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News shots …. 6 April 2017



NHS England rolls out Redbook online in London

A digital version of the Redbook – through which parents can keep track of a child’s personal health record – is to be made available across London.

NHS England has been working on the project with NHS Digital and healthcare technology company Sitekit, and run pilots in a number of boroughs with the aim of replacing the paper version.

The eRedbook will include information on immunisations, weight/height charts, developmental first and important contacts. It contains personalised content for new parents with links to relevant videos and information from local sources.


East Herts signs Advanced for finance

East Hertfordshire District Council has signed Advanced Computer Software Group to deliver a paperless service for its financial, purchasing and budgeting processes and to manage its 20,000 annual transactions.

The council is to use the company’s specialist financial management solution and integrated process automation for local government, along with a budgeting and forecasting system, mobile approval app and the eSupplier self-service portal. They will be managed by East Hertfordshire’s shared services partner, Stevenage Council, under a five-year contract awarded through the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation.

The solution will be used by 200 staff and up to 2,000 suppliers.


Surrey and Sussex police save time through mobile move

Police officers in Surrey and Sussex have been saving up to two hours per shift on administration work by using mobile devices operating on the Airwave network, the company behind it has claimed.

Motorola Solutions said the Proto e-notebook and software suite has been rolled out to frontline officers in both forces, taking the number of police services using it to 16 – a third of the UK total.

It has also claimed that the move has helped Surrey Police to cut costs by £7 million.


Ordnance Survey strikes deal with Dstl

National mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS) has signed an agreement with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), negotiated by its technology transfer arm, Ploughshare Innovations, to allow it to licence various forms of aerial mapping technology.

This agreement will enable OS to assess the technologies to determine the potential efficiency benefits and enhancements in gathering mapping data, prior to taking a full licence.

The agency said main technologies covered will enable the rapid processing, classification, analysis and extraction of geographic content from satellite and aerial images. The capability could facilitate the efficient production of new types of mapping content of the natural and man-made environments.


Image from NHS Choices, Open Government Licence v3.0

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