Monday, February 12, 2007

Nursing informatics in Cuba

This morning, Graham and I presented at the 3rd National Exchange in Nursing Informatics (3er Intercambio Nacional Informatica en Enfermeria). It was held at the Giron University campus in Havana, and was attended by about 50 nurses, nurse informaticians, and others. I gave a version of tghe presentation I will be making later in the week, on IMIA (, its Working groups and the Nursing Special Interest Group, and the IMIA Strategic Plan. The focus of the talk was on how nurses and others in Cuba can be involved in IMIA activities.

Graham spoke on clinical information systems in the UK, outlining some of the systems that have been used, some of the mistakes that have been made in the UK, and some of the issues around use, or non-use, of computer systems in health care in both primary care and hospitals. Both talks seemed to be useful and well-received.

Other speakers included a nurse from Spain, who mainly presented a Spanish nursing journal and its website.

The main health informatics conference starts tomorrow, and we will write some on-the-fly reports from sessions, to upload at the end of the day. We also hope to attend the open source and fre software conference later in the week, where Richard Stallman is the keynote speaker.

Peter Murray

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