The stasis of “healthcare innovation”: Get new ideas!

AI in healthcare is a classic case of putting the cart before the horse. Yes, this one: Transformation can begin only if there is a felt need. If there’s none, you can roll off hype straight from the consultants marketing pitch (or sales deck). What is that isn’t working? What sort of system’s research is […]

Working on “hard problems”?

Ben E Kuhn writes: For some reason, a lot of smart college students end up with the idea that “solving hard technical problems” is the best thing they can do with their life. It’s a common refrain in Hacker News comments, job ads and interview questions.School is a closed-world domain—you are solving crisply-defined puzzles (multiply these two numbers, implement […]

Cybersecurity for the healthcare

NBC news writes: Hackers have published extensive patient information from two U.S. hospital chains in an apparent attempt to extort them for money. The files, which number in at least the tens of thousands and were posted to a blog on the dark web that the hackers use to name and extort their victims, includes […]

A parallel pandemic: the crush of covid-19 publications tests the capacity of scientific publishing

BMJ has an excellent editorial and is a recommended read. The rush to “push out” publications and discussion, especially on Twitter, has muddled the policy debates. I have rallied against the glut of “me-too” publications and I reiterate that it is a crisis of monumental proportions. I am not advocating restriction of a choice, but […]

EHR: Epic Bristol bags £454m in UK deals as creaking care sector chases digital transformation

I usually refrain from commenting on industry news here but this merits attention- a universal EHR for Northern Ireland. I think that Singapore has a similar system. The advantages are obvious- a seamless connectivity for the users and healthcare providers. However, I have deliberated on this issue with several industry people and as a matter […]