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NHS Trust Teams Up With Google To share Patient Data

NHSThe Royal Free, an NHS Hospital Trust in London, has partnered with Google to use a mobile app called Streams that will alert doctors to patients who exhibit signs of early stage acute kidney injury.
The trust has teamed up with DeepMind, the artificial intelligence branch of the tech company, which will see medical practitioners sent news alerts about their patients, the BBC reports. However, some privacy campaigners have voiced their concerns about potential data breaches as a result of the partnership.
It’s thought that the move will see more than half a million hours of time a year freed up for doctors, who currently spend this amount of time on paperwork – so more hours will be available to devote to actual patient care.
All app data is to be encrypted and won’t be shared with Google itself, even though the company technically owns DeepMind. If it’s successful, it will be rolled out to help detect other illnesses like organ failure and sepsis.
“Doctors and nurses currently spend far too much time on paperwork, and we believe this technology could substantially reduce this burden, enabling doctors and nurses to spend more time on what they do best – treating patients,” chief executive of the Royal Free London David Sloman said.
Innovation in healthcare is exactly what the NHS is crying out for at the moment, given how much pressure it is under because of the ageing population, budget cuts and an increase in life-threatening illnesses. If you’d like to find out about technological advancements such as medical image sharing and how your organisation could benefit, get in touch with us at CIMAR today.
Author – Oliver

NHS Trust Scandal – 11,000 Medical Images Unreported

Chest X-rayAn NHS Trust is in hot water after the Care Quality Control (CQC) identified more than 11,000 vital x-ray images had failed to be reported, raising deep concerns about patient safety.
The BBC reports that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) which is more than £50 million in deficit, has been warned that the watchdog may take urgent enforcement action unless immediate steps are taken to tackle the crisis.The problem of unreported medical images made National headlines in December after the CQC made an unannounced inspection to the Trust in July. It was revealed that thousands of patients across the UK were enduring potentially life-threatening delays for their results after their scans were carried out at the radiology departments of the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital.
By law, patients should not wait any longer than 6 weeks for a diagnostic test, a key rule laid out in the NHS Constitution.The consequences of such a back log of medical scans can have drastic impacts on both the patient and the Trust. Missed diagnosis can be life threatening and lost or unreported images can require re-scans which involve more money, time and other resources being unnecessarily spent.
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Author – Oliver

Telemental Health ‘Effective’ For Treating Veterans With Depression

Health StudiesA new study from the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center has found that telehealth interventions could help veterans with depression.
The research revealed that telemental health is well received by patients and can deliver as good a quality of life as visits in person by healthcare practitioners. Given that just 56 per cent of people with depression will choose to seek treatment, perhaps offering them telemedicine interventions could prove to be more beneficial for them and encourage them to try and treat their condition.
Barriers to treatment were found to be transportation costs, mobility concerns, being isolated geographically, the fear of stigma and missing days of work… all of which could be combated by the use of telemedicine and technology.In this study, treatment sessions were delivered using videoconferencing capabilities at the patient’s home via a standard telephone line and without the need for an internet connection. This could well be a really effective way of addressing the mental health needs of people in rural areas, especially elderly patients.
Dr Leonard Egede said: “It is time for telemental health to take its rightful place alongside in-person counselling as a viable option for depression care, one that will remove many barriers to care.”
This is one of the key benefits to telemedicine and advancements like cloud medical image storage. It can be difficult for people to access their own medical health information and images when required, and it can be just as hard for these to be passed on to medical experts.
Use of CDs is still commonplace for sharing images between trusts and doctors, and these can easily be damaged or lost, which can have a huge impact on patient outcomes. To find out more about how you could benefit from using the cloud in your organisation, get in touch with us at CIMAR today.
Author – Oliver