The FoI request was sent by enterprise IT firm Intercity Technology to as many as 143 NHS trusts in England. Out of these, 80 responded, of which 25 reported outages across their IT systems during the period from January 2015 to February 2018.
NHS Digital and NHS England together have devised a free NHS app to book GP appointments in a swifter and user-friendly way. This novel NHS app will be launched in December 2018, allowing patients to access their health records in a safe and secure manner.
Positive news that holds hope for the medical fraternity and patients is the urging by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, for the adoption of artificial intelligence by the NHS and technology companies to diagnose critical diseases such as cancer.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has indicated that chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy (CAR-T) could be available on the NHS this year, offering eligible patients a ‘ground-breaking’ approach to treating cancer.
NHS Digital’s sharing of non-clinical patient information with the Home Office has been branded “entirely inappropriate” by MPs, who say they are concerned about the body’s ability to act as a reliable steward of the data.
Cost regulators for NHS treatments in England and Wales are sticking with their position that Eisai’s Halaven should not be funded by the NHS as a second-line of attack against a certain form of breast cancer.
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