You have no idea of the changes which are coming

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The New National Health Service.

I wrote this before the pandemic. I chickened out of publishing it because I was working for NHSX at the time. Some of these things have come to pass. Some are yet to come. I’ll never forget the look of horror on my professor’s face when I told him I didn’t think his university course…

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Bluetooth MAC, K-Anonymity, and Population Privacy

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List of Bluetooth devices.

I recently went to a university hackathon, where students were trying to invent novel ways to help prevent pandemics. This was purely an academic exercise – they were not developing a fully-fledged app, nor were they creating official policies. I spent some time with one group discussing the privacy implications of what they had built.…

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I’ve broken myself – dealing with RSI

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I’ve recently been suffering from a nasty bout of RSI. Thanks to the NHS, I know it isn’t full Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is good. But I do need to take better care of myself. My usual kit is the MS 4000 ergonomic keyboard and an Evoluent Vertical Mouse. But recently I’ve been travelling a…

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Who owns the copyright to my medical images?

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X-ray of teeth on a computer monitor.

I popped round to an NHS dentist a few months ago – and they stuck my head on one of these contraptions. The Kodak 8000C takes a panoramic X-ray, giving a superior view of your teeth. Nifty. The dentist showed me where my wisdom teeth were and I was impressed with how high resolution the…

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A Right Pain In The Balls

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The universe had a moment of quantum indecision while I was sat in a doctors’ waiting room. It flickered randomly between playing nicely and messing with my head. I tried to collapse the probabilities by uttering a most unusual secular prayer for a man… Don’t be pretty…. don’t be pretty… don’t be… “Mr Eden?” Maybe…

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Stop Smoking With A QR Code?

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It looks like the Government is to force cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging. QR codes on packets of coffin nails have appeared before as concept advertising. I thought it would be interesting to see if QR codes could be used for good. Here’s my attempt (I’m not a graphics designer!) Original image via…

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