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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE NEWS ROUNDUP: OCTOBER 2020

October 30, 2020 | Digital Healthcare News, Digital, Medical, Online, News, Virtual

Digital Healthcare News Roundup: October 2020

Here at Hapi, we like to keep our customers updated with all the latest news and developments from the world of digital healthcare. Which is why every month we collect the most relevant and up-to-date stories into a digital healthcare news roundup that’s quick to read, but doesn’t skimp on the details.

This month, hospitals embrace remote tech for monitoring Covid-19 patients, Kings College enhances its digital strategy and Apple launches a new health records feature. But most excitingly of all, surgical robots arrive at Frimley Health Trust - read on for more!

Hospitals utilize remote Covid-19 monitoring tech

Manchester is currently one of the worst affected areas with regards to Covid-19. It’s feared that hospitals could become quickly overwhelmed if cases surge further, so two hospitals have employed new tech to help out.

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust have both take advantage of a new clinical tool designed originally for use in clinical research. Patient Status Engine is a super smart piece of tech, which is expected to help reserve hospital beds for the sickest patients.

The wireless monitoring platform automatically collects data from patients at home, such as respiration rate, heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. It allows doctors and nurses to keep an eye on patients with less face-to-face contact, and identify anyone who might show signs of deterioration.

Surgical robots arrive at Frimley Health Trust

The most exciting digital healthcare news this month has to be the arrival of surgical robots at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. The healthcare industry has been embracing automation and machine learning over recent years, and Frimley has become one of the first trusts to use it to pioneer a new style of surgery.

Already well known for its use of robotics, Frimley Health has this month introduced CMR Surgical’s Versius robot for use in colorectal and urology surgery. The advanced technology will allow surgeons to carry out more minimal access surgery (MAS), such as keyhole surgery. This is welcome news, as it’s less invasive for patients and means faster recovery times.

Apple launches health records feature

Next up in digital healthcare news, Apple have this month added a healthcare feature to the iPhone. Designed to allow users to store their medical records on their phones, the Health Records feature sits tidily within the already existing Health app.

Currently only available for users in the UK and Canada, the feature means that people can store and view their health records at any time. It links together records from multiple care providers, and stores them together in one place for easy access. Users will be able to see allergies, medical conditions, immunisations, test results and other medical information with a simple swipe.

For more information, head to the Apple website.

School immunisations go digital

Anyone with children will have noticed that the flu immunization consent procedure looked slightly different this year. Rather than the usual paper form, parents were asked to tap on a clickable link and fill out the required details online.

Digital healthcare platform RIVIAM designed and launched an eConsent immunisation service, which aims to help ease pressure on the NHS. It transforms the consent procedure into an entirely paperless one, saving time and reducing the risk of error. It also cleverly updates the childs medical records as soon as the immunisation has been carried out.

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