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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 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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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 confidence in doing stop scoring so many “own goals” As my good friend and colleague…

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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 all might reasonably recognise as digital maturity and potentially a great tool to stimulate reflection,…

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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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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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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 the NHS and acts against the best interest of patients and taxpayers. A distraction because…

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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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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 to the UK and in particular is a good fit for the needs of emerging…

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