project to predict clinical outcomes for diabetes patients

COMMERCIAL: Camden Clinical Commissioning Group has won funding for a £1m project that will use statistical data to predict outcomes for patients with diabetes.

share data

Major general practice software suppliers agree to share patient data

England’s two biggest general practice software suppliers have struck a long awaited agreement to share patient record data between their systems.

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Tablet computer, mobile working

Trust devises pioneering training app for psychiatrists

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.

Monitor could be asked to examine £350m contract

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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Illustration showing building blocks

Change Challenge: the findings in full

Campaign solutions explained

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Illustration showing man with lightbulb for head

Change Challenge solutions explained

Five fundamental questions every organisations must ask

Challenge Top-Down Change logo

Change Challenge interactive toolkit

A free interactive guide on how to achieve bottom-up change in the NHS.

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