Digital tool to help reduce avoidable lengthy stays in hospital

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.

Further information is available at NHS England 

LIFE a new smartphone app to train healthworkers to save lives

University of Oxford | April 2019 | LIFE a new smartphone app to train healthworkers to save lives

Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE) is a free 3D simulation training app for smartphones developed by a research group based at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust – Kenya and Oxford University. 

The app is scenario-based and teaches healthcare workers to identify and manage medical emergencies using game-like training techniques to reinforce key steps that need to be performed to save lives.

The app was launched at the  Kenya Paediatric Association 2019 annual conference in Mombasa, Kenya.

The first three scenarios available for LIFE teach healthcare workers how to resuscitate a newborn baby (source: University of Oxford).

The app is available for Android 

It can also be downloaded from the OXlife project 

See also Health Informatics Forum 

Using digital technology to design and deliver better mental health services

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). 

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Image source: nhsconfed.org

Using digital technology to design and deliver better mental health services 

 

Vulnerable children in a digital world

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.

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Image source: internetmatters.org

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).

 

Introducing a Children’s Health Smartphone App at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

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).

pexels-photo-238480.jpegRead the full case study at NHS England 

How virtual reality is changing medical practice: “Doctors want to use this to give better patient outcomes”

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. 

Read the full piece at the BMJ 

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