NHS Digital testing wireless technology to make healthcare services better

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UK national health-tech provider NHS Digital has scheduled trials to evaluate the role of wireless technologies in improving patient care delivery.

The Wireless Centre of Excellence trials opened for proposals from NHS organizations. They can ask for funding to develop wireless technologies that close connectivity gaps in healthcare environments.

Petra Wilson, a HIMSS senior adviser, remarked on the trials. She said, “Mobile technologies allow care provision at the patients’ whim. It also reduces backlogs and accelerates access to healthcare. NHS has the opportunity to innovate ground-breaking technologies. Other healthcare systems can also adopt them through exports.”

Such exports heading to the EU should comply with the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill. The bill came up on 18th July, and it helped the UK maintain its GDPR equivalence rating.

Wilson emphasized that this compatibility must be ensured. Only then will wireless technology improve patient care in conventional healthcare settings.

NHS Digital has had other wireless trials. This includes University College London Hospitals’ Find and Treat service. It also employs high-tech tools and software to give a real-time remote diagnosis. It works through a mobile health unit.

NHS Digital has also funded 5G connectivity in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. It’s the first 5 G-connected hospitals in the UK.

Clinicians can enhance their work through innovative products like the eObservations app. It allows doctors to update patient records digitally. They can also make live observations through handheld devices.

NHS digital director of infrastructure services also remarked, “Wireless technologies will play an ever-increasing role in healthcare. NHS is planning to implement new care models for patients needing treatment in mobile settings. Clinicians will now be able to access data and digital systems as and when they need it. And this is not in the future. However, the benefits are visible already. From remote diagnosis in a mobile health unit to live observations in the first 5G hospital in the UK, these projects will have many benefits.”

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