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Dr Derek Hoy, who sadly died in 2012, was a nurse, an informatics specialist and visionary, an academic and a member of BCS Health and Care Scotland.

In his honour we established a Memorial Lecture where we invite Derek’s colleagues, innovative thinkers and influential figures to share their thoughts and help us shape the future taking account of Derek’s legacy.

In 2023 the memorial lecture will be given by Dr Ann Kristin Rotegård who is the current Chair of the Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group at the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

In her lecture, Dr. Ann Kristin Rotegård will share reflections on her 25+ years of experience in digital health and nursing care. Focusing on evidence-based practice and documentation, decision support, and terminologies Ann Kristin will chart the future she envision, taking account of Derek’s legacy.

About the speaker

Dr. Ann Kristin Rotegård

Ann Kristin Rotegård is the current Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics (IMIA NI) group, which aims to foster collaboration among nurses and others who are passionate about Nursing Informatics. Ann Kristin has an MA in Nursing Science (didactics specialty) and has a PhD from the University of Oslo. She has extensive clinical experience from working at the paediatric department in Oslo University Hospital, where she has held various roles, including positions in education and management.

Ann Kristin is also the Managing Director of VAR Healthcare. VAR is a system made by nurses and for nurses and has evolved under her leadership from being an “encyclopedia of procedures” to becoming a system for evidence based documentation and practice. VAR Healthcare now offers knowledge support, process support and decision support specifically for clinicians.

Ann Kristin is committed to promoting quality, structure, system and continuity in nursing and nursing documentation and has over 20+ years of experience in nursing informatics. Amongst other accolades she had an active role in the translation and development of nursing terminologies (NOC and ICNP), and contributed to several research articles and book chapters. The latest is Clinical Decision Support: The Technology and Art of Providing Support Where the Clinicians Need it (Rotegård and Christensen, 2022), in Hûbner et al. Nursing Informatics: A Health Informatics, Interprofessional and Global Perspective (Fifth edt).DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-91237-6_21.

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This event is brought to you by: BCS Health and Care Scotland specialist group and BCS Health Nursing specialist group

Hybrid event: The 2023 Derek Hoy Memorial Lecture
Date and time
Wednesday 18 October, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Vaults
The Vaults Members’ Rooms
87 Giles Street
This event is sold out