Saturday, February 26, 2005

This is a project web site for a Department of Health funded study "How do NHS nurses use Information Technology?" being undertaken by the Universities of York, Southampton and Loughborough.

The press release says:
A team of researchers from three universities, led by the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, is studying the role of information technology (IT) in the decisions nurses make about patient care.

The new two-year research programme, which is backed by a £250,000 grant from the Department of Health, will involve surveying NHS trusts across the country to establish how a range of health care professionals use IT in delivering patient care.

The research will identify areas where there are innovative projects and four will be selected for closer study.

Programme manager Dr Dawn Dowding said: "We will select four locations to look at how they have introduced the technology and how it's impacting on decision-making and consultations."

The aim of the research will be to assess how the technologies have been introduced and whether trusts have provided sufficient information and training. It will track where nurses are using PRODIGY -- a decision support tool commonly used by general practitioners when prescribing -- or similar technologies.

Dr Dowding added: "Very little is known about what types of system are in place at local levels. None of them have been developed at a national level and so there may be considerable differences in the types of equipment that nurses use.

"We will identify which systems are the most efficient to introduce and work best in practice."

Friday, February 25, 2005

National Knowledge Grid for Health

DLnet: National Knowledge Grid for Health

There seems to be discussion on various health librarians lists about an advert in this weeks British Medical Journal advising readers to sign up (through Athens) for access to the NHS National Knowledge Grid for Health. This is a new phrase to add to the National (electronic) Library for Health, National Knowledge Service etc - no wonder users can get a bit confused with this blossoming of new electronic knowledge services to support healthcare. I wonder what this particular service offers?

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Nursing Informatics of Tomorrow

Nursing Informatics of Tomorrow
This article by Marion Ball in Healthcare Informatics examines nursing documentation and makes the case for the role of IT. It would be nice if the role of nurses in other aspects of health informatics received a similar treatment.

What Is eHealth ?

What Is eHealth (3): A Systematic Review of Published Definitions

This article from the Journal of Medical Internet Research reports the results of a systematic review of published, suggested, or proposed definitions of eHealth.

Call for debate on privacy issues in e-NHS

Call for conference to debate privacy issues in e-NHS

This report from EHI Primary Care outlines a call from several doctors for a conference to debate the privacy issues surrounding electronic patient records.

I would like to add my voice to the calls for a wider debate around these issues - although I'm not sure putting a BMA badge on it & having the usual collection of the "great & good" is necessarily the right way forward - the issues affect all healthcare professionals & most importantly the wider public.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Blogging HC2005

Blogging HC2005

Peter Murray and I have set up a blog for reports, comments and interaction surrounding the HC2005 conference.

Please feel free to visit and add your own comments, whether you are attending the conference or not.