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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).

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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 >>>

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‘.

We are moving! October 1, 2008

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Welcome to our new blog home. Our current blog, hi-blogs.info – the blog, will be migrating here over the next few weeks. In the meantime, as we build this site, you can find us at:

http://differance-engine.net/krew and http://www.hi-blogs.info/