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Media Monitoring: 28 March – 3 April

By April 2, 2024No Comments

AI could predict patients’ future health conditions, study finds

  • The AI tool, known as Foresight, belongs to the same family of AI models as ChatGPT but has been trained using information from NHS electronic records.
  • It was developed by researchers from King’s College London (KCL), University College London (UCL), King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
  • It was given 10 possible disorders a patient may experience next based on their records. When using data from NHS hospitals, Foresight was able to correctly identify the condition 68% and 76% of the time. It was accurate 88% of the time when using US data.


NHS Supply Chain and efficiencies in procurement – House of Commons report

  • NHS Supply Chain has failed to persuade trusts to use it, meaning trusts are missing out on opportunities for savings. NHS Supply Chain should set out how, and by when, it will get the NHS to use NHS Supply Chain for the original goal of 80% of its spending on consumables and medical equipment.
  • NHSE has been weak in its oversight and support of NHS Supply Chain and does not challenge trusts as to why they do not buy more products through NHS Supply Chain. NHSE needs to use procurement data more systematically to challenge trusts to buy more consumables and medical equipment through NHS Supply Chain.
  • It will be several years before the NHS sees the benefits from NHS Supply Chain’s efforts to improve its business. Alongside its Treasury Minute response, NHS Supply Chain should provide a clear and realistic road map setting out the timetable for transformation and modernisation and when benefits will materialise. In carrying out this exercise NHS Supply Chain should also examine whether the eight-year timetable should be reduced.


WHO launches CoViNet: a global network for coronaviruses

  • WHO has launched a new network for coronaviruses, CoViNet, to facilitate and coordinate global expertise and capacities for early and accurate detection, monitoring and assessment of SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV and novel coronaviruses of public health importance.
  • CoViNet expands on the WHO COVID-19 reference laboratory network established during the early days of the pandemic. Initially, the lab network was focused on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but will now address a broader range of coronaviruses, including MERS-CoV and potential new coronaviruses.
  • The network currently includes 36 laboratories from 21 countries in all 6 WHO regions.


Plans published for £150m investment zone for Northern Ireland

  • The Government recently announced it will support Northern Ireland to capitalise on its unique opportunities by providing £150 million to develop an Enhanced Investment Zone.
  • The now-published EIZ prospectus provides more detail on this package and sets out that the funding will be able to be used flexibly across spending and tax levers.
  • Northern Ireland’s EIZ has been presented to the Northern Ireland Executive as part of the £3.3bn financial package for restoration of devolved government and was announced in the Safeguarding the Union Command paper in January of this year and at Spring Budget.


HMRC undermining innovation by failing to award R&D tax credits, say start-ups (paywall)


Millions more patients wait four weeks to see GP (paywall)

Ben Kemp