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. The possibility of training embargos and budget reductions looms large with consequent reductions in quality. This issue suggests alternatives that need not break the bank.

Professional development is essential, although it can be expensive, but need not be.  Katherine Christensen describes the benchmarking club where members can compare their informatics services - facilities are available free of charge.

There are BCS Health events around the country. The Northern Group describes a recent event exploring the latest Radiotherapy targeting techniques and the BCS annual showcase, HC2010, is coming up in Birmingham where there will be plenty of opportunities for networking, hearing about and seeing the latest developments and possibly finding that next job.

The delegate rates have been restructured to allow BCS members to attend all three days for just £275. If you can’t get to these sorts of events, ASSIST’s developing professional group describe how they hope to use the latest technology and social networking sites to bring the event to you.

At such a time, it is a concern to note that Lorenzo may not be rolled out past release 2. Will this result in hospitals failing yet again to implement the technology that exists and which provides support that can improve working practices and would be concerned essential in any commercial environment. Let’s hope not.

Matthew Swindells, the new Chair of BCS Health, describes in an interview how he proposes to drive health informatics forward. It appears that BCS Health has a new structure, with new people and renewed enthusiasm to provide leadership for the profession.

Spring 2010