Friday, 22 February 2013

Health Choices app


Health Choices, a smartphone app that provides health guidance and information about NHS services has been released by Microsoft for use on Apple and Android devices.
The app, which was originally released by the company in collaboration with NHS Choices for its Windows Phone last month, gives users access to choice and treatment information from the government’s flagship health website and to Microsoft’s HealthVault platform.
Users can search for NHS services such as A&E or GP practices by name, location or by how close they are to the user's GPS location. Contact details for GPs, dentists, hospital departments and other NHS services are also provided.
The app also includes patient ratings on services, allowing people to make informed decisions about the best GP practice or hospital for them. A health A-Z displays condition symptoms and treatments.
For Windows Phone users, a Live Tile pinned to the start screen provides real-time information from NHS Choices and allows users to pin local NHS service information, such as contact and address details, to their home screen.
The app is integrated with Microsoft’s HealthVault platform, which provides those signed up to the scheme with secure access to their personal health record.
The platform allows patients to view and store comprehensive NHS approved information including details of conditions, medication and immunisation records.
The app, which has been designed by software developers 3chillies, is available for free from the Windows Phone MarketplaceiTunes store and Google play.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation in NHS Library & Knowledge Services

We are very pleased to announce that  during the recent judging of the Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation in NHS Library and Knowledge Services 2012-13, one of our LQAF submissions was commended for good/best practice. Our successful submission, entered by Grazia Manzotti, was our marketing initiative on our new library video which is used at all GOSH Trust inductions.

The judging panel comprises a number of SHA Library Leads and Library Service Managers, and competition for these awards is very high.

Our Certificate of Commendation is on display in the Library.