Public sector digitisation reliant on SMEs

A new white paper has argued that locking SMEs out of public sector contracts is detrimental to the progress of digitisation.

£7.5 million fund for councils' digital innovation

Councils seeking to transform their public services through digital innovation can now apply to a new £7.5 million fund.

UK considering legislation for internet regulator

As part of new legislation to better regulate online activity, the government is considering a regulatory body to govern the internet.

Robots will displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022

The World Economic Forum has suggested that robots will displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022, but will in turn create 133 million new ones.

New information standard for digital maternity records

A new standard has been published to support the introduction of digital maternity records and promote consistency across the service.

New smartphone app implemented at IoW Trust

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has implemented a new smartphone based app to improve communications efficiency.

‘Axe the Fax’ pledge for Leeds Teaching Hospital

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has launched an ‘Axe the Fax’ campaign to remove 95 per cent of the machines by 1 January 2019.

New drone-based services for surveying in Oxford

Oxford Direct Services has announced that it is to start providing drone-based services to include building surveying and land mapping.

Hancock pledges funds for health technology

Five areas to trial the new NHS app from next month have been named, with more than £200 million pledged to support Global Digital Exemplars.

All trusts now switched over to e-Referral Service

All 150 acute hospital trusts have made the move to sending and receiving all first outpatient appointments through the NHS e-RS.

West Midlands to host large-scale 5G testbed

The West Midlands has been selected to become the innovative home to the UK’s first multi-city 5G test bed.

Digital service established to tackle disruptive roadworks

£10 million will be spent on a digital planning service to improve the way that drivers plan their journeys and help them avoid roadworks.

Digital transformation results for Pendle Council

Pendle Borough Council has seen a 95 per cent reduction in footfall to its contact centre as a result of a new digital transformation programme.

Local authorities urged to bid for £95m broadband funding

Local authorities are urged to bid for a share of the £95 million being made available to help rollout full fibre connectivity across the UK.

Electronic prescribing at GPs and pharmacies expanded

DHSC has said that it will support the hundreds of GPs and pharmacies still to make the move to electronic prescribing.

Half of government digital spend going to SMEs

Oliver Dowden has announced that SMEs are accessing almost half of public sector spend on digital, data and technology services.