A little bit of ReSPECT image

In my last blog I promised I would start to provide a guide to openEHR for health and social care practitioners. This to encourage people to become involved in helping to define and agree the content models that we will use on the National Digital Platform. These models are very important as they wi…

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Washing up as you go along image

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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