Articles from Volume 1, Number 4

  • Foreword from the Health Informatics Forum vice chair.
  • A selection of recent news from the sector
  • The health record and interoperability, were recurring themes at the HC2007 conference.
  • Rob Navarro of Sapior explained at the BCSHIF meeting in April how his company is looking at blurring health records so that data can be used by a wider community.
  • The way forward for the ongoing work on electronic health records was put under the microscope at a recent BCS Health Informatics Forum (BCSHIF) workshop.
  • Ken Robertson, clinical lead for IM&T in Scotland, gave a presentation at HC2007 on where Scotland and England are already collaborating, future prospects and the necessity of standards.
  • Robin Mann MBCS reviews the progress and plans of the devolved Welsh IT programme, which includes the introduction of the individual health record.
  • Assistive technology and smart home technology are important subjects for healthcare delivery and academia in Northern Ireland.
  • NHS Education for Scotland is setting up an eHealth knowledge sharing tool for NMAHPs in the form of an e-Library.
  • Keith Clough takes a look at lessons from the past and considers whether we are any closer now to the destination.
  • The outstanding contribution to health informatics by Glyn Hayes, chair of BCS Health of Informatics Forum (BCSHIF), was recognised with a special award at this year's Healthcare Computing (HC2007) conference.
  • This article focuses on the work and activities of the BCS Health Informatics (Scotland) Group, written by its chair, Charles Doherty.
  • Clinical decision support systems which will advise clinicians on providing the best treatment for patients are slated to be introduced in the UK in 2009-2010. A talk by Dr François Dupuits from the Netherlands highlighted useful lessons from a county where they are already in use.
  • Phil Paterson and Tom Sharpe of the Northern group, give an overview of the talks that have related to the National Programme for IT
  • A selection of BCS health informatics events