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Can “Innovation” Make Healthcare Worse? 7 Common Innovation Anti-Patterns

Can “Innovation” Make Healthcare Worse? 7 Common Innovation Anti-Patterns

I work with a lot of healthcare organisations who, quite rightly, have a significant interest in “innovation”, and how new approaches, techniques and technologies can help them improve the quality, safety and efficiency of the healthcare services that they deliver. I’m genuinely excited by the potential of some of this innovation, which could transform our health systems in exciting and positive ways.  However, much of what passes for “innovation” falls short of being genuinely innovative. Having watched this space for…

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Care Plans, Goals, Actions and Outcomes: The Future Health Record

Care Plans, Goals, Actions and Outcomes: The Future Health Record

It has been a while since I last wrote, having been busy with consulting work, keynote speaking and a family holiday in Europe. As I have been reflecting on new topics to write about, I have realised that there are a number of exciting ideas that need some air time, as I have rarely seen them discussed in association with digital health.  I’ve decided to pull these together into a series of blog posts entitled “The Future of Healthcare”.  I…

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What Exactly Is Digital Health?

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 previously…   Digital Health gives us an opportunity that we’ve never had before – the chance to reach into the lives of almost every health consumer…

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

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 minute appointment.  Yes, I know that some things are hard to diagnose.  But for God’s sake, we have to get better at this if our…

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Health Innovation at #WISH2016

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 that I’m blown away by the calibre of delegates, the level of engagement and discussion, and the range of innovation that is on show.  From…

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

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 need to separate the signal from the noise for them.   In the rush to gather vast amounts of data from consumer health devices and…

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Digital Health = Globalised Healthcare

Digital Health = Globalised Healthcare

Why does my GP or specialist need to be in the same country as me, the patient?  If I’m already paying out-of-pocket to see a GP (which some of us are) or a specialist (which most of us are), and I can undertake that appointment online, why wouldn’t I go with a service that has high quality, immediate availability, is easily accessible and affordable?  If that happens to be in another country, does that really matter?   Much is made by…

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New Models of Care, Not Just Mobile Health Apps

New Models of Care, Not Just Mobile Health Apps

In order to envisage a better (i.e. more transparent, safe, accessible, sustainable and efficient) health system than we have today, we must lift our vision above the siloed mobile health app as the building block of future improvement.  Seen correctly, mobile apps are the current delivery channel of choice for new, digitally-enabled models of care, but not the solution on their own.   If today’s vast pile of overwhelming, under-regulated, piecemeal mobile health apps is our vision for a future health system then something…

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