Digital Health Ecosystem

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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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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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 of projects trying to deliver integrated care that need to achieve integration of IT systems…

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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 has been limited, particularly in the UK where it was invented. However, due to some…

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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 makers, vested interests in the care, informatics and vendor communities and a naive belief in…

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