Friday, August 06, 2010

Texting & Diabetes Management: Launchpad to ‘mHealth’

Texting & Diabetes Management: Launchpad to ‘mHealth’

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

? iPads in healthcare

As the new owner of an iPhone I have been noticing several discussions about the use of apple mobile devices in healthcare settings. Yesterday the US site "nursing" published a piece entitled What the iPad May Mean for Medicine which attempts to examine the advantages and disadvantages - and overall seems to be quite positive about the possibilities.

This got me thinking about the likelihood of iPad use expanding in UK hospitals. It is an interesting idea but I remain to be convinced that staff will easily accept it. We shall see.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Are health informatics conferences like buses?

Following my post earlier today about two forthcoming health informatics conferences, this afternoon has brought information about two more. These events seem to be getting like buses - and all come along at once.

BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010 will be held on 22nd and 23rd September in Glasgow and the Southern Institute for Health Informatics 2010 Conference: Digital Wellbeing will be in Portsmouth on 24 September.

Does this profusion of events reflect increased interest (at least amongst organisers) or a perceived likely growth in the market following changes to the National Programme for IT? Some of them are well established and successful events others are newer (at least to me) and their establishment may indicate something - but I'm not sure yet what that might be.

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Forthcoming conferences

An interesting looking conference has just been announced on The International implementation of electronic health records and another on Healthcare Informatics is being organised by the Health Service Journal.

The International implementation of electronic health records is being organised by The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at The University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London. It will be held on 26 October 2010 in London.

Key Speakers Include:

* Professor David Bates, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
* Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, Queen Mary, University of London
* Professor Aziz Sheikh, The University of Edinburgh
* Dr Brian Robson, Quality Improvement Scotland
* Dr Gwyn Thomas, CIO, Welsh Assembly Government (NHS Wales)
* Ms Heather O'Brien, Director of Information Systems, Royal Free Hospital
* Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Warwick University
* Professor Ken Eason, Loughborough University & The Bayswater Institute
* Professor Denis Protti, University of Victoria, Canada
* Professor Aidan Halligan, Chief of Safety, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals
* Professor Chris Johnson, University of Glasgow

A two day event, also in London, being organised by the Health Service Journal includes, on the 23rd November 2010, "A practical guide to data and healthcare information technology" covering the fundamentals of informatics and on 24th November "Healthcare Informatics 2010: Reducing costs and raising quality of care through effective healthcare informatics".

These both look as if they will be interesting events and I am unsure which to submit papers for or attend. As I will be at Medinfo in South Africa in September it is unlikely I will get time or money from my employers for both.

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