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
Author: Dr Richard Smith
The vision of an electronically connected NHS comes closer
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.
What was difficult if not impossible two weeks ago is happening fast now with covid-19
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
Time to scrap offices (and cut down face-to-face consultations) to reduce carbon consumption
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
Chair of Patients Know Best also becomes the chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
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
The thinking of the new chief executive of NHSX, which is charged with digitising the NHS
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.