Clarity is needed on plans for digital NHS, says think tank

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The government and NHS leaders must set out a clear and compelling plan for expanding the use of digital technology to avoid losing the commitment of clinicians, the King’s Fund has said.

Digital technology can transform how patients engage with services, drive improvements in efficiency and care coordination, and help people manage their health and wellbeing, the think tank said in its report, A Digital NHS?

However, it said that expectations might have been set too high amid financial and operational pressures and that there was a lack of clarity about the funding available to support the work.

Life-saving app scoops top prize at digital awards

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An online app that can help save the life of a person experiencing cardiac arrest won the top prize at the People Driven Digital unAwards, sponsored by the NHS Confederation, on 3 July.

The app, known as Lifesaver, acts as an interactive crisis simulator which uses live-action film to teach the user how to perform CPR and use an automated defibrillator.

New award scheme to spark NHS digital revolution

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A unique partnership of patients and health professionals has launched a new awards scheme to unearth the digital technologies improving people’s health and wellbeing across the UK.

Sponsored by the NHS Confederation and four leading digital technology organisations, the unAwards aims to find, develop and disseminate the best innovations making acute and chronic health problems easier to live with.