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No time to waste – preparing for the digital future

20 May 2019  
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
No time to waste – preparing for the digital future

The Economist is a great read and the 15 May issue sees a little gem: To understand the tech lords, look to their libraries.

Go back to 2003 and you’ll find another gem. This time the famous quotation from William Gibson: “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed”. Certainly, this matches what I have learned through my work managing the Topol Review. Chaired by Dr Eric Topol, the Review Board published an independent report for the Secretary of State for Health and Care in February.

Today we are at a unique juncture in the history of technology (and of medicine). This begs the question - are we ready to optimise the benefits of emerging technologies to better serve our clients and communities?

Curious? Wanting to keep up to date with evidence and news updates relating to emerging technologies in libraries? Simply sign up to the monthly bulletin from our Knowledge Management team at Health Education England.

At CILIP Conference 2019 I will be looking ahead, for sure. Yet my presentation is also a call for action right now. Come along and find out more:

  • What was the Topol Review?
  • Why does it matter for us?
  • What are the implications of the Review for information professionals?
  • What does it mean for the education and training of the information professionals of the future?
  • What does it mean for us, and the way we approach CPD, right now?
  • How is CILIP responding to the challenge?
  • What next?

Meanwhile, if you are fascinated by the Tech as it applies to healthcare, the team offers a weekly bulletin on AI, Digital Medicine and Genomics.

Sue Lacey Bryant
Topol Review Programme Manager and Senior Advisor, Knowledge for Healthcare
Health Education England
CILIP Board trustee

Book your place at the CILIP Conference
CILIP Conference takes place in Manchester on 3 and 4 July. Joining Sue will be keynote speakers Liz Jolly (British Library Chief Librarian), Patrick Lambe (Straits Knowledge), Kriti Sharma (AI Technologist), Aat Vos (Architect) and Hong-Anh Nguyen (Kings Fund) as well as a seminar specifically for people working in the health and health literacy sector.

For full programme details and book you place, visit CILIP Conference 2019.

Published: 21 May 2019

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