Volume 10 Issue 3
From the Executive Editor
When I first put pen to paper as Editor, I referred to flaming June and the local weather which, at the time, was pouring down. How I regret my cynicism as flaming June morphed into boiling July and August and we are begging for rain down South!
The President referred to the green shoots of recovery and whilst that particular germinal episode may have struggled a bit due to yet another variant of COVID, in this edition we discuss the role of big data and Artificial Intelligence in the future of our profession. If data is the new soil, then it will need ‘water’ and maybe that is our role as professionals to embrace and mould this technology and use it for the good of our patients.
The first of three articles on this subject discusses healthcare data and in particular the issue of interoperability and standards in such data (page 56). An issue dear to us all as we rage at our inability to see a patients images taken down the road but not available in the clinic! We continue with a timely reminder of the rules and regulations concerning digital information and how not to fall foul of such (page 60).
Finally, a thought provoking article on artificial intelligence and machine learning, phrases that did not exist as I started in this profession (page 64). Is this the dawn of a new age in our profession, we shall see, but we need to embrace it if it is to develop in ways that benefit our patients.
Also, in this edition we continue the theme of equality and diversity with an article on the important topic of neurodiversity in our profession (page 30) and the issue of dyslexia (page 36), both so often hidden away for fear of stigmatisation.
In a similar vein, Sarah Eastwood and colleagues review the BHS mentorship scheme (page 44), its remit, development, and early results, with the potential for a much wider role out for this important development.
A timely article on the outlier status of certain implants illustrates the power of the NJR in arthroplasty practice (page 28) and Simon Gregg-Smith continues his review of case law in orthopaedic practice (page 52).
An excellent article on the use of remote virtual follow-up clinics in Malawi (page 48) and Fatima Rashid’s review of the Hull deformity course (page 40), the Best of the Best prize again this year complete this edition of the Journal.
I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to meeting colleagues in Birmingham for this year’s BOA Annual Congress.
Simon Hodkinson, Vice President Elect
- Healthcare data and orthopaedics: interoperability and standards
- Digital technology: How to get it right – Data governance, storage of data, and the regulations
- Developing AI for healthcare: where, why and how to do it in a responsible way
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