Achieving the vision of health and social care integration calls for a shift in culture and a new way of working, suggests Mark Raeburn, who examines the thoughts of seven directors of adult social services on the topic.
In this feature Dr Simon Wallace calls for healthcare organisations to build speech-enabled clinical documentation to improve patient services.
Faced with the unparalleled challenges of a rising population, seemingly constant pressure to reform and growing patient demands – against the backdrop of budget cuts and austerity, and a government commitment to develop a paperless organisation by 2020 – the NHS is confronting one of the toughest periods since its inception.
In this article Antonio Coppola describes the attitudes of people to smartcards and explores some of the benefits they bring.
Even before the government’s ‘Smart Cities’ paper in 2013, (Department for Business Innovation and Skills), the concept had begun to weave its way into public sector (and private sector) thinking. Three years on and most UK cities are either well into their ‘smart city’ transformation, or planning it.
Developing websites to extend self service facilities is challenging and across the public sector progress has not been as rapid as expected. In this article Chris Haslam describes how Drupal 8 can help with development.
Neo Technology’s Emil Eifrem looks at how we’ll need to harness Internet of Things (IoT) technology to make cities more manageable.
Our cities are much larger and more complex than their Industrial Revolution era forebears. Ageing infrastructure, pollution, traffic congestion and crime have come in their wake – challenges city leaders see smart cities as being their best hope of ameliorating.
Automation is impacting severely on IT as in other spheres of life. Joe Kim recognizes why some see automation as a threat, but urges all to embrace it as the way forward.
Content management specialist SynApps Solutions’ Gary Britnell discusses the biggest problem NHS IT leaders have right now: getting computers to talk to each other.
“If I had any one piece of advice for the NHS around going digital, it’s to get interoperability right from the start. We have hospitals in the US that have great computers, but where 95% of the systems can’t talk to each other.”
Service organisations with relatively few field staff can work efficiently with a paper based system for allocating tasks. In this feature John Cameron explains how semi and fully automatic scheduling systems can help the larger organizations to cope with the complexities.
With five weeks to go to the end of 2106, SolarWinds offers an outline of trends and predictions for the public sector IT industry for the coming year.
Data Breaches on the Rise (Again)