Abstract Harold Thimbleby May17 2018

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We know IT has bugs, yet we all continually buy new stuff in the hope it will improve our lives.Our consumer thinking is a growing disaster for healthcare. Recent news has included: a £14M deficit at hospital because of bad IT; a breast cancer screening bug that let down 450,000 patients (and a clinical trial); and 1,500 junior doctors who had their job offers withdrawn. Before that, there was WannaCry, and before that the largest NHS criminal trial, where I was an expert witness and saw at first hand the impact on people's lives caused by the chaos of IT in hospitals (my work has kept a few nurses out of prison). The amazing thing is nobody is worried, and AI, big data and blockchain will fix it all...

This seminar will discuss some sample problems, show the scale of the problem for the NHS, and propose a variety of solutions. Audience participation will be welcome!


BIO: Harold Thimbleby is See Change Digital Health Fellow at Swansea University, Wales. His passion is designing dependable systems to accommodate human error, especially in healthcare. He co-led the CHI+MED: Multidisciplinary Computer-Human Interaction research for the design and safe use of interactive medical devices. Harold is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, the Institute of Engineering Technology, the Learned Society of Wales, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His book Press On, won the American Publishers’ Association best book award in computer science. He has been a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award holder and a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. He is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry.