Posted - 14 February 2019, Dr Alistair Hann, Chief Technology Officer
Building a National Digital Platform for health and social care data is a huge undertaking, and in a recent blogpost, NES Chairman David Garbutt asked “where do we start – which route should we take through the landscape of systems?” We have now started building the platform to make health informati…Read Post
I often hear businesses talk about investing a lot of effort in trying to achieve an outcome that is important to them, but with little success – I then draw a simple diagram that explains exactly why and offers a better way forward. I hope you find it useful too. Consider a hypothetical online sho…Read Post
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 …Read Post
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…Read Post
About the author
Dr Alistair Hann
Chief Technology OfficerAlistair was previously CTO at Skyscanner from 2011-2017, building it from 60 to 800 staff. He holds a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oxford.