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‘Hundreds of lives saved’ by new digital sepsis alerts

‘Hundreds of lives saved’ by new digital sepsis alerts

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Hundreds of lives are being saved every year thanks to a new digital alert system which automatically flags possible cases of sepsis in hospitals, the NHS has said.The technology uses an algorithm including data from a patient's blood pressure, heart rate and numerous other factors to determine whether sepsis may have developed. The new "alert and action" computer programme has already been built into digital patient systems at hospitals in Berkshire, Liverpool and Cambridge. Image: The tech is part of an NHS-wide push to tackle sepsis Claire Burnett, clinical nurse specialist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, helped to develop the technology.She told Sky News: "Previously we were using a paper screening tool, using the same algorithm ...
Facebook to postpone digital currency until regulators happy

Facebook to postpone digital currency until regulators happy

Technology
Facebook says it is willing to postpone its digital currency until it has satisfied the concerns of the US treasury and other regulators around the world.David Marcus, head of Facebook's Libra unit, was grilled by US senators on Tuesday who expressed concern about the planned cryptocurrency, which will be run by a number of firms including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal. Facebook will incorporate the currency into its digital wallet called Calibra, while other companies will be able to use Libra in their own apps.Facing the Senate banking, housing and urban affairs committee, Mr Marcus said that Facebook understood "loud and clear" that people did not want their financial details connected to social media data.Several of the legislators raised questions about whether the social media giant co...
Facebook reveals digital currency details

Facebook reveals digital currency details

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Social media giant Facebook has unveiled plans to launch a new digital currency, called Libra, next year.It said people would be able to make payments with the currency via its own apps, as well as on messaging service WhatsApp.Firms such as Uber and Visa are also likely to accept it in future, it said.But there have been concerns about how people's money and data will be protected, as well as over the potential volatility of the currency. Facebook said Libra would be independently-managed and backed by real assets, and that paying with it would be as easy as texting. It is the latest foray by a tech giant into the payments sector, after Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay - although none of those services are based on a crypto...
Army to get £22m cyber centre to combat digital threats

Army to get £22m cyber centre to combat digital threats

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By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent The defence secretary has announced an investment of £22m to fund a new army cyber operations centre and told NATO allies they must become more comfortable engaging in offensive cyber operations against enemies.Speaking to NATO ambassadors in London, Penny Mordaunt said "it is time to pay more than lip service to cyber". She said: "We know all about the dangers. Whether the attacks come from Russia, China or North Korea. Whether they come from hacktivists, criminals or extremists. Whether its malware or fake news. Cyber can bring down our national infrastructure and undermine our democracy."We must convince our adversaries their advances simply aren't worth the cost. Cyber enemies think they can a