Piers Ford

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By  Piers Ford 08:19 am April 16, 2020
Digital dictation, speech recognition and transcription for healthcare specialist T-Pro has launched eClinic Manager, a platform that enables clinicians to carry out patient appointments virtually and securely via smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. The tool is already in use at a number of hospitals in Ireland, and will be implemented by The Isle of Wight NHS Trust – already a T-Pro...

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By  Piers Ford 02:10 am April 16, 2020
Digital health business Medopad has rebranded itself as Huma and acquired two AI and wearable tech companies, reinforcing its mission to play a pioneering role in discovering digital biomarkers, an emerging category of medicine described by founder and CEO Dan Vahdat as a “game-changer”. Vahdat said the company’s focus on insights gathered by remote monitoring to help healthcare, life sciences...
By  Piers Ford 08:21 am April 15, 2020
The European Commission has adopted a recommendation to support exit strategies with a standardised approach to mobile data usage and apps development as some member states begin a slow relaxation of measures implemented in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Digital tools are central to the recommendation, which is based on the adoption of a toolbox currently on schedule to be...
By  Piers Ford 08:04 am April 15, 2020
The UK Space Agency has joined the effort to support the NHS response to the coronavirus pandemic with the announcement of a £2.6 million fund for the development of hi-tech solutions to some of the most pressing challenges created by the crisis. The fund is a joint initiative with the European Space Agency (ESA) and aims to fund projects that address some of the NHS’s most urgent needs including...

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By  Piers Ford 07:35 am April 14, 2020
Two NHS hospitals in the Midlands are the first to sign up for Babylon’s COVID-19 Care Assistant app in an effort to give coronavirus patients 24/7 access to support and monitoring services, despite the pressure the pandemic is placing on staff levels. Between them, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS trust serve nearly 4.2 million people – 7.5% of England’s...

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By  Piers Ford 08:40 am April 3, 2020
The lack of a co-ordinated approach to procurement is hampering the efforts of healthcare tech companies and innovators to meet the growing demand from healthcare delivery organisations for equipment and digitally-enabled remote services across Europe sparked by COVID-19. The European Commission’s widely welcomed adoption of decisions on harmonised standards for medical devices that will enable a...
By  Piers Ford 03:31 am May 15, 2019
Industry disruption by digital players is a major threat to the health insurance industry, but insurers themselves seem to be more dazzled by the oncoming glare than galvanised behind comprehensive strategies and best-practice development frameworks for digitising their businesses. While there is a general cohesion around CRM and the customer experience, the deeper benefits of digitisation –...
By  Piers Ford 05:39 am April 30, 2019
Despite the strong push for technology development from the NHS, patient demand for video GP consultations is lagging behind the other options typically offered by digital appointment systems. This is the conclusion of the latest data from askmyGP, which reveals a much higher preference for secure messaging, telephone and face-to-face consultations. The patient contact preference data was...
dementia
By  Piers Ford 03:14 am April 25, 2019
Summary The UK Dementia Research Institute has appointed its seventh research centre – a £20 million facility based at Imperial College London, which will be tasked with developing new technologies to help people live in ‘dementia-friendly’ homes, as well as gathering insights into how the condition develops. With the collaboration of the University of Surrey, the new centre will bring together...
virtual reality
By  Piers Ford 05:56 am February 20, 2019
Third Eye NeuroTech’s Blue Room immersive virtual reality (VR) technology is in the spotlight following the publication of research which revealed its effectiveness in treating phobias and anxieties for children and adults. The Blue Room was developed by specialists at Newcastle University in the UK in tandem with the Durham-based tech firm and has been made available as an NHS treatment through...