Press release: Grant announced to help improve the health of rough sleepers

first_img Telephone 020 7654 8400 For successful areas, this grant will be used to test models that are effective in improving access to health services. The models will be evaluated, and it is hoped that the learning from this will inform national policy and local commissioning of health and support services for people who rough sleep.To support local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to develop their applications for funding, PHE has also today published guidance and further information on how to apply.Background Public Health England press office We know that people sleeping rough, particularly those with mental health and substance misuse problems, often find it difficult to use local health services. Without getting the vital help and support they need to look after their health problems, some of the most vulnerable people in our communities face a ‘revolving door’ situation where they are repeatedly in and out of stable accommodation, while their health deteriorates. This funding will enable the testing of models that are effective in breaking this pattern and in helping people to turn their lives around. Email [email protected] Rough sleeping statistics Rough sleeping in London (CHAIN reports) 50% had mental health needs 43% had alcohol misuse problems 40% drug misuse problems Public Health England (PHE) is today, Friday 10 May 2019, announcing a call for bids for a share of up to £1.9 million, to be awarded to projects involving partnerships between local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that test models aimed at improving access to health services for people who are sleeping rough.Successful projects will focus on improving access to health services for people with co-occurring mental ill-health and substance misuse problems who are currently, or at risk of returning to, sleeping rough.The deadline to submit an application is Friday 5 July 2019, with successful projects announced later this year.On a single night in Autumn 2018, 4,677 people were recorded as sleeping rough in England. There is much more to do to address the root causes of homelessness and ensure that people who do sleep rough are properly supported.The government’s Rough sleeping strategy, published in August 2018, sets out the vision for ending rough sleeping once and for all, with the aim of halving it by 2022. It recognises the need for action to support people sleeping rough now to move off the streets, including targeted support to enable access to health services.Many people rough sleeping also experience mental and physical ill health and have substance misuse needs. Of the people seen sleeping rough in London in 2017 to 2018:center_img People should not face barriers to accessing healthcare simply because they do not have a roof over their heads. Our £100 million-backed rough sleeping strategy aims to ensure that people experiencing rough sleeping can access the health care they need, when they need it. The funding announced today will help local authorities and NHS services work together to improve access to services for those who have mental ill-health and substance misuse needs – helping them break free of the challenging cycle of health issues and homelessness. Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, said: Out of hours 020 8200 4400 Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_uk and Facebook. Wellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG Outside of London, where people are more likely to sleep rough for longer, support needs may be higher.Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Justice at Public Health England said:last_img read more

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Value-Based Care and Industry Consolidation Driving Demand for Vendor Neutral Archives

first_imgAfter investing in health information technology for several years, the healthcare industry has found itself mired in digital data today, and in the years to come.Indeed, in 2016, IDC, in collaboration with Dell EMC, projected that healthcare stakeholders will produce 2,314 exabytes of data by 2020, a significant increase over the 153 exabytes generated in 2013.This data growth comes during a time of major transformation around both the delivery of healthcare services, and the way that providers are reimbursed. In the value-based care environment, where payment is tied to clinical efficiency and patient outcomes, healthcare data fragmentation is problematic. Clinicians need access to more data sources and analytics to generate insights and determine the most efficacious treatment for their patients.The challenge of this evolving industry is that today’s health IT infrastructures were not architected and deployed in a way that streamlines data sharing even within a single institution.Until recently, healthcare organizations deployed diagnostics tools to meet the needs of individual departments. These isolated projects included localized storage infrastructure, leading to the creation of a new data silo with each additional deployment.  This approach subsequently complicated the task of compiling a complete digital picture of a patient’s health from disparate information sources.The continued rise in hospital mergers and acquisitions adds further complexity, as healthcare IT systems undergo consolidation. Pressure to better manage costs and significantly improve the patient experience has led providers towards consolidation, but it has not always been easy for merging organizations to synthesize their data along with their administrative operations.Siloed Infrastructure Unable to Provide a 360-Degree Patient View to CliniciansTraditional IT infrastructure – and in particular, storage architectures supporting existing and new modalities – represent a significant roadblock for providers seeking an integrated workflow across departments.Legacy workflows, infrastructures, and storage architectures are not designed to support a 360-degree view of the patient, nor can they handle the accelerated growth of medical imaging data that will eventually feed machine learning and artificial intelligence models geared towards providing clinical decision support.Historically, if you had three PACS, a physician wanting to look at a patient’s images across all systems would technically have to open three different viewers, log in three different times and search for the patient three different ways. Then the physician would need to manually look at and process the images, and assemble them in their head.VNA’s Ensure Reliable Access to the Right Data at the Right TimeFortunately, a solution to healthcare workflow integration for medical imaging does exist in the form of the vendor-neutral archive (VNA). A storage infrastructure that does not require a redesign every time an organization adds new data sources or makes workflow adjustments can significantly improve efficiency and IT agility, offering enhanced insights and more reliable access to the right data at the right time.Migrating these files to new storage systems during an architecture upgrade, for example, can be a complicated project. Most organizations undertake this type of periodic refresh process every three to five years to prevent hardware failures and upgrade infrastructure capabilities. As organizations generate and store more medical imaging data, the project can get more complex and costly each time.A VNA can prevent data gaps by managing all updates to DICOM files and pointers, drastically reducing the burdens and costs of this critical process.A VNA also allows a healthcare organization to integrate viewing capabilities and storage with other health IT solutions regardless of its specific PACS application vendor, and its automated data reconciliation capabilities will result in less time spent on ensuring that healthcare providers are able to retrieve the data they need to make informed decisions.Ultimately, provider organizations should seek to create future-proof infrastructure that is flexible enough to support a broad range of anticipated performance demands, including advanced data analytics, expansion into private, hybrid, or public clouds, and constantly changing clinical workflows.The VNA is a foundational component of a healthcare ecosystem predicated on efficiency and quality. The challenge remains making preparations for a VNA deployment and choosing the right strategy for the successful launch of a new system.To achieve these goals, organizations may wish to partner with infrastructure development vendors who can help them to scale their architecture without downtime and consolidate without detracting from day-to-day performance while reducing or eliminating the burdens of future migrations.Value-based care and provider consolidation are driving healthcare organizations to reevaluate the status of their current resources, especially health information. While some health systems and hospitals have the financial capital for a VNA deployment, others may have to consider a phased approach. In either case, a business imperative is driving medical imaging integration with other health IT systems to ensure that physicians are making care decisions based on the most pertinent, complete, and timely patient data.For more information on Dell EMC’s Vendor Neutral Archiving solution, download our white paper here.last_img read more

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Hawaiki Subsea Route Expands with Los Angeles PoP

first_imgHawaiki Submarine Cable said it has expanded its subsea network with a new direct route to Los Angeles.The new route – based on the most easterly segment of the SEA-US cable – completes Hawaiki’s existing links to the United States, including Hillsboro, Seattle and Hawaii. Los Angeles becomes Hawaiki’s third PoP on the US West coast.In particular, this innovative architecture introduces a new ultra-low latency path between Sydney and Los Angeles, specifically designed to optimally support latency-sensitive applications such as online gaming and high frequency trading.“As demand for capacity continues to rise sharply, customers are constantly looking for versatile connectivity solutions. This expansion marks an important milestone for Hawaiki as it both strengthens our position in the US market and greatly enhances our network flexibility,” said Hawaiki CEO, Remi Galasso.“It also provides our customers with powerful new options in terms of capacity products, delivery points and route diversity.”Launched in July 2018, the Hawaiki transpacific cable is a 15,000 km fibre optic deep-sea, carrier-neutral cable with a design capacity of 67 Tbps.last_img read more

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Read all about the enchanting love story between Sunil Chhetri and his coach’s daughter!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Humans of Bombay/Telegraph IndiaAdvertisement 3fi36NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscm8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2nxe3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) boczWould you ever consider trying this?😱dwCan your students do this? 🌚azsRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sunil Chhetri- the front face of Indian football, the striker from Secundrabad we all know and love. The skipper of Bengaluru FC and the national team. India’s all time leading goalscorer, and only the second highest in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo. Honoured with the Pama Shri award in 2019. However, one achievement he will always cherish, and that is his beloved wife Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of the one and only Subrata Bhattacharya.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Humans of Bombay/Telegraph IndiaStarting his senior career at Mohun Bagan in 2002, Sunil played under Subrata Bhattacharya, the club hall of fame who was at the helm of the Mariners at that time. During his time there, Sunil caught the attention of Sonam, and the two ended up marrying after dating for 13 years.Speaking to the social media community Humans of Bombay, the 35 year old shared his love life, and how he tied knots with his former gaffer’s daughter.Advertisement “Her father was my coach, and he used to always specially mention this guy called ‘Chhetri’ to her. I was 18, and she was only 15. She was really curious about me so she stole my number for her dad’s phone and texted me saying, ‘Hi! I’m Sonam and I’m a big fan, I want to meet you.”Sunil married Sonam in the month of December in 2017, after more than a decade of commitment- which started off just with a text message.Advertisement “That went on for two months, and then one day my coach’s phone stopped working — so he gave it to me to fix. While I was fixing it, the coach’s daughter called and her number looked familiar to me. That’s when I realised that it was Sonam’s number! I was so livid.”Although having butterflies in his stomach, Sunil was genuinely scared to continue forward with his own feelings, as he felt such a daring job of dating your coach’s daughter may end up being detrimental to his career.However, they started dating, and both continued to hold onto their feelings. While Chhetri went on to win three Nehru Cups, four I-leagues, the Arjuna award in 2011 and six AIFF Player of the Year awards, and numerous other honours and silverware, his bonding with Sonam grew stronger with the flow if time, and two years back he decided to make the decision.“When we sat down, her dad started talking about everything under the sun. Until I finally mustered the courage and told him, ‘Sir, I love your daughter and I believe she loves me too’. He just said, ‘Ya, ya it’s okay’ and went to the bathroom. Finally when he came out, he gave his nod of approval! And in a few months, we got married.”Read the whole story here – Advertisementlast_img read more

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