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All patients in England will soon be able to be referred to hospitals with the shortest waiting lists under plans unveiled alongside a new contract for GPs. The e-Referral Service allows GPs and patients to identify the hospitals with the shortest waits if a patient needs to be sent for…
By early 2019, clinicians across the North of Scotland will have access to an integrated digital view of a patient’s health and social care data through a new web-based portal provided by Orion Health. Jointly commissioned by four boards in the North of Scotland, the new health and social care…
The Government is to inject more than £300 million in developing the technologies needed to support an ageing population. With 10 million Britons currently alive expected reach the age of 100, ministers say they need to "revolutionise" the way people get older, ensuring they remain healthy and independent for longer.…
A block of retirement flats has become a test bed for internet-connected devices which could help improve the health of older people. Tenants of Leach Court in Kemp Town, Brighton, have volunteered to trial digital technologies including smart medication dispensers, activity monitors, and falls detectors which are carried with them…
A new research project between Oxford Brookes University and The Open University is investigating whether sharing photographs via social media mitigates loneliness in older people and enhances their wellbeing. The project, co-led by Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University and Dr Sarah Quinton at Oxford Brookes University, is funded…
A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed. The current UK unemployment rate is 4.4% but just 14% of autistic adults have a full-time job. Researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University have developed a robot called Alyx to teach…
The Duke of Cambridge has praised the "fantastic" work of the royal Heads Together campaign, as his charitable foundation announced a £2 million investment towards a new mental health start-up company. On a visit to Imperial College London's Data Observatory on Friday, William learned about the campaign's progress in its…
Joanna Lumley has said technology in modern life has "intensified" the loneliness felt by elderly people. The actress, 71, said the art of "everyday chit-chat" is at risk of dying out, pointing out that people on Tube trains tend to be "staring at their screens, not looking at each other".…
We all need extra help and assistance sometimes, whether we have an illness or are just getting older. The UK population is living longer than ever before. According to the Office of National Statistics, life expectancy has generally increased steadily over the past 30 years and currently stands at approximately…
Anti-grooming materials that aim to help prevent children and young people from being targeted by paedophiles online are being launched at Swansea University today. ‌Swansea University researchers studying the language and methods used by online groomers found that children could be contacted by adults via the internet, groomed, and a…
A new app could help enhance home and hospital environments for elderly people and those with dementia, by asking them to give feedback on their surroundings. The University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), together with Space Architects, launched Iridis on Thursday - World Alzheimer's Day. A first of…
A virtual reality game developed by scientists is designed to help dementia research by analysing player navigation skills. Sea Hero Quest VR is a nautical navigation game that collects data on spatial awareness behaviour as it is played, with two minutes of play time being equal to five hours of…
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