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Blog What now for social care? Widespread dismay greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the perilous state of social care funding. Richard Humphries looks at the options available. Blog NHS England says it cannot fund all cost-effective treatments promptly Nicholas Timmins looks at some of the big issues raised by proposed changes in the way that drugs approved by NICE should be funded. Blog Saving paper, saving money or transforming care? As we publish our briefing on the government's digital agenda and plans for its implementation, Matthew Honeyman considers whether the most important objective of all has been lost in translation. Blog Wachter watch: where next for the NHS’s digital strategy? Following numerous interesting announcements at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo this week, Matthew Honeyman considers what lies ahead when it comes to digital technology in the NHS. Blog Interoperability and the NHS: are they incompatible? Ensuring different IT systems work efficiently together is essential for improving integrated care for patients in the health and social care systems. David Maguire considers progress to date and future challenges. Library blog Careless talk costs lives: noise in hospitals Hong-Anh Nguyen explores the Fund's historical work on improving patient experience, including the issue of noise in hospitals. Blog Why is it more difficult than ever for older people to leave hospital? David Oliver looks at the findings of the National Audit Office report and considers why hospitals are still failing to discharge older people on time. Blog The NHS needs more data on activity if it is to address the crisis facing general practice Beccy Baird highlights the need for nationally collected activity data for general practice. Blog Productivity in acute hospitals – are the recommendations of the Carter Review realistic? With the recent publication of the Carter Review's final report on operational productivity in acute hospitals, Richard Murray reflects on whether it proposes a realistic approach to implementation. Blog NHS test beds and information-sharing: supporting the integration of new health care technology New technologies could potentially be put to use in the NHS, but the challenge lies in persuading health care providers to take up new models and methods of care. Matthew Honeyman looks at the upcoming policy developments that could enable successful integration. Blog Are the Whole System Demonstrator trial results a watershed moment for the rise of telehealth? Nick Goodwin asks if new government strategies and positive results from the Whole Systems Demonstrator trials will encourage new investment into telehealth. Blog Making a reality of telehealth: lessons from the Whole System Demonstrator programme As we await the results of the WSDAN project, Nick Goodwin considers what else is needed to support new technologies in telehealth and telecare. Blog SHMI, the new indicator for measuring hospital mortality: more light or more confusion? In her blog, Veena Raleigh is doubtful that the new hospital mortality rate indictor, SHMI, will provide the definitive measure of a hospital's quality. Blog Lost and confused: improving hospital care for dementia patients After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia. Blog Do we need more generalists in our hospitals? Anna Dixon asks if ever-increasing specialisation in acute care is benefitting patients in her new blog. Blog Reconfiguring hospital services: a bold move to improve health care? Chris Ham examines how to reconfigure hospital services to improve the quality and safety of health care. Blog Hospital doctors: the reformed NHS needs you! With announced revisions of the NHS reforms, hospital doctors are being given an opportunity to become involved in clinical commissioning. Blog Can we justify the investment in telehealth and telecare? Is the Department of Health's large-scale evaluation necessary to support the need for telehealth and telecare? Blog The future of telehealth and telecare in England is on a knife edge At a time when the health service is under pressure to improve quality with fewer resources, new technologies are being carefully scrutinised. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.