Learning Health Systems – MIE 2016

The first day of Medical Informatics Europe 2016 for me consisted of a tutorial led by Dr Niels Peek and Dr Evan Kontopantelis from the University of Manchester on the topic of Learning Health Systems followed by two very interesting Keynotes from Martin McKee and Andre Kushniruk.

First, Learning Health Systems.  The original concept was developed by the Institute of Medicine in the US in 2007:

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Since then, the concept has been adopted for several large research studies such as the PCORI network in the US and the Transform EU project. In Manchester Neils and Evan are using the concept in their research using CPRD and other large UK health databases through the Health e-Research Centre.

Our research group at Oxford has also been looking into Learning Health Systems, particularly for use in low-resource settings such as Kenya and we recently published a paper in PLOS Medicine about this opportunity.

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The MIE Learning Health Systems tutorial highlighted a number of great resources and concepts which I tweeted as the tutorial progressed. Niels was first presenting on the original concepts and research about learning health systems:

Niels was also kind enough to package up all the tutorial resources including the research papers mentioned and has shared them on Twitter:

Dr Kontopantelis’s presentation gave a great overview of the statistical issues relating to learning health systems:

After the tutorial, we had two great keynotes to kick off the conference proper. The first by Martin McKee was a very entertaining overview of the political economy of health:

Prof McKee’s speech generated lots of questions and discussion about how politics impacts on healthcare from the audience and also on twitter:

The second keynote was a very good overview of current usability methods by Prof Andre Kushnurik:

Andre is a guru of UX research in healthcare and it was great to hear that he has two (two!) new books coming out in early 2017:

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I’m looking forward to business meetings with IMIA colleagues today and another interesting keynote this afternoon. Stay tuned…

 

Medical Informatics Europe 2016

I’m travelling to MIE 2016 tomorrow which is being hosted in Munich this year. I’m looking forward to hearing the latest news and research in Health Informatics from around Europe. I’ll be attending what promises to be a very interesting workshop on Sunday about the Technical and analytical challenges for Learning Health Systems by Niels Peek from Manchester. I’ll update this blog with news and research from the event.

Image by Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26601798

Health Informatics Forum Update

The Health Informatics Forum now has over 9,000 members and more than 120 hours of online learning for health informatics professionals. If you haven’t visited recently, do come over and check it out: http://www.healthinformaticsforum.com.

New AMIA Podcast Up: More on Meaningful Use

We’ve just put up the latest AMIA podcast. “More on Meaningful Use”:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=315885315

Web 2.0 in Healthcare on NHS Resource Centre

Nice article about web 2.0 in healthcare on the NHS resource centre website:

If you thought the internet and email were amazing, you ain’t seen nothing yet. New Web 2.0 technologies are already being developed and having an impact on healthcare.

Nick Saalfeld sets out to find out what patients, doctors and policy makers are doing with collaborative and multi-media technologies.Internet technologies have changed the way almost everyone works. We can now communicate at lightning speed, work with peers on the other side of the world and find information at the click of a mouse.

http://www.microsoft.com/uk/nhs/content/articles/web-20-technologies-in-healthcare.aspx

Gen-i Sponsor m-Health NZ Conference

gen-iWe would like to welcome Gen-i as sponsors of the m-health NZ conference. Gen-i is a leading ICT services provider, successfully integrating IT and telecommunications services to provide converged ICT solutions for clients across New Zealand and Australia. M-health is very appreciative of Gen-i’s interest in mobile health in New Zealand and for its support of our conference. We look forward to hearing more on the 6th November.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can register for the conference here.

If you are interested in speaking, you can still submit a paper until 4th September. Submit your abstract here.

If you would like to become a sponsor of m-Health NZ, you can find out more information here.

Biden Announces $1.2 Billion for EHRs

“Expanding the use of electronic health records is fundamental to reforming our healthcare system,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, unveiling the grants with Biden in Chicago.

“Electronic health records can help reduce medical errors, make healthcare more efficient and improve the quality of medical care for all Americans.”

The grants will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and be made available in 2010, the statement said.

Source: Reuters