Archive for June, 2009

Getting somewhere…

So what happened at health camp? Enough people were interested in my idea to vote for it to be discussion session.  About eight of us got together with a flipchart and started thrashing out what we would like and what the possible solutions were.

Important points:

  • site should be public and have minimal barriers eg passwords
  • content should be changeable by local service providers (if not anyone)..wikified?
  • mash-ups are good!
  • information on NHS and voluntary sector and social services
  • may be orientated to patient pathways
  • working with an existing platform is good

Choose and book provides information on NHS services but the interface is not so good. Corinne Marsolier from Cisco, thought that the localised pathways from Map of Medicine may be a good solution. Map of Medicine does have the advantage of being publicly available on the NHS Choices site, although local solutions are not available there…yet.

Today, I spoke to Joanna Dundon, who locally co-ordinates Map of Medicine (MOM) , after Corinne had shared my query with some of her colleagues. Lots of exciting things are happening with MOM including a local pathway on substance misuse which will include some of the information on voluntary sector support organisations.

But developing MOM seems quite a slow process. Maybe we need to find a way to speed up the acquisition of new information, and share what is relevant quickly. Watch this space!

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Starting out…..

A few months ago I started wondering if there might be a better way for me to locate information about the services I refer patients to or recommend that they self-refer to.

On Friday 19th June 2009 I attended Health Camp UK and  gave a lightning talk asking if anyone else thought this was a problem and what the solutions might be. Here is my 2 minute introduction.

Over the weekend I thought that maybe this idea needed a blog….. somewhere that others could take this idea on and feel free to help find some answers. So here we are!


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