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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

RCN workshop - getting eHealth into pre-reg education

Today I attended a workshop at the Royal College of Nursing to examine strategies aimed at including eHealth in the pre-registration curricula for student nurses in the UK. It was attended by a variety of key players in the field.

Dame June Clark, as the chair of the RCN Information Forum, opened the day with an overview of the work undertaken by the project so far and the objectives for the days workshop.

David Baker, from the RCN Association of Nursing Students, described the findings of an online survey of students which had explored how prepared they felt for aspects of eHealth. We have been asked not to share the results yet - they will be published later - but they did include a few surprises, perhaps due to the question wording or survey methodology.

Some questions and discussion from the audience included views from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This was followed by Bernice Baker who had led much of the work of the project who highlighted some of her conclusions from the survey and challenged the workshop participants to come up with actions to address outstanding issues during the rest of the day in group work.

A range of issues were identified in the groups which are relevant to increasing eHealth in the pre-registration nursing curriculum, and high level strategy to influence key players and organisations (including NMC, HPC, SHAs etc), many of whom were represented on the workshops, explored.

The 30ish points identified will be prioritised by the participants via email lists and a report written which highlights these within the RCN and externally to other bodies.

It will be interesting to be able to discuss the findings of the survey and workshop when they are published.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Embedding Informatics into Clinical Education Project (e-ICE)

The NHS's Connecting for Health has initiated a new project under the title "Embedding Informatics into Clinical Education Project (e-ICE)"

A main objective of the e-ICE project is to produce a revised edition of Learning to Manage Health Information, the curriculum framework developed to embed health informatics in pre and post-registration education for all clinical professions.

The scope of this project is to undertake:
* An appraisal of the current and future issues affecting health informatics and clinical education (the outputs of this appraisal will be incorporated into the revision of LtMHI).
* A review of the most appropriate methods for embedding health informatics into pre-qualification and post-qualification clinical education.
* A review and update of the standards set out in LtMHI (1999) and LtMHI (2002).
* Any other information which will contribute to health informatics education and development for clinicians.

The consultations will take place through workshops in York and London and via e-Space, the NHS Connecting for Health web platform.

The workshops will gather invited stakeholders together to provide expert input into the revision. Some work has already been carried out to describe the changes in both clinical education and informatics since the 2002 edition. The workshops will develop this further and consider how the 2002 edition needs to be revised to meet the needs of current and future clinical and informatics education.

Workshops will be held:
5th November 2008 (10.00 - 16.00) The King's Fund, London
13th November 2008 (10.00 - 16.00) National Railway Museum, York

To book onto either workshop and for further information please go to:
London 5.11.08 http://etdevents.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/2086
York 13.11.08 http://etdevents.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/2087

Consultation for the project will also take place via the e-Space platform.
This is available at
http://www.espace.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/community/embedding-informatics. To join the group you first need to set up a login on eSpace and then join the 'Embedding Informatics into Clinical Education' community.

The development of a health informatics curriculum framework and embed this in pre and post-registration education and training for all clinical professions has a long, and not entirely successful history. Learning to Manage Health Information (LtMHI) was published in 1999 with the front cover adorned with the logos of 28 endorsing organisations, including the General Medical Council.

A revised version of the framework following feedback from its target audience was released in 2002; “Health Informatics Development for Clinical Professionals: Making Progress” in 2004; and “Learning to Manage Health Information: Into the Mainstream” was published by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care in 2006, adding to the guidance examples of practical solutions to some of the issues apparently preventing further use of the framework.

Some if the issues identified included:
* Focus within higher education establishments tends to be on IT and not health informatics
* Students need but often don’t have access to systems during training
* Health informatics should be built into and be used to assist the building of professional portfolios for the purpose of annual appraisals
* Regulatory and professional bodies need standards guidelines and advice
* Lecturers need guidance and support
* Informatics competence should be assessed

Further work has been undertaken on the curriculum for medical students, however this project aims to target all of the clinical professions. It will be interesting to see if it has more success than previous projects in the same area.

For further details or to get involved in the project contact: dianebullman@nhs.net

Monday, October 13, 2008

Conference - Moving technology into practice

The Royal College of Nursing is organising entitled "Moving technology into practice: A day on the Bay" to be held in Cardiff on Weds 11th March 2009.

The Keynote speaker will be Dr Norma Lang, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, Aurora Distinguished Professor of Health Care, Quality and Informatics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee College of Nursing; Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Norma is an internationally renowned expert in establishing methods to measure nursing quality and a pioneer in the field of quality assurance in nursing. Her nursing quality model has been adopted in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. Dr Lang also led the development of ICNP, the ground-breaking international classification system that serves as a common tool to describe and compare nursing practice.

The day will be chaired by Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales and Professor Dame June Clark, DBE, FRCN, Professor Emeritus, Swansea University

The supporting sessions include:
* Getting e-health into pre-registration education
David Baker, Representative of the Association of Nursing Students
* Linking nursing clinical decision making with e-health
David Lloyd, Lecturer, Bangor University or Pauline Tang, Lecturer, Cardiff University (representing a group of nurse lecturers from North Wales)

The closing session will be by Dr Peter Carter, OBE, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing Reception

The conference will be followed by a reception hosted by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM.

Booking forms and further details are available from: http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/event_details/rcn_events/e-health
or email: pat.anslow@rcn.org.uk

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Friday, October 10, 2008

100 eHealth Gaming companies

This is a great list of the over 100 eHealth Gaming companies: http://gaming4health.com/resources/gamedevelopers

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Health Sciences Online

A colleague today asked my opinion of the new Health Sciences Online resource. As I'd never heard of it I took a look.

It claims to be "the first website to deliver authoritative, comprehensive, free, and ad-free health sciences knowledge", however I've worked on several projects making that claim over the last few years...

HSO launched in September 2008 as a virtual learning center with browse and search functions covering top-quality courses and references (over 50,000 at present) in medicine, public health, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, basic sciences, and other health sciences disciplines. It is supported by the Canadian and British Columbian governments, the World Health Organization, NATO’s Science for Peace Program, the Annenberg Physician Training Program, and the Ulrich and Ruth Frank Foundation for International Health. The founding collaborators include CDC, World Bank, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the University of British Columbia.

Although it is more international in scope (and probably has more money), the approach of making high quality relevant resources easy to find on a browsable and searchable web site was the one we used in the OMNI and NMAP projects for UK higher education nearly ten years ago. OMNI and NMAP now form part of the Intute service and similar functionality and resources can be found in parts of the UK NHS's National Library for Health.

What I can't see in HSO, and were important aspects of NMAP and OMNI, was a clear public statement about the selection criteria being used for the inclusion of resources - I have asked HSO about this, but have not received a response yet. I've also asked about the way in which the resources are displayed and whether there are particular biases eg towards US materials - it will be interesting to see what they say.

It will be interesting to see how the HSO service develops and whether we will see increasing synergy or competition between the various sites providing these sorts of services. I also wonder, as the World Health Organisation is one of the supporters, whether this is seen as being a step along the road to a controlled .health top level domain on the world wide web.

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