I’m Dr Pritpal S Tamber and I explore why health systems fail low-income communities.
I used to be the Physician Editor of TEDMED, TED’s dedicated health event. It was in that role that I realised that most ‘innovation’ in health is going to have little impact on the communities most in need. I wanted to explore this paradox so, since early 2013, I’ve spent time with practitioners working in difficult social environments – such as poverty and exclusion – to understand what it takes. What I’ve learnt informs the work of BH&C and Beyond Systems.
This is my personal blog. It contains the archive of my work prior to founding BH&C. Since then, my work-related writing has been published on BH&C as updates, leaving this blog for less formal, more wide-ranging, reflections. I write erratically.
I underwrite my work by consulting on the basis of my background in clinical improvement, technology and clinical evidence (some of my clients are listed below). Prior to consulting, I was the Medical Director of Map of Medicine, a company that aimed to improve the flow of patients through care by embedding evidence-based pathways into electronic medical record systems. I was also: Managing Director of ‘Faculty of 1000 Medicine’, a service that identified the research articles that mattered from the thousands published each week; Editorial Director for Medicine of BioMed Central, the academic publisher that pioneered open access; a practicing doctor; and an editor at the BMJ. See LinkedIn for more.
I try to lead a 'carbon neutral' life, although I'm well aware that I need to reduce my consumption, rather than just off-set it. For now, though, I off-set by donating monthly to Tree Aid. I chose them because they don't just plant trees but think about how those trees can help tackle poverty in some of the poorest regions the world. I explained my decision in this post.
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