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    Latest digital health blog: UHS, the global centre of digital excellence

    19 April 2017

    I have tried a couple of times over the last week or so to get this blog written, but owing to a number of distractions (yes you know who you are) I have found time on a gloriously sunny afternoon, as I look forward to my Easter chocolate, to complete this with no interruptions.As many of you will know, following the publication of the Wachter R... Read more >


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    What is the concern about Atrial Fibrillation (AF)?

    24 March 2017

    By Sharron Gordon, Pharmacist Consultant Anticoagulation, Faculty Fellow of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Wessex AHSN AF leadAtrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1-2% of the UK population. AF is affecting approximately 10% of the population over 75 years old and 18% of those over 85 years old.... Read more >


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    Evaluation Matters: Happy, Healthy, at Home

    20 January 2017

    Philippa Darnton, programme lead at Wessex AHSN, describes the first symposium to report findings from the independent evaluation of Happy, Healthy, at Home (North East Hampshire and Farnham Vanguard):As Happy, Healthy, at Home implements new ways of working across North East Hampshire and Farnham, an evaluation programme has been established to... Read more >


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    Healthcare technology saves lives. The Healthcare Innovation Programme could change yours.

    16 December 2016

    Have you got an idea for a new healthcare technology?SETsquared is working with Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) to help you develop your idea into a business and secure your first customers either in the NHS or the commercial market.Technology pervades every area of our lives, from the way we shop, the way we communicate with friends an... Read more >


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    Better conversation: Better health - join the social movement for #betterconversation

    20 October 2016

    NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow, Penny Newman, explains the motivation behind her new #betterconversation campaign; empowering people to take control of their health and care.Our aim is to enable people to thrive by feeling motivated, confident and in control of their own health and care, achieved through #betterconversation (www.betterconvers... Read more >


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    Guest digital health blog: Ian Thompson, my mhealth

    1 September 2016

    Foreword by Katie Cheeseman, digital programme manager: Despite the holiday season having been upon us, we continue to have some very exciting work going on across the Wessex region including the implementation of myCOPD, an exciting online self management tool mentioned by Simon Stevens in his keynote speech to the annual NHS Confederation Conf... Read more >


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    Latest Patient Safety blog: guest blog from Dr Rosie Benneyworth, AHSN Network Lead for PSCs

    4 July 2016

    Patient Safety Collaboratives – delivering on a promise. It has been two years since Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) were set up in response to the Berwick Report, A promise to learn – a commitment to act.Professor Don Berwick wrote: ‘The most important single change in the NHS in response to this report would be for it to become, more than... Read more >


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    Latest digital health blog: guest blog from Dr Philip Scott, University of Portsmouth

    27 June 2016

    Katie Cheeseman: Hopefully, some of you will have had the opportunity to read our last digital health blog, featuring Laurence Pearce the CEO at XIM. I am equally delighted to pass the reins over this week to Dr Philip Scott, from the School of Computing at Portsmouth University. Take it away, Philip!Can “digital medicine” improve patient care?M... Read more >


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    Latest digital health blog: the Xim Lifelight™ guest blog

    17 June 2016

    Xim Lifelight™: a digital health innovation supported by Wessex AHSN. Katie Cheeseman: I am delighted to be able to welcome our first guest author to the digital blog, Laurence Pearce (Founder & CEO) from xim. Over to you, Laurence, and thank you for taking the plunge (so to speak): Guest blog:Our new and exciting digital health technology calle... Read more >


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    The third digital health programme blog

    16 May 2016

    A few weeks have now passed since our inaugural Wessex Big Data event, which was attended by just over 150 people. This was a great turnout, and reflects the amount of interest people have in making use of the wealth of data at our fingertips.For those of you who were unable to attend, but are interested in finding out more about the event, you ... Read more >


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    The second digital health programme blog

    18 March 2016

    After a rather hectic few weeks, I suddenly realised I had effectively failed dismally to meet my self- defined timescale for producing the AHSN’s fortnightly digital health blog; for which, I must humbly apologise.I read an article recently about the top ten best ever home computers, and spent time reminiscing about the past - the commodore 64,... Read more >


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    The first digital health programme blog

    23 February 2016

    Welcome to Wessex AHSN’s digital health (DH) programme blog. This is week one of fortnightly updates about digital health related topics.We may even include the odd guest writer, so if you fancy yourself as the new JK Rowling or Philip Pullman, and would like to get involved, please do drop me a line at katie.cheeseman@wessexahsn.net or follow a... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - September 2015

    22 September 2015

    This will be my final blog as CEO of Wessex AHSN, a time to reflect on the last three years and to look forward to some changes – personal and for the AHSN. I joined the AHSN venture in October 2012 – picking up the proposals developed by leaders across Wessex. We then went through application & interview process becoming licenced in August 2013... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - July 2015

    1 July 2015

    I’m pleased to announce the release of our Wessex AHSN Annual Report 2014/15, which demonstrates the difference being made for patients and for the economy in Wessex. The report pulls together some of the stories about the work being undertaken by our teams across universities, healthcare and commissioning groups in Wessex.This year we have help... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - June 2015

    1 June 2015

    Impact Report 2015The AHSNs’ impact report highlights the transformational contribution being made by the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks to driving innovation, improving health and promoting economic growth. The report Spreading innovation, improving health, promoting economic growth was launched last week at the NHS Confed Annual... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - June 2015

    1 June 2015

    The Q initiativeWessex AHSN has been working to help recruit the inaugural participants of a ground-breaking new initiative to improve the quality of care for patients in the NHS throughout the UK.The Q initiative, run by independent health care charity the Health Foundation together with NHS England, will connect people dedicated to improving t... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - March 2015

    1 March 2015

    Nutrition MattersIt was a great privilege to be get along to several events during Nutrition & Hydration Week. Nutrition is one of our focus areas as an AHSN and as you can see from our nutrition newsletter we’ve a number of projects around Wessex. Whilst obesity is certainly a significant issue we know that under nutrition in older people has s... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - February 2015

    1 February 2015

    Academic Health Science Networks have a dual responsibility – ‘improving health and creating wealth’. These are, of course, intertwined for example, as we seek to secure improved health for those with respiratory disease care costs will fall and fewer working days will be lost to ill health. Likewise, as we implement innovative medicines or devi... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - January 2015

    1 January 2015

    Happy New Year. I am looking forward to working with the AHSN team, member organisations and partners in 2015, building on what has been achieved over the last eighteen months. It was great to close 2014 with the news the Wessex bid to become a genomic medicine centre had been successful (read the announcement here: http://www.genomicsengland.co... Read more >


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    CEO Blog- December 2014

    1 December 2014

    As 2014 draws to its close it encouraging to reflect on the progress made in the AHSN –a year ago premises were not quite ready, the team was not in place & the company not set up, whilst we have successfully addressed these issues the most important aspect of progress over the year has been the difference are projects are making for patients an... Read more >


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    CEO Blog - October 2014

    1 October 2014

    It's just over a year since we received confirmation of our licence as an Academic Health Science Network and it has been great to see the plans created with members begin to deliver results. Year 1 summary – covering set up & first 6 months from licence – gives the detail and our business plan sets out this year’s aims. This blog gives me a cha... Read more >