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Ben Maruthappu: Caring about technology

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4153 (Published 28 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4153


Ben Maruthappu, 29, is a public health registrar in northwest London and cofounder of Cera, a technology enabled social care provider. Cera aims to link patients and care workers more swiftly through an online platform, which also uses artificial intelligence to predict their likely future needs. Launched in November 2016, it already provides home care in a population of six million people. Educated at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard universities, Maruthappu recently completed a three year assignment as a senior fellow advising Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, on technology. He was listed in Wired magazine’s top 10 innovators in healthcare.

What was your earliest ambition?

As a child I wanted to be an engineer. I really enjoyed inventing and building devices, from electrical circuits to small vehicles.

What was your best career move?

Becoming senior fellow to NHS England’s CEO, Simon Stevens. The role transformed my understanding of health services, policy, and politics—an invaluable experience that has altered (and hopefully improved) how I go about things day to day, including communicating with peers, managing stakeholders, and generating influence. Simon remains a friend and mentor.

What was the worst mistake in your career?

Not learning how to code. Medicine is a profession full …

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