"NHS Improvement" is an oxymoron.
79 posts • joined 15 Oct 2012
Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us
Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?
Re: One from me & one a friend told me
When I was a medical student in Oxford, The [only] cardiac surgeon, who drove an car that was both very expensive and very fast, was similarly pulled over on the M40. He explained he was going to perform life-saving heart surgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary. They too gave him a police escort with blue lights and all that. Bur sadly, they couldn't keep up with him...
Beware, drone fliers, of Scotland's black-headed gulls. For they will tear your craft from Mother Nature's skies
On holiday in Norway a few years ago I visited Bergen harbour fish market.
Whilst perusing their wares, a seagull dive-bombed me, landing its payload of fishy sh*t straight down my right external auditory meatus. Strangely, it felt pleasantly warm!
So plug those lugs when you're in the company of excited seagulls!
Baroness Dido Harding lifts the lid on the NHS's manual contact tracing performance: 'We contact them up to 10 times over a 36-hour period'
Please check your data: A self-driving car dataset failed to label hundreds of pedestrians, thousands of vehicles
Re: Self driving car image training
And they're all from the USof A, so some of the bits of traffic lights or whatever that are seen in the corner of an adjacent square may be hard to recognise this side of the pond. Most UK traffic lights are on a pole; many in the US hang from wires. Where does the 'traffic light' stop and the network of supporting wire begin? Pedestrian crossings have some differences, too.
Facebook mulls tagging pics with 'radioactive' markers to trace the origin of photos used to build image-recog AI
Re: Adaptive learning
The human version learns as it goes along, by its mistakes. Hence M&M [mortality and morbidity] meetings, MDTs [multi-disciplinary teams] and SUI [serious untoward incident] analysis.
Will adaptive AI be able to do the same - meetings not required, and all the info is likely to be available in the patient record?
Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week
Maybe they could employ some more staff?
Yes. Only 5 years or so AFTER basic medical qualification to train as a radiologist.
You'd have to fund more posts and then wait for the manpower to qualify.
Better would be to improve working conditions etc so that existing radiologists don't retire early, emigrate or go part time. All due to stress and relatively poor remuneration in the NHS.
Many radiologists are also going part time and/or stopping extra sessions [eg waiting list initiatives] due to punitive pension taxation rules.
Re: As with all things this could be great if done properly
Any old person with a chronic condition needs to be seeing a specialist.
Rubbish. Hospital appointments are in just as short supply as GP appointments. They need to see specialists occasionally, but for monitoring long-term problems the GP is best placed. Much will be done by a practice nurse, anyway. And good luck with monitoring bloods online!
Re: As with all things this could be great if done properly
All that can be done online is a history and visual examination [and the latter will be sub-optimal]. No palpation of the lump or tender area. No ophthalmoscopic exam of the eyes. No dip test of urine, and no blood tests - have to make another appt for that, probably at the hospital.
And it won't take less time for the GP who will get more info from the patient in 10 mins face-to-face than in an online consultation.
Re: So... who pays for the 3G/4G data connection?
"You don't hold the title to the vehicle. The 'log book' document specifically says THIS IS NOT PROOF OF OWNERSHIP. The DVLA own your vehicle, you are simply the keeper and the driver. Driving is illegal which is why the DVLA have to sell you a licence."
It'ts not proof of ownership, as the owner of the car doesn't need to be registered at DVLA - just the person who keeps [and uses] it.
The vehicle may be owned, eg, by a hire purchase company. You still keep and use it, but YOU don't OWN it until the finance is all paid off.
Re: True story.
""Late 2001, my optician wasn't happy about my field tests, and wrote to my GP requesting a specialist consultation."
This is your problem right there. Why is the optician contacting your GP? Your optician should let YOU know and YOU should contact whatever healthcare provider you want to provide the service."
The right answer would have been for the optician [primary care] to refer direct to local hospital's Ophthalmology dept [secondary care]. They have the ability to do that.
referral from one primary care body to another is just workload dumping on the GP.
Re: NMRI is CT ...
If you want to be pedantic, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is a physical phenomenon that can be exploited to obtain computed tomography images, but interpreted differently it can be used to give the characteristic spectra of individual molecular species for biochemical analysis both in vitro and in vivo.
I was involved with the specification and procurement of an electronic patient record under NPfIT. We had just got to the board meeting at which the successful supplier was to be announced. On the way to the meeting [literally - in his car], the chairman received a call from NHS Central to say that the plan had been scrapped, and a new one was to start - so all funding withdrawn.
This set HNS clinical IT back by nearly ten years.
NHS IT and robots
The NHS has wasted spectacular sums of money on clinical records systems, with pretty poor results.
GOK what would be the outcome of any foray into AI. Robot surgery? Fine if very routine - but there's a lot of variance in the basic human design which can trap the unwary.
There's a saying in the surgical world that There's no such thing as minor surgery - just minor surgeons
As to AI in diagnostics, they may just match the standard of NHS 111 [ie piss-poor], but the complexity of diagnosis in unsorted fresh cases, with the added complexity of languages and dialects is huge. Not to mention the difficulties of clinical examination.