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GPSoC – We need independent accreditation of subsidiary products interfaces

I attended the second joint Intellect and DH workshop today to look at the plans for the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) procurement. These plans are at an advanced stage and the GPSoC Team told us they were hopeful of…

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The power of information and digital technology to transform the NHS

I believe passionately in the power of information and digital technology to transform the way we deliver health and care, indeed I consider it essential if we are the meet the growing demands the health and care system faces within…

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A Paperless NHS

Given the usual scant regard to the commonly accepted meaning of words that seems to be the norm in the NHS – “Paperless” is something that we now have in the majority of general practices and that many have had…

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Intellect Health Care Group

I’ve been an active member of what is now the Intellect Health Care Group since 1981 and was recently elected to its’ governing body the Health Care Council. I’ve twice been Chair of predecessor groups and served on the Health Care Council from 1999…

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Movember

As those of you that have seen me during November should have noticed I’ve be growing a Mustache for Movember Each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim…

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Watch your Twitter hygiene

Like many I have increasingly been using Twitter as for professional communication and have found it a compelling medium providing a very efficient way of keeping in-touch with the massive amount of activity of professional interest to me.  It’s also great for sharing information that I…

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Patient record access – A spur to innovation

I’ve been involved in one of the working groups which are part of the RCGP-Led Online Patient Access Project,  which has been funded by DH to help deliver on the Government’s promise to deliver online access for all to their…

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Standards are a barrier to innovation?

In a world where we are forced to reducing complex messages to sound bites this is mine on standards in health care IT: “Standards are a barrier to innovation”.  Of course this is a gross over simplification and in reality…

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My Health Portal?

Pretty much simultaneously the NHS made two announcements one that they were going to shut down the Health Space portal and another in their Information Strategy of plans to build a new portal MyHealth.  This left many observers muttering about left and right hands and wonder…

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VistA for the NHS

Ewan Davis – Director of Woodcote Consulting shares his thoughts on VistA VistA is the open source electronic health record (EHR) system developed and used in the American Veteran’s Health Administration (VA). It is widely acknowledged that over recent years the VA has transformed itself…

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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…

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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…

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HANDI – The Healthcare App Network for Development and Innovation

Most of you will know of my involvement with HANDI and new not-for-profit organisation intended to support and encourage the development of health and care apps to transform health and care. www.handihealth.org which I would urge you all to support.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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We Made It! Nick and Ewan’s Grand Union Canal Adventure for the Neuroblastoma Society

Just to let you all know that we both successfully completed our cycle ride down the Grand Union Canal on schedule on Wednesday raising over £6,750 (plus a gift aid supplement from the Tax Man of  more than £1,200) for…

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