NI 2000 

(The 7th International Congress of Nursing Informatics)

A personal review by Rod Ward

28 APRIL - 3 MAY, 2000

    AOTEA Centre


Day 3 - Tuesday 2nd May

Following some announcements and feedback on evaluations of yesterdays sessions (very quick) Tuesday opened with a keynote presentation by Dr James Cimino Harnessing world wide web technology and standardised terminology to improve decision making for patients and providers. He described work he and his team have been undertaking at Columbia university developing a medical entity dictionary which provides auto translation to context specific information from a range of reports and procedures in medical records, and demonstrated some of the applications. This was strong in the medical domain but appeared to have little relevance to nursing concepts. It was interesting to note attempts to use this to enhance patient views of their own records - patient access to their records is soon to become law in the US which has been the case in the UK for many years.

Peter Melhuish Clinical governance: the new driver for healthcare informatics

Peter set out definitions of clinical governance and argued why it is now relevant to monopoly service providers in responding to more informed patients. approaches to implementation were discussed recognising the limitations of clinical audit. he described how the previous driver for IM&T has been managerial/administrative rather than clinical and encountered many problems. His conclusions were that there are still many problems on the road to come.

Alice Breton Building and teaching an electronic course in health informatics.

Alice set the New Zealand context for the course and described the use of synchronous and a synchronous technologies in the course delivery - using the medium as part of the message. About 50 students are registered on this post grad diploma with 8-10 modules and a group project.

Paula Procter Implementing and maintaining a national support centre for the development of technologies to support learning and learning in nurse and midwifery education: a model.

Paula gave an overview of the development and 4 year life of the CTI further details from:

Marie Washbrook The TRENT EXPERIMENT: developing a regional learning network to support implementation of "information for health".

Marie described the UK health care context and the Information for Health Strategy and the education and training strategy to support it. One aspect of this is a regional  learning network within Trent which will be used as a pilot for national developments.

Shona Wilson & Vicky Elfrink Communication and information technologies in nurse learning: a project in process

Shona & Vicky described a project whiich is just getting underway to meet the ideentified needs of current students to equip them as critical thinkers to work in the automated healthcare environment of tomorrow. This project will use the Nightingale Tracker which has been developed in the US with nursing students in New Zealand.

John Bryant Towards a virtual centre for nursing education

John described the university of Surrey and internet growth before moving on to talk about their MSc in Health informatics and configuration of courses. They have taken tentatibve steps to providing course materials on line based on what the students wanted. They are now beginning to use blackboard, but they do not seem to have got very far as yet.



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