I was recently set a challenge: two actually. I like a challenge or two. The first challenge was to draw on a post-it note a picture of myself and to describe my role. As there was a prize for the ‘best caricature’ I naturally put my best effort into my artwork. The second challenge was to write a blog post. As this was to be my first blog I thought it should at least explain what I wrote on the post-it note.
In our organisation we are now two and a half months in to the rollout of our ‘Paperlite’ programme under the Global Digital Exemplar Programme body of work. From this we have moved a huge swathe of our paper-based processes on to the computer (It’s a start!) and have started to practise like we have a true Electronic Health Record. As I was told at the start of my Informatics journey by my then CCIO, Dr Rob Allcock: “All improvement requires change, but not all change is improvement”.
My name is Matthew, and I am a Doctor – a Dermatologist to be exact. Or at least that was true until more recently. I suppose I identify now as more ‘bi-professional’ or ‘It’s complicated’. It has become complicated by trying to build my niche in Clinical Informatics, alongside my training as a Dermatologist.
When I started my Clinical Informatics journey a few years ago, the organisation I was in subscribed to being a ‘Lean’ organisation and my first indoctrination was by reading ‘The Toyota Way’ by Jeffrey K. Liker. I immediately sped through reading it all and was so happy to have found a common language to be able to explain why I thought a system and a process was wrong, and how one might go about fixing it.
This is my first blog post for the Topol Digital Fellowships programme, so for those who don’t know me I’ll give a quick introduction! My name is Tim Robbins, I am a Diabetes and Endocrinology SpR in the West Midlands.