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smartphone apps for healthMatt Hancock has told Newsbeat there is "loads to do on that area" when asked if they would help the NHS. There needs to be more use of apps in the National Health Service, the new health secretary says.

He was speaking as he gave more details of the government's plans to transform children and young people's mental health services.

The 39-year-old became the first MP to launch an app in his previous job as culture secretary. "One of the things I've done in different parts of government is make sure that it's more tech savvy and digital," he told Newsbeat. "The NHS needs to be more convenient for you, but also to help clinicians so that doctors' and nurses' lives are easier.

Hermed AvensysOn Wednesday 6th June 2018, Avensys UK Ltd was acquired by HERMED Technische Beratung GmbH.

Established in 2007, Avensys UK Ltd has grown at a fast pace, generating sales during 2017 of approximately £7 million, and today has 128 employees across the UK. Avensys has been active exclusively in the UK healthcare market in bio-medical technology management, with a focus on the acute sector, for 11 years.

HERMED belongs to the VAMED Group, a leading international healthcare provider based in Vienna.


UK Space Agency

Up to £4 million available for as many as four applications of technology originally designed for space that could improve NHS treatment. A search for hi-tech solutions to the major health and care challenges facing the NHS in its 70th anniversary year is underway with up to £4 million from the UK Space Agency.

In the joint initiative with NHS England, Innovators will bid for money to turn technology originally designed for space, from exploration to satellite communications, into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.

NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens outlined four challenges in his speech to the NHS Confederation conference earlier this month:

Paramedic's idea reduces time wastingA senior paramedic’s light-bulb moment that has cut A&Es visits from “frequent callers” by up to 90% is being rolled out across the country. The High Intensity User programme was the brainchild of Rhian Monteith, who was working as an advanced paramedic in Blackpool when she noticed that a very small group of people took up a great deal of NHS resources and staff time. Working with other NHS teams, Rhian drew up a list of 23 patients, many suffering from mental health problems or loneliness, who had visited A&E 703 times in the previous three months, mostly by ambulance.

Rhian decided to tackle their problems by meeting for coffee and a chat. Through personal mentoring and one-to-one coaching, as well as getting them involved with community activities, and encouraging them to phone her rather than call 999, Rhian helped A&E attendances, 999 calls and hospital admissions drop by about 90 per cent among the group. Eventually the patients were able to cope for themselves and came to call Rhian less often.

Heart operationThis new NHS scheme delivers improvements in patient care by cutting bureaucracy for clinicians and other innovators and encouraging uptake through the NHS.

NHS England has also announced a nationally backed trial of a technology to cut missed hospital appointments, ‘DrDoctor’, as well as a further £1.5 million to pump prime the spread of innovations.

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