A personal review by Rod Ward
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Day 1 - Sunday 30th April
The conference opened with a large welcome session and keynote speaker.
The start included some recruitment videos for the conference and some opening statistics;
This was followed by a group of Maori drummers and then a key note paper by Dr Ed Hammond from Duke University, who spoke on "Patient records; yesterday, today & tomorrow" setting out the developments between 1935 and today, covering the needs for standards in health data and the purposes of the computerised record. Several universal issues were raised but the language (acronyms) and examples were very much based on North American health care systems. His conclusions were that we were solving the wrong problems and needed to challenge the usefulness of the electronic health record.
This was followed by several other short speeches and announcements including the launch of a new book by Maureen Scholes "International Nursing Informatics: A history of the first forty years 1960-2000" Maureen was then presented with life membership of the British Computer Society Nursing Specialist Group and a scroll in recognition of her work in the field.
The delegates were then bussed to the Auckland museum for a welcome reception. After considerable waiting around the group was met with a traditional Maori greeting/challenge, before we were admitted to the museum where the was an opportunity to discuss informally a wide range of issues over drinks (and visit the museum). This was useful for me as it enabled me to meet face to face many of the people I have known "virtually" for some years. The setting and discussion was interesting although the promised food was limited.
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- Pre Congress Tutorials
- Day 1 - papers & activities
- Day 2 - papers & activities
- Day 3 - papers & activities
- Day 4 - papers & activities
Travel, Social Activities, Accommodation etc.
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