NI2009 Nursing Informatics Conference in Helsinki

The Health Informatics krew from will be live-blogging the NI2009 Nursing Informatics conference in Helsinki. You can keep up with the conference in various ways:

Tufts Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication

Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Ph.D has emailed to let me know about this interesting course Tuft’s is offering:

Enroll in the Tufts Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication,, to learn how you can help healthcare organizations develop and implement Web strategies to drive the success of their online presence. Healthcare organizations are faced with an ever evolving choice of Web technologies that make it challenging to create a coherent and justifiable Web strategy. At the Tufts Summer Institute, you will learn how to select, use, manage, and evaluate the effectiveness of Web technologies for health communication.

Learn from Tufts faculty and distinguished guest speakers how to:
• Use the Web to communicate with and connect to patients.
• Develop a coherent and justifiable Web strategy for health communication.
• Select and manage Web 2.0 technologies to create a Web presence that provides a rich user experience.
• Accelerate your online presence through the use of social media sites and tools such as Facebook, twitter, ning, and WordPress.
• Employ research-based methodologies such as persona development and formative evaluation to increase the effectiveness and reduce the risk of Web development projects.
• Learn the best practices employed by leading health Web sites including,,,,,,,, and ABC News Health.
Web Strategies for Health Communication runs July 19-24, 2009. The course meets at the Tufts University School of Medicine campus in Boston from Sunday, July 19, from 5-8 p.m. and on Monday-Friday, July 20-24, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is offered through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Enroll in the Summer Institute at Registration costs $900 before June 19 and $1000 after.

Using IT to deliver improved patient outcomes

Dr Mo Al-Ubaydli is helping organise a very interesting looking conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on May 19th.

Part one
Improving patient care with the EPR

Louise Liang, MD
SVP forQuality andClinical Systems Support
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, USA

John Coulthard
Director Healthcare and Life Sciences
Microsoft UK

Dr Lola Ruiz
Clinical Director,
HP Healthcare, Spain

Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli
CEO, Patients Know Best

Part two
Technology transformation in clinical practice

Tore Indreråk
Head of ICT Helsebygg Midt Norge

Prof John Morgan
Professor of Cardiac Rhythm Management,
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Prof Ricky Richardson
Consultant Paediatrician and Visiting Professor
of eHealth at Imperial College and VP, International
Society for Telemedicine and ehealth

Paul Sutton
CEO, South East Coast Ambulance Service


Medicine 2.0, Toronto, Sept 17-18, 2009

Medicine 2.0 Congress

The Medicine 2.0 conference in Toronto Canada is now accepting submissions for abstracts and panel presentations. Abstract submission deadline is May 15th 2009. Submit your proposal here.

There are also two prizes for best abstract, the IMIA Medicine 2.0 Award and the JMIR Medicine 2.0 Award. Click here for more information.

Prof. Jim Warren Blogs from HIMSS 09 in Chicago

Prof. Jim Warren, Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Auckland has been blogging from HIMSS 09 in Chicago:

Prof Jim WarrenIt’s the world’s largest health software exhibit; and it looks it, too. More than once I was simply lost in the acres of vendor booths, and equally felt a surge of vertigo when looking out over the forest of vendor banners – Siemens, Perot Systems, Allscripts, etc., etc., etc. Somehow the vertigo seems to increase after they start giving away drinks around 4.30pm.

Nonetheless, the opportunity for hours of back-to-back demos, all in one spot, is just wonder and so informative. Before talking about personal highlights from the demos, I might mention a couple of the keynote presentations.

If you want technical presentations that take you to the leading edge of methods of information in medicine, go to the AMIA Annual Symposium, not HIMSS. For glitz and big names in the plenaries, however, HIMSS has AMIA beat to the nth degree.

Read Jim’s blog post in full on the NIHI Blog

Who’s Blogging HIMSS 09?

So, who’s blogging from HIMSS09 in Chicago?

Karen Day is holding up NIHI’s blogging effort here: – her blog on Day 2 of HIMSS is here.

Apart from Karen, bloggers around the world are covering the event. There are several ways to scan the blogosphere for HIMSS goodies:

1. Read the HIMSS tag page at
2. Do a search on Google Blogsearch for HIMSS
3. Read the Technorati tag page for HIMSS
4. Catch up on the latest tweets about HIMSS on Twitter

Here’s a selection of blog posts from the past 24 hours or so. Lots of talk about achy feet and general buzz around at HIMSS this year. Could it be something to do with the Obama Stimulus Package??

Matthew Holt from the Healthcare Blog
Mr Histalk (and Inga)
Pharm Aid
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn from Health Populi
Ben from TempDev
Business Technology Blog
John from Chilmark Research
Ben Mehling from Medsphere
John Sharp
Neil Versel
Dr Joe Kim
Oliver Emmler
Shelly from Legacy Data Access
Microsoft’s Bill Crounse
Dr Val
Tim J Edwards

Plus – watch videos from HIMSS from EMR Update