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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Just saw a beautiful demo of Emota: emotional networking. Think isolated seniors, caregivers, family far away. Brilliant

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

ITCH 2011

I've just heard about the Information Technology and Communications in Health (ITCH) which will be held February 24 - 27, 2011, Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC Canada.

I'd not heard of this conference before but the current call for papers looks interesting.

Health Informatics: International Perspectives is the working theme for the 2011 international conference. Health informatics is now a global phenomenon, supporting the organization and delivery of healthcare across the globe, both in developing and developed countries. Health Informatics: International Perspectives will provide a unique opportunity to focus on international comparisons. There are major lessons to be learnt by both developed and developing communities as health informatics becomes ever more central to the organization and delivery of healthcare across the globe.

Topics presented will range from the design, development and use of specific information communication technologies from a national and international perspective. Submissions are also welcomed addressing, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:
* Health Informatics in Developing Countries
* Initiatives in International Health Informatics
* National & International Strategies and Policies
* Health Records
* Nursing Informatics
* Technologies as Agents of Change
* Informatics in Primary Care
* Public Health Informatics
* Ethics and Privacy
* Safety and Quality Management
* Mobile Technologies and Telehealth
* Clinical Informatics
* Human-Computer Interaction
* Standardization and Interoperability
* E-Learning and Education
* Consumer Informatics
* Healthcare Modeling and Simulation

Persons interested in presenting should submit completed papers to the ITCH 2011 Steering Committee no later than June 30, 2010.

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Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery calls for the development and use of new technologies.

The report of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England sets out the way forward for the future of the professions which was published yesterday, calls for the establishment of a "high-level group to determine how to build nursing and midwifery capacity to understand and influence the development and use of new technologies. It must consider how pre- and post-registration education and development programmes could best deliver technological understanding and skills for information, communications and practice."

Amongst a range of other recommendations about the delivery of "high quality, compassionate care" emphasis is placed on the role of nurses and midwives in "making best use of technological advances as an increasingly important aspect of high quality care, including innovative ‘remote care’ approaches such as telenursing, as well as improving metrics", with the appointment of “innovation fellows" to lead some of the changes.

The has implications for all nurses and midwives and the educational processes which prepare and support them: “Starting in their initial education, nurses and midwives need a better understanding of and influence over the development of technologies and informatics, including information and communications technology and remote care.”

It will be interesting to see how some of the (vague) aspirations are turned into reality, particularly with current budget pressures in the NHS. The "high level group" has the potential to usher in some interesting developments and I wait with interest to see who might be selected to serve on this - and how its remit will be worded.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Mobile apps, services vendor rolls out a new healthcare division | MobileHealthWatch

Mobile apps, services vendor rolls out a new healthcare division MobileHealthWatch

Mobile apps, services vendor rolls out a new healthcare division | MobileHealthWatch

Mobile apps, services vendor rolls out a new healthcare division MobileHealthWatch

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cell-Phone Medicine Brings Care To Patients In Developing Nations

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

New Health Informatics Specialist Workforce Development Strategy for England

A new Health Informatics Specialist Workforce Development Strategy for England is being developed, based on research and intelligence gathered from across the NHS and other key stakeholder groups and organisations. The aim is to have a draft ready for consultation in May/June 2010.

To help inform the content and to test out ideas and assumptions, two workshops are to take place aiming to bring together a cross-section of stakeholders from a wide range of groups, disciplines and levels. The workshops will be open to those working in and working for the NHS with a vested interest in informatics workforce development. Places will be limited to 50 and will be offered on a “first come, first served” basis.

Who should attend?

The workshops are aimed at: Health Informatics specialists working in and for the NHS, at all levels (Information Management, ICT, Health Records, Clinical Coding, Libraries and Knowledge Management, Education, Training and Development staff, Clinical Informaticians, Project and Programme Managers - including senior managers and leaders from all disciplines).

They are also keen to involve other stakeholders from non-Informatics professions, such as Directors of Finance, Directors of Commissioning, Human Resource and Workforce Planning leads, Public Health Intelligence staff, other Healthcare Scientists and professional bodies.

They would very much welcome your input into this strategy and welcome your attendance at either of the workshops. Please follow the links below to register.

Thursday 25th Feb, Friends House, Euston Road, London, to book your place, please use this link-

Thursday 4th March, National Railway Museum, York, to book your place, please use this link -

If you have any queries, please contact


Data Standards and Terminologies Masterclass

The Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics (YCHI) has recently won a grant proposal from the UK Faculty of Health Informatics to explore how data standards and terminologies are being used in education. We will be running a one-day masterclass event on Thursday, 11th March 2010, where we hope to attract participants from academe, industry and the NHS to discuss their experiences of data standards and products. Lunch will be provided but you will have to cover your own travel expenses to/from the venue.


To discuss and create a dissemination strategy for products from the Department of Health Informatics Directorate’s Data Standards and Products team in education.


  • To learn about the products offered by the Data Standards and Products team.
  • To share examples of educational tools already used to deliver data standards and terminologies training.
  • To explore the need for data standards and terminology training.
  • To identify next steps in creating and disseminating such resources.


Keynote presentation followed by interactive whiteboarding and discussion points of who needs to be involved, what levels of detail are required and how to disseminate. Techniques will include stakeholder analysis, critical success factors and product matrices. The masterclass will end with an hour-long WebEx panel open to all via the Web to discuss findings and answer questions. Dial-in numbers will be provided closer to the time for those who register.


A proposed outline strategy for development and dissemination. A white paper will also be sent to all delegates after the event.

The masterclass will be hosted by YCHI within the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. The address is:

Charles Thackrah Building
University of Leeds
101 Clarendon Road
Leeds LS2 9LJ

If you would like to register for the masterclass please e-mail Mark Hawker ( by Wednesday, 24th February. Successful candidates will be e-mailed by Friday, 26th February to confirm their acceptance. There are a limited number of parking spaces available for those who are travelling by car that will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis (but you need to inform us when registering for the event).

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Could video calling make iPads a healthcare contender? | MobileHealthWatch

Could video calling make iPads a healthcare contender? MobileHealthWatch