Roundup: European Commission hosts roundtable on skills for healthcare, app reduces anxiety for NHS staff, more briefs
THE APP HELPS THE WELL-BEING OF NHS STAFF DURING A PANDEMIC
A mental health app, My Possible Self has developed a digital mental health intervention in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and the NHS Highland.
The platform has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety and increase the well-being of healthcare and social service workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pilot research funded by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office showed the intervention to be effective in just four weeks and suggested the approach could be used more broadly to support the well-being of NHS staff.
New features included a fictitious nurse called Iona to provide virtual support to participants and guide them through the procedure with SMS and email reminders.
EU COMMISSIONERS ORGANIZE ROUND TABLE ON HEALTH SKILLS
On February 16, European Commissioners Nicolas Schmit, Thierry Breton and Stella Kyriakides moderated a round table on the Pact for skills within the health ecosystem.
Announced as part of the European skills strategy, the pact was launched on November 10 and is part of a series of sectoral round tables aimed at promoting the involvement of stakeholders in the framework of the pact.
The aim is to mobilize the relevant institutions to help people develop the right skills for a resilient recovery from the pandemic.
With a focus on the healthcare sector, the use of digital skills to help and facilitate the transformation of healthcare systems and patient safety is of particular interest.
DIGI.ME PARTNERS WITH HEALTHMARK FOR COVID TESTING
Dutch health and laboratory specialists, Healthmark has announced plans to integrate COVID-19 testing and analysis into its flagship Consentry platform.
The Consentry healthpass platform is an end-to-end solution that allows users to take a self-administered PCR saliva test. Users will be able to send it for processing and then receive their results via an app.
The platform also generates a certified and dated travel certificate with the qualification details of the test taken, giving users the option to share the results as needed.
The partnership with digi.me combines the two organizations’ focus on privacy-focused consumer service and follows the MedMij accreditation of digi.me, the official Dutch standard for the secure exchange of health data between care users and providers.
WINGCOPTER JOINS THE FLYING LABS NETWORK
German developer and manufacturer of delivery drones for humanitarian operations, Wingcopter has partnered with the Flying Labs Network as a technology partner.
The goal of the partnership is to improve supply chains through locally led cargo drone projects and equip residents with the skills to operate Wingcopter’s unmanned systems in long-range drone applications.
The Flying Labs network strengthens local expertise in the use of drones, robotics, data and AI for positive social change in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Andi Fisanich, Wingcopter’s Humanitarian Programs Manager, said: “The partnership with the Flying Labs network fits perfectly with our vision to create effective and sustainable drone solutions to improve and save lives everywhere. “
MEDWAY PICKS ALLSCRIPT SUNRISE EPR
Medway NHS FT has selected the Allscripts Sunrise Electronic Patient Record (EPR) to deliver significant enhancements to its digital maturity.
The Kent Trust signed a contract with Allscripts in December 2020 and plans to launch the first phase of core functionality six months after the start of the project. The launch of clinical documents with links to other computer systems used within the trust will give clinicians access to a single view of patient information.
The project will also lay the groundwork for three other phases of a full EPR deployment, including e-prescribing and drug administration, for which the trust has received national funding.
Medway will leverage the Allscripts UK Blueprint which has been designed and tested with organizations such as Gloucestershire NHS FT Hospitals, to deliver rapid success to low digital maturity trusts.
NON-STANDARD HEALTH APPLICATIONS
In response to the recent ORCHA report, which found that most healthcare apps fall short of NHS standards, online triage platform, Doctorlink worked with CDQ on a digital triage regulatory sandbox to help develop better regulatory frameworks for the use of applications.
Suzanne Ash, Head of Medical Device Governance and Program at Doctorlink, said: “Doctorlink, which is part of HealthHero, welcomes the Orcha report released yesterday highlighting some of the emerging issues with healthcare applications. These problems are a result of the rapid growth of what is a young and evolving market, one that is challenging the existing regulatory framework to adapt and keep pace.
“As the UK’s leading provider of symptom assessment to the NHS, Doctorlink understands these challenges and is committed to playing its part in the solutions. We have been closely involved with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in shaping future policy guidelines and a regulatory framework for the use of digital health products across the UK. “
INHEALTHCARE CONNECTS CARE HOMES AND FAMILY PHYSICIANS
A new venture from digital health and remote patient monitoring company, Inhealthcare will provide residents of North East London nursing homes with technology to connect to their family doctors.
The Inhealthcare remote patient monitoring service for the NHS will help clinicians identify all patients at risk for developing health problems and intervene early with treatment.
It aims to keep vulnerable residents healthy in their homes and prevent avoidable hospitalizations during and after the pandemic.
The new service will link primary care networks with up to 215 care homes in Barking and Dagenham, City and Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
NHS LOTHIAN LAUNCHES AUTOMATED RESERVATIONS FOR COVID-19 VACCINES
A technology provider for critical data, InterSystems announced that users of its unified health information system InterSystems TrakCare now have access to an appointment scheduling system to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations.
Through the use of this system, NHS Lothian registered 7,055 staff members and booked vaccination appointments for 6,100 of them through the system within 16 days.
The vaccination appointment service generates the appointments via patient notifications with date, time and location and integrates the information into each patient’s file. Once booked, the patient can manage their appointment via a secure portal.
In an effort to reduce delays in immunization deployments, the system claims to have saved a regional health authority more than 500 call center hours.