Archived News: May 2004

14th May 2004: Healthcare Commission (previously CHAI) has opened a 3 month consultation
on a draft Code of practice governing how it will obtain and use personal information
See:http://www.chai.org.uk

14th May 2004 : Providing patients with better information in emergency departments - Toolkit.
Includes: Information screens are a very simple way to provide up-to-date, real-time information to patients. They can display a vast amount of useful information including current waiting times and details of other local services. This helps patients make informed decisions about where to be treated. Screens can also include information about public transport and car parking, which can be important to patients.
See: http://www.dh.gov.uk/

14th May 2004 : GPs need not be overly worried when their patients look to the internet for information, according to research at the University of York.
The study, which was funded by the ESRC, suggests that parents of children with chronic diseases find the internet useful as a source of extra information, but it does not undermine their confidence in health professionals, or their faith in biomedicine. See:
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCContent/news/may04-3.asp

May 2004 : Mixed picture for IT directors in primary care
Over 50% of primary care trusts (PCT) surveyed in a recent poll had an IT director, though the vast majority of the postholders had other executive responsibilities or worked as a shared resource with two or more PCTs. See
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=734

14th May 2004 : The National Programme for IT (NPfIT) has stated that discounts of up to 80% have been secured in its negotiations with picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) suppliers,
but has yet to provide details of how PACS procurements and implementations in English NHS trusts will be funded and delivered. See:
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=733

14th May 2004 : More Health professionals to be given power to prescribe: physiotherapists, radiographers, chiropodists and optometrists should be able to prescribe
medicines, in partnership with a doctor, to help treat and manage conditions such as glaucoma, chronic back pain and the effects of multiple sclerosis, as well as providing pain relief for patients attending radiography sessions. See:
http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/PressReleases/

5th May 2004 : Great Opportunity To Get Involved in Developing Nursing Needs With NPfiT Clusters in Southern and London Areas. See: Regional Pages for full information.

May 5th 2004: Florence Nightingale was born 184 years ago this month:
/b>"For us who nurse, our nursing is a thing which, unless we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it, we are going back." (Did she know about eHealth?) See:
http://www.florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/

5th May 2004 : Guidance for GP Practices in relation to the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT )

See: http://www.bma.org.uk/

5th May 2004 : NPfIT to review approach to stakeholder engagement:
The NHS National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) has announced a review of its formal arrangements for engaging the NHS, patients and other stakeholders, in order to support the effective implementation of the NPfIT. As part of this new approach the national programme is to create a new Front Line Support Academy to help NHS leaders with new technology. See E-Health Insider :
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=724

5th May 2004 : HeartScore, is the new interactive tool for European risk prediction and management aimed at supporting clinicians in optimising individual cardiovascular risk reduction.

The need to estimate total cardiovascular risk in apparently healthy individuals has since 1994 been strongly advocated by the joint recommendations from The European Society of Cardiology, European Society of Hypertension, European Atherosclerosis Society and other societies Tool can be seen/downloaded at:
http://www.escardio.org/

5th May 2004 : GMC Revised Confidentiality Guidance for Doctors
See: http://www.gmc-uk.org

14th May 2004: Healthcare Commission (previously CHAI) has opened a 3 month consultation
on a draft Code of practice governing how it will obtain and use personal information See: http://www.chai.org.uk/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/

14th May 2004 : Providing patients with better information in emergency departments - Toolkit.
Includes: Information screens are a very simple way to provide up-to-date, real-time information to patients. They can display a vast amount of useful information including current waiting times and details of other local services. This helps patients make informed decisions about where to be treated. Screens can also include information about public transport and car parking, which can be important to patients. See: http://www.dh.gov.uk/

14th May 2004 : GPs need not be overly worried when their patients look to the internet for information, according to research at the University of York.
The study, which was funded by the ESRC, suggests that parents of children with chronic diseases find the internet useful as a source of extra information, but it does not undermine their confidence in health professionals, or their faith in biomedicine. See:
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCContent/news/may04-3.asp

14th May 2004 : Mixed picture for IT directors in primary care
Over 50% of primary care trusts (PCT) surveyed in a recent poll had an IT director, though the vast majority of the postholders had other executive responsibilities or worked as a shared resource with two or more PCTs. See
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=734

May 2004 : The National Programme for IT (NPfIT) has stated that discounts of up to 80% have been secured in its negotiations with picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) suppliers,
but has yet to provide details of how PACS procurements and implementations in English NHS trusts will be funded and delivered. See:
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=733

14th May 2004 : More Health professionals to be given power to prescribe: physiotherapists, radiographers, chiropodists and optometrists should be able to prescribe
medicines, in partnership with a doctor, to help treat and manage conditions such as glaucoma, chronic back pain and the effects of multiple sclerosis, as well as providing pain relief for patients attending radiography sessions. See:
http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/PressReleases/

5th May 2004 : Great Opportunity To Get Involved in Developing Nursing Needs With NPfiT Clusters in Southern and London Areas
See: Regional Pages for full information.

May 5th 2004: Florence Nightingale was born 184 years ago this month:
"For us who nurse, our nursing is a thing which, unless we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it, we are going back." (Did she know about eHealth?) See:
http://www.florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/

5th May 2004 : Guidance for GP Practices in relation to the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT)

See: http://www.bma.org.uk/

5th May 2004 : NPfIT to review approach to stakeholder engagement:
The NHS National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) has announced a review of its formal arrangements for engaging the NHS, patients and other stakeholders, in order to support the effective implementation of the NPfIT. As part of this new approach the national programme is to create a new Front Line Support Academy to help NHS leaders with new technology. See E-Health Insider :
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=724

5th May 2004 : HeartScore, is the new interactive tool for European risk prediction and management aimed at supporting clinicians in optimising individual cardiovascular risk reduction.

The need to estimate total cardiovascular risk in apparently healthy individuals has since 1994 been strongly advocated by the joint recommendations from The European Society of Cardiology, European Society of Hypertension, European Atherosclerosis Society and other societies Tool can be seen/downloaded at:
http://www.escardio.org/

5th May 2004 : GMC Revised Confidentiality Guidance for Doctors
See: http://www.gmc-uk.org



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