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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Just saw a beautiful demo of Emota: emotional networking. Think isolated seniors, caregivers, family far away. Brilliant http://su.pr/1rnNux

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

ITCH 2011

I've just heard about the Information Technology and Communications in Health (ITCH) which will be held February 24 - 27, 2011, Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC Canada.

I'd not heard of this conference before but the current call for papers looks interesting.

Health Informatics: International Perspectives is the working theme for the 2011 international conference. Health informatics is now a global phenomenon, supporting the organization and delivery of healthcare across the globe, both in developing and developed countries. Health Informatics: International Perspectives will provide a unique opportunity to focus on international comparisons. There are major lessons to be learnt by both developed and developing communities as health informatics becomes ever more central to the organization and delivery of healthcare across the globe.

Topics presented will range from the design, development and use of specific information communication technologies from a national and international perspective. Submissions are also welcomed addressing, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:
* Health Informatics in Developing Countries
* Initiatives in International Health Informatics
* National & International Strategies and Policies
* Health Records
* Nursing Informatics
* Technologies as Agents of Change
* Informatics in Primary Care
* Public Health Informatics
* Ethics and Privacy
* Safety and Quality Management
* Mobile Technologies and Telehealth
* Clinical Informatics
* Human-Computer Interaction
* Standardization and Interoperability
* E-Learning and Education
* Consumer Informatics
* Healthcare Modeling and Simulation

Persons interested in presenting should submit completed papers to the ITCH 2011 Steering Committee no later than June 30, 2010.

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Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery calls for the development and use of new technologies.

The report of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England sets out the way forward for the future of the professions which was published yesterday, calls for the establishment of a "high-level group to determine how to build nursing and midwifery capacity to understand and influence the development and use of new technologies. It must consider how pre- and post-registration education and development programmes could best deliver technological understanding and skills for information, communications and practice."

Amongst a range of other recommendations about the delivery of "high quality, compassionate care" emphasis is placed on the role of nurses and midwives in "making best use of technological advances as an increasingly important aspect of high quality care, including innovative ‘remote care’ approaches such as telenursing, as well as improving metrics", with the appointment of “innovation fellows" to lead some of the changes.

The has implications for all nurses and midwives and the educational processes which prepare and support them: “Starting in their initial education, nurses and midwives need a better understanding of and influence over the development of technologies and informatics, including information and communications technology and remote care.”

It will be interesting to see how some of the (vague) aspirations are turned into reality, particularly with current budget pressures in the NHS. The "high level group" has the potential to usher in some interesting developments and I wait with interest to see who might be selected to serve on this - and how its remit will be worded.

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