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Please note: this post is based on an extract of an earlier post by @ClaireOT, available here:

Health Commons

The idea of a Commons is the product at the end of the peer-to-peer process described earlier this week. We might regard the health of the nation as a health Commons, increasing health being the “product” of this work.

Why work towards a health commons?

One of the principles of the Commons is that we all have a stake in the outcome. In health commons, we may see a collaboration between public and private organisations, and individuals, both based internally within and external to those organisations, working together as peers.

The promotion of population level health initiatives could enrich us all because they result in a greater number of economically active citizens, a reduction in overall health spending, and most importantly, an increased level of health and happiness in the population.

We all benefit from working towards a Commons (in this case, we all want to be individually as healthy as possible, and promoting health of our fellow citizens also benefits each of us individually and as a group). This idea leads on to the notion that we are all peers in the Commons, that we exist in a dynamic that is as flat (non-hierarchical) as possible when working in this way.

Why adopt this approach now?

As we move into a time where resources will be stretched, the new way of working represented by these ideas offers an alternative to the cuts-based solution so frequently enacted by organisations attempting to survive in the new climate. Where we are seeing transformational change within health organisations, we are not yet embedding a truly transformational way to enact new ways to enrich our health Commons.

This approach has already been trialed in countries with more intractable issues in population health than our own, for example, a quick Google search led me to this study based in New Mexico.

How can we get involved?

Why not come to our Digital Health Conference and Hack on 29th and 30th June in Leeds, where we will use a peer-to-peer approach to work towards a health commons, together. For updates, follow us on Twitter as @digihealthcon, or email to register your interest in the event early. Tickets will be released through Eventbrite soon.


Please note: this post is based on an extract of an earlier post by @ClaireOT, available here:

Peer-to-peer approach

A technique often used to work towards a Health Commons is a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) approach.

Michel Bauwens describes P2P

it’s a relational dynamic in which people exchange not with each other as individuals, but with a commons

Or, a way to develop a shared resource that is held by a group of widely distributed people. This is often facilitated by the use of digital technology.

Bauwens believes that

 (digital) P2P technology allows for a new form of socialization that is changing how people behave towards each other.

We could use non-hierarchical, peer-to-peer platforms and systems, which have developed in social movements who have used the net as a means to solve problems based within their communities. By using these ideas, we can respond to the crisis we face in health and social care funding, by working towards a health Commons, together.

Social activists such as Dan Mcquillan has captured how to use these principles within health and social care, and indeed more generally within the public sector.

In the presentation, Dan is arguing that the problems within the health and social sevices cannot be solved within the traditional hierarchical structures we have developed. He argues that in order to work together effectively, it has to be within new spaces where status and power are distributed equally between peers. This can be facilitated by the use of digital technology- as we may have experienced if we are users of social networks such as Twitter!

Digital Health Conference and Hack 2012

We aim to use a peer-to-peer approach at the Digital Health Conference and Hack, based in Leeds, 29th and 30th June 2012. At this event, we will be using peer-to-peer methodology to ensure that we use the benefit of the diversity of voices represented, and where everybody is valued for their contribution.

Please use #dhc12 to tag conversations about it, follow us on Twitter at @digihealthcon, and register early interest by emailing

An exciting development that we would like to support is the plan to have an NHS Hackday in London on 26-27th of May 2012 @ University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY

What is a Hackday?

Hackdays originated in the open source software movement as a technique to advance the development of open source code for benefit of us all, i.e. for the “Commons”.

These techniques have been adopted by other movements for the Commons, including ourselves at the Digital Health Conference and Hack, as we aim to improve the health commons.

The aim is to accomplish this through the development of disruptive innovation- ideas that are radical solutions to the issues we face in the NHS and in health and social care,

When is the NHS Hackday?

26-27th of May 2012

Please see this website for full details:

Where is the NHS Hackday?

University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY

What are people saying about the NHS Hackday?

Using a fabulous Tweet aggregator developed by @Dean_Jenkins, I am able to survey recent Tweets and collate a record of them. I intend to do this on a weekly basis to aggregate Tweets for #NHSHackday and for #digihealthcon or #dhc12, and host the results here as a resource.

#NHSHackday Aggregate 04/03/2012

Involved …

@e3intel @carlplant @drcjar @tkelsey1 @HSJEditor @KarlFreeman @WoodcoteEwan @eamonnbreslin

Top resources …

Related tags …

#nhshackday #opendata

See Twitter for more tweets, people, videos and photos for #NHSHackday

@eamonnbreslin @drcjar friends on fb were praising your Nice app, cannae wait for #nhshackday (Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:09:31 +0000)
@KarlFreeman I wonder if an NHS based @github Hubot would go down well… #NHSHackDay (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:31:18 +0000)
@WoodcoteEwan #nhshackday @drcjar Great example of how #opendata can be used in Health should interest @tkelsey1 (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:41:40 +0000)
@HSJEditor Calling all software dvlprs, clinicians & others interested in creating ‘disruptive solutions’ via @drcjar #NHShackday (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:05:13 +0000)
@tkelsey1 RT @WoodcoteEwan : #nhshackday @drcjar Great example of how #opendata can be used in Health should interest @tkelsey1 (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:30:28 +0000)
@carlplant Here are a few NHS data sources for #NHShackday via @delicious (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 14:39:31 +0000)
@drcjar RT @carlplant : Here are a few NHS data sources for #NHShackday via @delicious (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:14:27 +0000)
@e3intel RT @carlplant : Here are a few NHS data sources for #NHShackday via @delicious (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:26:00 +0000)
@e3intel . @carlplant @drcjar More NHS data sources compiled here with free learning module #NHShackday (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:31:00 +0000)

I would suggest that all of the people involved in this movement would be excellent choices to follow on Twitter. If you use a Tweet aggregator such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, you could run a search under the #NHSHackday to pick up on every development as it happens.

If this idea interests you, during the weekend of the #NHSHackday, there may be opportunities to engage online if you cannot get there in person.

Digital Health Conference and Hack 2012

Welcome to this blog, where we will be outlining the development of the Digital Health Conference and Hack 2012.

What is the Digital Health Conference and Hack 2012?

It is a two-day event where we will identify and attempt to overcome challenges in the delivery of high quality health and social care services in a climate of resource contraction, demographic pressures, and increasing expectations of services.

When is the Digital Health Conference and Hack 2012?

The Conference takes place on Friday the 29th June 2012,

the Hack follows immediately after on Saturday 30th June 2012.

Where is the Digital Health Conference and Hack 2012?

We are hosting the event in Leeds, a central point in the country which is easy to get to from North or South. Final details of the venue will be released soon.

Who is hosting the Digital Health Conference and Hack 2012?

A collaborative group of interested people working in health and social care sectors are working together to bring you the Digital Health Conference and Hack, including tech4health and @ClaireOT, the #nhssm community, see @nhssm, and the developers of a MOOC for healthcare workers, currently called the #MedEdMOOC. We are lucky to be supported in this by our many speakers, presenters, workshop leaders, and the wider health and social care community- details of the people involved to follow in later posts.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets will be released on Eventbrite soon, watch this space to find out when.

How do I find out more?

Follow this blog, and follow us on Twitter at @digihealthcon, if you would like to pre-register your interest in the Conference and Hack then please email us at