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NHS invites projects around e-Health


February 24, 2018

Ben Toth at the National Library for Health draws my attention to three projects that the NHS would like to fund in the e-Health area. Up to £300,000 is available for each project.

The three projects are:

The project brief and an application form are available on the Service Delivery & Organisation (SDO) site, and bids are due in by 20 April.

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National Library for Health launches single search


January 11, 2018

The National Library for Health, Directed by Igeneric member the National Electronic Library for Health's Ben Toth, yesterday launched their federated search solution.

This service allows health professionals and others to submit a single search and have it submitted to a range of databases and other resources, including various repositories of guidelines, a number of specialist libraries and collections of electronic journals held centrally and across the NHS' English library services.

It fulfils a different need to the Google Search Appliance-powered search of websites in the nhs.uk area of the Internet, launched last month, as it concentrates upon defined sets of 'library' material.

It would be interesting, in some future phase of National Library for Health development, to look at ways in which the power of each might be harnessed to deliver integrated results to users.

The search is powered by Fretwell Downing's ZPORTAL product, which uses a range of standards to search across a distributed set of databases.

The National Electronic Library for Health now describes itself as “part of” the National Library for Health.

Information from the National Library for Health weblog, also reported more fully via PublicTechnology.net.

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NHS Direct available via digital televisions


December 16, 2004

Joining other public services such as Direct Gov, NHS Direct is available on the televisions of Sky Digital subscribers in the UK from today, supplementing the existing delivery channels.

NHS Direct is a free, confidential, health advice service. It is available across the UK 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes a telephone service and a strong online presence. In Scotland, the service is known as NHS 24.

Alternative digital television systems such as cable or Freeview will be added during 2018.

Story from BBC News, with additional information from NHS Direct.

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NHS uses Google to improve searches


December 13, 2004

The United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) has quietly added Google to their web site, allowing users to search over 60,000 documents from sites across the nhs.uk domain.

This functionality is offered by Google's new Search Appliance, and gives those used to Google-style searching a familiar interface whilst ensuring that only authoritative results are returned.

As well as returning all documents relevant to the search term, the NHS Search initially offers a set of “Suggested Links”; resources most likely to usefully assist the searcher. The BBC does something similar on their search engine, and it seems a much more helpful use of search engine intelligence than those annoying ads that appear on the main search engines.

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National Library for Health launched in the UK


November 18, 2004

The first phase of the new NHS National Library for Health officially went live today.

This development includes the long-running and successful National Electronic Library for Health, one of the Igeneric's key partners.

News from an NeLH RSS feed.

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Surfers prone to 'cyberchondria' ?


October 4, 2004

Writing in today's The Independent, David Stringer reports on recent research from the University of Derby.

The researchers found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that “people using these sites can take on board medical advice which is incorrect”. Web sites connected with societies, charities and professional bodies tended to offer good advice, but sites by individuals could be inaccurate.

The report urges health professionals to engage with those delivering information online, thus helping them to deliver more accurate information to surfers. It also points to the invaluable growth of Web-based support groups aimed at those suffering from particular conditions, or their carers.

Piece read on page 6 of 4 October's The Independent. Also available online, at least until it slips behind the barrier of the subscriber interface.

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Synopsis of the new NHS IT Programme


March 7, 2004

The UK National Health Service is spending a lot of money upgrading a whole host of IT systems, and working out what's what can sometimes be a little hard.


This note (a PDF file), from the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, was drawn to my attention by Ben, and does the business in terms of explaining what's what in a very informative four pages...

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