Articles from Volume 4, Number 2

  • Sheila Bullas, editorial board leader, HINOW, provides a glimpse of what’s in store for this issue.
  • Patients can now compare and rate GP practices using a new online comparison service launched by Health Minister Mike O’Brien.
  • NHS Waltham Forest’s implementation of the RiO community and mental health system emerged as the overall winner of the E-Health Insider Awards.
  • A new single technical guidance website for providers of healthcare facilities was recently announced by the Department of Health (England), Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland, Health Facilities Scotland, and Welsh Health Estates.
  • A panel of nine experts from Canada, Denmark, USA, Netherlands and Britain gave their seal of approval to the work of Informing Healthcare at the third International Advisory Group conference.
  • Individuals who ‘knowingly or recklessly’ misuse personal data could face a jail term of up to two years, under proposals published by the Ministry of Justice for consultation.
  • Connecting for Health have responded to media reports on the selling patient data. In a recent statement CfH published on its website it said ‘The NHS does not sell patient identifiable information to third parties and to do so without the patient's consent would be illegal.
  • ‘The Shared Care Record is at the heart of patient care and most of us have used some form of it’ said Ian Herbert during his introduction to the Health Informatics Forum debate in June. Justin Richards reports.
  • Helen Betts, BCS Health EFMI representative, and Sijuan Li from the University of Salford report on 2009’s Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) Conference.
  • Shijuan Li from the University of Salford provides a personal perspective to MIE 2009 Sarajevo.
  • Outgoing Chair Professor Graham Wright explains why BCS Health has never been more relevant and why he is more than happy to hand over its stewardship to Professor Matthew Swindells.
  • Matthew Swindells has recently taken on the Chair of BCSHIF or BCS Health as it is now known. This is what he had to say about his appointment and his vision for the future of BCS Health.
  • Since the beginning, NHS IT projects have been beset with questions about value for money, timeliness, usability, benefit to patients and giving health professionals what they actually want. However, things are changing.
  • Farath Arshad, Centre for Health and Social Care Informatics (CHaSCI), Paul Fergus, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Stephen Appleton, Merseycare NHS Trust, present the findings of a project focused on evaluating the impact of introducing mobile working in a tertiary NHS provider.
  • HC2010 will take place at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Birmingham, on 27 - 29 April. The ICC was chosen for HC2010 because its central location and facilities are able to support BCS' long-term ambitions and plans for the event, says Mike Sinclair, the new chair of the event’s organising committee.