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Views & Reviews If I Ruled the NHS

Harness technology to produce real change

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1142
  1. Farzana Rahman, locum consultant radiologist, University College London Hospital, and clinical adviser, Health and Social Care Information Centre
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I am amazed by technology on a daily basis. On my daily commute I use my phone to check emails while at the same time listening to a podcast and monitoring train updates. I also record the number of steps I’ve taken during the entire commute to assess my level of activity. I am not alone: on the rare occasions I look up from my phone everybody else appears to be doing the same thing.

Yet when I walk into a hospital the technological breakthroughs that are now part of our daily lives seem absent. Hospital computers are invariably slow, often with limited internet access and old versions …

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