Published: 16/01/2003, Volume II3, No. 5838 Page 11

The Department of Health has issued an IT strategy to underpin the modernisation of NHS dentistry.The government wants to see standard oral health assessments and clinical pathways developed in dentistry and these will need to be underpinned by IT developments.

Information Technology for NHS Dentistry in the 21st Century .

www. doh. gov. uk/ipu/ whatnew

The health select committee has backed the use of telemedicine to tackle delayed discharges. It heard evidence from the UK Telemedicine Association and Tunstall Group Ltd, a supplier of panic alarms and monitoring devices, during an inquiry into the issue. Its subsequent report strongly endorses home monitoring as a means of avoiding hospital admissions and as an alternative to residential care. It also urges the Department of Health to promote the technology.

Delayed Discharges , third report of the House of Commons health committee 2001-02.The Stationery Office,£13.