It’s probably not a massive surprise to see that ‘NHS tech’ has been trending on Google in the past few months. Since the turn of the year and the emergence of Covid-19, the search term is most definitely on an upward curve [see Google graphic below].
My guess is that it’s the NHS looking for healthtech suppliers to help them operate through the current pandemic, tech suppliers looking to understand the market, or other interested people looking to understand how tech might help us break the lockdown, get people back to work and save lives.
Finding a trustworthy source of information, trends and news is really tricky. We’ve all got that one mate who knows a ‘nurse’ who heard on the hospital grapevine that a researcher in a cave in Taiwan has found a piece of software that can track every Covid-19 case, and we can’t forget Calum Best’s expert views playing the 5G blame game.
What’s the answer? Good old fashioned independent, trusted, knowledgeable and informed journalists. Here’s our suggestions of who to follow:
Web: Health Tech News [HTN]
News: “Each week as part of our Health Tech Heroes series we recognise and say thank you to those in health tech making a real difference.” Read more.
Jasmine Rapson, Technology Correspondent
News: “Exclusive: IT contractors warned not to ‘exploit’ pandemic for ‘personal gain’.” Read more.
Andrea Downey, Senior Reporter
Web: Digital Health
News: “SilverCloud Health secures £12m funding to expand services.” Read more.
Matthew Driver, Editor in Chief
Web: Journal of MHealth
News: “New Secure Messaging Service ‘Ready Doc’ Enhances Care Team Collaboration.” Read more.
Derek Du Preez, Editor
News: “The effectiveness of Coronavirus tracing technology called into question as UK works to develop app.” Read more.”
Sam Trendall, Editor
News: “Major telecoms firms agree free calls, data and broadband upgrades for NHS staff.” Read more
Mark Say, Managing Editor
Web: UK Authority
News: “NHS Wales releases Covid Symptom Tracker.” Read more.
Dave Gray, Editor
News: “Medtech patent filings continue to grow – data shows.” Read more.
Alistair Hardaker, Multimedia journalist
Web: Business Cloud
News: “AI ‘Can Speed Up Drug Discovery By A Decade’.” Read more.
Nick Bostock, News Editor
Web: GP Online
News: Switch GP appointments to phone or digital where possible with ‘immediate effect’, says Hancock. Read more.
Jo Makosinski, Editor
News: “Technology firm helps patients stay in contact with loved-ones during COVID-19 lockdown.” Read more.