Health Informatics Article Archive

  • The coalition government published its white paper ‘Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS’ in July this year.
  • Although the internet has only been around for a relatively short period of time, its influence on both clinicians and patients alike is growing rapidly.
  • Nursing has not been uppermost in country-specific informatics development, but at this year’s International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics (IMIA NI) General Assembly, there were sincere individuals with positive ideas, individuals who are committed to advancing informatics in nursing worldwide.
  • It is a long-lamented fact that UK healthcare abounds with evidence of good and bad practice in health informatics that is never reported beyond its immediate project context. UK health informatics largely remains a field without a memory.
  • BCS Health wants to place itself in a position to have a positive influence on government policies relating to healthcare in the future. Matthew Swindells, Chair, BCS Health, considers the areas the health informatics community need to prioritise over the coming months.
  • The BCS Health Northern Specialist Group was given an insight into how the use of clinical informatics is being encouraged across the North West by the new Health Informatics Clinical Advisory Team (HICAT) at NHS North West.
  • Being a health informatics professional is more than simply ensuring your skills and knowledge are up-to-date. With this in mind Michael Bewell, a Go MAD Thinking accredited coach, explains the benefits of coaching staff in the health informatics environment.
  • ‘More for less’ is a current motif of the healthcare headlines. The use of digital dictation and speech / voice recognition in hospitals around the UK is already demonstrating a rare combination - an increase in activity (productivity) and cash savings.
  • For years telecare and telehealth have been bandied around as magic pills that will help the NHS meet the challenge of an ageing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs at a time of fewer resources and shrinking budgets.
  • Space and power are core issues facing any progressive IT department and Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust (DHFT) had a pressing need for data centre space to meet growing requirements.