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Installing CCTV in the common parts of care homes would provide a "powerful tool" for helping prevent abuse and improve standards, a Tory former attorney general has said. Dominic Grieve QC (pictured) raised concerns about what more could be done to improve safety and security in care homes, adding that…
The majority of hospitals across England have stopped receiving paper referrals for patients in need of outpatient appointments, new data shows. NHS Digital said that 88% of trusts are receiving referrals for first outpatient appointments through the NHS e-Referral Service. The NHS in England has been challenged to switch to…
Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mobile digital storytelling in a Brazilian care home’, focuses on the role of technology and dementia and how…
Bystanders who witness someone going into cardiac arrest could soon become lifesavers thanks to a new project which aims to map all of Britain's public defibrillators. Information about the availability of the devices - which give a high energy electric shock to the heart - is patchy and not all…
A charity is using a drone in a pioneering move to search for homeless people sleeping rough in the countryside. The P3 charity is testing the technology in Lincolnshire, where it says it can take its team of outreach workers hours to find a homeless person in the sprawling rural…
Fears have been raised over a new GP app missing symptoms of deadly illnesses by a former GP turned senior Tory MP. New Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons one in four patients are now registered for online services to access a GP, including the popular Babylon app. But…
Classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition is premature, experts have warned. The World Health Organisation (WHO) included "gaming disorder" in the latest revision of its disease classification manual, describing it as a pattern of persistent gaming behaviour so severe it "takes precedence over other life interests". However, experts…
Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public health issue, a new report claims. The tactic, which encourages the extended use of apps and websites, is used to collect children's data for commercial gain, but it has an…
Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market stalls of Portobello Road with VR…
Fitness trackers could help improve survival among cancer patients who fake feeling well to please their doctor, a study suggests. Apps that record the amount of time people are in bed or "up and active" give clinicians a clearer picture of the patient's health, ensuring they are given the most…
Artificial intelligence will be used to help stop 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033, Theresa May will say in a speech setting out how science can transform health. Medical records, along with information about patients' habits and genetics, will be cross-referenced with national data to spot those at an…
Following the success of last year’s Local Investment Programme, NHS Digital and the Local Government Association have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services. A share of the £1m funding, provided by NHS Digital and managed by the LGA, with…
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