|Most frequently asked question:||Why did you leave medicine?|
|Most frequently given answer:||I have not left medicine!|
After qualifying in Medicine (University College Hospital Medical School, London, UK) I spent ten years working mostly in General Medicine and Clinical Biochemistry. As my interest in medical informatics grew so did my frustration about the chasm of incomprehension and unrealistic expectation between many suppliers, commissioners and the (often sidelined) end-users of systems.
To succeed, healthcare informatics systems must
Countless small victories are missed. Waiting until the perfect system arrives also achieves nothing.
Useful low cost scaleable applications can be designed and implemented which satisfy real requirements now! Increasingly versatile messaging and coding standards allow small and large systems to communicate for mutual benefit.
I believe I have a valuable contribution to make but not in ten minutes a week between ward rounds. I work full time to achieve progress and founded Medical Object Oriented Software in 1998.
Kind regards, Malcolm