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Cutting-edge technology launch

8th October 2007

The launch of a new scheme designed to accelerate the adoption of new technology in the NHS has gone ahead

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The health service has repeatedly come under fire for its slow uptake and use of new technology.

The NHS Technology Adoption Hub, which has offices in Manchester, was put together when an advisory group discovered that innovative equipment was not being used in patients' treatment.

Margaret Parton, head of the National Technology Adoption Hub said: "It is vital that new life-saving, cost-effective technologies are adopted as quickly as possible through the NHS."

"The National Technology Adoption Hub will streamline and speed up the process."

In 2005, the Health Select Committee said the health service fell far behind other countries when it came to using new devices and "spent less than the European average on medical technology".

One piece of new equipment is the CardioQ Oesophageal Doppler machine. It is able to monitor patients' blood circulation during major surgery. The use of the device (which shows doctors if patients require more fluid) can help patients get better more quickly post-surgery.

The scheme will involve the introduction of 15 groundbreaking new technologies over a three year period. They will be trialled in three trusts before being rolled out to the entire health service.

Health minister Lord Ara Darzi, said it was "encouraging" to see the health service "striving to find the best standards of care, using the latest available techniques, for its patients."

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