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This year the government announced that £4.2 billion will be spent on bringing the NHS into the digital age – paper free, kite-marked apps, digital records, click and collect prescriptions, free Wi-Fi in hospitals and citizen access to personal records which we can control and edit. The reality is far removed from this ambition, and the track record is littered with failed nati ...

This report, by Jos Creese, tackles the role of digital design and adoption

Stop talking and start building with open source, open standards and agile methods The next EBP report will focus on the role of digital design in achieving health and social care integration (this is the second report on the topic – the first being about the context of the challenge). As part of the research I interviewed Dr. Tony Shannon from Ripple – a clinically led team w ...

As part of the health and social care integration work undertaken by the EBP, I have been interviewing people from across the sector - finding stories and experiences that can inspire others and give practical guidance. I recently interviewed Karl Goatley, Director of IT at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, about the formation of SEEN (South East of England Data Networks ...

I am feeling optimistic. I am new to working with Local Government - having spent the last few years running tech events, where I worked with developers, start-ups, incubation labs - anyone innovating and using tech to transform the way we do business and live our lives. I anticipated that working with local government would be a lot slower and I didn’t expect to see as much in ...

Is the cloud-first policy a sensible one for local government? In my view yes, but how it should be applied has to reflect the legacy application estates of each council, the priorities of the organisation, the differences in demography, risk appetite, geography and a range of other policy issues. Mandating a cloud-first policy within local government might help, but could prov ...

The findings from a roundtable discussion with local government CIOs and shared service directors - including motivations for sharing, key factors for shared service success and barriers to to overcome..

This article was originally published in WearableTech The relationship between health and social care professionals and their patients is changing, as a result of the increasing access we all have to personal data and online information. With a relatively small collection of wearable consumer devices, linked to a smartphone, I can amass details about my general health, a medic ...

This article was originally published in the MJ There is no doubt that some councils are in the vanguard of organisations exploiting digital in any sector. Arguably they need to be, given the enormous pressures in the public sector to protect critical services in the face of unprecedented cuts. Recent reports suggest that some of the most innovative CIOs and most competent IT ...

  Directors of finance have been all-powerful in most sectors for hundreds of years, frequently first in line for a vacant chief executive position. But in the public sector that influence has waned over the last 20 years with the rise of technology. This article was originally published in the MJ Technology has automated many finance and audit functions and given non-financ ...

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