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I was asked to write a guest blog for @Communitycare about what I could see as future uses of smartphone apps in social care. Please see the full article here:

We will be examining this as part of the twin events at #Digihealthcon and #Digihealthhack, where we will be hearing from Dr Shaibal Roy of the DH Future Forum about the successor to #MapsandApps, #CareApps.

We are also grateful to also have HANDIhealth apps running a workshop. They are a new social enterprise offering support to people developing apps for health and social care.

After the Conference, themes will be taken forward to develop at the #digihealthhack, so if you have a great idea for an app to be used in social care, why not pitch it to us?

Together, we can!

Hope to see you there!


I was interested to talk last week with Alison Austin of the Department of Health about the current pilots of personal health budgets (PHBs).

I am interested to know if this could become a route for people to pay for apps, tech equipment, subscriptions to digital support services etc. if these are appropriate to meet their indicated health outcomes.

The pilots will be evaluated in October, and a commitment has been made to make a PHB available to anyone who wants one by 2014.

What do you think? Would you use a PHB to subscribe to digital services and apps to help maintain or improve your health outcomes?

Alison Austin of DH talks about Personal Budgets

The #nhshackday or #nhshd, held this weekend has already generated some great work. Here is a quick ethnography hot off the press- how can we build on this at the #digihealthcon and #digihealthhack?

Opening Practices

This weekend I participated in the #NHShackday. It was a fun event, full of eager and earnest work. Having skulked from project to project, a bit in awe at the display of talent. Armed with a small notebook, I wrote my impressions and put them here in the context of my own work, requirements in open source health IT. If anybody requests it, I can provide them with the pictures and videos I took if they want to document the event, or put them online. Just write me an email. Here is the list of all the projects.

Spontaneous organisationNo leviathan here, no pecking order. Everyone a potential member of any team. It was almost frightening to see the simplicity of it all. There is a white board, with name and idea. The name pitches the idea at the beginning of the session for 2…

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Here is a fantastic Video from The Health Hackday in Sweden, showing us some really practical examples of how healthcare outcomes can be brought about by employing game mechanics and using apps on smartphones.

Food for thought for the Digital Health Conference and Hack?

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Take some time out to watch this video from the fabulous Health Hackday being held 18th to 20th May in Stockholm, Sweden.

Inspirational talks about how smartphones can be used to capture health goals, how game mechanics can be employed to inspire and motivate participants- and even to drive engagement with social justice!

Hope you enjoy. Do please follow the Health Hackday Bambuser feed here: for more Talks and Interviews from the fabulous participants at this event in Sweden.


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I have come across an exciting example of the way that an internationally leading organisation, the Moorfields Eye Hospital is utilising SNOMED CT terms within an open source Electronic Patient Record which ensures its data collection enables deeper analysis and sharing of clinical data within the organisation and with international partners.

By using a single clinical vocabulary across all healthcare settings, in a way that supports all professions in their electronic record keeping, we will open up more possibilities for data analytics than has previously been possible. Here we consider the options provided through the implementation of a new electronic patient record system at Moorfields Eye Hospital, as well as some of the data analytics options appearing in the marketplace that can aggregate a patient’s data from different care organisations.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, one of the world’s leading eye hospitals, has recently implemented an open source Electronic Patient Record (EPR) for ophthalmology. To overcome the difficulties brought about by 18 different silos of patient notes from separate electronic systems, imaging devices, emails and paper notes; Moorfields developed OpenEyes.

The system was designed by doctors for doctors to support them in making decisions that have a direct impact on people’s lives.  Prior to OpenEyes, the lack of interoperability between systems, plus a mix of paper records, posed various risks, generally through records not being available at the time required.

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