To survive and prosper long, health systems must be financially, socially, and economically sustainable. All health systems face a challenge in being sustainable in that
Eleven years after the National Programme for IT was abandoned at an established cost of £12.7 billion and a probable cost of nearly £20 billion, the vision of a paperless NHS once again looms closer.
Almost a quarter of a century ago I wrote in The BMJ about an evolution from “industrial age medicine” to “information age healthcare.” Despite the spread of the
I’m pleased to see from Twitter that most people agree with my recent assertion that most meetings could be held virtually rather than face-to-face, saving tonnes
Last week, I was pleased to be appointed as the chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC). As its name implies, the
Richard Smith is the Chair of Patients Know Best and was also the editor of The BMJ until 2004. This blog has also been published on The BMJ.