Can doctors prescribe apps instead of medicine?

Can doctors prescribe apps instead of medicine?

In 2012, the then Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, made a speech about the potential for GPs to prescribe smartphone apps to allow people to monitor and manage their own health. He said, “innovation and technology can revolutionise the health service, and we are...
Why we need a more strategic approach to open data

Why we need a more strategic approach to open data

As the world celebrates 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web, two events have shown the potential of his other great passion – open data. On Sunday, I was a judge at Rewired State’s National Hack the Government weekend. On Thursday, I...
What’s wrong with care.data?

What’s wrong with care.data?

It’s been a tough few weeks for care.data. The roll out of the initiative – which aims to combine GP and hospital records in the national Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) databases – has been postponed for a second time for six months....