Two things you need to know about me:
- I work for the NHS
- I’m a geek
The unofficial third item is that I like to combine the two! I joined the NHS so I could help improve the way patients and the public access health information. Since joining in 2010 I’ve seen the way people access information change, ditching PC for mobile and static information for social interactivity. As with any big shift there will be issues adapting and companies selling overpriced off the shelf solutions. This is something I’d like to address and in the process open up debate on the use of open source in the NHS.
Smartphones have revolutionised the way that we access information. Since the launch of the iPhone (iOS) SDK in 2008 the variety of tasks that a user using a mobile phone has changed drastically. Apps can be created in various ways, this often leads to a difference in quality and effectiveness. I look at mobile development, apps and the mobile web on my blog.
Web and data
The web has evolved from a static text medium into a interactive, social, data driven sea of information. This can be a blessing and a curse as it means that websites with quality content are swallowed up but when handled correctly healthcare information can spread further than printed materials. I look at web design, development and data on my blog.
Half of the UK uses Facebook and the most rapidly growing age range is people aged 60+, this is also the people most likely to use healthcare services for long term illness. Social media can be used to bring health messages to the places where people are but it’s most effective when used as an engagement tool. I discuss social media and APIs on my blog.