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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Please! Not another "White Knight"

Follow @WoodcoteEwan News has been leaked this week by Computing  of plans by NHS England to create a new post of Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer to replace the role that Tim Kelsey will leave vacant at the end of the year.…

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Nobody should (can) “own the platform”

Follow @WoodcoteEwan I’m sitting in the Interoperability Workshop in London being jointly organised by NHS England, The Health and Social Care Information Centre and The Local Government Association (3 June 2015). In the UK like there are a large number…

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Sticking to the Knitting

Follow @WoodcoteEwan I’ve written about this before, but have become increasing concerned that the pressure on NHS organisation to generate revenue outside of their core business is a dangerous distraction, acts as a barrier to the diffusion of innovation within…

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openEHR a Game Changer Comes of Age

Follow @WoodcoteEwan I’ve been watching openEHR over more than fifteen years, and although I have always been impressed by its potential to enable us to do things differently, I must admit it has been a slow burn, and take up…

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Supporting New Models of Care

Follow @WoodcoteEwan “I’m pretty certain that the health informatics community know how to create the open digital ecosystem we need to support the emerging new models of care, but I have concerns that a lack of knowledge and experience amongst policy…

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Moscow eHealth a Model for the UK

Follow @WoodcoteEwan The approach that Moscow City Council has adopted to create an open platform to support health and social care services in Moscow which uses some of the same technology as the Code4Health platform would seem to have relevance…

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Let's do it like the Internet

Follow @WoodcoteEwan There is much talk about “Standards” following the publication of the NIB Framework “Personalised health and care 2020: a framework for action”. Standards are of course a self-evidently good thing, but only if you do them right which…

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Farewell to “Ruthless Standardisation”

Follow @WoodcoteEwan “Ruthless Standardisation” was the failed mantra of the NHS National Programme for IT. The Programme is dead, but in some places this view still persist but it is time to consign it to history as something else that…

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Feral Systems (or I've got a great big Access database)

Follow @WoodcoteEwan In my work, both within NHS England and as a judge in the EHI awards I have come across a number of promising bits of home grown software development in NHS organisations. Also as I talk to people…

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IMS and Open Maxims – A big step forward for NHS Open Source

IMS’s recent decision to open source its Maxims EHR as Open Maxims  is to be very much applauded and their decision to do so under the AGPL licence is an encouraging indication of their commitment to a mainstream open source…

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