Friday, March 28, 2008

Telecare outcomes and lessons to be learned

Good article by Dr Guy Dewsbury on telecare outcomes and lessons to be learned...

Friday, March 14, 2008

CHIME Open Evening - Invitation

Interested in Obtaining a Graduate Qualification in Health Informatics?

You are invited to come along to CHIME OPEN EVENING – 24th April 2008, Thursday

CHIME (part of University College London – Royal Free & UC Medical School) will be hosting its sixth Open Evening on Thursday April 28th. The purpose of this event is to publicise our recently revised graduate programme in Health Informatics.

CHIME has been successfully providing a graduate programme since 1999 and we are now inviting applications for the 2008 intake. At the Open Evening would-be students will have the opportunity to find out how the programme is organised and taught.

The Health Informatics graduate programme is modular and designed to meet the needs of those who are working full-time. Each module is taught by blended learning, with both an online element and 3 days of campus-based learning. The programme attracts clinicians and information professions from the UK, other European countries and elsewhere. There are scholarships available (which pay 50% of the fees).

This will be an informal event with food, drink, poster displays and computer demonstrations. Past and current students, as well as CHIME staff and tutors, will be on hand to talk to visitors about the programme.

As well as a taught graduate programme, CHIME also offers opportunities for research degrees (MPhil and PhD) and continuing education (short course).

If you are interested in attending, please the CHIME Courses Administrator

Tel: 020 7288 3487
Venue: Holborn Union Building (the Social Space in the Basement)
Archway Campus, Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW
Time: 5.30-8:00 pm

For more information about CHIME and our graduate programmes please visit our website:

Jeannette Murphy
Senior Research Fellow in Health Informatics

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto, Sept. 2008

The Medicine 2.0 Congress will take place in Toronto, Canada on September 4-5th, 2008. This is an international conference, with the focus on Web 2.0 applications in health and medicine; it is organized and co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the International Medical Informatics Association, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, CHIRAD, and a number of other sponsoring organizations.

The Call for Abstracts is now open for abstracts, speaker and panel proposals - go to and pre-register. The conference invites academic and international contributions, and also covers areas such as Science 2.0, Peer-Review 2.0, and social networking for consumers AND health professionals. See the topic list at the CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Deadline for abstracts is May 2, 2008. Among possible topics to address are:
  • Building virtual communities and social networking applications for
  • health professionals, patients and consumers;
  • Collaborative biomedical research, academic / scholarly communication,
  • publishing and peer review;
  • Consumer empowerment, patient-physician relationship, and
  • sociotechnical issues;
  • Ethical & legal issues, confidentiality and privacy;
  • Personal health records and Patient portals;
  • Public (e-)health, population health technologies, surveillance;
  • Search, Collaborative Filtering and Recommender Technologies;
  • Semantic Web ("Web 3.0") applications;
  • The nature and dynamics of social networks in health;
  • Usability and human factors on the web;
  • Virtual (3D) environments, Second Life;
  • Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality
  • monitoring;
  • Web2.0-based medical education and learning;
  • and much more.
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Monday, March 03, 2008

Help needed classifying keywords for IMIA

Prof Graham Wright is looking for help classifying keywords in the emerging Knowledge Base for the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

Building on, in part, the Otley outputs, a second phase of work is being jointly funded by IMIA and BCSHIF to develop the knowledge core for IMIA, and the wider international health informatics community.

Phase 2 methods and pilot results

In Phase 1, the Otley workshop, a group of health informatics experts was asked to identify the elements of the discipline of health informatics. For Phase 2, the published and peer-reviewed literature is taken to be a valid proxy for such expertise. A literature analysis examining the emerging themes and high level descriptors is being undertaken, using document and discourse analysis software and methods. This is based in an analysis of available electronic literature, and will additionally use established and novel indexing and analysis techniques. The method is acknowledged to be similar to that used by Lorenzi to develop the original IMIA Scientific Map, but makes use of materials and methods not available at that time.

Use of keywords in many publications depends on author selection as opposed to a consistent approach, and is causing some issues in indexing, and different 'in vogue' terms in different places and times seem to be skewing some of the results of the literature searches. All of these issues are important factors that we will be analysing as the current research phase unfolds. A search of Pubmed using Reference Manager 11 using a set of search criteria Included:-
Health Informatics
Medical Informatics
Clinical Informatics
Nursing Informatics
Pharmacy Informatics
Dental Informatics

But excluded Bioinformatics because of the heavy orientation in the literature to genomics.

The keywords in each article were extracted and transferred to an access database and then an excel spreadsheet.

Some 10,000 different words were produced and these were given to a team of information experts at a workshop in London on the 24th January 2007. The group reduced this list to 444 words that seemed to be associated with the areas of health informatics as opposed to being merely English words and phases used in the articles.

In addition the index of the last five years of the British Journal of Healthcare Computing was used as a pilot and the experts gathered in January produced a second set of themes and elements extending the Otley outputs.

How you can help

If you feel you could help
Graham has prepared a spreadsheet which contains the latest version of the emerging Knowledge Base for IMIA. He is looking for volunteers to spend twenty minutes or so classifying keywords.

Please contact him on and he will send you a copy of the spreadsheet and full instructions.

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