10 things I learnt at UKHealthCamp

After 3 months of crazy preparation and a day of amazing conversations UKHealthCamp 2015 is over. As per UK*Camp tradition, here’s my list of 10 random things I learnt (or learned… again):

1. Running an unconference is a hard, fun, frustrating, satisfying business. I’ll write more about this in the next couple of days.

2. Getting data right is hard. Extremely hard. Hearing that CCGs experimenting with out-of-ours extended services happen, sometimes, to exclude patients who have not opted-in for paperless services is an indicting illustration of this.

3. The most important lesson: direct care requires transactional permissions to access patient data; public health require batch access to bulk datasets. Let’s never, ever, forget the difference in ethical and technological terms.

4. The perception of privacy in the general public has not been constant in history. The granularity of “permissions” required to access someone’s data (whether it is opt-in/opt-out, transactional/blanket, etc…) is affected by this.

5. “Nazis” and “care.data” can live in the same sentence without shocking an enlightened audience.

6. Procurement kills. No news, especially IT procurement. New ways of procuring and developing services (open source, open standards, etc…) need to be welcome rather than fought against.

7. Patient education should be one of doctors’ goals. The relationship between patients and service providers should be an ongoing conversation that gives patients the tools to understand what the doctors are talking about.

8. Paperless GP practices are good, right? But when you ask why, no one really knows.

9. Hear patient voice, build trust, improve health.

10. Encourage community building, improve health.

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