For the most part, the National Health Service (NHS) remains obstinately un-joined up. One example: a friend recently phoned the hospital to get some more medicine, but the nurse didn't have access to the relevant paper notes, which had already been sent back to the GP.'Why don't you know what dose you were on?' the nurse asked, rather accusingly, struggling to work out the likely prescription. 'Well, why don't you?' the frustrated patient shot back.The sort of seamless click-and-collect experience that shoppers expect when dealing with a retailer are a long way from the daily reality of the NHS, where patients find themselves repeating the same information over and over again, dealing with lost files and failures to communicate. Beyond being just irritating, the lack of joined-up systems across the NHS is holding back progress and can be positively dangerous.In a recent speech, the newly appointed Health Secretary Matt Hancock painted a grim picture of the current state of technology … [Read more...] about NHS and technology: Making the case for innovation
Making the difference
Shaqiri celebrates after scoring against Poland during the Euro 2016 round of sixteen match. Photo: AFP One of the more impressive performers for Stoke City in a season that ended in relegation from the Premier League, Xherdan Shaqiri is hoping to do his unquestionable talent justice at what represents a third World Cup for the Switzerland star. The stocky, Kosovo-born winger faces an uncertain club future but a breakout performance in Russia would leave the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man with no shortage of suitors. Blessed with a magnificent left foot and ample creativity, Shaqiri became just the second Swiss player to score a World Cup hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Honduras in Manaus four years ago. His penchant for the spectacular surfaced again at Euro 2016 with a stunning overhead scissor kick against Poland, in a last-16 game his side would eventually lose on penalties. But while a regular in the national … [Read more...] about World Cup: can mercurial Shaqiri make the difference for Switzerland?
DONEGAL have sauntered into the semi-finals of the Ulster Senior Football Championship following a routine win over Derry in Celtic Park. Cian Mulligan rubberstamped the win as he rounded off a great team move late on to grab Donegal’s second goal of the afternoon. Paddy McBrearty starred for Tír Chonaill as he hit eight points to leave the Derry defence trailing in his wake. Emmet Bradley did his best to keep the home team in touch, but it was to no avail in the end. It was that Mulligan strike and Hugh McFadden’s first-half major which ultimately proved the difference at Celtic Park as the game finished 2-16 to 0-16 in Donegal’s favour. Elsewhere on Sunday, Carlow stunned Kildare in the Leinster SFC quarter-finals in a game where they shot not a single wide and Paul Broderick kicked 10 points, while Longford defeated 14-man Meath at Pearse Park. Predictably, Dublin hammered Wicklow in Portlaoise. In hurling, Galway ran out eight-point winners over Kilkenny … [Read more...] about Majors make the difference for Donegal as they sink Derry
In a blog post today, Google is announcing that it’s formally embarking on a project to convince the group in charge of web standards to adopt technology inspired by its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) framework. In theory, it would mean that virtually any webpage could gain the same benefits as AMP: near-instantaneous loading, distribution on multiple platforms, and (critically) more prominent placement on Google properties. This sounds impenetrably dense and boring, but please don’t click away yet! This is important, a little tricky to understand, and critical to how the web and Google interact in the future. In many ways, Google’s success or failure in this endeavor will play a major role in shaping how the web works on your phone. If you’re unfamiliar, AMP is Google’s attempt to make webpages as fast and portable as other “instant articles” (like what you might read on Facebook or Apple News). The idea is that when you click a link on those … [Read more...] about Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP
Daily news 7 March 2018 By Becca Caddy Some dogs have jobs and others are pampered pets, but how can we tell the difference? Smart toys that accurately predict which pooches have the right stuff to become guide dogs may be the answer, saving time and money. In the US, 60 per cent of dogs that start guide dog training never finish it. The process is arduous, taking two years to complete and costs around $50,000. To try to predict which dogs will succeed, a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a sensor-filled ball and tug toy. They then gave it … … [Read more...] about Smart toys predict which pups will make the best guide dogs