The Health and Social Care Information Centre has said that it will begin “extended testing” of the NHS e-Referral service, a digital appointment management system, to replace the current ‘Choose and Book’ referral service. *|MC:SUBJECT|*
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January 19th, 2015
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The Health and Social Care Information Centre has said that it will begin “extended testing” of the NHS e-Referral service, a digital appointment management system, to replace the current ‘Choose and Book’ referral service.

NHS e-Referral system to undergo “extended testing”
 
Policy

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said that 40-year-old legislation is set to be altered in order to bring council operations up-to-date and allow agendas to be distributed electronically.

Reforms to town and parish councils allow digital document distribution
 

The Home Office has said it no longer intends to seek a tender for a national “extension to mobile services” contract, as other contracts have made those improvements redundant.

Government no longer requires “extension to mobile services” contract
 
Research & Trends

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has released its findings into the differences between rural and urban digital economies and concluded that the UK has a “two-speed digital economy.”

FSB research identifies “two-speed digital economy”
 

At the moment, Britain has the 12th fastest broadband network in Europe despite a government pledge that it would possess the “best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015.”

 UK broadband lagging behind international rivals: report
 
Conferences and Events

NHS Hack Days are weekend events that bring together healthcare and technology professionals and other “geeks who love the NHS” to help improve NHS IT.

NHS Hack Day to be held in Cardiff
 
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