The DrDoctor Blog

Insight and thoughts from the DrDoctor team

Healthcare IT, NHS

NHS Commissioning Board Entrepreneurs Day

February 22, 2013

We were very pleased to be invited to the first NHS Commissioning Board Entrepreneurs Day this week. With an attendance list that read like a who’s who of healthcare startups, it was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about other projects. There is lots to gain from working together and

Healthcare IT

Escape fires

February 19, 2013

There is a huge amount of sense in the paper ‘Escape Fire: Lessons for the Future of Health Care’ by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Dr Don Berwick. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend downloading the whole paper here or watch the (slightly more dramatic) movie trailer. One

Healthcare IT, NHS

Instant Messaging From Your Hospital

February 12, 2013

We have been hammering the keyboards and furiously typing over the last month or two to get the DrDoctor system ITK accredited by CfH and we’re delighted to say that as of last week we are! So what is it then?  ITK is a set of standards to allow different

Healthcare IT, NHS

Healthcare as an ‘exemplar of interoperability’

February 4, 2013

We really like the rhetoric coming from the NHS Commissioning Board and the DoH these days. A lot of what is being said echoes our own thoughts when starting DrDoctor – work on interoperability and openness, then let the market provide great products. We’re focused on competing on user experience

Healthcare IT

NHS Hackday 2013 – Dementia Scrapbook

January 28, 2013

The whole of team DrDoctor were in Oxford for the NHS Hack Day this weekend (notice the slight misnomer!). We had a project we’d been wanting to work on for a while, which Rinesh pitched to the room. Paul from Step Up Software and Reynold from Oxford CC joined us

Healthcare IT


January 16, 2013

This is a picture of how healthcare development should be. Four small companies pooling talent to make something that none of them could manage on their own. Then open sourcing the result and letting others use it to make great things. I hope to see more of this over the

NHS, Research


January 14, 2013

Check out our DrDoctor concept on OPENIdeo, a platform to help develop ideas as a comunity. Its part of the challenge ‘How can we create healthy comunities within and beyond the workplace?’ – Heres the cartoon we made for the competition to get you started:

NHS, Research

What do patients want?

January 11, 2013

We’ve been doing a little bit of research into what patients really want from hospital communications. We spent a couple of days in two different hospital outpatient departments. It’s nicely summarised in the infographic below – feel free to share and use as much as you’d like. Get in touch


Information Sharing Challenge Fund

December 18, 2012

We’re really pleased to say that we’ve been awarded a grant from the Department of Health in partnership with Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals to develop an Information Took Kit compliant interface to the DrDoctor platform. This will allow us to pass ITK compliant messages between the trusts systems and


Friends and Family Test – Net promoter

November 15, 2012

Part of the NHS mandate is that all hospitals will be required to collect feedback from their patient. This will take the form of the Friends and Family test, or, the Net Promoter score. This asks the simple question: “Would you recommend this service to your friends and family”. The response

Running a company

Demo Day!

October 31, 2012

So BGV demo day came and went. We packed out campus, standing room only – testament to the quality of the BGV network, but also the level of interest in social innovation in London right now. People are really starting to stand up and realise that they can use their


Giving people what they want

October 18, 2012

We’ve had a couple of really interesting days at DrDoctor. Aware that we don’t want to build something that no one wants, we’ve been in outpatients departments, talking to patients and understanding their frustrations. Asking them what they want. Quickly it becomes clear that people know what they want –

Running a company

Entrepreneurship with Purpose

September 24, 2012

Entrepreneurship changes lives – ask the founder of a hit company that exited for millions. But is it the catalyst which will drag Britain from recession, save the millennial generation from the debts imposed on them by their parents, and solve world poverty? Should everyone strive to start a company?

Healthcare IT

HANDI – Working together

September 19, 2012

The UK health market is in a unique and exciting stage right now. NPfIT will soon be a distant memory – one we should never forget – and trusts are finally able to procure as they choose. Simultaneously software is eating the world, and the enterprise market is changing. Platforms, libraries


Late cancellations – the hidden opportunity

August 29, 2012

This weekend’s headlines have been dominated by the news that one in ten NHS hospital appointments is missed; costing the taxpayer up to £600 milllion a year and increasing waiting time for patients across the board. Conflicting timetables, changes in perceived need or simple forgetfulness all contribute to people missing millions of appointments

Running a company

What really matters

August 22, 2012

There is so much to do. The potential number of things you can be working on as a founder are startling. Product development, distribution, marketing, investor relations, customer relations, brand, interface design, picking the right domain.. As geeks, our default position is product. Lets play with a new language, a

Running a company

So many ideas

August 17, 2012

We’re fundamentally passionate about changing the way you interact with your healthcare providers. It’s this that drives us to do what we are; the problem that keeps us up late thinking of solutions. It’s where our thoughts go daydreaming on the train. But that desire for change hides a real