Devon’s regeneration is in the hands of its communities?

The Covid response, Regenerate Devon Summit and recent analysis of social enterprise activity in Exeter and Rural Devon confirms the existence of a vibrant, innovative and disruptive social movement, actively developing and delivering solutions and services addressing a wide range Read More …

Applaud Maude, for suggesting more boardroom focus needed on IT security

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has urged businesses to make IT security a boardroom issue.The minister warned that security was no longer just an issue for IT departments alone. Is it still the case that modern day businesses still Read More …

Want to access your health records via a facebook-style page?

AN ambitious hi-tech £11m plan to allow any doctor or nurse to access a patient’s information from anywhere in the country is being launched by Islington health chiefs. Patients will have their own Facebook-style  health records page or app, detailing Read More …

UK patients and digital record access – a perspective 2 years on

In May 2012 I wrote an article (Patient access to GP Records by 2015) and offered some immediate thoughts on who would be the primary beneficiaries of this Department of Health mandate, with some thought on identifying the primary element of Read More …

Citizen centred healthcare reform needs to be ‘digital’, doesn’t it?

Citizen centred healthcare is part of a shift in focus which has drawn increasing interest in recent years, highlighting the importance of incorporating citizens’ needs and perspectives into care delivery. The citizen’s engagement with their care is now considered a Read More …

UK government digital services identity assurance initiative vital for digital healthcare

Identity and access management is one of the most challenging aspects of securing citizen, and from a National Health Service perspective patient, engagement on-line with services and information. This especially important when the engagement extends to on-line access to highly Read More …

NAO reports on eGov ‘digital by default’ initiative pretty positive

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published it’s independent research report on Digital by Default objectives being based on sound assumptions about the preferences, capabilities and needs of the citizens of England. The report is based on independent research established Read More …

Patient digital access to GP records by 2015, loads of assumed benefits

The government ‘digital’ plans to provide patient access to GP records by 2015, raise a number of important questions, not least would access to just GP be of significant value to the patient on it’s own? To explore this fully Read More …