Articles from Volume 4, Number 3

  • In these difficult financial times, it is more important than ever that the most is made of resources and that includes making the most of information, information systems and especially informatics professionals: important for the continuing provision of high quality patient services.
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has named Matthew Swindells as the new head of the prestigious and influential BCS Health (formerly known as the Health Informatics Forum). Matthew was previously the first NHS Chief Information Officer and is now Managing Director for Health at public sector services company Tribal.
  • Over 180 NHS organisations have now registered with the HIS Benchmarking Club (HiBC), with individual membership at more than 260. Katherine Christensen, Knowledge Communities Implementation Manager, DH Informatics – Policy and Planning Directorate, explains the club’s activities and ambitions.
  • The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Nursing Informatics General Assembly was held in conjunction with NI2009 held in Helsinki, Finland. Paula M Procter, Secretary, BCS Health (Nursing) Specialist Group and a reader at Sheffield Hallam University, provides her own personal perspective on the event.
  • Health Informatics is a fast evolving profession, critical to the effective delivery, planning and improvement of health and social care, in all its forms. With this in mind Jenny Jackson and Graeme Morgan, ASSIST Developing Professionals Group (DPG) and informatics graduate management trainees, provide an overview of ASSIST’s activities and aims in this area.
  • BCS Health Northern Ireland was officially launched on 21 January, with a conference at the Spires Conference Centre in Belfast. Paul J McCullagh, BCS Health Northern Ireland Committee, reports on the launch.
  • Radiotherapy technologies and their usage were discussed at a recent meeting in Manchester that featured speakers Professor Chris Moore from Northern Western Medical Physics, at the Christie Hospital and Professor Dave Burton from the General Engineering Research Institute, at Liverpool John Moores University.
  • The countdown to the start of HC2010, the largest health and social care informatics congress in Europe, has begun. Speakers, including Christine Connelly, CIO for Health and David Behan, Director General of Social Care at the Department of Health, are among a number of high-profile speakers who have agreed to attend this year’s event in April at the ICC, Birmingham.
  • Codes of conduct that recognise effective information handling are infrequently seen in health. Individual professions have specific responsibilities with respect to handling sensitive data or the systems which provide such information to support decision-making.
  • HINOW diary of events