More experts concluded that Covid-19 is spread through the air and not surfaces, with significant implications for the ventilation of buildings as UK governments start to lift lockdown restrictions. Waiting lists in England rose again, as the impact of Covid-19 on the health service became ever more apparent.
Google and Apple blocked a planned update to the NHS Covid app on privacy grounds. And there was significant company news from Alcidion, which has acquired ExtraMed, and SilverCloud Health, which is offering free digital therapy for common Covid-related mental health problems.
The government announced that the NHS Covid-19 app would be updated on 12 April, as non-essential shops, gyms and outdoor hospitality reopens. Meanwhile, debate continued over the desirability of introducing ‘vaccine passports’, with civil liberties groups warning they could evolve into ID or entitlement cards.
North West London announced a deal with Cerner that will see all four of its acute trusts use the same electronic patient record. The move could indicate that a wider consolidation in the EPR market will get underway as integrated care systems start to work with single acute trusts and integrated care providers. Meanwhile, a new organisation started work to digitise the NHS in Wales.
The whole of the NHS in England is now covered by an integrated care system as of this week. The development comes as Boris Johnson announced a new Office for Health Promotion, and as leadership developments have been reported at NHS Digital.
In a week that has seen new frameworks, funds, and strategies reported, the Healthcare Roundup brings you a summary of the key news in the sector.