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Friday, April 15, 2005

Medical Usability: How to Kill Patients Through Bad Design (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Medical Usability: How to Kill Patients Through Bad Design (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

This commentary from Jakob Nielson responds to a study in JAMA Role of Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems in Facilitating Medication Errors. Ross Koppel, PhD; Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD; Abigail Cohen, PhD; Brian Abaluck, BS; A. Russell Localio, JD, MPH, MS; Stephen E. Kimmel, MD, MSCE; Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH. JAMA. 2005;293:1197-1203 and highlights many of the risks associated with the design of order/entry systems in hospitals.

NHSU - Community - CHAIN

NHSU - Community - CHAIN

The CHAINs (Contact, Help, Advice and Information Networks) have been run for some years by the NHSu as online networks for people working in health and social care. They are based around specific areas of interest, and give people a simple and informal way of contacting each other via email and the web to exchange ideas and share knowledge.

I understand that these are to close, and are seeking alternative sponsors, although there is no mention of this on the web site.

A recent email to members, which included various messages of support, said;

"We heard last week that NILSI/The NHS Institute, (the successor to NHSU), will not be providing a home for CHAIN, and that the NHSU/Modernisation Agency/Leadership Centre Transition Team plans to take no steps to help us relocate elsewhere in the NHS/DoH. Furthermore, the Team expects us to have 'completed' our work by 30/6/05. We do not share the view that CHAIN should end then, and consequently our own campaign to find a new sponsor (or sponsors) has just begun in earnest."

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Think tank calls for review of NHS data spine plan - Computing

Think tank calls for review of NHS data spine plan - Computing


This report from "Computing" covers a report published by open market think tank Aediles and the Conservative Technology Forum, which suggests "the concept of a national spine of NHS patient records should be reconsidered and the £6bn-worth of National Programme contracts potentially renegotiated."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

UK government silences online discussion about VLEs?

Auricle 13 April 05

This post on Derek Morrison's Auricle Blog highlights a rigid interpretation of UK election rules which has stopped an academic mailing list dicussing virtual learning environments (VLEs) until after the election.

healthcare imaging uk

healthcare imaging uk

This site provides a useful overview of development in digital imaging, particluarly related to Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS).

Articles range from a basic overview and glossary to suggestions of the future direction in this field and product reviews.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

He@lth Information on the Internet

He@lth Information on the Internet

The latest (no 44 April 05) edition of HeAlth Information on the Internet has been published.

It includes an interesting editorial on information prescriptions with some consideration of the practical implications of this.

There is also the second part of an article on dental resources on the Internet by Shuva Saha, an overview of online support groups, an interview with Dr Cesare Massone of telederm.org and the regular "what's new?" column from Laurian Williamson of BIOME

There is also an interesting column from Dr Harry Brown which considers developments at Google including Google Scholar, the new Primary Care Question Answering Service and a consideration of webcams and instant messaging in the clinical consultation.