Hundreds apply for £100m nurse technology fund

Over 220 applications have been sent to NHS England in the hopes of receiving part of the £100 million Nursing Technology Fund. 

The fund, which was launched in December last year, invited NHS organisations to bid for money to buy technology to support nurses, midwives and care staff.

The fund focuses on practical mobile and digital technologies such as digital pens or tablets to help improve communication, allow staff to do their jobs more easily and provide improved care and better experiences for patients.

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Nursing cutbacks linked to high death rates in hospitals

UK study, published in The Lancet journal, analysed data on more than 420,000 patients admitted to 300 European hospitals across nine countries, key findings include:

• Patients more likely to die in hospital due to nursing cutbacks, says study

• At present, each nurse in England has to look after average of nine patients

• Chance of dying within month of surgery rises by 7% for each extra patient

• And the risk is even worse when hospitals employ poorly-qualified nurses

• Study analysed data on more than 420,000 patients in European hospitals

• Peter Carter, CEO of Royal College of Nursing, says he is 'worried' by data

 

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HISINM & ENS4Care - Questionnaire Launch

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The HISINM group is now also taking part in the EU funded ENS4Care project.

ENS4Care is a Thematic Network involving 24 partners, whose main objective is the development of evidence based guidelines for the implementation of eHealth services in nursing and social care, building on existing good practices amongst the participants of the Network, sharing and transferring knowledge across European regions. 

ENS4Care provides a sustainable collaboration platform for relevant health, social care and users’ stakeholders, scientific communities and pan-European industry representation.The ENS4Care questionnaire to collect the practices has now been launched.

Please find access to the survey here.

The deadline to submit the practices has been extended until 14 March 2014. 

HISI NM Joins TIGER

HISI NM is delighted to announce its participation in the TIGER initiative.

TIGER exists to enable nurses and inter-professional colleagues to use informatics and emerging technologies to make healthcare safer, more effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable by interweaving evidence and technology seamlessly into practice, education and research fostering a learning healthcare system.

You can read the latest on TIGER here

Minister Reilly publishes eHealth Strategy for Ireland and Health Identifiers Bill

The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, today (13th December) published the eHealth Strategy for Ireland, the Health Identifiers Bill 2013 and announced the recruitment of a Chief Information Officer for the health services.

“The eHealth Strategy will put Ireland in a position to fully exploit all of the many benefits which today’s information and communication technology has to offer in modernising the way we treat patients and particularly in providing care in the most appropriate setting and at the most appropriate level within the health services” said Minister Reilly. “From my perspective, the eHealth strategy could not have come at a better time because eHealth is a key enabler of change, the type of radical reform that we have put in train for our health services. I am also pleased by the proposals for cooperation with Northern Ireland in this area”. 

The Health Identifiers Bill 2013, published today, provides the legal basis for Individual Health Identifiers for health service users and unique identifiers for health service providers. The identifiers will be used across the health service, both public and private.

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