Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Social Life of Health Information

Social Life of Health Information

Monday, June 22, 2009

A systematic review of the use of telehealth in Asian countries

This came off of Facebook, but it did get my attention,
A systematic review of the use of telehealth in Asian countries

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Who Sees What? project

The Who Sees What? project is a new website designed to give ordinary people the opportunity to discover, discuss and decide about the new ways in which the NHS wants to use electronic patient records.

Who Sees What? is a collaboration between the New Economics Foundation and the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University. It’s funded by the Wellcome Trust.

I feel these are important topics which require wider discussion and welcome this contribution to the debate.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Education in health informatics seminar

Today I attended an interesting seminar themed around Education in Health Informatics jointly organised and hosted by the University of the West of England and ideal training services.

The day was chaired by Peter J Murphy a consultant anaesthetist at the Bristol Children's Hospital, and executive member of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics who set the scene by comparing his experiences at a paperless hospital in the US with the current situation in the NHS - and outlining the challenges inherent in preparing the workforce of today and tomorrow for work in a more technologically advanced environment.

The first speaker was Kevin Foreman representing the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UWE. He described the university and its plans for expansion before moving on to discuss the varied partnerships. He was able to give a personal history related to health informatics research and education over the last 10 years and emphsised it's importance for the NHS workforce and university developments.

Di Millen, the Head of Informatics at NHS Connecting for Health discussed the need for clinical education and career frameworks in health informatics. She emphasised the role of informatics in quality and safety improvement. She revisited the Learning to Manage Health Information - a theme for clinical education document which was relaunched in March. She also gave an overview of the Prefessionalising Health Informatics web site and the recently launched Career Pathways and Career Development strategy from Connecting for Health.

The next speaker was Jane Hadfield, Assistant Director, Learning and Development, North Bristol NHS Trust. She discussed the importance of using informatics to empower patients to make choices and for business intelligence. She discussed the differences in approach which may be suitable for staff from Generation X and Generation Y The tools in use at NBT including the Managed Learning Environment and NHS Elite to prepare staff for new IT systems was also outlined.

After coffee I gave a presentation and demonstration of the use of the Cerner Academic Education Solution with nursing students at UWE.

The next speaker was Andy Raynes from Ideal Training who gave an overview of the company and then focused on the Care Information Systems User Competencies and Qualifications (CIS UCQ™) which they offer. It offers individuals and organisations a flexible portfolio of courses which are externally validated and quality assured. At the end of his presentation Kevin Foreman and Chris Brimble, Managing Director of IDEAL presented an award as "CIS UCQ student of the year" to Sue Tabberer who is now enrolled on the BSc Professional practice at UWE.

The final presentation of the morning was Tony Solomonides a reader in the Bristol Institute of Technology, UWE who gave a historical perspective on the development of the MSc Health Informatics at the university.

Kevin then concluded the morning with some reflections on the issues raised.

The afternoon consisted of presentations from consultants such as Ben Breeze from PerotSystems and Jill Denene from the Community and Mental Health Business Unit at BT related to the implementation of the RiO software into mental health trusts in the south of England.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

IMIA's new blog-based news site

IMIA, the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA –, has launched a new blog-based news and information service at The aim will be to provide items about IMIA, its members, and its activities, as well as material from the wider health and medical informatics communities globally. This will contribute to IMIA's strategic goal of strengthening its role as a bridging organisation for the global health and biomedical informatics community.

The new service will evolve during 2009, and beyond, as its usefulness to IMIA members and the wider community are evaluated. It will incorporate new applications and features (many Web 2.0 based) when they seem to be of benefit.

Further information about IMIA is available through the IMIA News site, the main IMIA website, or from Dr Peter Murray, IMIA Acting Executive Director (imia[at]

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Next week (28 June – 1 July) will see the NI2009 conference (10th International Congress in Nursing Informatics) taking place in Helsinki Finland.

The programme looks interesting covering:

Nursing Informatics – Connecting Health and Humans

• Individualized Care with Interoperable Information Systems
• Improvement in Health Care Governance
• Innovative Education Transforming Future Health Care
• Increasing Nursing Knowledge through Data Warehouses

The Congress Program will consist of the following 10 themes:

1. Clinical Workflow and Human Interface

2. Patient Safety

3. Consumer Health Informatics and Personal Health Records

4. Education for Consumers and Professionals

5. Evidence Based Practice and Decision Support

6. Health Information Technology

7. National eHealth Initiatives across the Globe

8. Patient Preferences and Quality of Care

9. Strategies and Methods for HIT Training

10. Terminology, Standards and NMDSs

Unfortunately I will not be attending, however my colleagues will be reporting via a variety of media and I will try to keep up with developments via blogs, Facebook, twitter etc. Full details are available on the Health Informatics Blogs Portal.

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