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WIRED: Moving beyond checklists could make the NHS safer

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Apr 2016

WIRED: Moving beyond checklists could make the NHS safer

My recent article in WIRED Magazine, arguing that we need good design – as well as checklists – to improve patient safety.

Distributed cognition: designing for the expert and the machine

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Mar 2016

Distributed cognition: designing for the expert and the machine

In design Innovation Medicine Opinion By cosgadmin

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 […]

What the junior doctors’ contract means for the digital health industry

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Feb 2016

What the junior doctors’ contract means for the digital health industry

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 […]

A new digital era for mental health

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Jun 2015

A new digital era for mental health

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 […]

Your microbiome is controlling your mind

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Apr 2015

Your microbiome is controlling your mind

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 […]

Ebola Crisis Hackathon: Skoll Centre Report

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Feb 2015

Ebola Crisis Hackathon: Skoll Centre Report

In Innovation Medicine Opinion By cosgadmin

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 […]

Why entrepreneurship and innovation should be rewarded in medicine

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Jan 2015

Why entrepreneurship and innovation should be rewarded in medicine

  Medical training is about box ticking. Where are the boxes for innovation and entrepreneurship? I wrote an article for the BMA. 

BBC interview: Frugal Innovation in health

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Jan 2015

BBC interview: Frugal Innovation in health

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.  

The Last Mile – why technology in healthcare often fails in practice

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Dec 2014

The Last Mile – why technology in healthcare often fails in practice

In Innovation Medicine Opinion By cosgadmin

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 […]

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Nov 2014

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations

In Opinion By cosgadmin

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 […]