Why Digital Health Needs Standards And Health Informatics More Than Ever

 As we deal with the inevitable rise in the number of locations in which our health information is stored, we must redouble our efforts in the fields of health informatics and standards.  It is only via these foundations that we will be able to share health information within and across organisational boundaries, confident that we […]

What Exactly Is Digital Health?

So what exactly is Digital Health? The majority of people that I speak to still don’t really understand what Digital Health is, nor its potential implications.  Many people, particularly Government health departments are still using the term synonymously with eHealth, which shows a great misunderstanding of the potential power of Digital Health.  As I’ve said […]

Is Poor Diagnosis a Leading Cause of Inefficiency in the Health System?

Much of the load on the health system is the consequence of the poor performance of current diagnosis processes.  Of GPs who think that their instinct is better than it actually is.  Of wild stabs in the dark based on prejudice, assumption and the couple of questions that GPs have time to ask in a six […]

Health Innovation at #WISH2016

This week I’m in Doha, Qatar, for the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2016.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to be part of the Lifeguard Health Networks team, presenting their solution as part of the Innovation Showcases. I’ve been to a lot of health conferences in my time, but I must say […]

Separating The Signal From The Noise – Finding Clinical Relevance In Consumer Health Data

In it’s unadulterated form, consumer health data is 99+% noise.  If we present it to health providers in this form, we’re going to very quickly turn them off the idea of gathering data from patients and caregivers.  Any who could blame them?  If Digital Health is going to add value to busy health providers, we […]

The Dimensions of Clinical Data Quality

As we move into the next phase of EMR / EHR maturity, these systems will increasingly shine a light on problems with a) the quality of data captured by health providers and b) the quality of care delivered.  Without a mechanism for measurement of clinical data quality we can’t start this conversation that we need […]

Open Your EMR To Patients – Let Patients Help

… I now believe that the only way to significantly improve clinical data quality is by opening up EMRs and Clinical Information Systems to patients and caregivers, allowing them to read all that is written about them, and to flag incorrect data.  In addition to the transparency of knowing what is being written about them, patients […]

Health Care Homes – A Patient’s Role in Continuity of Care

To achieve change, however, we need to see changes in behaviour from patients, not just health providers.  No amount of technology can ever replace the deep value of a long-term healthcare relationship between patient and doctor…   In recent weeks I’ve written a lot about the urgent need to drive deep change into health systems across […]

Why Current Funding Models are Holding Back Digital Health

… fee-for-service funding models have served our health system well.  But their time has gone.  We need a new approach to creating incentives for health providers to deal with our current health crisis in a more sustainable way.   When done well, Digital Health offers the components (mobile devices, the level of smartphone ownership, patient reported […]

FHIR and the Real Challenge of Health Data Interoperability

… I think the hype risks misunderstanding the problem that we’re solving here.  Ultimately we’re not just sharing healthcare information between computers, but between people.  We must be able to share data between people and organisations, and be confident that we know what others meant when they captured or authored that data.   I spent the […]