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We can’t go on like this – innovate or die, says Jonathon Fagge

Innovation is messy, expensive, and disruptive, and many of the attempts to innovate result in failure. It is an exercise in risk-taking; an investment of time, energy, credibility and money, for an uncertain outcome. For the architect that conceives, the organisation that sponsors, and the people that must adapt, it is an uncomfortable and sometimes … Continue reading

Technology is key to unlocking the full value of NHS data for patients, argues Simon Pleydell

For many people bureaucracy is a dirty word. It speaks of needless box-ticking exercises and pointless form filling. While that can be the case, the NHS Confederation’s recent report, Challenging bureaucracy, commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health, points out that bureaucracy, which includes recording, collecting and reporting information, is an essential part of … Continue reading

Key principles from Denmark’s approach to innovation mustn’t be ‘lost in translation’ with AHSNs, says Dr Johnny Marshall

When I signed up to the NHS European Office’s academic health science networks (AHSNs) study tour to Odense in Denmark, I had only just mastered putting the ‘H’ before the ‘S’ in AHSN! In the event, it was a great opportunity to better understand the agenda of those creating AHSNs and to contribute a different … Continue reading

Do boards need to know about social media? Diana Marsland explains why now, more than ever, the answer’s ‘yes’

Most board members are aware of the sweeping changes that social technologies have brought about in our everyday lives. A recent survey shows that just over half of those at the very highest levels in companies claim to have a good understanding of the impact of social media on their business. Indeed, approximately two thirds … Continue reading

The future’s e-mental health, explain mental health leaders

Over the past 20 years, digital technology has truly revolutionised the way we conduct our everyday lives. It’s also meant big changes to how we look after our own health.  NHS Choices, for example, has grown to become the most popular health website in the UK, with more than 19 million visits each month. At … Continue reading

Services must evolve and revolve around the changing needs of patients; community services are the key, says Rob Webster

The 21st century NHS faces the biggest challenges of a generation. So why are we still using 20th century approaches to healthcare that ignore patients’ assets and 21st  century technology? Many reasons – financial flows; disjointed IT; and professional hierarchies. But perhaps the biggest barrier is in our culture – one that we must overcome, … Continue reading


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