Apps

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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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 in the NHS find that as well as these publically acknowledged systems that there are…

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GPSoC – PQQ Deadline 4th July

This procurement is NOT just relevant for those in or wishing to enter the GP clinical systems market – Don’t miss your opportunity. The new GPSoC procurement provides an important opportunity for anyone who wants to sell products or services in or which interoperate with UK general practice. The OJEU Contract Notice was published on…

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An ESB for GPSoC Phase 2 ?

A key feature of the proposed new GPSoC contract is the opening up of interfaces of the principal GP systems to subsidiary system suppliers (this can include pretty much any product or app that might be offered in the primary care market.) The plan is to address the interfacing issue into two phases which will…

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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 the resources likely to be available. We need to mobilise information to help us redesign…

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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 GP records and a range of associated transactional services by 2015. As part of this…

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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 from one of the worst healthcare provider to probably the best in the USA with its use…

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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. People keep asking “are apps things that run on mobile phones?” and keep talking about…

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