Rio de Janeiro 20-25 June 2003

A personal review by Rod Ward


This is not the official conference web site which can be found at:

As ever with these reports it is being written on a daily(ish) basis & uploaded to the web whenever I can get a connection. There are a personal comments (written during lunch breaks etc.), not an academic review or journal report & should be read in that manner, and it should be recognised that I can only report on the bits I managed to attend.

On the morning of the 4th day (Weds) I attended an international panel discussion on Basic Nursing Informatics Education with presentations from US, Japan, Australia & the UK and comments from the audience including; South Africa, Israel & Scandinavian countries.

Many common issues and problems were identified with wide ranging discussion about whether anything in informatics was unique to nursing & whether it should be included in undergraduate education (as opposed to general IT skills which were seen as generic & often required/offered by university as a core skill. Further discussion considered whether IT skills type subjects needed to be taught by those with nursing/healthcare experience or could be done by other disciplines.

Due to the complications of airport transfers, sorting currency & checking out I was unable to attend the final plenary and closing ceremony & headed off back to the UK.

A report of the bits I missed is availabale: Final hours of the conference - additional report by Charles Docherty

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