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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE NEWS ROUNDUP: SEPTEMBER 2020

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

Digital Healthcare News Roundup: September 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 news roundup that’s quick to read, but doesn’t skimp on the details.

This month, the NHS Contact Tracing app is finally launched, tech is used to unite care home patients and loved ones, and a prescriptive fitness app launches.

NHS contact tracing app is launched in England and Wales

Four months after it was expected, the NHS contact tracing app has finally been launched in England and Wales. A series of errors meant the app was delayed, but was finally released across stores on 24th September 2020. Figures show it’s been received well by both businesses and the public, and has been downloaded over 12 million times since the launch.

Although this is the most exciting digital healthcare news this month, it's not without problems. Many people are finding that their smartphones are too old, or simply don’t support the tech used in the app. Others report they’ve not been able to input negative test results. Like all others, the contact tracing app will be subject to various updates, and it’s thought these could address some of the teething troubles.

Technology used to link care home patients and loved ones

The UK Government have pledged to give 11,000 iPads to care homes across the country this week, in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19 through the use of digital healthcare.

It’s thought that giving care home patients access to technology will help them stay connected to loved ones, reducing the need for as many face-to-face visits. Additionally, staff will find themselves able to easily hold video conferences with other medical staff, and use a unique NHS internal mail system.

For more information, head to the NHSX website.

Prescriptive fitness app launches

Exercise apps are a large part of digital healthcare, usually focusing on high-intensity workouts and weight loss. This month saw the launch of a fitness app with a difference though. EXi, approved by both the NHS and Sport England, offers prescriptive exercise plans, designed specifically around existing fitness levels.

Users are asked to enter basic health information, before the app measures heart rates and sets a short fitness test. They are then presented with a profile of their existing health, and a unique 12-week detailed fitness plan. Developed by professional physiotherapists, EXi is the first app to combine both automation and prescriptive services, and is expected to help manage existing conditions and prevent new diseases from developing.

The EXi app can be downloaded from both the App Store and Google Play.

Australian healthcare company launches clinical tech in the UK

An Australian digital healthcare company has launched a clinical support tool in the UK to help improve existing systems.

Miya Precision, designed by Alcidion, is a unique tool which uses existing information to automate processes and tasks, and helps staff to make more informed decisions with regards to patient care. Already adopted by Dartford and Gravesham Trust, the clinical asset has been well received by the NHS here in the UK.

For more information on Miya Precision, head over to the Alcidion website.

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