Posts by Ewan

About this Blog

I created this blog to share some of my random musing about Health Informatics, which I hope will inform and amuse but at least stimulate some debate. Originally hosted separately from my company’s web site, it has now been brought into the fold. I’ve worked in the field since 1981. I’ve done small entrepreneurial start ups,…

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GP System Change

As the current arrangements for the supply of GP systems under the NPfIT and GPSoC come to an end GPs maybe thinking about a potential system change. In particular some emerging CCGs are promoting system change to achieve a single system on their patch, but my advice would be to wait and I say this…

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NHS Hack Day – Making an Old Man Happy

I’ve been fortunate enough to fall in with some of those young clinicians and developers organising NHS Hack Day (actually two days 26/27 May 2012 in Central London) http://nhshackday.com and I think this is one of the most exciting things to happen in Health IT for many years. It also fit well with my latest…

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Cutting off your Nose to Spite Your Face

I’m increasingly using social networking and online collaboration tools for projects in my working life and more and more of my clients are using social networks to promote their interests with their customers, service users and the broader community. Without these tools my efficiency would plummet and my clients ability efficiently pursue their objectives would…

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NHS-Life Sciences Partnership

“The NHS should be “opened up” to private healthcare firms under plans which include sharing anonymous patient data, David Cameron is due to announce” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16026827 25 years ago I launched AAH Meditel. My plan was to give GPs free computers in return for anonymised patient data, which I planned to sell, primarily for life-sciences research.…

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Future Funding of GP Computing

I’ve have heard Katie Davis (no relation), the new head of the DH Informatics Directorate, speak twice in the last few days and on both occasions she has stressed the Government’s desire to create a vibrant market for the suppliers of Health IT systems. This is very much to be welcomed. Current arrangements for the…

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Lessons from GP Computing

UK GP computing leads the way globally in the application of clinical computing at the point-of-care and for many years was the only example of the widespread implementation of clinical computing at the couch-face. It is interesting to examine why GP computing was, and still is, much more successful than clinical computing elsewhere in the…

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Analytics – Whose data is it anyway?

There are a growing number of techniques which might be described by the term “health analytics” which are able to use patient data (generally pseudonymised) for a range of valuable purposes which can help identify opportunities to delver more appropriate, better quality and more cost-effective care. With the challenges healthcare faces using information more intelligently…

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Nick and Ewan's Grand Union Cycle Adventure

Please help us help The Neuroblastoma Society Not health informatics this time, but the planned adventures of two health informaticians – myself and my old friend and colleague Nick Booth. (http://linkd.in/kpNnXQ) who plan to cycle the length of the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London. I was inspired to do this as a result…

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