NHS England | April 2019 | Digital tool to help reduce avoidable lengthy stays in hospital
A new digital tool has been developed to enable staff to easily identify care homes that have spaces for patients, this will save hours spent phoning to determine if there is availability.
The new portal, being introduced by councils and the NHS, will mean that patients who require a care home placement will be supported to leave hospital sooner. The tool has been trialled in the North, Devon and Berkshire last year, with over 6000 care home already signed up to use it and now thousands more can sign up to use it.
The Capacity Tracker- a digital portal- is accessible on any device, and takes care homes just 30 seconds to upload details of their available beds, helping health and social care staff to find the right services for individual patients, including those with dementia or a learning disability.
NHS Confederation | March 2019 | Using digital technology to design and deliver better mental health services
A new report from NHS Confederation focuses on what the UK can learn from two very different healthcare systems – Australia and the United States of America- and the way they utilise digital technology to design and deliver better mental health services (Source: NHS Confederation).
Internet Matters Org & Youth Works | February 2019 | Vulnerable children in a digital world
Vulnerable Children in a Digital World is a report from Youth Works in partnership with the University of Kingston, provides insight into the online world of the UK’s most vulnerable children highlights the potential online risks that different groups of vulnerable children may face online, such as pressure to be sexting, cyberbullying, cyber scams, or seeing content promoting self-harm, anorexia and suicide.
It also offers guidance on ways to support vulnerable children emphasising the introduction of specialised training and tools across all sectors to draw on the ability to identify the most likely online issues facing the highest risk children and trigger early intervention.
The report also offers guidance on ways to support vulnerable children emphasising the introduction of specialised training and tools across all sectors to draw on the ability to identify the most likely online issues facing the highest risk children and trigger early intervention (Source: Internetmatters).
NHS England | January 2019 | How apps and wearables can support patients with epilepsy
In a new blog post published on NHS England’s website, Rupert Page, consultant neurologist at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust writes about how apps and wearables can support people with epilepsy (Source: NHS England).
NHS | January 2019 | Introducing a Children’s Health Smartphone App at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
NHS England shares a case study that considers the impact of a smartphone app on the development and implementation of a children’s health smartphone application. The app has significantly improved patient, carer and family experience as well as better use of resources locally (Source: NHS England).
BMJ | January 2019| How virtual reality is changing medical practice: “Doctors want to use this to give better patient outcomes”
A new feature in the BMJ describes how technology is having an impact on areas such as perioperative planning, medical training, psychiatry and palliative care and specifically how virtual reality is changing medical practice.