National Health Service (NHS)

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VistA For The NHS

Ewan Davis | Woodcote Consulting | July 25, 2012

[...] It is widely acknowledged that over recent years the VA has transformed itself from one of the worst healthcare provider to probably the best in the USA with its use of VistA rightly credited as on of the key enablers of this transformation. Read More »

VistA for the NHS

Ewan Davis | Woodcote Consulting | July 25, 2012

So in conclusion I have a different vision for VistA in the NHS than  the NHS Campaign for VistA. However, we both want to see an NHS version of VistA and we both want to see it widely implemented. So let not worry about where we hope and think this should lead. Looking at the NHS Campaign for VistA’s  8 point plan http://nhsvista.net/our-ambition/  The first six steps align broadly with what I want to see happen so lets get on an do it and see where it leads us which I suspect might be a different than any of us currently expect.
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VistA Lead Designer Slams Hagel For iEHR Approach

Dan Bowman | FierceEMR | July 8, 2013

A lead software designer for VistA recently called out Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for not taking a patient-centric approach to the creation of an integrated electronic health record between DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read More »

Why Open Source Is Positive For Healthcare

Andy Clegg | The Information Daily.com | September 9, 2014

As a clinical consultant representing a proprietary software supplier in healthcare, you may be surprised to hear that I believe the attention that open source software is receiving is positive...

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Why Privatisation Is Killing the NHS [United Kingdom]

Steve Taylor | Huffington Post | September 23, 2014

...I thought it would be useful to share with you the effects which the Health and Social Care Act are having on our NHS, and how privatisation is taking doctors and nurses away from frontline care, turning valued colleagues into the competition, and potentially jeopardising the fantastic services that we have spent years trying to build...

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Will An Anti-Innovation Culture In The NHS Kill Off Technological Progress?

Dick Vinegar | Data Management Hub | June 10, 2014

Hackday system has best chance of overcoming bureaucratic regulatory process that stops apps getting traction they need...

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Worldwide Health IT Learning

Joseph Conn | ModernHealthcare.com | January 23, 2012

These memories came back to me this week after reading a report from 2020 Health.org. Researchers for the physician-led, not-for-profit British think tank concluded that the British National Health Service could learn a thing or two about operating a telehealth service for British patients by studying the telehealth system developed by the VA to care for more than 50,000 chronically ill American veterans.

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Young People Who Take High Doses Of Antidepressants Are Twice As Likely To Become Suicidal

Jenny Hope | Mail Online | April 28, 2014

Young adults taking high-dose antidepressants such as Prozac and Seroxat have double the risk of suicidal behaviour, warn researchers.  A U.S. study of almost 162,000 found those aged 24 or younger were twice as likely to deliberately self-harm compared with youngsters taking standard doses of SSRI pills.

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£20m Of Tech Fund To Go On Open Source

Lis Evenstad | eHealth Insider | November 5, 2013

Up to £20m of the 'Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards: Technology Fund' will go towards open source development. Speaking at EHI Live 2013, Beverley Bryant, director of strategic systems and technology at NHS England, said 20 trusts want to pursue an open source electronic patient record system. Read More »

£260m Technology Fund Details Revealed

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | July 1, 2013

Trusts must apply by the end of this month for part of the £260m Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund; and the money must be spent by March 2015. Read More »