I have come to obtain your consent

AGLC
"I HAVE COME TO OBTAIN YOUR CONSENT" Not the opening lines from the next Bond film, but the opening gambit of a doctor at my bedside in hospital where I was awaiting surgery. Consent should not be "obtained", it should be freely given. Although we have come to understand the need for consent in medicine, and the need for it to be informed, we have made less progress in giving people meaningful options. Maybe there aren't any, but lets not pretend we are offering choice where there is none. Now lets translate this into consent to process and share my personal information. In my view, consent is "obtained" when: 1. The user is presented with a tick box which you must tick before being able to access the resource 2.…
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All the world’s a model

All the world’s a model

AGLC
All the world’s a model (at least that’s how we see it) and what that means for the NHS Have you asked yourself what Science does? Science seeks to explain things. It looks at the world and then produces theories of what is happening. A theory is a model of what is happening. We use that model to predict new events and the model remains valid until it is contradicted by observation and we have to find a better model that is able to predict the new events as well as cope with the old one. This is the view of Science that I learnt at School and can is encapsulated within Popper’s view of Science based upon empirical falsifiability published in The Logic of Scientific Discovery in 1934. In…
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The Power of Information (or we’re not all doomed)

AGLC
When I was young, I watched Basil Brush on Saturday tea time before Doctor Who. I remember once he said, you can always tell when the news is on, because it's the bit where the bad guys win. In 2017, it feels that we're watching the news 24/7, because with 24 hours rolling news, we actually are. And it's all pretty depressing. Ever since the economic downturn of 2008, our leaders and our media told us it's bad but there is no alternative. It's pretty much a rerun of the 1980s, when many people saw their communities ripped apart and we had riots on the streets and a dreadful destructive miners strike which tore the heart of areas like the North east of England and South Wales. The unintended consequence…
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Five myths from a digital health workshop

Five myths from a digital health workshop

AGLC, Digital Health
Here are my favourite (!) Myths inspired by every health informatics/digital health event I have ever been to. Myth 1: You really need a rubber frog computer mouse/USB stick First priority at the event is to visit the exhibition and to garner all the freebies. There's always one exhibitor who's gone the extra mile and is giving away the freebie that everybody wants. Question is, what will you do with afterwards? How long will it take you to lose it in the bottom of your handbag, or leave it in your hotel room? Myth 2: You cannot get through more than an hour without coffee Every workshop agenda becomes a series of coffee breaks punctuated by sessions of speakers. Do we really need that much coffee? Is this healthy? Are…
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