Shared decision making is a process in which patients and healthcare professionals make decisions together. It is now widely accepted that all decisions related to an individual’s healthcare should be […]
Kieran Walsh: Seeing a gatekeeper to see a gatekeeper
Could a robot do the job of a GP? At present, most people would say no or not completely. But some say that a robot could take simple tasks away […]
Kieran Walsh: Health systems strengthening: is task shifting the answer to better global health?
There is a global shortage of doctors and little optimism that this shortage will be made up any time soon. Those responsible for human resources for health have come up […]
Kieran Walsh: WHO recommendations on digital clinical decision support for health system strengthening
The WHO has recently published recommendations on the use of digital clinical decision support for health system strengthening. Clinical decision support is a recognised tool to improve the performance of […]
Kieran Walsh: Too much medicine—practical tools that could help
Doctors are constantly being told that they overdiagnose and overtreat their patients. They are told that they overdiagnose and overtreat a range of conditions—but one simple example is the overdiagnosis […]
Kieran Walsh: Contextualised and evidence based health systems strengthening
The principles of evidence-based medicine demonstrate shortcomings in the current research around health systems strengthening, says Kieran Walsh […]
Kieran Walsh: Artificial intelligence in healthcare: are systems and providers deliberately opaque?
Artificial intelligence isn’t inherently opaque, deliberate obfuscation is practised to maintain hierarchies of power to the detriment of healthcare providers and patients, says Kieran Walsh […]
Kieran Walsh: Should I read this article about safe care, distraction, and the attention economy? Or watch another cute panda bear meme?
Medical knowledge is continually expanding and changing. So it is impossible for individual doctors to remember all that they need to practise safe care. As a result, doctors need access […]
Kieran Walsh: What happens when the robot makes a mistake?
Clinical decision support resources can reduce the risk of medical error. As a result, we encourage doctors and other healthcare professionals to use clinical decision support (CDS) when making decisions. […]
Kieran Walsh: Could blockchain be applied to healthcare professional education?
Blockchain is “an open, public, distributed, and secure digital registry where information transactions are secured and have a clear origin, explicit pathways, and concrete value.”  It is a technology […]