May 17, 2020

New smoking law bans cigarette machines from pubs

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Cigarette machines have been banned in pubs
Cigarette vending machines will be banned from all public areas of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants under a new law which comes into play on Saturday...

Cigarette vending machines will be banned from all public areas of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants under a new law which comes into play on Saturday.

The move from the Department of Health (DoH) is a bid to stop underage smoking in the UK, as it is estimated 46,000 children aged between 11 and 15 years old use the machines to buy tobacco.

However, pubs will still be able to sell cigarettes and tobacco from behind the bar after carrying out proof of age checks.

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The Government has been praised for the move, which some health campaigners described as “brave.”

The ban was planned and approved in 2009 and Gillian Merron, the Health Minister at the time, said: “The tobacco industry constantly recruits young people to replace those who give up smoking or die each year.”

The ban was the brainchild of Ian McCartney, a former Labour minister, who described cigarette vending machines as an “outrageous loophole in our country's safeguards' against tobacco.”

A fine of £2,500 has been introduced and any establishments that do not adhere to the new rules will have to pay the fee.

A company that owns approximately 20,000 cigarette machines, Sinclair Collis, protested against the ban,  arguing 550 jobs could lost and an industry worth £400 million would be lost.

It also criticised the government in the UK and DoH for not doing more to test technology solutions that would be able to implement age restrictions on the vending machines.

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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