A personal review
British Computer Society
Nursing Specialist Group
Annual Conference 1920 Sept 1996
Making the right connections:
human and electronic networks
Speakers & Papers
Demonstrations & exhibitors
Travel, Accommodation & Social
This was an interesting conference, in which some leading exponents in
the field, presented work in progress and ideas for the future. The emphasis
was very definitely on the human rather than technological aspects of computer
networking. International, as well as UK perspectives were presented. Aspects
of clinical information systems in acute and primary care were discussed along
with educational applications. Some of the theoretical concepts underlying the
human use of computer networks for communication were considered along with
early reports of studies in progress. The Internet seems to be being replaced
as the buzz word by Intranet, with the greatest emphasis on the value of these
tools to support nursing and health care work.
Speakers & Papers
Introduction & Chair
Graham Wright Director of Education and Professional Training,
The European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University
"Keynote Address" Nursing Elements of a multidisciplinary
Electronic Patient Record (EPR).
Dr Bill Dodd, EPR Programme Director, Information Management
Group, NHS Executive
Bill set out the NHS & nursing context of the EPR, emphasising
integration & communication of information. The importance of clinical
leadership and the development of the "information culture" were
highlighted. The incremental progression required to take most acute hospital
systems from copper wires & dumb terminals to mobile PCs and fibre optic
& wireless networks for full implementation of EPR was clearly described.
Bill emphasised that the EPR does exist now and that it is a strategy not a
product he finished on the note that Performance/Speed is everything for
future use. The discussion considered issues of cost/funding and the debate
between acute & community services.
The Northampton route towards EPR and the role of the
Associated Sites Network for the EPR Programme.
Keith Oswin Assistant Director of Resources IT, Northampton
general Hospital NHS Trust
Keith discussed various models of implementation for moving
towards the EPR;
This led to a wide debate about the importance of EPR in all
aspects of healthcare.
The Integrated Clinical Workstation Simulator (ICWS)
introduction and demonstration.
Liz Finnigan Healthcare Consultant, IMG, NHS Executive. +
This team explained the rationale behind the development of the ICWS which will be demonstrated at a variety of sites around the country in October & November. Throughout the development the target has been intuitive data structuring, and the demonstration
showed how this has been translated into practice.
P.M. Parallel Sessions
1. Education & Multimedia Focus Group
2. Midwifery focus Group
3. Nursing Language Focus Group (incl. TELENURSE)
4. Clinical Professions Information Advisory Group
I attended the Education & Multimedia Focus Group
Chair Mrs Elaine Ballard School of N&M University of
Various updates were given of activities over the last year including;
IM&T Contact group, Nursing Steering Group and Paula Proctor gave an update
on plans for a Summer School in 1997.
Elaine then gave her thoughts on getting to grips with IT.
Peter CampbellMcBride from Akhter Computers Ltd then led a
discussion looking at "What do teachers in FE/HE need? This developed into
discussion about the quality of information available on the Internet and
Peter Murray School of Health & Social Welfare, Open University
then presented a paper on Increasing Access to the Web in
An online demonstration of some of the things available on the WWW
followed, which was led by Colin McMurchie
(School of Healthcare,
John Moores University, Liverpool) and
Carol Cooper (School of Nursing, Manchester
British Computer Society Nursing Specialist Group A.G.M.
The AGM received reports from focus groups and delegates to other
organisation, and welcomed new committee members. The state of finances and
membership were also considered.
Friday 20th Sept
Chair Graham Wright Director of Education and Professional Training, The European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey
Keynote Address Social psychology aspects of electronic
Dr Jeannette Murphy Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Centre
for Health Informatics and MultiProfessional Education, University College
Medical School, London.
Jeannette presented some initial findings of her study of the use of
health care mailing lists, and related this to social psychological principles.
This was placed within the context of postmodernism and asked users about
their postmodern self.
Human and Organisational issues in health care informatics: the
conceptual case for a higher educational programme.
Jos Aarts Senior Lecturer in health Care Informatics, CAUSA,
Hogeschool, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Jos described the development of an international Masters course in
health care Informatics, with several countries collaborating. The target group
is among nursing & health care managers aiming to explore the potential of
these new media.
Communicating in primary care Dr Mike Bainbridge GP &
Software Developer, AAH Meditel; and telematics secretary, BCS
Primary Health Care Specialist Group + Alison Young (Vamp
Mike & Alison gave a combined multimedia presentation demonstrating
applications for primary care, Their presentation highlighted the importance of
shared information among all members of the primary health care team and other
aspects of the human aspects of computing in GP settings.
Convergence of technologies Paula Proctor Director,
CTI Centre for Nursing & Midwifery & Senior
Lecturer in Nursing Informatics,
School of Nursing &
Midwifery, The University of Sheffield.
Paula used interesting analogies to demonstrate the importance
of planning for humans use of healthcare computing systems, rather
than imposing behaviours on the users because of the technology.
Chair Heather Strachen, Assistant Director of General Community Services, Borders Community health Services NHS Trust.
Exploiting the NHS Web Pat Hodgson Strategic Planning Manager, IMG, NHS Executive
Pat described the develops of both the NHS net (messaging services) and the NHS Web which will provide an Intranet for the NHS. Various issues were raised, particularly about security and cost.
Getting Connected the Internet, the WWW and all that Jazz.
Carol Cooper Computer officer/Honorary Lecturer, School of Nursing, Manchester University).
Carol described aspects of the Internet and some of the terms and
processes involved in getting yourself connected.
Development of an interactive patient nutrition education system for dialysis patients John Besignano Dialysis Coordinator, East Orange general Hospital, new Jersey, USA.
John described plans for the development of an individualised & interactive teaching program. The needs of the particular patient group made this a suitable method of education.
Unity & Collaboration a national perspective Simon Old Nursing Officer Clinical Information, NHS Executive
Simon rounded off the conference with a summary of some of the lessons learnt & issues raised over the 2 days. He then described activity within the IMG & NHS Executive and set an agenda for the next year.
Demonstrations & exhibitors
Several exhibitors made information available and were able to
demonstrate their products.
The main sponsor was AKHTER computers who were demonstrating their
WinSchool & TopSchool systems.
Displays & demo were also available from the CTI Centre for Nursing & Midwifery (including "The Domino Effect" - a video about patients, nurses & computerised data) and Footman-Walker Associates Ltd with Patient Advice letters.
Also available was information about MIE 14th International Congress.
Travel, Accommodation & Social
Maps & directions to Stephenson Hall, University of Sheffield were
provided and clear, however driving through the city centre in the rush hour
was not much fun!
The main hall for the conference was comfortable and had good acoustics
for the group size. Also provided were equipment to enable multimedia and
on-line presentations (thanks to CTI).
Dinner, coffee, bar, demonstrations, exhibitions & focus group
meetings were in a nearby building which was well appointed. Food was a copious
buffet except the annual dinner which was waitress service & tasty food -
vegetarian options were available.
All in all, a good 2 days with lots of interesting formal and informal networking.
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