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Thanks to all our readers July 28, 2009

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Many thanks to all of you who have read the blog, and followed our other efforts to provide reports on, and interactions, with events, in particular SINI2009. We know that quite a few people have followed on Twitter, and from comments on Facebook and elsewhere, we know that you have appreciated our efforts in this area.

It is important to to stress that this is a collaborative blog/activity, and that several of us contribute, often in different ways, to reporting the various events. Thanks go to Scott for most of the longer blog posts from SINI2009, while Peter and Margaret provided many of the tweets. Thanks also to our additional contributors, in particular Eric for video clips and Heather Sobko for additional photos.

If anyone has further comments, or suggestions, please feel free to email us at hi.blogs[at]gmail.com, or tweet directly.

The next ventures to be blogged will be MIE2009 (Sarajevo, late August – www.mie2009.org) and Medicine 2.0’09 (Toronto, mid September – www.medicine20congress.com).


SINI2009 – Margaret Hansen on use of video iPods July 24, 2009

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Margaret started by describing how she began podcasting lectures; positive anecdotal feedback on the experience as students can listen anytime. Then started to think about using video iPods for teaching clinical skills. Received grant to conduct a small study in school of nursing.

Was involved in a study in Auckland, New Zealand in teaching medical students skills in urinary catheterisation; Margaret’s study was essentially a replication study. Would student’s competency level in the skill and in self-confidence be increased? – would it be of benefit to the patient? – would it decrease the learning time for students to reach particular levels of skills? Margaret also has interest in using mobile devices for patient education.

Study was a randomised controlled intervention study with nursing students at a university in California. Skills teaching involved the use of short videos of the skills, followed by demonstrations of skills on mannequins; students had the opportunity to practice the skills and be assessed by the nurse who had done the teaching. Students were then randomly assigned to groups, with some having video iPods and some not. Students were then re-assessed on the skills after two weeks; during this period, students were in clinical settings and would be expected to perform the skills for real.

The study results (just out) showed little significance between the two groups in the study; but did the experimental group take less time to achieve the same levels of competence and confidence levels? Data is slow in coming back from the students, so it is difficult to know the answers at present.

School is now going to continue using the video iPods for skills learning, and a series of approx. 30 videos will be created and loaded to the devices.

SINI2009 – videos and photos July 24, 2009

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Some video clips, courtesy of Eric Rivedal’s new iPhone:

1. second Jim Turley clip

2.Kathleen Charters clip

3. vendor evening clip

They can all be viewed at http://drpeter.posterous.com/

Some photos are at http://picasaweb.google.com/peterjmurray/SINI2009Baltimore

If anyone else has photos or video clips they want us to link to, please let us know.

Bill Perry on RSS feeds for nurses: SINI2009 July 23, 2009

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Bill Perry

Bill Perry

Bill Perry, from Kettering Health Network, gave a presentation on RSS feeds and how they might help nurses and other health professionals to manage the large amount of information they might need to keep up to date on. He began by explaining what RSS is, and how it works in terms of delivering information from sites automatically, and for free, to a feed reader (of which there are many types and examples).

Bill gave examples of subscribing to journal RSS feeds, or following Twitter streams, and creating custom Google news or video searches, and directing the output to RSS feeds.

A number of questions were raised from the audience – one question was about being able to access this type of information resource if people do not have ready internet access at home, or from work if their employer’s firewalls block access. Another question was about filtering information as there is the potential to receiving even more information sources than one does at present.

Bill also described a number of ways, such as personal start pages (eg Pageflakes, Netvibes, iGoogle) to aggregate a number of RSS feeds into one site.

Bill’s presentation is available on Slideshare >>>

NI2009 workshop on PHRs, Health 2.0, virtual worlds June 30, 2009

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Scott Erdley, Peter Murray and Heather Strachan are leading a workshop titled ‘Personal health records (PHR), Health 2.0, Virtual Worlds (and more!)’. The workshop aims to exxplore increasingly patient-driven, as opposed to provider-driven PHRs, and to explore issues and ideas around the implications of Web 2.0/Health 2.0, and also of virtual worlds such as Second Life.

We will be making our slides available later on Slideshare.

Peter gave an overview of some models of PHR that exist; he covered AHIMA, HIMSS and Markle Foundation views, as well as covering issues around Google Health etc.

Heather Strachan presented on eHealth in Scotland – about 2.5% of NHS Scotland budget spent on ehealth. Scotland has some of worst health problems in Europe, and has many inequalities. There are issues in devolved government and having a different political party running Scottish government as opposed to UK ruling party. Vision for ehealth is around expoiting the power of electronic information – also aim to improve health literacy so as to support individuals maintaining their own health status. Scotland not creating one single large database due to security/privacy issues – so architectural vision is based around a virtual electronic record gathering data from different sources. ‘Windows’ into services and communications systems and single sign-in system; also use unique patient identifiers. Patients and providers contribute to content of the health record, and there is inter-relationship between patient and clinical portals. Patients want self-management tools for long-term conditions, decision support to manage health as well as health information.

Heather presented examples, inc. www.clinicaldecisions.scot.nhs.uk, the Babylink special care baby unit portal in Edinburgh, ‘my diabetes my way’, renal patient view, NHS 24 (telephone triage system), etc.

Peter then covered descriptions of Web 2.0 and Health 2.0.

Scott presented some uses of Second Life for health. He gave an overview of what Second Life (SL) is, and some other virtual world tools. He gave examples of ways in which people see themselves differently in SL, its use for health conditions, and repositories of information and links.

After the presentations, there was a a very good, dynamic discussion, with interactions from many of those attending the workshop.

Looking towards “Web 4.0” in health and nursing June 26, 2009

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Members of the krew (Margaret, Scott, Peter, Ulrich) have had a pleasant morning strolling around Helsinki Zoo. We have been bouncing ideas around, in part due to planning for the Web 2.0 panel that Scott and I are doing later in the week, and started thinking about what might be the next stage beyond Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. Web 2.0 is already with us, and people are starting to discuss seriously what Web 3.0 might be – many people see it as the true ‘semantic web’ – but what comes after that – and what might it mean for nursing and health?

We have just done a quick Google search for Web 4.0, especially relating to health and nursing, and no-one seems to have started talking about it yet. Nova Spivack wrote an article considering the move beyonf Web 3.0 to be towards the ‘WebOS’ (but are we already seeing that with the development  of cloud computing and some of the moves within Web 2.0/3.0?); he also talked about ‘intelligent personal agents’ (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=4499). Is direct brain-computer interface (invasive or non-invasive) part of what Web 4.0 will be about? Is Web 4.0 related to increasingly blurred lines between ‘SL-worlds’ and the ‘real world’?

We will be batting around these ideas over the next few weeks as we work on developing a discussion/ideas paper on these issues.

Blogging NI2009 June 11, 2009

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We will be blogging the NI2009 nursing informatics congress, to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 28 – 01 July, 2009 (www.ni2009.org). This 10th International Congress in Nursing Informatics is hosted by the Finnish Nurses Association and is organised under the auspices of IMIA-NI, the Special Interest Group on Nursing Informatics of the International Medical Informatics Association (www.imiani.org).

Karl, Margaret, Peter and Scott will all be in Helsinki, as will our colleague Ulrich. We hope to provide plenty of posts about the event. You can also follow on Twitter – either the @ni2009 feed, or search Twitter for hashtag #ni2009 in tweets from @peterjmurray, @ulrichs, @m2hansen and others.

For those unable to attend, there is also a Facebook event where you can follow the event if people find time to add materials there. We will add links to other people who are providing reports and opportunities to interact if you let us know – email hi.blogs[at]gmail.com

Plans for blogging events in 2009 December 18, 2008

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Another year of blogging nearly over.  We have – yet again – covered a range of events from many parts of the world in 2008; 2009 looks like it may be at least as busy. We have also moved the blog to this new site, and wre in the process of consolidating things here and closing some of the older sites.

Among the plans we know of for 2009:

– we hope to be at Med-e-Tel in Luxembourg in early April (www.medetel.lu);

– we will be at NI2009 in Helsinki, Finland at the end of June (www.ni2009.org);

– we will be at SINI2009 in Baltimore, USA in July (nursing.umaryland.edu/sini);

– we aim to be at MIE2009 in Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of August (www.mie2009.org);

– we will be at Medicine 2.0’09 in Toronto, Canada in September (www.medicine20congress.com);

– and we will doubtless find other events internationally and in our own countries.

We hope you will join  us, in person or virtually through this blog, at those events – and maybe others.

Cyprus e-learning conference November 6, 2008

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Rod Ward is at the European conference on e-learning ( >>> ) at Ayia Napa in Cyprus. He is currently reporting the event on his Informaticopia blog. It sounds like an interesting event – he also has a link to a developing wiki on the event >>>

Blogging HINZ from Rotorua October 15, 2008

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Chris Paton is blogging the HINZ (Health Informatics New Zealand) conference this week, from Rotorua. His posts are on the NIHI (National Institute for Health Innovation, The University of Auckland) website, and you can subscribe to the RSS feed.

The HINZ conference website contains the full programme, and Chris has links and posts from his ‘Health Informatics blog‘.