Uh oh. This reminds me of the “democratization of data” phenomenon of the late 80’s, when “power users” of tools like FoxPro, DBase, and Lotus 1-2-3 went to town making departmental applications. The effects on enterprise data quality were disastrous then and there’s no reason for optimism now.
Tim Kelsey, the NHS Commissioning Board’s first national director of patients and information, is to encourage doctors and nurses and other front-line staff to learn how to program.
The new NHS information chief, and former Cabinet Office transparency tsar, says encouraging NHS staff to code will give them with the skills to work with data and help unleash a powerful and disruptive wave of innovation.