A conversation with Alexa about public involvement in health – ‘Sorry, I don’t know that one.’ #digitalPPI

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 view about the health secretary’s announcement on healthy volunteers and DNA tests

Quite a few of Saturday's papers covered the health secretary's announcement that he wants the NHS to offer healthy 'volunteers' the option of paying to have their DNA analysed. The goal is to recruit 5 million volunteers resulting in masses of data which can be used by researchers to further understanding and develop new treatments.... Continue Reading →

New @HRA_Latest @OfficialNIHR data on UK public attitudes to health research highlights need to work with under-represented groups to break down barriers #diversity

White, middle-class and well-connected - and that's just the patients: is this the health research culture we wish to see in the UK? Ever since it was established in 2011, the Health Research Authority (HRA) - the UK regulator of health research whose mission is 'to protect and promote the public interest' - has commissioned... Continue Reading →

Patients and researchers – sparring partners not hostile combatants

I am in Helsinki, Finland, for a few days this week, sitting on a review panel for the 'Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research.'  It is the first time that this programme has involved patients in its review process for funding research so it feels a bit of a milestone moment.  This, after twelve months, of... Continue Reading →

Nuffield report underlines importance of public participation if people are to trust how their medical records are used for research

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics have today published their report: 'The collection, linking and use of data in biomedical research and health care: ethical issues' following months of inquiry by an expert working group Chaired by Professor Martin Richards.  Here's a copy of the actual report. There is much coverage in the media already including the... Continue Reading →

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