Headlines: May 25th, 2000

The NHS plans to expand its role of providing health information by getting in on early developments of digital TV. An advertising campaign has been launched to find potential suppliers to develop pilot projects. A shortlist of companies will be announced in the summer and contracts will be awarded later this year.Possible themes for the pilots include expanding NHS Direct to develop live links between NHS Direct nurses and individuals; providing general health information to schools and workplaces; support for groups of people suffering from chronic conditions and their carers; and developing training and recruitment packages for NHS staff.

The pilots will be used to assess the application of digital TV in health, health care and health care services and determine the best role for the NHS in digital TV development. The aim is to establish a NHS digital gateway and set up groundbreaking pilot projects of applications of digital TV in the health field.