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Australian digital health strategy ready to onboard speech recognition?

  Australia digital health from the front line Australia has published a comprehensive national digital health strategy with seven strategic priority outcomes spearheading the drive to meet both the clinical and financial challenges of delivering and sustaining a complex 21st century healthcare system. Tim Kelsey, once of NHS fame, now Chief Executive of the Australia […]

The marriage of digital histopathology and radiology speeds NHS innovation and transformation

  A marriage of radiology and histopathology? Both radiology and histopathology generate images and are the foundation of the 21st Century digital health vision. Dr Oliveira explains that radiology became digital because it had no choice; the multiple CT, MRI and PET images simply could not be evaluated ‘dynamically’ without the power of digital reconstruction. […]

Nurses discuss what they need from technology to help them overcome challenges of clinical documentation

  Nurses get around the table We have just published a follow-up report, with a forward from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to our roundtable event which drilled into challenges of clinical documentation facing nurses and how they can be overcome. The roundtable was chaired by Anne Cooper, chief nurse, NHS Digital and was […]

Examples of clinical speech recognition to meet the challenges of clinical documentation in New Zealand

  On a recent visit to middle earth I was recently asked to support a Nuance partner – Comrad – on a trip to New Zealand, the backdrop for middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. I met several UK-trained doctors on my travels, perhaps not surprising given the level of discontent in […]

Male nurse and boy using stethoscope

With UK general practice under significant pressure and GPs showing their frustration by threatening to leave the NHS, it feels as though we have reached a crisis point. The situation looks bad for GPs who struggle to spend what they feel is an appropriate amount of time with their patients. There is also a detrimental […]

NHS Digital must do its homework on clinical documentation

The NHS Digital Academy, launched in Manchester August 2017, is the fruition of another Robert Wachter recommendation. Over the next three years it will train up to 300 digital leaders starting with chief clinical information officers (CCIOs) and chief information officers (CIOs). Rachel Dunscombe, CIO at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has become its chief […]

Digitising the NHS and role of data

Pessimists amongst us might view our journey towards a digital healthcare service fit for the 21st Century as tortuous. I was recently fortunate enough to attend the Digital Health CCIO Summer School where this frustrating crusade was put centre stage. There were several key themes across the two days including the critical role of data, […]

Female nurse taking an old woman's blood pressure

Anne Cooper, Director of Clinical Safety and Chief Nurse at NHS Digital chaired the roundtable discussion which was attended by 15 senior nurses from acute, primary, community and mental health who shared their experiences, frustrations and their future ‘fantasies’ nursing clinical documentation. The discussion began with recent headline statistics about the burden of nursing documentation gathered […]

How the burden of good patient record keeping impacts on nurses.

Research carried out by UK analytics specialist Ignetica for Nuance has found that doctors and nurses spend up to 50 per cent on their time reviewing information and adding information to clinical documentation. The average time nurses spent adding to record keeping was 10.7 hours per week. 33% of nurses said Clinical Documentation takes up […]