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Open Access Government looks at the advancement of NHS services through digital transformation. With information on public health, health data and digital pathology and services. 

This category contains articles on recent digital transformation initiatives conducted by the NHS and NHS trusts across the UK, aiding the Net Zero vision and digital services for patients.

With the continuing backlog of the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHS has had a surge of digital renovations to tackle the viruses effect on national healthcare and safety.

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Improvements to NHS digital can deliver better patient access

NHS Digital has planned to merge with NHS England in January 2023 to increase support for patients online.
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The healthcare industry’s identity security diagnosis

Ensuring identity security in the healthcare industry is vital post-pandemic, as the NHS faces more cyber threats than ever. Here's how we can better protect healthcare data.
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21.5% more people accessing talking therapies through the NHS

The number of people accessing talking therapies for conditions such as anxiety and depression via the NHS increased by 21.5% from 2020-21 to 2021-22, a new report shows.
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How digital improvements can aid the NHS backlog

Transforming UK healthcare means tackling the NHS backlog from COVID-19, but this could be solved through digital improvements like AI and cloud data.
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How do we turn the bold ambition of a net-zero NHS into reality?

Cameron Hawkins, Head of Energy and Environment at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), provides an update on a net-zero NHS and explores how we turn this bold ambition into reality.
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How virtual outpatient care can transform the NHS

Dr Bahman Nedjat-Shokouhi, founder and CEO of Medefer, discusses how virtual outpatient care is the future of the NHS and how we need to prioritise funding for digital technologies that can pave the way for elective recovery.
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Digital reader improves the accuracy of reporting positive lateral flow tests

Rob Banathy, Senior Product Manager at NHS Digital, explains how his team developed a lateral flow device digital reader service that can detect nearly twice the number of positive COVID-19 cases during early infection compared to the human eye.
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School children favour vaping over smoking or taking drugs

Fewer school children are smoking or doing drugs, but vaping use among 11 to 15-year-olds is increasing, a study from NHS Digital finds.
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NHS dentist visits decrease by 9.5% across the UK

2021 to 2022 saw an almost 10% drop in NHS dentist visits across England, due to COVID-19 restrictions and a lack of patient access.
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What behavioural economics has to offer to the NHS

At the centre of behavioural economics is an understanding that people do not always make rational decisions - here's how it could help the NHS.
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Improving the inclusivity of NHS technology for digital patients

To ensure that new NHS technology does not overlook older patients, a survey has taken patient’s comfort levels of using digital services Despite NHS technology taking on a new form to address health needs from patients’ mobile devices rather than in person, a study finds that older patients still feel...
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Digital healthcare adoption requires better security

Though the UK public is taking the right step in embracing digital healthcare, more trust is needed in the security of digital services.
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A ‘national scandal’: worst NHS staffing crisis in history

Conservative government must fill one million NHS roles to tackle the worst NHS staff shortages in history, MPs report.
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16 million repeat prescriptions: The power of a digital NHS

Over the last 12 months, more than 16 million repeat prescriptions were ordered through the NHS app – proving just how crucial digital access to health care is in 2022 NHS Digital.
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Ransomware attacks threaten the NHS

Mark Warren discusses ransomware attacks and why the NHS is particularly vulnerable.
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Improving patient care starts with technology

Liam Canavan illustrates the potential of technology in improving patient care, such as reducing waiting times for medical diagnosis and treatment.
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Drone chemotherapy becomes an NHS net zero cancer strategy

NHS cancer patients will be the first to experience drone chemotherapy, which furthers the NHS net zero strategy, as it cuts down travel time and distance.
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NHS Digital analyses health behaviours by ethnicity

A report from Health Survey for England analysed health behaviours and wellbeing by ethnicity, here are the results.
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NHS trusts to digitise pathology services with cloud computing

Two NHS trusts in England will collaborate with technology partner Sectra to deploy digital pathology services using cloud infrastructure NHS trusts in East Suffolk and North Essex will transform pathology services through cloud computing for better patient and healthcare services, following a collaboration with medical imaging technology provider Sectra. “Digital pathology...
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Digital healthcare in the NHS expands with £150 million in government funding

Supporting social care, the government have invested £150 million over the next 3 years to enable digital healthcare transformation, ranging from virtual wards to vaccine records on phones.

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