Professor Joe McDonald has seen many national NHS IT leaders come and go, ultimately failing in their attempts to change culture. But in Matt Hancock, our CCIO columnist thinks that he just might see something different.
As Christmas fast approaches, Professor Joe McDonald finds himself thinking about the absurdity of Christmas turkey, Brexit, trips to Abilene and – of course – those of healthcare IT.
In the vision of the new secretary of state for health and social care, Joe McDonald spies an opportunity to address an old dilemma.
A drama at sea has led Joe McDonald to consider the value of patient-centric health records. Could they finally resolve the Gordian Knot of information governance and re-energise the EPR market as well as dramatically improving care?
Professor Joe McDonald pens an open letter to Facebook’s founder and chief information officer on what the Great North Care Record is learning on consent. In the current climate, he suspects Mr Zuckerberg just may find it helpful.
Our CCIO columnist professor Joe McDonald remembers his underage drinking years and wonders whether the concept of using digital ID on a night out can apply to the citizen ID agenda in healthcare.
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Our CCIO columnist Professor Joe McDonald remembers one Christmas long ago when his Uncle Jimmy taught him about rate limiting steps, and wonders whether a festive bonus could remove the NHS’s own rate limiting step on the way to digitisation.
The value of a Plan B during a sailing trip beset by bad weather makes our CCIO columnist Dr Joe McDonald wonder whether the NHS should be taking a similar approach.
Joe McDonald wasn’t a hobbit in Lord of the Rings, he wasn’t at Wembley to see Geoff Hurst’s winner, but he did see Otis bowl a historic tenfer and he’s now heard Jeremy Hunt promise to put patients in control of data sharing.
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