Ben Heather is HSJ’s technology correspondent as well as covering the NHS in parts of the West Midlands and South West. He joined HSJ in 2017, and has been working as journalist for 11 years, both in the UK and New Zealand. He was previously news editor at Digital Health News. He won the inaugural Press Gazette specialist media award’s “technology” category in 2018.
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One of the country’s biggest hospital trusts has entered talks with digital health company Babylon Healthcare after concluding local GPs were unable to support its “painful” transformation efforts, HSJ can reveal.
The future of the national strategy to improve NHS providers’ IT systems is in doubt amid budget constraints and the departure of its champion at NHS England, HSJ has been told.
West Birmingham GPs are being encouraged to break away and join a new CCG, despite strong opposition from the local hospital trust, which has described the proposal as “perplexing”.
One of the health secretary’s main technology advisers has called the secrecy and outsourcing of hospital performance data “insane”.
Five integrated care systems have agreed to fund what will become the biggest electronic regional record in the country so far, covering 3.8m people.
The NHS is planning to collect unprecedented “granular” details about patients’ care nationwide and make that information available to researchers, HSJ can reveal.
Digital health providers have drastically improved their quality of care a year after the Care Quality Commission deemed nearly half not safe, an HSJ analysis shows.