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The NHS phased transition to SNOMED CT began earlier this month, marking the beginning of a new coding regime, which will facilitate the seamless exchange of coded documents. A standardised vocabulary of clinical terminology intended to be used in Electronic Patient Records (EPR), SNOMED CT contains in excess of 300,000 medical terms that can then […]

With growing numbers of patients, and the increasing need for all patient records to be stored and accessed electronically, medical documentation is becoming a burden for many general practitioners and practice managers. Accurate, in-depth patient records can, of course, enhance the level of care given to a patient. But with increased amounts of time being […]

The NHS Five Year Forward View (5yfv) has given the health service a framework for improving and modernising itself. To quote from the report itself, it has, “set out a clear direction for the NHS – showing why change is needed and what it will look like.” ‘Harnessing technology and innovation’ meanwhile is one of […]

  1. AI in speech recognition. AI is a very broadly used term and there are very many definitions but, simply put, it is the use of computing power to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. Dragon Medical Practice Edition is clever, powerful software that adapts to you and your environment. Using your voice […]

The important role of allied health professionals in documenting patient care

  90% of AHPs spend 1-3 hours a day on documentation Inspired by the experience and learning points from our interview with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s DynamicHealth we recently co-hosted an @WeAHP tweet chat which drilled further down into some of the challenges AHPs face in creating, reviewing, updating, managing and sharing clinical documentation. […]

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DynamicHealth, provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, is actively involved in an initiative called This is a sustainability and transformation programme covering hospital services, community healthcare, mental health, social care and GP services (primary care). The aim is to work together and take joint responsibility for improving the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough population’s health […]

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  1. Map out and engage ALL your stakeholders including your medical secretaries and back-office support team Speech recognition rollouts are usually part of a broader healthcare efficiency strategy which will involve new service models and ways of working. Historic workflows involving clinicians, medical secretaries and other back-office resources should all be considered and reviewed […]

Be part of our research into the digital patient

In this survey we’d like to find out how the emergence of the ‘digital patient*’ impacts on the administration and care delivery processes at your practice; looking at what technology investments you have made, or are planning to make, to meet their needs and what you think are the benefits – and any downsides – […]

Speech recognition can ensure clinical data is recorded accurately and in a timely manner

  Patient online access Granting online access to medical records and care plans is one of the most effective ways to engage patients. The revamped now gives all of us the opportunity to: book or cancel appointments online with a GP or nurse order repeat prescriptions online view parts of the GP record, including […]

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  The challenge for today´s pathologists ‘We’re working in an era where, worldwide, there is a shortage of qualified pathologists and in the UK we are also facing austerity’ challenged Dr Fred Mayall, Consultant Histopathologist at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust when speaking to a group of NHS pathologists who had come together at […]