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 pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Chief Exec of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum, now in their 5th year. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community through the concept of 'Whole School Wellbeing'. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technologies for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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