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Systems integration to boost NHS communication

19 February 2018: NHS staff will be able to communicate with each other through better integrated systems, thanks to new plans announced by NHS Digital.

NHS Digital apps and wearables team hosts Swedish delegation

16 February 2018: Representatives from Sweden's key health organisations visited NHS Digital this week to share knowledge and experience of the apps and digital healthcare landscape.

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders fall by 12 per cent in a year

7 February 2018: New NHS Digital data show that the hospital admissions2 for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders dropped by 12 per cent in a year, from 8,621 in 2015/16 to 7,545 in 2016/17. Admissions are still 12 per cent higher than 2006/07 when they totalled 6,743.

Adult social care workforce statistics released by NHS Digital today

7 February 2018: NHS Digital has today published the latest information on the number of adult social care staff who work for local authorities in England.

NHS Digital project manager clinches top honour at Women in IT awards

2 February, 2018: NHS Digital Senior Project Manager Marta Raper has won the Editor's Choice category at the Women in IT Awards held in London.

Uptake for routine breast screening falls

31 January 2018: The proportion of women aged 50-70 taking up routine breast screening invitations fell to 71.1 per cent in 2016-17 down from 72.1 per cent in 2015-16 and 73.6 per cent in 2006-07. It is at the lowest rate over the 10 year period.

Information sharing presents major barrier to social workers

25 January 2018: 98 per cent of social workers cited at least one difficulty with sharing information digitally, in research commissioned by NHS Digital.

A Statement from NHS Digital on the misrepresentation of our vacancy statistics in some media reports

24 January 2018 A number of media reports on our vacancy statistics data published on 23 January have unintentionally misrepresented our data. It is not possible to use our data to draw any conclusions on the number of appointments as a proportion of advertisements raised. This is because our information is based on the secondary use of administrative data related to job advertisements within NHS Jobs. The appointments data is often not completed, as individual organisations will have alternative means of managing appointments information locally.

NHS Digital deal bolsters protection against cyber security threats

24 January 2018 NHS Digital has entered a new deal with Microsoft that supports health and care organisations in protecting their IT infrastructure against cyber threats.

NHS Digital publishes guidance on data off-shoring and cloud computing for health and social care

19 January, 2018: National guidance has been published today, setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data offshoring to store patient information.

NHS Digital comment on Reform report into Artificial Intelligence in health care

11 January, 2018: In light of the think-tank Reform's report into the use of Artificial Intelligence in health care, NHS Digital's Director of Data, Professor Daniel Ray, commented on the paper's recommendations about the need to get data right in order to progress the use of artificial intelligence in health care.

NHS Digital staff shortlisted for Women in IT Awards

10 January 2018: NHS Digital staff have been shortlisted in for the Women in IT Awards 2018.

NHS Digital welcomes introduction of CQC's new rating system for digital GP tools

3 January 2018: NHS Digital's Programme Director for Apps and Wearables has welcomed the announcement from the Department of Health that the CQC will be given the power to rate digital GP tools.

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