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The doctor won’t see you now – NHS data needs a health check!

Published on July 29th, 2016 by in Uncategorized

On BBC Radio 4 the other day, I heard that people who have not been to see their local GP in the last 5 years could face being ‘struck-off’ from the register and denied access until they re-register – the story is also covered in most of the national press, including The Guardian. It’s an

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2016 New Year’s Resolutions – The Stats

Published on January 6th, 2016 by in Uncategorized

The New Year has arrived, and with January 1st comes the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions.  Almost 50 percent of adults consistently make these resolutions, according to Statistics Brain Research Institute.  Which is surprising considering that statistically we are more likely to fail than succeed.  Yet human perseverance prevails each year as people vow to change

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12 Days of Data Quality

Published on December 8th, 2015 by in Uncategorized

12 Days of Data Quality The holidays are finally here.  They always seem so far away and then, as the days grow short and temperatures fall, they tend to jump out at us in a surprise attack like a kid in a spooky costume on Halloween.  And once they are here, if you blink, they

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Remembering the helpIT Legacy

Published on July 2nd, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Last Friday was the 65th anniversary of the first successful execution of the world’s first software program and it was great to see the occasion marked by a post and specially commissioned video on Google’s official blog, complete with an interview earlier this month with my father, Geoff Tootill. The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM), nicknamed

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Click & Collect – How To Do It Successfully?

Published on January 9th, 2013 by in Uncategorized

In the UK this Christmas, the most successful retailers have been those that sell online but allow collection by the shopper – in fact, these companies have represented a large proportion of the retailers that had a good festive season. One innovation has been the rise of online retailers paying convenience stores to take delivery

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