Healthcare Computing Conference
Harrogate 22-24 March 2004
A personal review by Rod Ward
These reports are written on the fly during the conference and posted on the web on a daily(ish) basis, as there are 5 concurrent themes I can not attend all sessions so these comments are based on my own experiences and views.
The official conference web sites is at: http://healthcare-computing.co.uk/
This page is an opportunity to give some general comments and questions - but I've been asked to help with a session at 09.00 on Weds am - therefore these questions will be suggested for this session.
Thanks are due to Helen Betts, Helen Sampson & Peter Murray for contributions
Various speakers - The need for evidence based informatics - what measures should be used e.g. mortality & morbidity/quality of life for the individual or organisational actions
Wendy Hall - If we have missing links - have we closed any of these links at this conference?
Interdisciplinarity - multi v uni disciplinary approaches - are we really able to embrace these approaches
The minister announced 2 new appointments Aidon Halligan and John Bacon - what differences do we want these appointments to make?
Richard Vincent - discussing the real world implementation - can we identify benefits for clinicians? will the reward be greater than the effort?
Peter Hutton - Is NCAB doing its job?
Chris Buckingham - what are the issues if we develop HI/decision support tools to help non health professionals with health issues e.g. police, teachers, social workers (Does this change the language paradigms?)
Open Source - will the NPfIT specification conflict with the eEnvoy consultation on the use of open source in the public sector?
Denis Protti - We need to address the long term effects of the Human Genome Project. Is there too much focus on technology rather than people issues - is the npfIT a retrograde step?
General - has the pace of procurement and implementation limited consultation - & will we be able to get clinical involvement at ALL stages? is it all happening TOO QUICKLY
Improved patient monitoring - does it interfere with patient care?
Does the focus on electronic prescribing mean that other aspects of care are neglected?
Life on a grain of Sand - but what happens when you put it in the sandpit.
Welcome to Pyong Yang - unatributed to a journalist discussing the number of targets which must be met and the number of NPfIT goons around to enforce them.
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To discuss any of my comments please mail: Rod.Ward@uwe.ac.uk
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