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Becoming the new boy…

Becoming the new boy again is always a nerve wracking event isn’t it? Remember the first day at school, new faces, new places and new ways of working? I am in week three of being the new boy in Leeds and I have never joined anywhere that worked so hard to make you feel welcome Read the full article…

Handover CIO

First published in CIO Magazine, November 2017. In 1797 George Washington instigated the first handover period for the presidency of the USA, he handed his responsibilities to John Adams. Since the 1960s a 72 to 78 day handover period has featured in every transition of the presidential role, and yet in almost all other public Read the full article…

What is Pink Socks?

A simple pair of Pink Socks can change your world! Pair by pair pink socks have become the new paradigm in connectedness for healthcare IT professionals all over the world. To have a pair from Nick Adkins that you can gift on enables you to become the Network Effect Technology! My first pair arrived from Read the full article…

The Liquid Hospital…

First published for KLAS research, republished here for completeness… Liquid healthcare systems. I was discussing a way to describe how eHealth can change the way in which hospitals deliver care recently with a learned colleague. He has come up with the phrase, the ‘Liquid Hospital’, which I have to say has grabbed my imagination completely. Read the full article…

Health Leadership (UK & Ireland, the coming together!)

In November and December I was lucky enough to spend time with the IT leadership of the UK and Ireland, I collated the responses to a series of questions for an interview that HIMSS would then publish in two parts, here is the whole thing to give you a feel for how close the concepts Read the full article…

Do eHealth agendas ‘need’ politics…

First published in HIMSS UK Journal in September of 2016.   The delivery of health is driven by politics by necessity. No matter where in the world you are the delivery of health and wellbeing to a population is an election winning and losing manifesto. We understand that the delivery of digital health could be Read the full article…

The right questions…

First published in HIMSS UK in November 2016. Answers to questions can change the world, of course they can! When I fly I so rarely check a suit-case in that I had forgotten the words that you are asked before every flight until this year’s summer holiday. Did you pack this case yourself, are any Read the full article…

Digital fabric and the frayed jeans…

First published in Irish Tech News in September 2016. In 2014 eHealth Ireland was introduced by Microsoft to the concept of a ‘digital fabric’. I personally love a good analogy as a story telling form and believe that it is perhaps the best way to get a message across. The concept of a digital fabric Read the full article…

In the shed at the bottom of the garden…

When a member of staff offers to put you in a shed at the bottom of the garden for the next 12 months, what does it mean I wonder? So far my time in Ireland has taught me so many new phrases. Most hilarious was learning what being ‘put on the long finger’ meant, however Read the full article…

Grecian 2000 for Grey IT…

First published in the HIMSS British Journal in August 2016. Turning grey hair to darker hair to protect youthful looks has been a trend for decades, and yet in IT we want maturity to not be grey, kind of odd really! Whether we are calling it shadow IT or grey IT it doesn’t matter. What Read the full article…

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