Posts by ewan

It's not about Open Source

Readers of the blog will know that I am an enthusiastic supporter of open platforms and was pleased to be able to contribute to the recent publication of “Defining an an Open Platform” by the Apperta Foundation. Assiduous readers will have noticed that the eight principles in this document are a evolution of those that…

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Defining an Open Platform – The Reformation of Digital Health

On the 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nail his “Ninety-Five Theses” on to the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany and started the Reformation. 500 years later on the 32 October 2017 Apperta published “Defining an Open Platform”. Being the modest folk we are it contains a mere eight principles and we launched it…

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Open Digital Platform Challenge Fund

Many  will be aware of the proposal that Tony Shannon and I have been promoting to persuade the decking to allocate 1% of the money they plan to spend on an “Open Digital  Platform Challenge Fund” to stimulate the development of an open digital ecosystem based on open standards. We have had a positive response…

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Wally Davis 4 Oct 1921 – 12 Sept 1996

My Father, Wally Davis, died 20 years ago today (12 Sept 1996), there has rarely been a day since when I have not thought of him, and to mark this occasion I’m publishing the eulogy I gave at his funeral at this link Wally was lifelong Socialist, a keen cyclist, a Londoner to his core,…

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Patient data there for the asking, not the taking

Follow @WoodcoteEwan The importance of using health data to target and optimise the care we deliver and to advance our understanding of medicine, health and care is undeniable and something we must do, but we really do have to secure public confidence in doing stop scoring so many “own goals” As my good friend and colleague…

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Digital Maturity Index?

Follow @WoodcoteEwan It’s a good idea for health and social care organistaion to reflect on their digital maturity and understand where they are in relation to their peers. The NHS Digital Maturity Index was a good proxy for what we all might reasonably recognise as digital maturity and potentially a great tool to stimulate reflection,…

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Hiding the Onions – Interop and Open Platforms

Follow @WoodcoteEwan With McKinsey telling us that open platforms can save more that 11% of total health care costs, we really have to sweep away the barriers and make it happen. This means moving to an open platform architecure meeting the principles I described in my last blog, which require open standards, open data and open APIs. While…

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Defining an Open Platform

Follow @WoodcoteEwan It is widely agreed that the future of digital health lies in an “Open Platform”. However, it’s not clear as to exactly what an Open Platform is or how we get there. With McKinsey tell us that health care systems that create an open platform can save more than 11% of total health…

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The Future of Applications

Follow @WoodcoteEwan I was recently passed a link to an interesting paper from Accenture “The Future of Applications – Three Strategies for the High-velocity, Software-driven Business”. This paper is directed at a general business audience, but has much of relevance for the digital health world and in particular resonates with the points I was trying to…

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Would you like to build health and care software 100 times faster?

Follow @WoodcoteEwan I’ve written before about openEHR and how I think its time has come. I been talking to lots of people about openEHR and it’s clear it takes a while to really understand its power – It took me 15 years. In this blog I try and summarise what I think makes it different…

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