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In brief …. 6 March 2015



Tom Steinberg to step down at mySociety

Tom Steinberg, the founder of mySociety, is to step down as the director of the organisation. He has announced the move in a blogpost, saying he will move on in a few months, choosing this time as he believes it will be a stable period for a leadership change.

He says that it will not change any of mySociety's plans, and that he is not yet sure what he will do next.
mySociety is a registered charity that builds online tools using open source technology to support civic society in the UK.

BCS Health urges health trusts to push informatics

BCS Health has responded to news of a cut in NHS England's technology fund to sustain their investment in informatics. It follows news that the fund has been reduced from £240 million when it was announced in May 2014 to just £43 million, and that only a fifth of bidders will receive any money.

Justin Whatling, chair of BCS Health, said: "Let's not waste the hard work and effort that has gone into developing these investment cases, but embed them into trust informatics strategies and budgets. Sustained investment in IT and informatics is critical to transforming care for patients and delivering efficiencies."

He added: "With this latest news, it reminds us that stimulus funds may come and go, but trusts still need to ensure that they create and plan a sustainable and financed informatics strategy from their budgets."

BCS Health is a community of health informatics experts and part of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

North Wales gets £6.2 million for healthcare IT

The Welsh Government has announced a £6.24 million investment to upgrade IT services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. It will be used for a new patient administration system, to improve local access to the Welsh Clinical Portal and to replace a number of other systems used for clinical communication between hospitals.

Deputy health minister Vaughan Gething said: "The new system will eventually allow patients to tell the health board how they wish to be contacted, helping the board to modernise appointment booking and issue reminders to reduce the number of missed appointments."

Belfast selects Connect messaging for emergencies

Belfast City Council has signed up to use the Connect messaging solution from PageOne Communications as part of its emergency communications strategy. It will be used to manage the response to incidents such as major flooding, structural damage to buildings and severe road accidents.

Brompton & Harefield trust to get new LAN and data centre network

Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has selected Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise solutions for a new wireless LAN and distributed core data centre network. The move is part of a major overhaul of its IT estate and is aimed at providing connectivity between its wired and wireless networks.
The trust uses a number of sites across London and Middlesex and needed a robust network to support collaboration tools on fixed and mobile devices, using a single authorisation and management process. It plans to use the company's OmniSwitch 6900 at the core and 802.11ac wireless connectivity at the access layer.

Pictured: Tom Steinberg, Creative Commons, Attribution Share-Alike 3.00 through Wikimedia

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