It is curious how life often brings us back to places once well-trodden but then lost to us for one reason or another. Last week I was in Stockport. I have a vivid childhood memory of my mother taking me by train to have my broken arm re-set and put in plaster in the hospital … Continue reading A trip down memory lane makes me think Stockport is the perfect place to begin a coup ‘data’
If the day has a 'y' in it then I guarantee that policy-makers and experts somewhere across Whitehall and Westminster are meeting to plot a way through the stalemate otherwise known as the 'use of health data.' That is: how we are going to use my and everyone else's medical records to make people better now and in … Continue reading From A to B on using medical records to help people get better
The Health Service Journal (HSJ) has an 'exclusive' interview today with Dame Fiona Caldicott. Dame Fiona has been chairing a review - of information governance in health and social care - 'Caldicott2.' Its report and recommendations are due out in just a few short weeks.You have to subscribe to HSJ to read the full interview … Continue reading How a Dame and the Great British Public might bring an end to the patient data pantomime…
'Caldicott 2' is the health and social care information governance review being conducted by Dame Fiona Caldicott with a due date for completion this autumn. The title of the review is 'Information: to share or not to share?' I passed by the official website today and noticed that it now has a huge amount of information … Continue reading ‘Caldicott 2’ Evidence gathering session on research – ‘patients and the public’ questions
Much will be written about the NHS Future Forum's report out today. And a lot of it will be preoccupied with its recommendation that health professionals should proactively give patients all-round health advice. Personally, I think it a good idea although you'd have thought the Forum has advocated 'in your face healthcare' judging by some of … Continue reading NHS Future Forum talks sense on patients and medical records: i.e. we need a plan!
I was very privileged to be asked to give the Furlong Christmas Lecture a few weeks ago. I hope this doesn't seem egotistical but here's the text of that lecture amended with useful links etc - it touches on and rehearses themes that will be familiar to those of you who have visited the blog … Continue reading Research is for life: making research part and parcel of the patient journey