Tomorrow’s Patient: not just another buzzword

Yinka Makinde
Yinka Makinde

Yinka Makinde, programme director of DigitalHealth.London discusses why we should step back from buzzwords such as ‘big data’ and ‘health informatics’ and start to simply reflect on the potential of technology for ‘Tomorrow’s Patient’.

“Patient needs are changing. The publication of the Five Year Forward View – two years ago this month – confirmed this, highlighting challenges around mental health, cancer and support for older patients, to name a few. And we’re reminded of these challenges on an almost daily basis, whether it’s in the form of the latest government report or news headline.

“Alongside this narrative is a repeated call for the NHS and its dedicated workforce to adapt in order to meet these changing needs, and to make the most of opportunities afforded by science and technology to support patient care and output. Buzzwords such as ‘m-Health’, ‘big data’ and ‘informatics’ are bandied around, and unless you have a specific interest or knowledge of these terms, it can be difficult to get excited about what they mean or the potential they hold.

“At DigitalHealth.London, we want to change the conversation. We want to move past these buzzwords and re-examine the potential of technology for patient care at grassroots level. We want to reach out to healthcare professionals and staff across the NHS – to understand which technologies are changing the way they work with patients and service users, and indeed how this technology is impacting how they’re communicating with, diagnosing and treating patients. And let’s not forget the crucial themes of self-care and patient activation.

gg“This is the basis for our imaginative and inspiring new campaign: Tomorrow’s Patient. And we want you to get involved. You can join the conversation on Twitter @DHealthLDN or by using the hashtag #tomorrowspatient.

“We’ll be bringing you thought-provoking blogs, interviews and video features from colleagues, expert clinicians and healthcare professionals; and co-hosting tweetchats with healthcare communities. We’re also planning an exciting summit event and awards presentation in February 2017, which will celebrate examples of digital transformation across the NHS and the organisations and individuals who have helped deliver them. Keep an eye on our website or sign up to our monthly newsletter for more updates.

“Most importantly, we want to hear from you, and to share your thoughts, insights and experiences as to how technology can transform patient experience.

“DigitalHealth.London is committed to supporting healthcare professionals and NHS organisations to create a culture where technology can be identified, adopted and diffused for the benefit of patient and population.

“To start doing this, we need to step back from the buzzwords and reflect on the potential of technology for Tomorrow’s Patient.”

For more information about DigitalHealth.London’s ‘Tomorrow’s Patient’ campaign, visit or email