NHS Care.Data Sharing Start Postponed by 6 Months – A Chance to Win Decisive Public Confidence

Surveys and statistics are essential tools in identifying patterns of disesase, effectiveness of treatments and care, and in suggesting new treatments to medical research. The power of modern computing and statistic applied to this data is currently termed “Big Data”.

The NHS has a developing programme called Care.Data to gather patient data from all GP surgeries in England. The data is to be used in health services management, preventative medicine and medical research. After some public concern and some delays in the technical programme, the start to gathering data from GP surgeries has been postponed from 1st April 2014 to Autumn 2014. (continues)

A&E To Get Fuller Payment

The NHS is to moderate its underpayment of hospitals for seeing patients in A&E, the Guardian website reports.

Group Meeting Wednesday, 29th January 2014

We will be meeting between 6pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, 29th January 2014 at the University Health Centre, 9, Northcourt Avenue, Reading RG2 7HE

Local Services Cooperate at FIRST bus in Town Centre

The Reading FIRST bus will be offering first aid, health and recovery services in Hosier Street on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm to 4am.

South Reading CCG - more funding for next 2 years

South Reading NHS CCG will be getting above inflation funding increases for the next two years with 3.3% (£3.6 million) for 2014-15 and 2.82% the next year.

Community Rapid Response Team Delivers Health Improvements

Dr Elizabeth Johnston, chair of the South Reading NHS CCG has been looking at the work of the Community Rapid Response Team in the South Reading CCG area and has provided us with the following short report:

Royal Berks Hospital fastest in UK for heart attack care

The Cardiac unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has been judged fastest in the nation with 96% of patients undergoing the recommended treatment of primary angioplasty within 150 minutes of a 999 call, reports the BBC.

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