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Vision awarded NHS Scotland GP IT system framework contract

Posted on 13-Feb-2019 11:03:05

Vision is pleased to announce it has been included on a new framework contract to supply GP IT systems as a Managed Service to GP practices across NHS Scotland.

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What can replace Map of Medicine?

Posted on 30-Jan-2019 13:19:48

When Owen Epstein and Mike Stein created Map of Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in 2000, it represented a revolution in clinical pathway creation and dissemination. But now it is no more; general practices and hospitals around the UK are searching for a replacement.

When it was announced in July 2018 that Map of Medicine was withdrawing from the market and discontinuing support for more than 420 digital clinical decision pathways, GPs and hospital consultants went looking to find a new solution.

Ever since Map of Medicine was integrated into the National Programme for IT the tool has helped GPs and hospital doctors reduce poor referrals, inappropriate tests and flawed patient journeys.

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Clinical Leaders to Discuss NHS Long Term Plan

Posted on 22-Jan-2019 12:38:22

It will be the future, not the past. Vision will be exhibiting at the National NHS Clinical Leaders Network Congress tomorrow. 

With the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in the first week of the New Year, the focus of the Congress has pivoted away from reflecting on the Five Year Forward View to concentrate on the new master plan.

Large GP practices (30,000 to 40,000 patients) will receive funding to work together to deal with the pressures of primary care by looking at hub working and creating genuinely integrated teams.  

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New Cancer Care Review tool

Posted on 22-Jan-2019 10:20:28

Dr Tom Hodges-Hoyland, Vision Medical Advisor, notes why the latest additions of Vision’s suite of cancer tools are important for primary care practices to understand and know about.

We need all the help we can to get to identify cancer early. Cancer Research UK estimates 52,000 patients a year have their odds of survival cut because the disease is not caught quickly enough. More recently, Public Health England looked at the records of 4,637 patients diagnosed with cancer in A&E and found that 71% had seen their GP a least once with symptoms that turned out to be cancer. And 41% of that 71% had seen a doctor three times with symptoms. All the evidence is we have to do better for our patients.

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Artificial Intelligence for Patient Record Searching

Posted on 15-Jan-2019 16:17:34

As a doctor or nurse have you ever scrolled through a patient’s records desperately trying to recall the last time they came in with a cough, complained of feeling tired or fell at home?

You know the record is there somewhere or maybe there is just a voice in the back of your head saying: “There’s something more to this.” Maybe you just gave up looking, risked frustrating the patient instead and asked them to recount their history again, just because it was quicker. 

Wouldn’t life be a lot easier if the patient record did the checking for you? Wouldn’t it be great if, as soon as you typed “cough” or “fall” or “migraine”, the electronic health record presented all the previous records for respiratory, neurological or orthopaedic consultations?

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Design Accessibility: The importance of a simple User Experience

Posted on 02-Jan-2019 11:30:36

Web content, software and online systems should be created for everyone to be able to use. There’s little point going to all the effort of launching a brand new product or website if vast swathes of people are unable to use it. The people behind these sites and programs have a responsibility to make the things accessible. Which is why design accessibility is so important.

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Acknowledging Achievement & the General Practice Awards

Posted on 28-Nov-2018 17:11:39

The last decade has seen a sharp rise in the pressures placed on general practice. This includes an increased volume of work, as well as a broadening range and complexity of conditions and patients.

This makes it more important than ever to come together to show appreciation for, and solidarity with, those performing well under difficult conditions. How fitting that it should also be the tenth anniversary of the General Practice Awards.

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A GP Practice Manager's guide to motivating and engaging your staff

Posted on 20-Nov-2018 16:36:11

The secret to effective management is that there is no secret. No matter how many airport-bought paperbacks written by ‘business gurus’ tell you there is . There’s no one great key to unlocking how to become an excellent manager and inspire those that work under you. But staff motivation in general practice is a great place to start.
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The biggest problem with data quality, and how you can fix it

Posted on 16-Oct-2018 14:13:39

High-quality electronic records contain complete and accurate information about each patient's health. When your data is correct, you can rely on it and make clinical decisions with confidence. However, missing, inaccurate or non-standard information can lead to inconsistent care.

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An introduction to social prescribing

Posted on 16-Oct-2018 11:56:07


The goal of social prescribing is to improve patients' health by providing them with a non-clinical intervention. Social prescribing aims to de-medicalise health conditions and support patients to take more control of their own health. It aims to treat patients - not illness.

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