The Lords science committee was told that England has just two months to develop effective public health behaviours and a working test and trace programme if it wants to avoid a Covid-19 tsunami this winter.
Dedalus revealed that it is going to buy DXC Technology’s health business, and with it the Lorenzo EPR that DXC’s predecessors, CSC and iSoft, struggled to develop and deploy to the National Programme for IT in the NHS. Bupa Cromwell Hospital revealed that it has been working with the Visionable video collaboration platform for MDT meetings and virtual clinics.
The UK death toll for hospital and care home patients with a positive test for Covid-19 passed 45,000 as the NHS Test and Trace programme faced further turmoil. Yet attention was shifting to the elements of the Covid-19 response that should be retained in a ‘new normal’.
NHSE/I indicated that the old funding regime may be gone for good, while NHS Providers issued a guide to digital leadership for boards. The RCGP called for IT investment for GPs, and hospitals shifted to a ‘call before you walk’ model for A&E. And Bradford issued an ambitious digital strategy to support new ways of working and integrated care.