Channel 4: NHS England digital database launch delayed by two months after patient outcry over consultation

Channel 4: NHS England digital database launch delayed by two months after patient outcry over consultation . “A new central NHS database using GP records in England won’t now come online until September, amid concerns about privacy. The digital system was meant to be launched next month, collating information on patient appointments, treatments and referrals, as well as other data held by local surgeries.”

The Independent: New website to help patients and NHS staff check hospital waiting times

The Independent: New website to help patients and NHS staff check hospital waiting times. “A group of patient activists has set up a new website using official NHS data to allow patients to check the waiting times for treatments at their local hospital. The new waiting times tool is thought to be the first automated and regularly updated website that shows hospital performance against key waiting time targets, by medical specialty such as cardiology or orthopaedics.”

Financial Times: England’s NHS plans to share patient records with third parties

Financial Times: England’s NHS plans to share patient records with third parties. I do not usually share Financial Times articles because of the paywall, but this article was not paywalled to me. “England’s NHS is preparing to scrape the medical histories of 55m patients, including sensitive information on mental and sexual health, criminal records and abuse, into a database it will share with third parties. The data collection project, which is the first of its kind, has caused an uproar among privacy campaigners, who say it is ‘legally problematic’, especially as patients only have a few weeks to opt out of the plan.”

The Register: UK privacy watchdog confirms probe into NHS England COVID-19 app after complaints of spammy emails, texts

The Register: UK privacy watchdog confirms probe into NHS England COVID-19 app after complaints of spammy emails, texts. “Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has confirmed it is investigating grumbles about heavy-handed marketing emails and texts promoting the NHS COVID-19 contact-tracing app in England. Between 26 and 27 September, NHS Test and Trace messaged anyone resident in the country who was over the age of 16 and had previously provided their contact details to a GP. Those contacted had not specifically opted in to receive marketing communications regarding the NHS COVID-19 app.”

HSJ: Frustration over new PPE tracking tool

HSJ: Frustration over new PPE tracking tool. “Trust procurement leads have expressed frustration over a new stock reporting tool introduced by NHS England/Improvement on Monday. The ‘NHS Foundry’ data collection system, created by Silicon Valley tech firm Palantir, is designed to track levels of PPE and other covid-19 related products at trusts. But procurement leads have told HSJ the system so far offers limited functionality and produces relatively little information for users.”

Coronavirus: New tool will forecast how GP surgeries would cope with a second peak in cases (Sky News)

Sky News: Coronavirus: New tool will forecast how GP surgeries would cope with a second peak in cases. “The government will be able to test how GP surgeries might react to a second coronavirus peak or further PPE shortages thanks to a new forecasting tool being developed by the NHS, Sky News can reveal. The local forecasting system, which is being developed by NHS innovation unit NHSX, uses thousands of health and social data feeds to model the impact of different COVID-19 scenarios, according to a person familiar with the project.”

Metro: Mental health support website launched for NHS staff battling coronavirus

Metro: Mental health support website launched for NHS staff battling coronavirus. “Trained cognitive behavioural hypnotherapists Slee Parrish and Alex James designed NHS in Mind after feeling that staff were being ‘sent out with watering cans to put out a bush fire’. The new website features instructions for a set of eight techniques, accompanied by simple YouTube videos, for employees who are experiencing feelings of fear or stress while at work.” These are basic, quick exercises that look like they’d be good for anybody experiencing anxiety or stress.

Google Blog: Get helpful health info from the NHS, right in Search

Google Blog: Get helpful health info from the NHS, right in Search. “Now, we’re making it even easier for people in the U.K. to find trusted information from the National Health Service (NHS). Beginning this week, when you search for health conditions like chickenpox, back pain, or the common cold, you can find Knowledge Panels with information from the NHS website that help you understand more about common causes, treatments and more.”

BetaNews: Amazon is getting free access to NHS medical data

BetaNews: Amazon is getting free access to NHS medical data. “As fear mounts in the UK at the prospect of the NHS being sold in part or in whole to the US, the government has decided to give Amazon access to National Health Service data for free. The arrangement means that Amazon will be able to access ‘healthcare information, including … symptoms, causes, and definitions’. The tech giant will be able to use the data in conjunction with Alexa to enable users to get medical help and advice via the digital assistant.”

NHS Data: A £9.6 Billion Treasure Trove? (CBR)

CBR: NHS Data: A £9.6 Billion Treasure Trove?. “NHS data – held in some 55 million patient records – could be worth £5 billion each year to commercial partners, consultancy EY said in a new report published Friday, highlighting a further £4.6 billion in annual potential benefits to patients if the datasets of the single largest integrated health care provider in the world were put to use.”

HSJ: ‘Couch to 5k’ among 10 apps pulled from NHS app library

HSJ: ‘Couch to 5k’ among 10 apps pulled from NHS app library. “Couch to 5k is among 10 apps which have been removed from the NHS’ digital library after failing to go through data protection checks. According to NHS Digital’s 2018-19 annual reports and accounts, the apps were pulled from the NHS Apps Library after they failed to provide information for a new general data protection regulation assessment.”

The Telegraph (UK): NHS to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in bid to stop children dying from pollution

The Telegraph (UK): NHS to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in bid to stop children dying from pollution. “The NHS is to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in a bid to stop children dying from pollution and other preventable causes.” This article is paywalled, but you should be able to get the gist.