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: http://www.ni2003.com
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.
The organisation of the conference seemed a little confused at times - including some confusion over who had booked for what but the reception & travel desks were well staffed with helpful assistants. The CD of proceedings not being available until half way through the conference also caused consternation.
The content of the papers was not as stimulating or forward looking as I would have liked.
One consistent theme which emerged was about titles such as Medical/Nursing/Health Informatics, e-Health etc. The dominance of "Medical" for many years seemed to be attacked by some nursing delegates - but frequently used, and sometimes explicitly defended by Physicians, Surgeons etc. The latest attempt to be more embracing & encompassing to include areas such as consumer health informatics seems to be e-Health (certainly in the US), but this was not used by many delegates/speakers.
Approx 390 delegates attended showing that there is widespread interest in the area, but many of them were the "familiar faces" or the "great and good", many from education, and were giving papers posters etc. - I got the feeling that new blood is needed !, however it was interesting to talk to many postgrad students, and others still exploring their way into the field about their dreams and ideas for the future.
General discussion with delegates (e.g. over coffee, beer etc.) was a little more positive with initiatives from a round the world sparking off ideas with others about some of the ways forward for health informatics, and promises of shared projects etc. after people had returned home.
The next (9th) International Congress will be June 11-14 2006 in Seoul, South Korea see: http://www.ni2006.org/for advance information
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