Articles from Volume 4, Number 1

  • Edinburgh City Council is to spend approximately £1m on telecare this year, doubling the amount it has spent in previous years. The money will enable the installation of more than 1,000 new complex telecare packages, technological upgrades and more telecare support to disability groups.
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been able to track down and recover five stolen laptops after installing Computrace on the Trust’s equipment.
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has announced that it has completed the implementation of a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platform from Proximity Communications.
  • Patients can now compare hospitals based on indicators, from car parking to mortality rates, following the launch of a new comparison element on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk) by the Department of Health. Working in a similar way to other internet comparison websites, this enables patients to use a score card to compare several different hospitals on a range of indicators.
  • BCS has signalled a new era for its renowned annual health informatics event by moving it to Birmingham in 2010. HC2010, the Health Informatics Congress, will be held at the city’s International Conference Centre (ICC), from 27-29 April.
  • The Conservative party pledged to abolish the NHS national database of electronic patient records following the publication of the ‘Independent Review of NHS and Social Care IT’. However, they went on to say that firms such as Google and Microsoft would be allowed to host patient controlled records accessed online.
  • As part of its ongoing commissioning programme, the NHS is providing data packs on behalf of the Department of Health to support commissioners throughout the commissioning cycle, and also during the World Class Commissioning (WCC) assurance process.
  • Cwm Taf, North East Wales and Health Solutions Wales are the first three NHS Wales organisations to complete the move to a new secure national active directory and email service (known as NADEX).
  • NHS Direct recently commented on the consultation for a new national three-digit number to access urgent care.
  • A new Masters programme in Health Informatics is being offered by YCHI at the University of Leeds’ Institute of Health Sciences. The course has been developed in conjunction with NHS and industry partners.
  • The related concepts of consumer oriented and driven healthcare services, and the increasing relevance and sophistication of home and mobile monitoring devices to improve personal independent living were given a thorough airing throughout the NI2009 programme. Consulting Informatician, Brian Layzell, reports.
  • Nursing Informatics 2009 is the 10th such congress following previous successful congresses held in London (1982), Calgary (1985), Dublin (1988), Melbourne (1991), San Antonio, Texas (1994), Stockholm (1997), Auckland (2000) and Seoul (2006).
  • The topic of the NI2009 post conference was Personal Health Information Management Systems (PHIMS): Tools and Strategies for Citizen’s Engagement (in their health care). Heather Strachan reports on this section of the conference.
  • The human computer interaction stream at the recent Nursing Informatics conference included a look at the online managed knowledge network that shares knowledge in eHealth in Scotland amongst other threads. Kathy Dallest, Heather Strachan and Gillian Flett report on what was discussed in this stream.
  • The human computer interaction and ethics and nursing informatics streams at the recent Nursing Informatics conference provided Anny Casey, RCN advisor on information standards, with a new set of challenges.
  • Dr Carol S Bond provides an overview of the pre-registration education stream running through the Nursing Informatics 2009 conference.
  • The stream 'Teaching methodologies 2' of this year’s Nursing Informatics conference contained five presentations covering a variety of educational aspects of health and nursing informatics and of using technologies to support educational delivery. Dr Peter J. Murray discusses each of them in turn.
  • Overwhelmingly positive feedback was received from delegates regarding the 2009 ASSIST National Conference which featured a number of key speakers and a wide range of workshops. Phil Paterson, ASSIST National Events Co-ordinator reports.
  • Dawn Dowding reports on the strand of the NI2009 conference that focused on different ways of providing evidence to clinicians to help them make decisions at the point of nursing care.
  • Forthcoming Health Informatics events.