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Sunday 20 October 2019
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Topic: HHE Extra

October 10, 2019
On 2 October, 2019, United European Gastroenterology, the European Association for Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition, and the Healthy Stomach Initiative, recognised World Stomach Day
Originally initiated by the Health Stomach Initiative, World Stomach Day aims to raise awareness of the global burden of gastric diseases and the need for further research in the field as well as improved prevention and treatment strategies. 
October 3, 2019
The idea of the ‘one-two punch’ arose out of earlier research in which researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute exploited a weak point in resistant skin cancer cells in order to destroy them

A classic boxing move, the ‘one-two punch’, could also be effective against cancer: a left jab knocks cancer cells senseless, quickly followed by a right hook that knocks them out altogether.

Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute have shown that cancer cells are vulnerable to this kind of approach.

October 1, 2019
Despite the low incidence, most patients die from the disease and therefore new effective therapies are urgently needed

New data have shown for the first time that targeted therapy can improve the outcome of patients diagnosed with advanced cholangiocarcinoma.

November 29, 2018
Whereas hospitals used to be the centres of healthcare, planners now need to consider a wider and more complex system

Breakthroughs in science and technology are creating exciting opportunities in healthcare planning and facility development. Physical barriers are falling; our health and social care are on course to extend across multiple environments. Whereas hospitals used to be the centres of healthcare, planners now need to consider a wider and more complex system. 

The healthcare tech revolution 

November 29, 2018

Lab solutions company Roche has launched two new apps with the aim of increasing efficiency within hospitals and labs.

The first is LabOPS, which will help labs and hospitals access their data efficiently, reduce waste and improve decisions around operations and finances.

Dx Optimization is the second app, and aims to help improve clinical effectiveness in various institutions.

The apps will be launched under Viewics, a software company acquired by Roche in 2017.

May 26, 2018
One of the country’s largest teaching hospitals leads the way in connecting the health economy in the UK and provides tools to increase efficiency in an era of ever-greater demand

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has launched the Allscripts  Sunrise solution as the foundation for its new health information system.

The organisation selected the Sunrise platform in late 2016 and has completed an on-time deployment of electronic observations, vital signs and Sunrise Mobility.

May 24, 2018
Despite limited resources to support the project management of some of the new initiatives, the gradual application of faster and safer discharge processes, particularly for vulnerable and frail patients, has started to deliver a more efficient hospital and local health system

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust (NNUH) is responsible for providing a broad range of acute clinical services to a population of around 900,000.

The hospital provides secondary acute care and some specialist tertiary services, and is a centre for professional education, training and healthcare research for the East of England.  

May 24, 2018
UK’s first mobile decontamination unit launches at Pinderfields Hospital

Following the launch of the market’s first mobile endoscopy decontamination unit late last year, the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is the first trust in the UK to bring the ground-breaking solution to their hospital estate.
Partnering with leading mobile medical unit provider, EMS Healthcare, Quest+ Decontamination has been introduced at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield to support endoscope reprocessing services while vital department refurbishment work takes place.

May 22, 2018
GDE Trust of the year Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust working with UK-based artificial intelligence health company, Deontics, to enhance clinical decision making and reduce risk of heart attack

Global Digital Exemplar, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the treatment of patients who have had a heart attack, in a project that could see wider use of AI to inform treatment decisions across the Trust.

May 17, 2018
A 70-year-old woman who was able to return home just three days after complex major surgery to cure her bladder cancer has thanked the NHS for saving her life

Jennifer Atkinson, 70, of Tickhill, South Yorkshire, underwent a radical cystectomy at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, a 4.5 hour long operation to remove her bladder and womb.

She was one of a group of patients who were able to return home just three days after the surgery as a result of enhanced post-operative recovery procedures at the hospital’s urology department.

May 4, 2018
Accredited by NHS Digital, InterSystems has been working with NHS trusts to enable streamlined adoption of Child Protection Information Sharing. With urgency being placed on faster and wider uptake, pioneer sites could offer lessons for national acceleration, helping frontline staff across the country safeguard children

For any health or social care professional, safeguarding vulnerable children in their care is one of the highest priorities. Providing staff with information to easily identify when a child they are treating may be at risk of abuse, has consequently become a paramount objective.

May 3, 2018
AI is now essential for automation in radiology and pathology, but it provides a means to support the human, not replace, writes Chris Scarisbrick, Sectra UK & Ireland

Will I be replaced by a robot? Mainstream media reporting on artificial intelligence has led many people to ask this question.

AI has gone from being the subject of science fiction and theory, to creeping into the reality of everyday life – either augmenting or starting to replace the way people carry out mundane tasks in their homes, in our supermarkets, on our roads and even where we work.

April 17, 2018
Non-compliant and counterfeit medical technology devices can injure patients, and significantly endanger a Company’s reputation and business. Here Alan Birks of AXREM examines the dangers and what can be done about it.

While sitting on the beach in some sunny clime we have probably all no doubt witnessed the annoying presence of the “knock off” watch, phone charger or handbag salesmen. While they may be irritating, we probably give little thought to the impact that these individuals are having on the original brands. Indeed, you might even make a purchase, accepting the fact that the product may not last long or operate correctly.

April 11, 2018
Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences computes the smartest distribution of emergency medical service stations

Optimised distribution of emergency medical service stations can ensure rapid emergency care for even greater swathes of the population – and save money at the same time. This is the result of a study by Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems, Austria, published recently in an international journal.

April 6, 2018
Eight health and care organisations and four suppliers used tools from Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, NHS Digital and Endeavor Health to test information sharing at an event that helped Orion Health to win the contract for the Dorset Care Record. Neil Robinson, chair of IHE UK, argues this could be a model for future tenders.

Two years ago, Dorset County Council in the UK issued a shared care record tender on behalf of its local health and care organisations. The county wanted to create “a full view of the patient that can be accessed anywhere that the patient is treated” to streamline care.

It also wanted a “suitable supplier” to help it “create a common health and social care record to share data using established national standards that can be integrated with existing systems.”

March 28, 2018
The merger by acquisition of Birmingham’s two largest hospital trusts is to go ahead on 1 April 2018

Plans to bring together University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham - and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, have been given the green light from the trusts’ respective Boards of Directors, with the decision cleared by both Councils of Governors.

March 26, 2018
Achieving optimum patient flow is at the very top of the healthcare agenda – indeed it is a barometer for the health of the NHS itself. James Ferris, Account Manager for Aptean Medworxx, explains the advantages of adopting a software-based solution to deliver the evidence-based benefits prescribed by NHS Clinical Utilisation Review (CUR) policy

Managing patient flow effectively is fundamental to any hospital’s operational efficiency and sustainability. Maximising finite resources, whilst ensuring safe patient outcomes, is a core objective. A winter bed crisis in the NHS and the risks of a potential flu pandemic have placed the issue into sharp focus.

March 10, 2018
By early 2019, clinicians across the North of Scotland will have access to an integrated digital view of a patient’s health and social care data through a new web-based portal provided by Orion Health

Jointly commissioned by four boards in the North of Scotland, the new health and social care portal will see information shared from providers in NHS Highland, NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland.

Iain Ross, head of eHealth NHS Highland, said:
The regional approach to data sharing that we are taking is driven by clinical priorities, and an understanding of the complexities of delivering joined up care in some of the remotest areas in Europe.

February 22, 2018
Still’s disease is a serious orphan disease manifested by high fevers, skin and joint involvement, including paralysis, as well as damage to other organs such as the liver or spleen

In its adult form, Still’s disease affects about 1 in 100,000 people each year, with its infantile form being ten times more common. This rare condition can take different forms: monocyclic, polycyclic or chronic, leading to attacks on several organs that may threaten the quality of life - or even life - of those affected.

February 21, 2018
Hospitals cannot afford any delayed discharge of patients because of the knock-on impact on available beds; however, evidence suggests that delayed discharge is once again on the rise

During this winter period, it has become clear that the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is under even more than the usual additional strain.

With routine operations already being cancelled to manage emergency treatment, hospitals cannot afford any delayed discharge of patients because of the knock-on impact on available beds. However, evidence suggests that delayed discharge is once again on the rise.

The rise of delayed discharge

The media is already making headlines from numerous figures, including:

February 8, 2018
Bupa Cromwell Hospital has moved a step closer to achieving its strategy to become paper-light by partnering with IMS MAXIMS to extend the roll-out of an electronic patient record

Within a few months of signing an agreement, Bupa Cromwell Hospital will deploy electronic order communications and results reporting (OCS & RR) that will introduce new processes to improve the accessibility of medical tests.

January 31, 2018
How many of us are struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome? More than we think, perhaps

As a population, we are either being underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is, after all, a label given to those whose chronic tiredness and other symptoms do not fall under any other diagnosis.

January 16, 2018
Adam Byrne, COO at RealVNC, argues that connected hospitals will facilitate the joining up of health and social care to create truly intelligent, proactive healthcare systems

The British Government’s Cabinet reshuffle this month created a new ministerial brief combining health and social care for the first time.

It aims to move the UK away from a fragmented, “fire-brigade” approach to health and social care towards a more integrated, preventive health and social care system that treats the causes, not just the symptoms.

November 17, 2017
Mark Cusworth examines EU Medical Device Regulation and its implications on labelling – and looks ahead to a Christmas future that could become a nightmare unless companies act now

Imagine waking up in a world where the product registrations of all your medical devices have become invalid.