This week’s must-read stories cover a wide array of topics including – embracing the technology of tomorrow, the growth of MedTech and the revolutionary technology shared at MWC. Read about how the NHS faces a ban on pagers, juggernauts Philips and Microsoft announcing their augmented reality concept to help surgeons, and Thoughtonomy encouraging the NHS to embrace automation... 

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Health and Social Care Secretary orders ban on NHS pagers 

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, has ordered the removal of NHS pagers for non-emergency communications by the end of 2021More than one in 10 of the world’s pagers are use by NHS, and it is understood that those 130,000 pagers cost £6.6 million annually. As part of the NHS 10 year plan, the NHS will replace pagers with modern technology including mobile phones and apps. 

Invest in automation to free up frontline resources, Thoughtonomy boss says 

Phillip Sheen, head of public sector at Thoughtonomy, said the NHS needs to “look through a different lens” and embrace automation to free up resources for frontline services. Last year “virtual workers” at Ipswich Hospital, which actively monitor incoming referrals from the national GP Electronic Referral Service (eRS) 24 hours a daysaved more than 500 hours of medical secretaries’ time in the first three months. 

Philips showcases unique augmented reality concept for imageguided minimally invasive therapies developed with Microsoft 

Global health technology leader Royal Philips unveiled a unique mixed reality concept for the operation room at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. With the aid of Microsoft Corp, the two companies have developed an augmented reality application for image-guided minimally invasive therapies to help surgeons. 

Expansion for health tech firm behind VR radiation therapy  

Vertual, a MedTech company based in Hull has announced it is expanding. Formed in 2007, the company provides Virtual Reality (VR) training in radiation therapy for both patients and medical staffhelping patients understand the experience of treatment. The company has plans to capitalise on its current state of growth by entering new markets in the US, South America, China and South East Asia. 

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