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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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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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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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Open the door to infinite possibilities for integrated health

Posted on 25-Sep-2018 11:09:47

In October 2016, a set of requirements for extended access was published. This was in response to the government's mandate to NHS England: "To ensure everyone has easier and more convenient access to GP services, including appointments at evenings and weekends."

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Enlighten your patients with diabetes information prescriptions

Posted on 29-Jun-2018 15:27:45

It costs the UK £8 billion a year to treat the preventable complications of diabetes. Over 4 million people are living with diabetes in the UK. Better self-management will make an enormous difference to a patient's well being.  If these patients can learn how to manage their illness better, they will reduce the strain on GP practices.

When you treat a patient with diabetes, you can issue them an 'information prescription'. 

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We'd like to get a little closer.

Posted on 19-Dec-2017 14:20:07

It's that time of year when we look back and evaluate. What have we achieved?  What did we do well?  What can we do better?  With this in mind, we're going to improve how we communicate with you. We're going to send you fewer emails. We'll personalise our communications and make sure they're relevant to you.

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