EHealth Competency Framework – Defining the Role of the Expert Clinician produced

The Academy of Royal Colleges launches its EHealth Competency Framework – Defining the Role of the Expert Clinician produced in partnership with the Scottish Government.

The framework was produced by the eHealth Competences Framework Steering Group  (established in 2010) under the Chairmanship of Dr Catherine Kelly.

This framework has been developed to define the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required by practising clinicians who have a role in eHealth at a local, regional or national level. The framework covers abroad range of domains from generic competences required by all, such as the safe and secure management of health information, to areas of in depth informatics knowledge which may only be required by a limited number of individuals. It is hoped medical and dental practitioners can use the framework to demonstrate achievement of competences relevant for their roles within their own organisations at different stages of their professional careers.

It is on the news reel link on the Academy homepage, which will be available for a month or so..  Click here

Otherwise you will always be able to find it at the reports and guidance pages


Bill Gates backs Glasgow University malaria project

Scientists at Glasgow University are being funded by Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates’ charity to develop a hand-held device to diagnose malaria.

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Glasgow scientists hope to be able to quickly diagnose infected red blood cells

The $100,000 (£62,200) will fund a study into the use of Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWS) to detect red blood cells infected by malaria parasites.

Detection is thought to be possible as cells respond to SAWS in different ways depending on the cell properties.

SAWS electronic components are commonly found in TVs and mobile phones.

The Glasgow team proposes to use SAWS to exert selective forces on malaria-infected red blood cells to separate them from uninfected red cells.

Different cells respond to SAWs in different ways depending on physical properties such as elasticity and shape.

To read more on how this technology could improve patient care