Tuesday, November 27, 2007

BCS Meeting - The National Programme for Information Technology in the NHS –Lessons Learned?

The British Computer Society will be hosting a meeting entitled "The National Programme for Information Technology in the NHS – Lessons Learned?" in London on 7th February 2008.

The objectives are to:
• to discuss progress thus far
• to identify problems and opportunities
• to discuss what next
• to identify the key Lessons Learned

The meeting is organised jointly by:
• British Computer Society Socio-technical Group
• British Computer Society Health Informatics Forum
• British Computer Society Business Information Systems Group;


10.15 – 10.45
Registration and coffee
10.45 – 11.00 Introductory remarks by the Chair
11.00 – 11.30 Prof Chris Clegg, Chairman BCS Socio-technical Group and Dr Craig Shepherd, Leeds -- 'Lessons from elsewhere'
11.30 – 12.00 Prof Brian Randell, Newcastle -- 'Taking stock'
12.00 – 12.30 Prof Ken Eason, Director, Bayswater Institute -- 'Local solutions to national change'
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.00 Dr Glyn Hayes, Chairman BCS Health Informatics Forum -- 'The way forward for NHS health informatics'
14.00 – 14.30 Maggie Morgan-Cooke the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement -- 'Service improvements in the NHS'
14.30 – 15.00 Tea/ coffee
15.00 – 16.00 Discussion -- 'Lessons Learned'
16.00 -- 16.30 Plenary feedback and review, led by the Chairman

Booking forms and further details are available from:

Liam Irwin
Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 4468

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Interesting calls for papers

I get lots of calls for papers sent to me (by all sorts of means), but two I've received in the last 24 hours stand out....

The first is the ICMCC Event at the University of Westminster June 9-11, 2008, which is entitled Patient Empowerment – The Power of Information

The main themes of the conference are:

* Electronic Health Record (EHR) Approaches
* Patient Record Access
* Compunetics
* Data- , Information-, Knowledge Management

Further information is available from their web site

The second call is from the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) open-Access peer-reviewed transdisciplinary journal with a high impact factor.

They, along with others in the field, are sponsoring "Medicine 2.0"(TM) conference in 2008 and JMIR will publish a “Medicine 2.0” Theme Issue focusing on Web 2.0 applications for health, health care, and the future of medicine. It will contain peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and opinion articles (submission deadline for full articles: Feb 15th, 2008).

Examples for topics that are within the scope of the theme issue as well as the conference include the following:

* Collaborative Filtering and recommender technologies
* Consumer empowerment
* Personal health records and Web 2.0
* New models of academic / scholarly publishing and peer review
* New models of e-learning, patient education, medical training and continuing medical education
* Youth and digital learning
* Business models in a Web 2.0 environment: User-generated content is free - so who makes money how? What is the role of the private sector?
* Developing and nurturing online communities for health
* The nature and dynamics of social networks • Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality monitoring, public health and biosurveillance
* How patient - physicians relationship change based on Web 2.0 platforms
* Virtual health care learning environments
* Use of Web 2.0 applications in health care and education
* Semantic Web applications

This looks like it will be a god conference and themed issue of the journal - now all I need to do is get this paper written (as well as all the others I'm supposed to be working on) & get the boss to pay for the conference & give me the time to go - whenever & wherever it is held.

Patient Privacy Campaign in the USA

I received an interesting email today from "Patient Privacy Rights" in the USA. They are running a petition to lobby legislators in an attempt to stop pharmacies selling the prescription information about their patients to drug companies without the individual consent.

Their campaign page includes this youtube video

This is a growing and potentially effective campaigning strategy, which may reach some individuals traditional campaigning may not get to. I wonder if there is a UK equivalent?

Friday, November 16, 2007

HC2008 Call for Participations - 7 days to deadline

21-23 April 2008

Frontline care services are about to undergo even more substantial change in order to meet the challenges of providing healthcare and social care in the digital age. The focus of the 2008 event, therefore, is on looking forward. It will consider how care services could look in five or more years time and how best to get there.

How to Participate
There are various ways in which you can participate in HC2008. If your preferred means is not listed, on the website at contact the conference organisers who are keen to hear your suggestions.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

professional issues in e-health - report

Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care, Centre for Practice Development have recently published a report on "An investigation of the emergent professional issues experienced by nurses when working in an e-health environment", which was produced in collaboration with Information in Nursing Forum at the Royal College of Nursing.

It provides a useful snap shot of the British nurses about ehealth and the gap between the vision presented and the experiences of frontline nurses, and has implications for management, education and practice.

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