May 17, 2020

The December edition of Healthcare Global is live

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Microsoft
Aetna
Microsoft
Catherine Sturman
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The December edition of Healthcare Global is live.

This month, we spoke with Dr Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business (NSB) regarding the o...

 

The December edition of Healthcare Global is live.

This month, we spoke with Dr Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business (NSB) regarding the organisation’s non-financial collaboration with the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP), to develop a dispersible tablet formulation of the most impactful antibiotics currently in the pipeline. With a mission to cure, discover, develop and successfully market innovative products to prevent and cure diseases, NSB has combined its social and business aspirations to drive both profit and purpose.

However, throughout the industry’s efforts to promote engagement and develop essential treatments on a global scale, it is vital that citizens are able to access essential treatment at affordable prices. As healthcare costs continue to escalate, we spoke with Mitesh Patel, Medical Director at Aetna International, regarding the company’s development of world-class health management solutions for governments, corporations and providers worldwide, providing health benefits to more than 800,000 members worldwide.

Consumers are increasingly wanting affordable treatment which is accessible, anytime, anywhere. Technology is playing a key role in fully disrupting traditional models of care, leading us to take an extensive look at the top 10 medical innovations which will gain further traction in 2019, as well as showcase essential healthcare events across the upcoming year.

Don’t forget to also check out our company profiles with Microsoft Canada and PetalMD.

The issue can be read here.

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Jul 19, 2021

COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift

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COVID19
digitalhealthcare
Technology
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COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
A new app for redeployed NHS hospital staff launches on the same day as restrictions lift in England

A new app has launched today to support UK hospital staff who have been redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients. 

The Acute COVID app has been co-developed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+, along with health tech company Imagineear Health. 

It provides information to healthcare staff via a step-by-step guide, aimed at both doctors and nurses. This includes the different stages of COVID-19 so they have guidance around triage at A&E, hospital admission, in-hospital treatments, and advanced care management.

The app also provides training on non-invasive ventilation. In the first wave of the pandemic the numbers of patients needing this type of ventilation led to staff who would not normally administer this to patients having to do so. 

Additionally the app signposts staff to where they can access mental and physical wellbeing support, acknowledging the levels of staff burnout, particularly among frontline staff, the pandemic has created. 

The launch of the app comes on the same day England lifts its COVID-19 restrictions, labelled "freedom day" by some. However infection rates have soared in recent weeks and the move has been fiercely opposed by scientists and doctors, both in the UK and abroad. 

In a letter published in medical journal The Lancet backed by 1,200 international scientists, experts called the unlocking "a threat to the world", as allowing infection rates to rise enables the virus to mutate and potentially become resistant to the vaccination. 

At the weekend the newly appointed health secretary Sajid Javid announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, and both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating. 
Meanwhile in the first week of July more than 500,000 alerts were issued by the NHS Covid-19 app telling people they had been exposed to the virus. As a result businesses are considering cutting their opening hours while staff are self-isolating at home. The government has issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working even if they've come into contact with someone with COVID-19. 

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