Industry View – Patients are good at caring for themselves

Guest Blog by David Patterson, founder of Helicon Health, emeritus professor of cardiovascular medicine, University College London
and consultant cardiologist, Whittington Health

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 23.38.11A blog, written for Digital Health by a highly experienced consultant cardiologist, struck a chord with us so we wanted to share it. David Patterson is the founder of Helicon Health, a young, ambitious company that has developed a unique web based solution which makes it easier for busy healthcare professionals to plan and manage atrial fibrillation, anticoagulation and stroke prevention services. It is also designed for patients who want to play a more active role in managing their condition.

What we found so compelling about David’s ‘Industry View’ for Digital Health is that he starts by saying: “After more than 40 years as a consultant, I have come to an interesting conclusion. One day many of my patients may do me out of a job, and I don’t care. In fact, I welcome it…… There is good evidence that if you give people the confidence and competence to manage certain vital aspects of their health, not only do they become as good as health professionals, but often better…..…..Stroke prevention shows it can be done”

Find out why… Digital Health


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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