NHS trust pilots first online mental health therapy service with unified communications

  Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in the north of England wanted to offer online counselling to patients. The trust chose hosted Microsoft Lync Server 2010 unified communications technology for its e-clinics service — the first National Health Service (NHS) – built system of its kind in the United Kingdom (U.K.).The system…


Microsoft works anywhere – Lync

We thought we’d share this story with all of our healthcare readers who are interested in telehealth/teleconsulting. This is a great example of Lync being used to connect colleagues in different locations… With the Olympics now taking place, it’s not just the athletes who have had a challenge to deal with – like many office workers…


Microsoft Surface – Just what the doctor ordered?

The blogosphere has been buzzing, or should I say exploding, with excitement, speculation, and comments about Microsoft Surface – a new generation of tablet PC devices optimized for Windows 8 and made by Microsoft. Information about Microsoft Surface was released by the company Monday afternoon at a press event held in Los Angeles and since viewed around…


DocCom network seminar – video interviews

On 9th July a group of healthcare professionals from across the UK gathered in Central London to discuss how social media and networking can be of benefit to healthcare. The organiser of the event was DocCom – a new, secure, online community for healthcare professionals. The seminar was extremely interesting and some key topics were…


The hype about Skype in healthcare

As television programmes go, we are faced with a wealth of choices these days. It’s almost information overload! One of the few, really informative programmes which I like watching though is Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4. Perhaps ‘informative’ is not quite the right word to use as maybe it suggests I can relate my own…

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DocCom seminar event review – 9th July 2012

It was a very interesting morning in the DocCom seminar at our Cardinal Place office, London. A room full of clinicians and other healthcare workers had gathered to discuss the new DocCom social network platform and current key IT-related issues affecting healthcare professionals. It was a great mix of people ranging from lecturers in clinical…


DocCom networking event – healthcare communication just got a whole lot easier

Next Monday, we will be keeping you bang up-to-date on Twitter with a great health event taking place in London – our DocCom networking event. DocCom is a brand new, very exciting development with the sole intention to link up healthcare professionals all over the UK in a secure, engaging platform. Read on if you want to…


Livescape: the Swiss Army knife of healthcare apps

If you had any doubt about the might of your mobile, consider this. By the end of 2011, over 10.9 billion apps (smartphone applications) had been downloaded to mobile phones across theglobe. Their popularity is driven by some universal factors: Apps are easy to use and visually appealing: they are unashamedly consumer-focused rather than feeling…


MyHealthBox – a first for mental health care

Guest blog: Mike Denis, Director of Information Strategy at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) Today, Tuesday 15th May, Health Minister Lord Howe officially launches MyHealthBox, the world’s first patient-held electronic health record in the field of mental health. It’s the product of a partnership between my Trust, the South London and Maudsley (SLaM),…

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Health Tech Spending and Profitability – Chicken, Egg or Omelet?

By Bill Crounse, MD  – Senior Director, Worldwide Health. As someone whose entire career has been steeped in clinical medicine and technology, I’m a big fan of the American publication, Hospitals and Health Networks.  I especially like reading the commentaries on the publication’s digital feed, H&HN Daily.  Last week, I was drawn to a highly relevant…