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 is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. 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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