Care homes and GPs could be graded



Patient choice, performance and accountability could all be improved by having Ofsted-style ratings and inspections for care homes and GP practices, according to a think tank. The Nuffield Trust says a ratings system for the NHS could be in place … Continue reading

Chip under your skin ‘can track cancer’



A postage stamp-sized implant could greatly improve the tracking and treatment of cancer and other chronic illnesses – by performing blood tests under the skin, scientists say. The 14 millimetre-long gadget, crammed with small electronics containing five sensors and a … Continue reading

Check out heart surgeons online



People waiting for heart operations will be able to look at how successful their surgeon has been in the past before they agree to go into theatre. The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery said patients will be able to access information … Continue reading

Online sales ‘up by 13%’ in February



Sales in the online retail market rose 13% in February, in line with the 12% forecast for the year as a whole. The IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index showed that although nearly all sectors recorded double-digit growth, the average basket … Continue reading

Boost for Scottish telehealth services



Innovative solutions are being developed for teleheath and telecare initiatives in Scotland thanks to one million pounds of European funding. The pioneering technology has already meant that many dementia patients at Abbeyfield Care Home in Ballachulish have had access to … Continue reading

Health innovation centre launched in London



London’s new centre of innovation excellence has been launched by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Established by US healthcare firm Johnson & Johnson, it is hoped the facility will bring high-tech jobs and investment to the capital. New technologies will be … Continue reading

Customers ‘set to bank on tablets’



Research has found more and more people are using their mobiles or tablets to manage their bank accounts. While in the past people may have restricted their internet activity to online research or entertainment, more people are using it to … Continue reading

Ladbrokes to launch ‘digital Vegas’



Ladbrokes has signed a deal with a software developer to launch a “Vegas” section on its website with 200 casino-style games. The deal with Playtech marks the latest step in the bookmaker’s attempts to breathe new life into its digital … Continue reading

Lifestyle data to merge with clinical records



A new partnership between two patient support platforms will see patients’ behaviour-change and lifestyle data merged with their clinical records, it has been announced. The platforms involved in the merging of data include Patients Know Best, a patient-controlled online medical … Continue reading

Firms ‘need more’ than PPC marketing



A report claims internet-based firms who spend more on Pay Per Click (PPC) methods than other types of online marketing are seeing their profits fall. Sage Pay’s third annual e-business Benchmark Report, which looked at 1,500 online UK companies, shows … Continue reading