RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES
Daniel Streetman PharmD, MS of Wolters Kluwer, Health, discusses the potential for pharmacogenomics to transform the efficacy of prescribed drugs and reduce instances of adverse drug reactions. He also explores the professional, ethical and logistical challenges that still need to be overcome for genomics to achieve widespread traction in the UK.
In 2018, mobile medical unit provider EMS Healthcare launched Quest+ Decontamination – the UK’s first mobile endoscope decontamination unit. To date, the unit has saved NHS Trusts in the region of £5.375 million1 through responding directly to the challenges they are facing.
Driven by budget pressures, an ageing population and the emergence of a new technophilic generation, demand for innovation in healthcare has never been higher. However, Chloe Moss, analyst at Health Enterprise East, warns that, while opportunities undoubtedly exist for the scientist or clinician-turned entrepreneur, many sadly fail to bring their technologies to life.
When examining the regulations and directives governing the manufacture and sale of disinfectants and cleaners, Clare Clark - BSc (Hons)Microbiology, ACIST, MRB, technical support manager, schülke UK, explains why it is necessary to consider what constitutes a medical device (MD), and why this is significant.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which employs more than 5600 staff and has a 570-bed capacity, has been using electronic patient records since 2015. Having built on these firm foundations, the Global Digital Exemplar ‘Fast Follower’ Trust is starting to realise the multiple clinical and efficiency benefits that come with digital transformation.
Amongst the pressures of delivering digital transformation at scale, clinical teams need more support and investment to ensure IT systems are safe to use and fit-for-purpose, says Stephen Seagreen-Bell, managing director of Transforming Healthcare Consultancy.
When Royal Papworth Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art hospital, it required a flexible patient monitoring solution capable of ensuring the highest levels of patient safety. Working collaboratively with Mindray, the prestigious hospital developed a bespoke, connected solution that ensures seamless monitoring throughout the entire patient journey.
Associate professor Philip Evans from the National Institute for Health Research (NHR) discusses NHS England’s five year framework for the GP services contract1 in support of the NHS Long Term Plan - with the aim of expanding GP services through billions of pounds of extra investment.
In January 2019 the NHS Long Term Plan was published with some aspirational ideas about how healthcare needs to evolve over the next 10 years to deliver the needs of the population. Kate Woodhead RGN DMS believes a key unanswered element of the plan was, “Where are the people coming from to deliver this grand scheme for the future?”
If IT changes that have a potential clinical effect are being implemented within the NHS, then clinical safety is important. Dr Ian Jackson, medical director and clinical safety officer at Refero, believes the CSO role in a primary care setting is no longer optional -but necessary.