Articles about Nhs

Doctor AI: Good news, I'm better at predicting when you'll die of a heart attack. Bad news is...

Artificial intelligence can predict better than real doctors when patients with serious heart disorders are likely to die. That's according to a paper published this week in Radiology. A team of medics and computer scientists, led by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) at Imperial College London, created what is …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Jan 2017

Mega UK hospitals trust Barts says IT borkage was due to trojan – not ransomware

Barts Health NHS Trust has blamed the disruption of its IT systems last Friday on a trojan horse infection and not ransomware. The trust, which runs five east London hospitals and is among the biggest in the UK, was forced to quarantine systems in response to the outbreak last week. In an update on Monday, the trust said that …
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2017

Ransomware brutes smacked 1 in 3 NHS trusts last year

A third (30 per cent) of NHS trusts have been infected by ransomware, with one – the Imperial College Healthcare in London – suffering 19 attacks in just 12 months. According to results of a Freedom of Information-based study, none of the trusts reported paying a ransom or informed law enforcement. All preferred to deal with …
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2017
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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has become one of the UK's richest politicians following the sale of his business which runs course-listing websites. London-based Hotcourses, in which Hunt has a 48 per cent stake, provides marketing services for universities, and course comparison sites for potential students. It today announced …

UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

Malware has infected hospital computers at the UK’s biggest NHS trust. Barts Health, which runs six London hospitals, shut down parts of its network on Friday to prevent the spread of the as-yet-unidentified software nasty. The organization oversees Mile End Hospital, Newham University Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, St …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2017
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Big tech's grip loosens on UK.gov IT spend

UK government IT spending is still dominated by a few big suppliers – but they are losing some of their grip, according to publicly released data and Freedom of Information responses covering five of the biggest-spending organisations. Last year, the Cabinet Office said the three biggest IT suppliers across central government …
SA Mathieson, 13 Jan 2017
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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

An NHS official who pocketed £80,000 in bribes for doling out lucrative IT contracts has been sentenced to three and half years in the slammer, while the techie contractor who benefited from them was given 14 months. Peter Lewis, 57, of Windlesham, admitted receiving corrupt payments from Richard Moxon, 41, of Wynbury in …
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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

The very phrase "food substitute" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Full-English loving workforce, and perhaps rightly so. Way back in the summer of 2013, former Reg man Jack Clark took one for the team by surviving on nothing but Soylent for seven nightmarish days and wrote up his experiences so that others …
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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

The NHS is stamping barcodes on breast implants, replacement hips and surgical tools in a bid to improve patient safety. The technology is intended to eliminate avoidable harm in hospitals, including errors such as patients being administered the wrong drugs and surgery being performed on the wrong part of the body, said the …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2016
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Microsoft offers UK cloud customers private pipes

Microsoft is offering private connections to its UK data centres as a means of wooing government customers to its sometimes less-than- resilient cloud. The private connection means faster pipes, less latency and therefore less failover or loss of service. Also, supposedly, greater protection. Until now, Microsoft relied upon …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2016
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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

The NHS is still running Windows XP en masse, two and a half years after Microsoft stopped delivering bug fixes and security updates. Nearly all of England NHS trusts – 90 per cent – continue to rely on PCs installed with Microsoft’s 15-year-old desktop operating system. Just over half are still unsure as to when they will …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2016
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What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

The Government in its Autumn statement promised to invest £1bn on "digital infrastructure", an extra £2bn annually on UK R&D, and at least £400m on new venture capital funds through the British Business Bank, which it hopes will unlock a further £1bn in private finance for growing firms. The National Productivity Investment …
Marcus Gibson, 05 Dec 2016

Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

Apparently the Brexit result has caused some IT leaders to look at repatriating data to the UK to “comply with data protection laws and especially GDPR”. But wait a minute – this seems to be more about a lack of understanding of data protection laws. Again. Earlier this year I wrote about emotional knee-jerk reactionism being …
Frank Jennings, 02 Dec 2016

Speaking in Tech: The limitations of Android's crypto

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week our Podcast Idols Peter Smallbone and Melissa Gurney join Greg and Ed to talk Black Friday, auto shopping, Android encryption and the big AWS show. The details… (0:00) Peter and Melissa assimilate into the podcast (1:35) Raving and Black Friday (8:58) Car …
Team Register, 30 Nov 2016

Doctor AI will see you now: US military vets will be diagnosed by deep-learning bots

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has signed a five-year deal with Flow Health, an AI company, to develop personalized healthcare plans for veterans using deep learning. Deep learning is a tool in machine learning that is useful for sifting through huge heaps of data to find useful information. Flow Health is focusing …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2016

Google DeepMind inks 5-year agreement with NHS for 'Streams' app

DeepMind Health, the healthcare arm of the artificial intelligence business owned by Google, has signed a deal with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to provide an app called Streams. The deal, which establishes a five-year partnership between the organisations, builds on DeepMind Health's pilot project with the Trust …
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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

The UK government has been accused of burying a report on its hated £11bn smart meters project by releasing revised spending data just hours after the election of Donald Trump. The scheme will require energy suppliers to offer 53 million meters to homes and small businesses by 2020 and the implementation is to be rolled out in …
Kat Hall, 17 Nov 2016
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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

The UK National Health Service Digital has blamed IT outsourcer Accenture for its ongoing email Reply-all woes. The cause of the cockup is almost certainly a combination of user error and a trouble-inviting system config update, though. On Monday morning, the NHS' internal email system was brought down by a test message sent …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Nov 2016
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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

Updated A test email sent by accident to 850,000 NHS workers has caused utter chaos after being sent from an apparently incorrectly configured* email distribution list. The sender, whom The Register will identify only as R, sent the blank message with a subject line that simply read "test" to a distribution list called …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Nov 2016
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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

World-leading Papworth Hospital has escaped a full-on zero-day crypto ransomware attack thanks to the "very, very lucky" timing of its daily backup. It's believed that an on-duty nurse at the heart and lung hospital in Cambridgeshire, UK, unwittingly clicked on something in an infected email, activating the attack at about …
SA Mathieson, 04 Nov 2016

Appointments on hold as (computer) virus wreaks havoc with NHS trust systems

An NHS trust in England shut down all of its IT systems today and has all but ground to a halt in general after a virus compromised them on Sunday. In a bright-red warning labelled "Major incident" on the website for Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, patients are warned that their appointments have been …
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Birmingham sperm bank pulls plug after just a handful of recruits

The UK's only NHS sperm bank has stopped recruiting donors after a trawl for men prepared to schlep to Birmingham to make a deposit turned up a mere handful. The National Sperm Bank, based at the National Gamete Donation Trust and Birmingham Fertility Centre, at Birmingham Women's Hospital, was launched two years ago with a …
Clodagh Doyle, 28 Oct 2016
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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

Reg Standards Bureau Reporting on NHS expenditure today, the BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle coined The Register's newest unit of measurement: The Pogba (Pg). The NHS is the second biggest area of public spending behind welfare. Last year, the Treasury handed over £118bn to the Department of Health in England - that is enough to buy more …
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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

Bemoaning the results of a survey showing that more than a third of people don't trust the NHS with their personal information, a new EU-funded lobby group has stressed the need for a “new culture of openness” in allowing patient data to be shared between studies. eTRIKS, which describes itself as “the result of a …
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New UK National silicone database will help avoid boobs

A national silicone breast implant database is to be created to ensure faulty products can be traced in the event of a product recall. The Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR) is intended to prevent a repeat of faulty Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) silicone breast implants scandal in 2010, in which fraudulently …
Kat Hall, 17 Oct 2016

The UK's 'Universal Credit mega cockup was the coalition's NPfIT' - Margaret Hodge

When Margaret Hodge was appointed chair of the UK Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in 2010, she was the first Labour leader since 1997 – as its head is always drawn from the main opposition party. In 2015 her colleague Meg Hillier became the new PAC chair, with all indications so far suggesting her successor will also be …
Kat Hall, 14 Oct 2016

IBM Watson Xprize is a chance to make AI more open, says prize team

A $5m AI competition aimed at showing “how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world's grand challenges” has been launched by IBM Watson under the XPRIZE banner. IBM Watson XPRIZE leader Amir Banifatemi hopes to repeat the successes of the previous XPRIZE, a separate competition, with AI. “There …
Katyanna Quach, 07 Oct 2016

NHS trusts ‘complacent’ on cloud app security risks

Almost half of NHS Trusts make no attempt to monitor cloud app usage, according to the results of a Freedom of Information request. The same FOI by cloud security firm Netskope also revealed that fewer than one-fifth of NHS Trusts have visibility into all cloud app use, leaving sensitive data vulnerable to both risky apps and …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2016
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NHS security deal

NHS Digital is planning to work closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to improve security for hospitals and other healthcare units. The role was revealed days before the NCSC, a UK government-run national cyber incident response bureau, opens its door for business next month. “NHS Digital, along with other …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2016
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Scrapped NHS care.data ballsup cost taxpayer almost £8m

Exclusive NHS England spent nearly £8m on its controversial care.data programme before scrapping it earlier this year, El Reg can reveal. The publicly hated programme was beset by delays and was criticised by both doctors and privacy campaigners about the haphazard way it would share sensitive medical data of citizens with commercial …
Sooraj Shah, 27 Sep 2016
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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

Review It’s impossible to read former bollocker-in-chief Margaret Hodge’s account of being chair of the government's spending watchdog without repeatedly banging your head against the wall. Hodge presided over the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee between 2010-2015, during the coalition government’s austerity programme. …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016

UK.gov oughta get its data-sharing house in order before Digital Economy Bill plans

Analysis The government has a funny notion of how to tackle failure. When it comes to contracts, suppliers that have routinely messed up are handed more deals. When it comes to policy, approaches that have proved unsuccessful get dusted off and pushed with renewed vigour. The author who wrote "the definition of insanity is doing the …
Kat Hall, 19 Sep 2016

NHS health apps project plan: Powered by your medical records

UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt plans for NHS-approved health apps to play a role in patient records and healthcare have already spawned a rash of privacy concerns. The NHS.UK site will have a new collection of NHS-approved health apps to guide patient choice. Data from health apps and wearable activity trackers such as …
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2016

NHS hospitals told to swallow stronger anti-ransomware medication

NHS Digital is set to start expanding the range of cybersecurity services available to UK hospitals and clinics. CareCERT (Care Computer Emergency Response Team) launched in November 2015, offering a national service that helps health and care organisations to improve their cybersecurity defences by providing proactive advice …
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2016
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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

Microsoft has opened the doors on UK data centre facilities for local customers with a chip at Amazon. The giant’s Azure and Office 365 services are being hosted as options at locations in London, Cardiff and Durham. Dynamics CRM Online will be available from the UK data centres in the first half of next year. Until now, UK …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2016

NHS 'paperless roadmap': Fewer dead trees, more data control

NHS Digital, the body formerly known as HSCIC, has released a roadmap for the government's long in the tooth paperless health service plan. Contained in its board minute papers was an overview of its paperless plans for 2020, include a map of its portfolio of "key outcomes and ministerial commitments." Part of the strategy …
Kat Hall, 06 Sep 2016

Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

The great war against the big-bellied is well under way in China, with certain uni students at a hall of residence told to bed down in the bottom bunks to avoid potential damage caused by falling fatties. Young scholars at the Hohai University, Changzhou campus in Jiangsu Province with a Body Mass Index of 28 or above or who …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2016
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That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

“Chemotherapy kills” was bound to pique our interest, especially since in the best traditions of modern research, its source was a badly-reported scientific study. The screaming headlines were just as you'd expect: “Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer fighting drugs” from Blighty's The Telegraph; almost the same …
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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

Health insurance and financial data management biz Health IQ is the latest outfit to have its wrists slapped by NHS Digital in the UK for failing to comply with data processing rules. A technical audit of Health IQ concluded the company had breached its Data Sharing Agreement with the NHS "by holding and processing data …
Kat Hall, 26 Aug 2016

NHS injects tender for PC and peripherals kit with £500m

The UK's NHS has a £500m budget to burn on PCs, printers and monitors in the latest mega framework tender to be dangled in front of ravenous tech suppliers. A ten lot agreement including desktops, lappies, tabs, peripherals, and warranties has been issued by the NHS Shared Business Services - the joint venture between DfH and …
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016
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Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

Ireland was hit hard by the global financial crunch of 2007 and 2008. It was the first of the EU member states to slip into recession immediately following the bursting of the economic bubble. As the economy contracted, banks faced default and government debt increased, with Ireland eventually taking an €67.5bn loan from the …
SA Mathieson, 23 Aug 2016
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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

There has been yet another delay in the ongoing saga of cash-burning that is the UK’s national smart meter initiative. While the communications infrastructure was due to be switched on today, the £11bn project’s turn-on has now been delayed again until September, the BBC has reported. The Data and Communications Company (DCC …

Some benefits of digital health to NHS may be delayed by consent model consultation – expert

Opinion The realisation of some digital health benefits within the NHS might have been delayed by the extra requirement for consultation on a new consent model governing the use of patient data. A new consent and opt-out model could help clarify constraints that apply to data use in the NHS and promote new digital health initiatives. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Aug 2016
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Australia hires former head of controversial UK care.data plan

The Australian government's love affair with digitisation experts from the United Kingdom continues, with former National Health Service (NHS) digital head Tim Kelsey made boss of the antipodean Digital Health Agency (successor to the National e-Health Transition Agency). The leave moves Telstra Health shy a director, since …
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UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

Ambulance service union the GMB has called for an urgent review of the UK's South East Coast Ambulance’s computerised dispatch system for control centre staff handling emergency calls. The union says staff have reported constant loading errors and regular system crashes that leave dispatchers unable to answer calls, contact …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016

The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

Special Report If the fMRI brain-scanning fad is well and truly over, then many fashionable intellectual ideas look like collateral damage, too. What might generously be called the “British intelligentsia” – our chattering classes – fell particularly hard for the promise that “new discoveries in brain science” had revealed a new …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jul 2016
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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

The controversial Care.data patient information-sharing scheme has today been binned. The closure of the scheme was announced in a statement by minister for life sciences George Freeman MP. It follows a review by the National Data Guardian Fiona Caldicott which recommended better safeguards for the sharing of patient data. …
Kat Hall, 06 Jul 2016
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Behold the ROBOT RECTUM... medics' relief

Rise of the machines: Spare a thought for the only Rectal Teaching Assistant in the UK who has lost his livelihood to a cold, metal bastard. A bionic booty comprising prosthetic buttocks and anus with in-built robotic tech was developed by the white coats at Imperial College London to help doctors and nurses practise probing a …
Katyanna Quach, 06 Jul 2016

UK patients should have greater data slurp opt-out powers – report

Patients must be allowed to opt out of their personal data being used for purposes beyond their direct care, a long-awaited report addressing concerns raised by the Care.data debacle has recommended. The report: Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs by the National Data guardian Fiona Caldicott and the Care Quality …
Kat Hall, 06 Jul 2016
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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

Famous eye hospital Moorfields has agreed to give Google’s DeepMind access to one million anonymous eye scans as a part of a machine learning study intended to spot early signs of sight loss. Explicit patient consent is not required because the scans are historic, meaning the results won’t affect the care of current patients. …
Kat Hall, 05 Jul 2016