Why We Need a Partnership Model Between Patients and Doctors

As our health systems slowly (and quite often reluctantly) become aware of the importance of listening to patients, and the growing evidence base to support the fact that engaged patients get better health outcomes, I want to make the case for developing a partnership model between patients and doctors. Before I discuss why I think […]

Patients as Health Consumers

As a health consumer, it would be good to see a move towards funding models that reward health outcomes as well as occasions of service.  But, regardless of whether we see those changes in 2 years or 20 years, the expectations of increasingly digitally-savvy health consumers will be a driver of choice, accessibility and quality, […]

The Top 5 Digital Health Innovations You Might Not Have Heard Of

Philips Healthcare in the UK asked me to write another article for their Future Health Index site.  I’d really appreciate it if you checked it out… The top 5 digital health innovations you might not have heard of  

Trust Network Rollout: A New Approach To Rolling Out Clinical Information Systems

As a former healthcare CIO and longtime health consultant, I’ve been through my share of clinical information system rollouts.  A couple have gone well.  Most have gone okay.  A few have left scars. I’ve been reflecting on the successes and failures of these efforts, and what could have been done better.  In doing so, I’ve hit […]

Removing The Barriers To Patient Engagement: How Consumer Health Technology Can Reach Its Potential

I was kindly asked by Philips in the UK to write an article for their Future Health Index site.  I encourage you to check it out! Removing the barriers to patient engagement: How consumer health technology can reach its potential    

Pharmacogenomics: The Future Of Prescribing?

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person’s genetic makeup. (U.S. National Library of Medicine)   It’s […]

Needle In A Haystack: How I Solved A 73 Year Old Family Mystery Using Genetic Genealogy

I wrote this article primarily for myself.  It’s rather an epic tale, but it tells the story of how I set out to find my dad’s unknown father using a 73-year old rumour, the internet, a small serving of common sense and more than a little providence.  I trust that you’ll feel a sense of the drama […]

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 […]