Archive for March 2014

Code4Health

The  Code for Health initiative and the idea of teaching doctors to code (disambiguation: I mean write computer software not learning to apply clinical codes to health records and other health data) is in my mind a really good idea but something that is capable of being badly misunderstood and misapplied with the potential to…

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What makes an Open Source community?

There has been a lot of interest in the role of Open Source software in the UK over recent months, initially stimulated by NHS interest in the American VistA Open Source EHR, but now taking on a broader scope including some of the exciting home grown initiatives. Included amongst these are a number of projects that…

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Food England?

Listening to the Nuffield Health Policy Summit http://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/live/health-policy-summit-2014 Lots of interesting stuff from Phil Collins of the Times. Talking about “command and control”, “integration and competition” and “patient centred service design” Perhaps it would help to think of the NHS as a supply chain? Supply chains are complex adaptive systems which consist of a large…

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"Wicked" Barriers to Innovation and Adoption

Sometimes we just have to JUST DO IT! In the NHS we have too high a tolerance for inaction and too little tolerance for honourable failure. I’ve just come back from the Healthcare Innovation Expo in Manchester, where there was much talk about the need to encourage innovation. I’m all for that but I think it’s…

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