Social Media

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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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 these tools my efficiency would plummet and my clients ability efficiently pursue their objectives would…

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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 GP computing was, and still is, much more successful than clinical computing elsewhere in the…

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In Summary

Record summaries can play an important role in the facilitation of clinical communication, but only with careful thought, which is often lacking, as illustrated by the sad tale of the English Summary Care Record (SCR) and the happier tale of the Scottish Emergency Care Summary. The first thing to understand about a “summary record” is…

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Medication Repository Anyone?

I was writing this piece when I read Ian McNicoll’s stimulating blog piece “EastendEHRs? – Dr Leggs’ Diary”   Ian talks about community medication records, very much the theme of this piece. It seems to me that a shared medication record is the single most useful thing that could be provided in any health community…

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Exploring Social Media in Healthcare

On the 15th and 16th of April the BCS Primary Care Group will be running a Special Interest Group meeting to look at the role of social media in healthcare PHCSG has been running SIGs (known as CLICSIG for reasons almost lost in history) at the rate of 4-6 per year for 30 years and…

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Dr Finlay’s Facebook?

The marvellous phrase comes from the Demos publication “the talking cure why conversation is the future of healthcare”  by Jack Stilgoe and Faizal Farook http://bit.ly/e0GUAD They use it to describe the changing relationship between internet enable patients and doctors. I have stolen it as shorthand for a new online environment that I think we need…

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