Why digital government has more to deliver

Why digital government has more to deliver

Recent years have seen growing interest in the concept of digital government: using smarter technology and datasets to do more and better, for less. To a large degree, this has been driven by the need to save money – an immovable priority during a time of budget cuts...
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...
The boardroom debate needs to move beyond gender

The boardroom debate needs to move beyond gender

WEAK and ineffectual boards are a risk to the health of their companies and to the whole UK economy. As the Flowers chairmanship of Co-op Bank showed, a board that does not contain the right mix of skills and experience will not be able to prevent mistakes from...
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....