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NHS launches trials to integrate wireless technology in healthcare

By August 25, 2023No Comments

New trials launched by the NHS are aiming to understand how wireless technology can further benefit the health service, notably how efficiency of existing digital infrastructure and connectivity can be impacted.

Funding can be sought via the Connectivity Hub for projects which seek to improve digital technology. Applications are to run from this summer and will then be reviewed across the year. Applicants are expected to detail how their project will benefit the NHS, as well as a comprehensive assessment of the perks of the technology and how it will overcome existing challenges.

The trials will help the NHS to meet targets that have been set out as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

There have already been success stories from earlier trials, including the Find and Treat service, which provides real-time remote diagnosis on board a mobile health unit.

Stephen Koch, Executive Director of Platforms, NHS England, said of the plans: “Wireless technology has an increasingly important role to play in delivering effective and efficient digital health services to provide the best care for patients.

“The wireless trials are designed to help the NHS understand how existing and emerging Wi-Fi solutions can support the delivery of better health and social care across the wider NHS.

“We look forward to working with successful trialists to explore opportunities for wireless technologies and high-speed connectivity that take another step forward in digital transformation and in improving patient care.”

Ben Kemp