Reformer Thoughts: Blockchain in the NHS – Reform

This report discusses the implementation challenges and to realising the potential for blockchain – distributed ledger technology (DLT) in healthcare, to warn against shoehorning a solution into a problem. This includes issues around security, trust, the implications of GDPR, as well

Identity checking for GP online services: What you need to know – NHS England

This is a step-by-step guide that will help GP practices to go about checking patients who want to access GP online services.

Legal Barriers to the Better Use of Health Data to Deliver Pharmaceutical Innovation – Office for Health Economics

This report summarise research evaluating the main legal barriers to the better use of health data for pharmaceutical innovation. Issues are evaluated according to barriers arising in utilising data to support key activities across the lifecycle of a medicine: epidemiology

Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, 2018: Health 2040: Better Health Within Reach – Department of Health and Social Care

Chief Medical Officers annual report, this year the focus is on discussing: health as the nation’s primary asset the health environment we live in and build together using emerging technologies to improve health for everyone effective planning for the future

Retention, storage and disposal of mammograms and screening records – Public Health England

Updated document first published in 2001, that sets out guidelines on handling mammograms and screening records.  It includes information about: legal requirements review of screen packets storage issues destroying films and paperwork

Our data-driven future in healthcare: People and partnerships at the heart of health related technologies – Academy of Medical Sciences

New data-driven technologies, powered by novel ways of linking and analysing patient data, are set to transform the way that health and social care is delivered as well as the ways in which we manage our own health. Technologies such

A Blueprint for a 100% Digitally Included Nation – Good Things Foundation

Digital exclusion in the UK is holding back economic growth and stalling social inclusion. In 2018, 11.3million adults lack one or more of the basic digital skills for life and work. At current rates of progress, by 2028 there will

A data-driven approach to personalised cancer care – REFORM

It is no surprise that improving cancer care is a priority for the Government. A key announcement in the Prime Minister’s 2018 Conservative Party Conference speech was the launch of a new cancer strategy to improve survival rates through faster

Securing cyber resilience in health and care: October 2018 progress update – Department of Health and Social Care

Updates the February 2018 ‘Securing cyber resilience in health and care: February 2018 progress update’, setting out the actions taken by the Department of Health and Social Care and its arm’s length bodies to improve the cyber security of the health

National Child Measurement Programme: Guidance for analysis and data sharing – Public Health England

This guidance is designed to support those local authorities and other organisations that wish to undertake additional investigation of the data. It contains an overview of the NCMP data and analyses provided by Public Health England and NHS Digital, how

The Digital Commonwealth: From private enclosure to collective benefit – Institute for Public Policy Research

Digital technology is delivering a huge range of benefits to businesses, citizens and wider society. Platforms – online applications that intermediate between the provider of a service and its users – have unlocked many of these benefits by sorting and

Accelerating Artificial Intelligence in health and care: results from a state of the nation survey – The AHSN Network

A new ‘state of the nation report about the use of Artificial Intelligence in health and care has found that we are only beginning to unlock the potential of AI.  The report spotlights some of the opportunities AI creates and shows

Sexual safety on mental health wards – Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission report based on an analysis of nearly 60,000 reports that found 1,120 sexual incidents involving patients, staff, visitors and others described in 919 reports – some of which included multiple incidents. More than a third of the

Initial code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology – Department of Health and Social Care

This code provide clarification of: what is expected from suppliers of data-driven technologies what the government will do to support and encourage innovators in health and care, including the development of trusted approval systems and a coherent pathway for suppliers

Guidance on the NHS Standard Contract requirements on discharge summaries and clinic letters and on interoperability of clinical IT systems – NHS England

This guidance clarifies requirements set out in the NHS Standard Contract on provider organisations for Transfer of Care documentation and for the use of a common suite of Open APIs (application programming interfaces) for access to the clinical and administrative records where the contract refers to

NHS England Test Beds Programme: Information Governance learning from Wave 1 – NHS England

The Test Beds programme brings NHS organisations and innovators into partnerships to see how combinations of technology and pathway redesign can improve quality of life and experience for patients and carers.  This handbook is relevant for programme leaders, project managers

Data Ethics Framework – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Public sector organisations should use the Data Ethics Framework to guide the appropriate use of data to inform policy and service design. The Data Ethics Framework consists of a set of principles, guidance and a workbook to guide the design of