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In 1992, Ward Cunningham came up with ‘technical debt’ as a metaphor for the consequences of choosing to ship imperfect code: "Shipping first time code is like going into debt. A little debt speeds development so long as it is paid back promptly with a rewrite... The danger occurs when the debt is …

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Why I don’t like ‘digital’. image

I recently joined the NES Digital Service, and even suggested the name, so it may seem strange that whenever I hear the word ‘digital’ I get twitchy and a cheeky voice in my head says ‘analogue’. That concern is about why something needs to be called ‘digital’.  I have never heard my thirteen-year-o…

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Digital platforms: what is in it for citizens? image

In a previous post we outlined some of the problems facing clinical and other staff in delivering health and care services, and outlined how a national digital platform might start to help. But as citizens, how’s this going to benefit us directly? Health and care services are intended to help peopl…

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What is this NES Digital Service thing about then? image

A few weeks ago I began to work with some people to develop a new ‘national digital platform’ for the health and care sector. We want to take a fresh approach, both about what we’re doing and how we go about it. So, as people keep asking me: “What are you up to Geoff?” Well, it’s about technology,…

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