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November 30, 2020 | Healthcare, Digital, Medical, News, Update

Industry News Roundup: November 2020

At Hapi, we feel it is important to keep our customers and web visitors updated with the latest digital healthcare and medical industry news and updates.

November 2020 has seen advancements from the NHS in digital services and data sharing, as well as a new computer vision app which aims to help monitor diabetes.

New Digital Outpatients Service by NHS

With another national lockdown, it makes sense that the NHS has reduced the need for in-person medical appointments by connecting patients with clinicians remotely, powered by the NHS collaboration Health Call.

The service allows hospitals to expand their outpatient services digitally, which also helps to control the spread of COVID-19 between clinicians and patients. It offers patients the choice to communicate via: mobile app; video conferencing; web browser; SMS; or telephone call. This range of communication abilities is huge for the world of doctor-patient consultations and should help to decrease face-to-face appointments where possible. For ease of use, it is well-integrated with existing hospital platforms so as to increase the efficiency of booking appointments, recording attendance, delivering reminders to patients, and more.

This service will be made possible by inhealthcare, “the UK’s number one choice for digital health and remote patient monitoring.”

Computer Vision Technology to Help The Monitoring of Diabetes

Research engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed an app, powered by computer vision technology, to help people with diabetes monitor their glucose levels.

The app - named GlucoRx Vision - reads and records data obtained through the mobile phone camera from any type of glucose meter/test. Glucose testing company GlucoRx worked closely with University of Cambridge researchers to create this app, enabling diabetic users to easily record and monitor their glucose levels all in one place.

GlucoRx Vision is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Advancements in Digital Prescriptions

It has been announced that sixteen NHS trusts across the UK will receive funding towards the introduction of an electronic prescription system. Clinicians will have easier, faster access to prescribed medicines and a patient’s prescription history. Along with ease of use and faster access, this system will help eliminate medication errors when compared to the paper prescription system.

This all fits in with the NHS Long Term Plan which, among other goals, aims to achieve full digitisation across healthcare providers by 2024 (p. 96), including prescription services.

NHS Digital Improves Cross-Organisation Data Sharing

Relating again to the NHS’s plan to achieve digitisation across healthcare, NHS Digital announced its deal to “make mapping clinical and administrative codes between different health and care organisations, and their contracted technology suppliers, faster and easier thanks to a new terminology server” shared across the NHS.

In summary, this improves data sharing between health and care organisations and suppliers across the industry, leading to an improvement in clinical safety.

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