Telemedicine Clinic UK joins NHS Targeted Lung Health Check programme

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Telemedicine Clinic, in Partnership with Alliance Medical and Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has started providing reporting services for low dose CT scans as part of the UK NHS’s Targeted National Lung Health Check programme.

The project in Doncaster is part of a wider UK pilot designed to improve the nation’s lung health by catching cancers at an earlier stage. Whenever appropriate, patients will be offered low dose CT scans. The report from these scans will be completed using specialist TMC chest radiologists accredited by the British Society of Thoracic Imaging.

“Finding cancer early is crucial to surviving it – the earlier the diagnosis, the better the outcome and the more chance there is for recovery,” said Gareth Davies, TMC’s UK Medical Director. “TMC are delighted to have been chosen to support this project – utilising our UK and European network of qualified specialist radiologists, and in conjunction with the best AI software, we are able to deliver a service that will literally help save lives.”

“TMC have already shown they can adapt and be flexible with the CCG in the time they’ve been on board,” said Dr Jason Page, Clinical Director for the project. “The ability to have a partner who can bring advanced Artificial intelligence at the outset of the project is a great benefit to the residents of Doncaster who will be involved in Lung Health Checks.”

The Doncaster Lung Health Check Programme and others like it across the UK are designed to rule out lung disease and to detect cancer at an earlier stage, which hugely increases the chance of survival. The reporting uses industry-leading Artificial Intelligence from Aidence. In their reporting, radiologists will use Aidence’s AI solution Veye Chest to identify and manage any suspected lung nodules.

“We are honoured to team up with one of the leading teleradiology companies in the UK and the EU in a programme which we are confident will improve people’s lives,” said Mark-Jan Harte, Aidence co-founder and CEO.

New ISO 27701 certificate proves: TMC is on top of the GDPR requirements

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TMC cares about data protection and privacy. Especially nowadays, with the rise of cyber-attacks, data breaches, and the legal requirements to meet legislation, this topic cannot be left behind. Since the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, a lot has happened. As TMC wants to make sure personal data is protected and privacy information is managed most adequately (especially considering that we process patient data) we are proud to announce that we got the ISO 27701 certificate in March 2021. TMC is the first company in Unilabs to be certified in this ISO and hopes to be only the first great example but not the last.

The ISO 27701 standard will help us to stay on top of privacy within the organisation. This new ISO specifies the requirements and guides establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving a PIMS (privacy information management system). It demonstrates compliance with our contractual and regulatory obligations and improves internal competence and processes to avoid breaches. Furthermore, this ISO will help us improve customer and business partner confidence.

The implementation of the standard was managed by the ISMS (Information Security Management system) manager Javier Castillo, and the Data Protection Coordinator Ida Anderman. Rosie Nunn, The Quality Manager, is responsible for the continuous review and audits of the ISO. While it is great news that we achieved this ISO, it was not a surprise as we have a well-implemented ISMS system in place (ISO 27001) since 2011 and excellent GDPR policies and procedures, which were rolled out by our Unilabs DPO Miroslava Greštiaková.

As TMC wants to make sure personal data is protected, the implementation of the ISO 27701 is a great milestone to assure individuals (patients and others) that their data is duly protected.