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Thought leadership

Adrian Flowerday

Virtual wards have sparked a new era for remote care – what happens next?

1 September 2022

Virtual wards had been hovering in the background until Covid thrust them into the spotlight. Their expansion is now one of the top priorities across the NHS for 2022 and beyond. Remote monitoring platforms, used for many years for LTC management and enhanced care in care homes, are a crucial tool for enabling safe virtual wards. Adrian Flowerday from Docobo explains.

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The penny has finally dropped on the benefits of remote monitoring & virtual wards – but, what's next?

17 June 2022

The System C & Graphnet Care Alliance has been creating virtual wards for nearly twenty years, managing around 50,000 patients, with uptake slowly increasing year on year. Over the last 18 months, demand has soared. NHS England has asked for the equivalent of 5,000 additional hospital beds in its 2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance.

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Playing a part in delivering the National Immunisation Management System in 90 days

23 May 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated many digital health innovations. A remarkable example of this is the ground-breaking National Immunisation Management System being delivered across over 90 days.

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EPRs are in the spotlight (again) – but ICSs will bring new opportunities to the table

3 May 2022

Dr Jonathan Bloor on how the current wave of digitisation activity is different to previous initiatives.

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Shifting the dial on inequality - How data will help ICSs support those most at risk

14 February 2022

Health and care leaders joined forces to deliver a record-breaking vaccine programme prompting conversations around prevention and changes around the healthcare system.

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Supporting digital nursing leadership

17 January 2022

How an interest in digital nursing led System C's Jacqueline Davis first to a career change and then to the launch of the Early Digital Healthcare Leadership Programme, in conjunction with the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

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Joining the Health and Social Care Dots with Data

29 November 2021

The Health and Social Care Bill, introduced earlier this year to organise care as Integrated Care Systems, is a positive step for integrating health and social care.

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How the nursing profession should adapt for a digital future

23 November 2021

Digital training and education is imperative in getting the right people into digital transformation. The Early Digital Healthcare Leadership Programme will enable nurses to be healthcare’s key enablers for our future's digital change.

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Redefining Shared Care Records Post-Covid

15 November 2021

The transformation of Shared Care Records and integrated care systems using data gathered from across health and care settings. Seeing gaps in their region and how to plan what to do to overcome them.

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What next for digital health & social care?

13 October 2021

Dr Jonathan Bloor explores how the pandemic has further highlighted the need for digital transformation, and what the next phase will look like.

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Data will pave the way to earlier, more targeted interventions across Integrated Care Systems

30 July 2021

Data-driven targeted early support programmes would go a long way towards helping integrated care systems to address the wider determinants of health and wellbeing, and to improve outcomes, writes Brian Waters

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How we are addressing waiting lists and social inequalities at scale

10 May 2021

Nigel Foster on the need to not just restore services and reduce backlogs but to tackle potential inequalities in access, experience and outcomes

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The Liquidlogic, System C & Graphnet blueprint for delivering the white paper vision for health and social care integration

16 April 2021

David Grigsby on delivering against the new Health & Social Care white paper.

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Why Digital Nursing Matters – A Supplier’s Perspective

15 March 2021

Nurses account for around 80% of clinical digital users but have historically been under-represented in digital roles within the NHS.

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Data has to be at the heart of the recovery and the reorganisation

11 March 2021

ICSs will be shaped by analysis of comprehensive data on the populations they serve...

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How data is playing a key role in driving collaboration and integration across care systems

29 January 2021

The use and sharing of data in understanding and responding to Covid-19 has given us a glimpse of a transformed future.

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Health & Social Care integration: Is the future here already, but just not evenly distributed?

14 January 2021

The long-awaited integration of health and social care seemed a step closer with the promise in the NHS long term plan of a nationwide structure of Integrated Care Systems by 2021. ICSs hold up real prospects of more joined up commissioning and services in support of local populations.

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Measuring Digital Maturity – where is the value?

17 December 2020

Measuring digital maturity has its advocates and detractors and interest in measuring digital maturity inevitably waxes and wanes, but it does seem to be at the forefront of people’s minds once again in the NHS as we look at where next on how to target limited investment priorities.

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Supporting Digital Nurses, AHPs and Midwives

1 December 2020

Senior nurses, AHPs and midwives have a significant role to play in helping shape an organisation’s digital strategy and priorities.

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Population health is for life, not just for a pandemic

30 November 2020

The year 2020 will be one to remember, or perhaps more appropriately forget…

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The long road to purging the pager

10 September 2020

Choosing the right clinical communications tools for the job

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Digitising the NHS - never waste a good crisis

3 July 2020

How has so much digital transformation been achieved so quickly in the NHS in recent months?

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We don’t need to ‘fly blind’ as the NHS re-opens services

9 June 2020

The need for real-time health and care information at the local level has never been more pressing.

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What does ‘levelling up’ mean for health and social care?

25 February 2020

Levelling up is good, levelling down is not

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Double or nothing? Meeting the digital transformation challenge

24 February 2020

Digital transformation is not just about funding, skills and standards. Persistence and patience are also key, says Dr Jonathan Bloor.

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Getting real with health and social care digitisation

4 November 2019

The time has come for a digitally-enabled integration of health and social care, writes Jonathan Bloor

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Jargon busting for an 'internet-first' NHS

25 June 2019

The Secretary of State is comfortable with tech-speak. The expectation is that NHS leaders should be too.

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Don’t leave pop health to the data scientists

7 May 2019

This is a watershed moment for population health management in the UK.

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Digital Health: What's the Point?

19 March 2019

Digital technologies can, and do, save lives and improve efficiency. Conversely, they can, and sometimes do, cause harm.

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Is the NHS heading for EPR-related burnout?

3 October 2018

The mainstream US medical literature is full of articles about physician burnout. Much of this is attributed not to workload, but to the burden created by the use of electronic patient records (EPRs).

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What difference is ‘digital’ making to your health and care?

11 September 2018

New technology is already changing the way care services are looking after the people of Greater Manchester.

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Calling time-out on WhatsApp: The need for secure and integrated clinical messaging service

15 June 2018

While the widespread use of WhatsApp in the NHS shows that clinicians see value in technology, Dr Jonathon Bloor thinks the health service needs secure messaging platforms that are part of clinical workflow tool and integrated with EPRs to deliver benefits across whole health economies.

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Not going with the flow: Why we need to redesign clinical flow around patient needs using real-time information

6 June 2018

Take any successful manufacturing company, engineering firm or airport operator, they will have got their business and operational flow completely sussed. They will be using technology to give them visibility of what is happening at any stage in their business, and will use those insights to support real-time interventions and decision-making. Why isn’t this happening yet in health?

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The cloud: a catalyst for innovation and collaboration in healthcare

9 April 2018

The 22 January 2018 was a quietly defining moment for digital healthcare: NHS Digital released long-awaited guidance on the use of public cloud services for NHS and social care data. Dr Jon Shaw considers exactly what this means for digital healthcare.

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Transforming services across STPs and ACOs for true population health

30 January 2018

Momentum is fast building behind the use of digital technology to integrate care across whole populations and health economies – from direct care to research, care planning and provision.

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Secure and safe messaging in the UK health market

1 December 2017

Most clinicians, whether in the UK or US, will tell you about the benefits of using instant messaging to coordinate care and self-organise as a team.

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What’s up with communication in healthcare?

14 November 2017

High profile unauthorised data sharing can set us back years. We must all rise to the challenge of giving clinicians the tools they need to share information securely across whole ACSs, writes Jonathan Bloor.

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Rising to the challenge of digital excellence

14 November 2017

At last – a national IT programme which is built on local collaboration between suppliers and the NHS, is open and accountable, and paves the way for full-scale transformation, writes Markus Bolton.

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Next generation shared care records

14 November 2017

The next generation of record sharing is underway, with cross-community care planning and team collaboration reducing pressure on acute services, writes Markus Bolton.

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