Privacy campaigners have reacted with concern to the announcement by Health Secretary, Matt 'Prime Membership' Hancock, that the NHS and Amazon have done a deal to provide health advice through its Alexa smart speakers. The concerns need addressing although I feel a lot more chilled out about it than some of the things Alexa already … Continue reading A conversation with Alexa about public involvement in health – ‘Sorry, I don’t know that one.’ #digitalPPI
'I was averaging out at two meetings about digital per week before Christmas,' said my friend over coffee. As she said it I mused to myself that it must be at least one a day by now. Yes, 2019 has heralded more meetings, events and conferences about data, digital and AI than votes about Brexit … Continue reading What’s this screwed up ball of paper got to do with health data research? Read on.
It was all going so well. My fears of spending eight hours on a budget airline from Ottawa to Nice were quickly subsiding. The plane was half-full. No one was sitting next to me. I could spread my things out. More importantly I could get to the loo at will. Most of my fellow passengers … Continue reading Blog: An incident at 40,000 ft over the Atlantic highlights the perils of ‘evandigitalism’ in health care #digitalhealth
Thought I would gently ease myself back into things after almost a month's total social media detox at work by posting this news story from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) announcing the winners of #LetsGetDigital..... The votes have been counted, the judges have had their say and the winners of the 2017 NIHR Let’s Get … Continue reading Here’s hoping the announcement of the @OfficialNIHR #LetsGetDigital winners means others will catch the digital bug
Ofcom - the UK's communications regulator - this week published its annual Communications Market Report for 2016. As ever, it's an absorbing insight into how the British are using their smartphones and the internet. This year we learnt that we are better connected than ever before but that many of us are feeling the need for … Continue reading Blog: Fascinating insight into differences across the UK in use of internet to find health info via @Ofcom
Interesting news from the US last night that a number of pharmaceutical companies - GSK and PurduePharma being the ones cited - are now looking into the use of Apple's new 'ResearchKit' app in clinical research. 'ResearchKit' was launched in March this year with many saying it would be a game-changer in medical research. My understanding is that … Continue reading More on mobile technology and health research…. #ResearchKit and @OfficialNIHR photo competition on theme of diversity and equality