PUTTING PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE INTEGRATION

Features: February 10th, 2017

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.

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CUTTING PATIENT DOCUMENTATION TIME

Features: February 7th, 2017

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.

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SMART CITY – SMART CARD – SMART DELIVERY

Features: January 31st, 2017

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.

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BOOST FOR PUBLIC SECTOR SELF SERVICE

Features: January 20th, 2017

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.

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SMART CITY LIFE WILL NEED SMART DATA

Features: January 13th, 2017

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.

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FOR GOVERNMENT IT PROFESSIONALS: DON’T HESITATE – AUTOMATE

Features: January 9th, 2017

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.

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ACHIEVING THE WATCHER REVIEW’S GOALS DEPENDS ON GETTING INTEROPERABILITY RIGHT

Features: December 16th, 2016

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.”

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TRANSITION FROM MANUAL TO AUTOMATIC SCHEDULING: A STEPPED APPROACHED

Features: December 2nd, 2016

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.

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PUBLIC SECTOR IT TRENDS AND PREDICTIONS 2017

Features: November 25th, 2016

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)

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PUTTING FURNITURE POVERTY TO BED

Features: November 11th, 2016

Nick Oettinger, managing director at R&R Beds, comments on the rise of furniture poverty in the UK and why the public sector needs to do more to help families in need of basic household furniture.

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