The government announced that the NHS Covid-19 app would be updated on 12 April, as non-essential shops, gyms and outdoor hospitality reopens. Meanwhile, debate continued over the desirability of introducing ‘vaccine passports’, with civil liberties groups warning they could evolve into ID or entitlement cards.
North West London announced a deal with Cerner that will see all four of its acute trusts use the same electronic patient record. The move could indicate that a wider consolidation in the EPR market will get underway as integrated care systems start to work with single acute trusts and integrated care providers. Meanwhile, a new organisation started work to digitise the NHS in Wales.
The whole of the NHS in England is now covered by an integrated care system as of this week. The development comes as Boris Johnson announced a new Office for Health Promotion, and as leadership developments have been reported at NHS Digital.
In a week that has seen new frameworks, funds, and strategies reported, the Healthcare Roundup brings you a summary of the key news in the sector.
In a bumper week for health and tech news: the first anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown was marked across the UK, as the government brought forward legislation to lead the way out of the latest restrictions. The National Audit Office laid bare the state of social care before the pandemic hit, as prime minister Boris Johnson promised – again – to come up with a plan for the sector.
A new boss was announced for NHS England’s transformation directorate, which is going to incorporate NHSX. Timothy Ferris, a US healthcare boss, was selected for the role, which was not advertised. In a potential set-back for digital transformation, the new NHS standard contract has watered down drivers for remote appointments.