Friday, April 27, 2007

Blood safety project wins top GC Award for Innovation 2007

I was delighted to see on the Kable Government Computing web site that a team from John Radcliffe Hospital had won the top prize for their Wireless Enabled Blood Tracking project.

The judges were impressed by how it dealt with a complex process in the challenging environment of a modern hospital, staying focused on the prime objective of helping to save lives and promising long term benefits for healthcare in the UK.

The project has provided end to end electronic control of blood administration, ensuring safer transfusions, eliminating errors, cutting costs and freeing up staff time. It uses hand held computers uses hand held computers to correctly identify the patient by reading the barcode on their wristband, and to deliver a simple to use transfusion protocol right to the point of care at the patient’s bedside. The system ensures that the blood sample taken for cross-matching is correctly labelled at the patient’s bedside and that the right blood unit is given to the right patient.

This is combined with "BloodTrack Courier" which provides a system for managing blood stock by controlling staff access rights and managing the transportation of blood products around the clinical environment. Blood products can be traced from arrival in the blood bank through to retrieval and delivery to the patient.

The project has realised both cost savings and improvement in patient safety.

Further information is available from their Information Sheet.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Interesting PhD Studentship

An interesting PhD studentship about "The expert patient: how the public make use of the Internet and electronic information sources in making choices about their health and treatment regimes" has just been made available by Bournemouth University.

Application forms etc are available from the universities Institute of Health and Community Studies and further information is available from: Dr Carol Bond Senior Lecturer, Health Informatics.

This looks very interesting and if I wasn't already doing my DPhil & could afford to pay the mortgage from the 3 year bursary of £12,900 p/a + fees, I would consider applying for it myself.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Health Information and Libraries Journal 24:1 (March 2007)

The latest edition of the Health Information and Libraries Journal 24:1 (March 2007) is now available. It has some interesting papers including:

The emerging Web2.0 social software: an enabling suite of sociable technologies in health and health care education
Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Steve Wheeler

Effectiveness of information skills training and mediated searching: qualitative results from the EMPIRIC project
Alison Brettle, Claire Hulme, Paula Ormandy

Evaluating the impact of library user training programmes across Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority in the UK
Valerie M Trinder, Geoffrey E Fleet, Anne E Gray

Growth in biomedical publications and scientific institutions in the Emirates (1998-2004): an Arabian renaissance?
Karen Neves, Wim J. E. P. Lammers

National Vocational Qualifications: the candidates experience
Susan Isaac

Teachability: creating accessible learning and teaching in information skills
Margaret E. S. Forrest, Anne E. Simpson

Who will appraise the appraisers?-The paper, the instrument and the user
Andrew Booth

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Medical Informatics & The Internet in Medicine, 32(1) 2007

Medical Informatics & The Internet in Medicine, 32(1) 2007

The latest edition of this journal has just been made available and includes some interesting articles including:

Electronic health records: Is the evidence base any use?
Authors: S. Clamp; J. Keen

Using artificial intelligence to bring evidence-based medicine a step closer to making the individual difference
Authors: B. Sissons; W. A. Gray; A. Bater; D. Morrey

Progress towards automated detection and characterization of the optic disc in glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy
Authors: R. A. Abdel-Ghafar; T. Morris

Integrating health information: A case study of a health information service for thalidomide survivors
Authors: Martin Johnson

Addressing the need for adaptable decision processes within healthcare software
Authors: P. Miseldine; A. Taleb-Bendiab; D. England; M. Randles

Use of OWL-based tools to aid message development and maintenance
Authors: Tom Marley; Alan Rector

Using Unified Modelling Language (UML) as a process-modelling technique for clinical-research process improvement
Authors: P. Kumarapeli; S. De Lusignan; T. Ellis; B. Jones

Using XML and XSLT for flexible elicitation of mental-health risk knowledge
Authors: C. D. Buckingham; A. Ahmed; A. E. Adams

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Monday, February 12, 2007

HIJ - Healthcare Technologies in Practice: 1 March 2007; Vol.

The latest edition of Health Informatics Journal is a special on: Healthcare Technologies in Practice: 1 March 2007; Vol. 13, No. 1

It contains some interesting papers.


Introduction to Healthcare Technologies in Practice
Jon Hindmarsh, K. Neil Jenkings, and Tim Rapley

Monitoring practice and alarm technology in anaesthesiology
Marcus Sanchez Svensson

Sound sight: seeing with ultrasound
Monika Buscher and Gloria Jensen

`You've got to take them seriously': meeting information needs in mental healthcare
Karen Clarke, John Rooksby, and Mark Rouncefield

Managing integration work in an NHS electronic patient record (EPR) project
David Martin, John Mariani, and Mark Rouncefield

Implementation, change management and benefit realization: investigating the utility of ethnographically enriched process maps
K. Neil Jenkings

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Health Information & Libraries J, Vol 23, Issue s1: Table of Contents

Blackwell Synergy: Health Information & Libraries J, Vol 23, Issue s1: Table of Contents

The latest edition of Blackwell's Health Information and Libraries Journal has just been made available and includes some interesting papers including:

Opportunities and Change: the Future Roles of the Health Library and Information Professionals Editorial
Janet Harrison, Pam Prior

The context of change: information professionals and the information professions in an information society
John Feather

What do clinicians want from us? An evaluation of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust clinical librarian service and its implications for developing future working patterns
Amanda Brookman, Alan Lovell, Flis Henwood, Judy Lehmann

Achieving change through mutual development: supported online learning and the evolving roles of health and information professionals
Rachel Bury, Lindsey Martin, Sue Roberts

Opportunity for change in the future roles for the health library and information professional: meeting the challenges in NHS Scotland
Gerry Maclean

Health check for Latvia: opportunities for information professionals in a new democracy
Inese A. Smith, Velta Poznaka

Development of a Knowledge and Library Service in newly configured specialist mental health teaching trust-the first year
Margery Sidell

Workplace-based information skills outreach training to primary care staff
Stephen Ayre

Stepping out: the changing role of e-resources librarians
Anna O'Neill, Siobahn Whitby

Listening to our clinical colleagues: how are they finding their evidence to support Trust clinical governance?
Mary Publicover, Gwen Giles, Barbara Bolton, Clare Shemilt, Christine Urquhart

Signposting best evidence: a role for information professionals
Mala Mann, Lesley Sander, Alison Weightman

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Digital healthcare: the impact of information and communication technologies on healthcare

Digital healthcare: the impact of information and communication technologies on healthcare

The influential Royal Society has today published it's long awaited report into "The impact of information and communication technologies on healthcare."

I'm still making my way through its 59 pages but it does seem to provide an interesting contribution to current and future debates.

A few of their comments and recommendations jumped out at me as being particularly significant and useful:

"The single most important factor in realising the potential of healthcare ICTs is the people who use them. The end
users of any new technology must be involved at all stages of the design, development and implementation,
taking into account how people work together and how patients, carers and healthcare professionals interact.

"We recommend that the higher education institutions and professional bodies responsible for the different disciplines adapt their curricula to integrate the use and understanding of healthcare ICTs into the basic training and continuing professional development of healthcare professionals."

A long with various recomendations about implementations and research needed to underpin future developments.

For further commentary see:
EHI Existing ICT underused, Royal Society finds

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