My recent article in WIRED Magazine, arguing that we need good design – as well as checklists – to improve patient safety.
In 2013 the Journal of Patient Safety published a report that found that 440,000 Americans were dying each year from preventable medical error. In the three years that have elapsed since then new technologies to prevent such errors have been developed – if not necessarily implemented. But how far can throwing technology at the problem […]
Not safe, not fair… Todays decision by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to impose the junior doctors‘ contract has sent ripples through the department where I work. There has been a range of responses, from furious to despairing and apathetic – often depending on the grade of the doctor. The more junior, the more hopeful: its early […]
It has long been recognised that mental health is neglected by healthcare systems across the world. Any yet the burden of disease is as significant as any. The WHO predicts that by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of the global burden of disease, outstripping ischaemic heart disease. Digital technology can improve psychiatric services along […]
Start up of the month is on hold for this month (and possibly next) while I finish finals. In the meantime, I took a couple of days off for the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) 10th Innovation Summit, followed hot on its heels by WIRED Health. At both events the star of the show was the […]
November’s Ebola Crisis Hackathon A report by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Back in November I joined a group of doctors, entrepreneurs, developers and designers at the Ebola Crisis Hackathon in Oxford. The aim of the weekend was to address specific problems faced by the crisis in West Africa. The report gives a summary of the status of […]
Medical training is about box ticking. Where are the boxes for innovation and entrepreneurship? I wrote an article for the BMA.
I was interviewed about frugal innovation in healthcare as part of Wave for Health in Paris. Listen to it on Peter Day’s In Business programme on Radio 4.
Steve Jobs and the tidal wave of apps that followed in his wake have spoilt us with software carefully tuned to the way our lives work. Whether its hailing a taxi, mapping our runs or counting calories they are intuitive and fit seamlessly into the demands of each task. In designing their products these disruptive start-ups […]
I’m incredibly excited to be a Fellow of the United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, taking place next week in New York. The aim is to empower and celebrate female entrepreneurs around the world and to highlight the continuing disparity in the opportunities available to each gender. Among the many speakers to present are a number […]