With all of our CQC regulated members rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ and Livi becoming the first online GP provider to be rated ‘Outstanding’ overall, we’re working to demonstrate our members’ commitment to patient safety and set the standard for digital healthcare. This was a key topic in last week’s member session when we discussed… Read More Are digital services putting patient safety at risk?
Commenting in the HSJ, DHC director, Graham Kendall and DHC member, tested.me, raised concerns that government promotion of the NHS App for covid-19 vaccine passports could push out other health tech providers. Graham said: “If we try to do it alone and the NHS App ends up crowding out the rest of the market in… Read More Concern that NHS App could crowd the vaccine passport market
Over the past couple of months, DHC members have been raising concerns about possible plans for NHS England to extend their contract with AccuRx without open competition. DHC Director, Graham Kendall, spoke with Andrea Downey at Digital Health News about their concerns. “The DHSC, NHS England, NHSX, NHS Digital and the Cabinet Office have all… Read More Open competition secures the best services for patients
For digital providers, the consultation on the CQC’s new strategy is an opportunity to highlight how the regulatory process could, and should, be making better use of what digital services can offer. As a collective voice of 17 digital health providers, we responded with our thoughts on how the new strategy could help meet the… Read More Influencing the future of healthcare regulation
A couple of pieces of interesting research recently show that: Over 50s are less likely to have accessed online consultations in the UK during the first lockdown Older patients prefer digital health tools to in-person consultations Research commissioned by Visiba Care looked at rates of online consultations including video consultations and online consultations such as… Read More Research shows strong but unmet demand for digital healthcare among older people
The latest GP appointment stats covering October have led some observers to fanfare that the level of GP appointments is now at pre-pandemic levels. But that conclusion is only partially true, and more fundamentally, perhaps it also misses the point. It is accurate that the total number of appointments in October was 28.2 million and… Read More GP appointment bounce back masks nationwide variation
Writing in Open Access Government, DHC Director, Graham Kendall outlines what has worked in response to Covid, and what needs to change. He highlights the need to: focus on integrating solutions that prioritise the user experience support and empower local users to choose solutions that work for them spend wisely, and avoid duplicating expenditure work… Read More Lessons from COVID-19: How can healthcare change for the better?
Commenting in City AM, DHC Director, Graham Kendall discusses reasons for why digital health is set to grow over the long-term. “These fundamental pressures [e.g. demographic changes and long-term conditions] and an increasing patient appetite for accessible, always-on care, will drive innovation in digital healthcare and encourage widespread adoption over the foreseeable future”. Read the… Read More Healthtech: are ‘virtual’ doctors here to stay?
The latest waiting time figures show the length of time waiting has grown again. It’s understandable due to the shut down in activity earlier in the year because of Covid and difficulties resuming activity due to social distancing and infection control. Nevertheless, the figures are both startling and concerning, writes DHC Director, Graham Kendall. Some… Read More Waiting times grow again
Commenting further to a recent article in Digital Health News about difficulties with the remote monitoring frames, DHC Director, Graham Kendall said: “In an ideal world we would all avoid errors, but it’s vital to correct them when they are arise so I would pay credit to CCS for being responsive and taking prompt action… Read More Give Trusts choice