The “floating toolbar” problem

There is a quiet revolution brewing in General Practice software. The rapid growth of accuRx is spurring other providers to adopt similar tactics to gain a valuable spot on the desktop of practice users.

Overall this growth is a very welcome development. The three main providers of GP EPR systems…


Last week a team of researchers in Seattle released a pre-publication article on the effect of existing antibodies on the new strains of COVID. The results are deeply concerning. They found that the antibodies produced in the blood of those who have recovered from COVID are often ineffective on the…


CenterParcs has great wifi in their lodges, however you need to click through a connect screen to join it, meaning you can’t directly connect devices like Chromecasts. If you have an Android phone, this can be easily overcome.

1. Connect android phone and create a hotspot

Firstly, connect you android phone to the Wifi in your room. You…


Medicine is at an historic crossroads. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already revolutionising industries in ways that are making the health sector look lethargic. Yet there are valid ethical and patient focused reasons that justify the unwillingness of doctors to embrace AI. …


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Babylon GP at hand have published graphs appearing to illustrate their prescribing of antibiotics as being low compared to the national general practice rates. The data they present is quite accurate, but quite probably misleading.

The implication is that Babylon GP at hand are prescribing appropriately and efficiently for their…


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Every day, our GP practice is sent hundreds of documents from our local hospital. These vital discharge letters and clinic letters were until recently sent to us in the post, when it was quite belatedly realised using e-mail would be a lot cheaper and faster. So now they come by…


Facebook has produced an excellent getting started guide for their Messenger API, only issue is that it’s written for Node.js. I wanted it for PHP to save the faff of setting up a Node.js sever, but there are no code templates. So I’ve put a sample together. …


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The past century has seen trains relegated from their Victorian glory days to a mere bit-player in transportation; a poor cousin to the car. The advent of the self-driving car, contrarily to some theories, may well see the second coming of the train.

To first consider why the train has…


The pervasive power of link-baiting

The internet is a fantastic tool for democracy. Gone are the days politicians can make claims that are flat out wrong and not have someone point it out within 24 hours. …


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How the UK government’s “Help to Buy” scheme will help Baby Boomers - at their children’s expense

The property market is broken. Houses are no longer a place to live but an investment tool. The problem is, unlike stocks and shares, which you don’t need; everyone has to live somewhere. Consequently, those who own property are getting richer and those who don’t are getting poorer. The most…

Mike David Smith

Doctor working in North East England with a keen interest in technology

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