2015 Roadshow – a short review


In summer 2015, we teamed up with NHS England and Health Insights to bring you six days packed with innovation, learning and networking.  Not to mention the opportunity to spend some quality time with the Captive Health team.

It was a busy few weeks.  We went on the road with NHS England in Bristol, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle and:

  • Launched 2 fresh new products
  • Visited 6 cities
  • Hosted 70 speakers
  • Met with 500 people
  • Travelled 1800 miles
  • Had as many laughs.

Thank you to everyone who came. For those who could not, here are three or four things we think it’s worth sharing.

NHS England have a plan.  It involves using lots of data from lots of systems to do good things for patients.

Digital maturity indices. Roadmaps for paperless.  Interoperability strategies. New models of care. Open APIs. Workflow models. More portals than Dr Who. More launches than NASA. Sometimes listening to the presentations felt a bit like drowning in an acronym soup, but we survived.  Joking aside, the vision is of a Personal Health Record that I can see, where I can add my health information and personal details and I can access at my convenience.

Sounds simple? Glad all those clever people are working behind the scenes to make it happen.

Want to speed it up?  Use your NHS number.


Better self-care can unlock £30bn of potential savings.  Doing this means better engagement.  High quality, relevant and timely patient information is essential to this. We heard representatives from Universities and the Patient Information Forum talking about the problems and making the case for change, but of all the people we’ve spoken to, only Captive Health offers a ready to go made solution.

So we teamed up with speaker Mark Duman, founder of the Patient Information Forum, to draft a paper exploring this theme. You can access it here.


NHS Code 4 Health have started a revolution.  An open source revolution to be precise. They are the new kid on the block and they’ve got attitude. If you have much to do with IT in the NHS and you haven’t heard of them, visit this page now. 


Final word: Let’s not have a “Kodak moment”. It’s the last talk of the last conference on the last stop on the roadshow and we are looking at pretty pictures. A grainy and almost indistinguishable image: the first photo ever taken. Early snaps, the browning, the omnipresent Kodak and a series of happy ‘Kodak moments’. Mark Blakeman shows us the first ever digital camera, produced by Kodak who, in the early 1980s held almost all the patents for digital photography. We learn that the first Apple camera was produced by Kodak, for Apple.  So where is Kodak now?

They had an altogether different ‘Kodak moment’. They saw millions of pounds being spent in photo processing labs and invested in getting the printed photo into the photographer’s hands.  But in the event, it wasn’t the Instant Camera that put Snappy Snaps out of business, it was the internet. Kodak didn’t foresee that more photos would be shared, published or uploaded in a day than were taken in the first hundred years of photography.  They didn’t see the arrival of pocket sized screens or home broadband or social networks.  Instead, they digitised analogue, without any appreciation of the digital world.

“Don’t let’s have a Kodak moment in healthcare” implores Blakeman.  Don’t let’s simply transpose all our old paper-based ways of working into their digital equivalents without thinking about how we transform and revolutionise healthcare with IT.

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