Wearables: patients will ‘essentially manage their data as they wish’. What will this mean for diagnostics, treatment and research and why should we care? [#NHSWDP 3]

  Consent to data sharing appears to be a new choice firmly available on the NHS England patient menu if patient ownership of our own records, is clearly acknowledged as ‘the operating principle legally’. Simon Stevens, had just said in his keynote speech: “..smartphones; […] the single most important health treatment and diagnostic tool at our … Continue reading Wearables: patients will ‘essentially manage their data as they wish’. What will this mean for diagnostics, treatment and research and why should we care? [#NHSWDP 3]

Thoughts on Digital Participation and Health Literacy: Opportunities for engaging citizens in the NHS [#NHSWDP 1]

“..smartphones […] the single most important health treatment and diagnostic tool at our disposal over the coming decade and beyond “ That’s what Simon Stevens said at a meeting on “digital participation and health literacy: opportunities for engaging citizens” in the National Health Service this week, at the King’s Fund in London. It seemed a … Continue reading Thoughts on Digital Participation and Health Literacy: Opportunities for engaging citizens in the NHS [#NHSWDP 1]

A review of NHS news in 2014, from ‘the Spirit of the NHS Future’.

Respectful of all the serious, current news and that of the past year, this is a lighthearted look back at some of the stories of 2014. ‘The Spirit of the NHS Future’ looks forwards into 2015 & at what may still be changed. *** The Spirit of the NHS Future  visits the Powers-at-be (To the … Continue reading A review of NHS news in 2014, from ‘the Spirit of the NHS Future’.

On Being Human – moral and material values

The long running rumours of change afoot on human rights political policy were confirmed recently, and have been in the media and on my mind since. Has human value become not just politically acceptable, but politically valuable? Paul Bernal in his blog addressed the subject which has been on my mind, ‘Valuing the Human’ and … Continue reading On Being Human – moral and material values

Human Rights – real threats today vs theories of tomorrow

Theories on Thursday, furore on Friday. By Saturday the social media had hit the fan. What we must remember whilst caught up in the recent Human Rights fuss, is that this is discussing a future theory. In practice, we are at risk of missing three* current and upcoming human rights threats, which are very real. … Continue reading Human Rights – real threats today vs theories of tomorrow

Thinking to some Purpose – a new era, a new look

Regular readers here or on twitter, may notice the new-look. I’m moving away from The Amateur Book Blogger banner, and will be posting simply as me, as I go on.  The start of the summer holidays seemed as good a day as any, to saunter out into the sunshine on my own.  [I may even … Continue reading Thinking to some Purpose – a new era, a new look

What our grandparents called it.

I regularly talk with friends about food. Often over food. I like food. I like cooking. And as a result tend to use as unprocessed-as-possible ingredients, and start most things from scratch. I have friends who can’t cook, or won’t cook, and I have friends who like the paleo direction, as I do. There is … Continue reading What our grandparents called it.

Glossary

In the course of my care.data research, I have come across words I didn’t know, terms with different meaning from everyday context, and abbreviations and acronymns enough to make your eyes water. For my own sake, I’m going to note them down now as I go, especially those I use in my posts and didn’t … Continue reading Glossary