Alexa, privacy and the role of personal data in health technology

There has been a bit of a furore recently about the news that Amazon’s Alexa has partnered with the NHS, and will be offering health advice via voice search. In the UK, what was NHS Choices, now NHS.uk, is a trusted source of information when people have health concerns, and enabling a greater number of … Continue reading Alexa, privacy and the role of personal data in health technology

Education – the key missing link to greater patient centricity

It is becoming increasingly clear that education is the key to unlocking greater patient centricity around health data. Meeting this challenge is paramount to true patient centricity success, and there is a growing amount of interest in the practicalities of how this could work. A workshop I held recently, exploring the philosophy of empowering individuals … Continue reading Education – the key missing link to greater patient centricity

Digi.me’s first health record access Twitter chat shows good support for patient centricity

Individuals are becoming increasingly aware of their rights to access their data and the benefits of them owning and controlling a copy which they can use. Since the introduction of the EU’s GDPR data protection legislation in 2018, there has been a rise in the number of enquiries and complaints to regulatory bodies regarding access … Continue reading Digi.me’s first health record access Twitter chat shows good support for patient centricity

Where next for NHS health apps after ‘all-singing, all dancing’ one is scrapped?

The much-vaunted NHS health app – described in the long-term plan as being the health service’s ‘digital front door’ - is being dramatically reframed, it has emerged. It is increasingly recognised that patients need online access to key services, particularly the ability to access their health record. However, there had been questions about whether, in … Continue reading Where next for NHS health apps after ‘all-singing, all dancing’ one is scrapped?

Digi.me holds first UK Patient Centricity focus group

Patient centricity is the philosophy of empowering individuals with their data to enable them to use it with the applications and services they choose, acting as a catalyst for record sharing, innovation and research. In 2017, digi.me collaborated with the Icelandic Directorate of Health to achieve a world first, a national citizen-facing API for medical … Continue reading Digi.me holds first UK Patient Centricity focus group

Patient Centricity: Empower the patient and enable the future

Digi.me is now in the final stages of integrating with the first GP system suppliers in the NHS Having worked across a number of health economies, what is becoming increasingly apparent is the differences in attitudes, cultures and approaches to sharing data. In the US, for example, regulation requires healthcare providers to make individuals’ data … Continue reading Patient Centricity: Empower the patient and enable the future