The 31st Annual Rutgers Interprofessional International Technology Conference, organised by the Rutgers College of Nursing, will be held on April 5- 7, 2013. The conference theme will be “Concepts For Interprofessional Education and Practice”, and the event will be held at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
The Call for Abstracts is open, and information, with links to abstract format details, is on the Rutgers College of Nursing website.
Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care – from Harvard School of Public Health
The Harvard School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education offers a program titled “Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care” that may be of interest to IMIA colleagues and others. See full information at https://ecpe.sph.harvard.edu/Health-IT
This program, comprised of four modules, provides health care leaders with the knowledge necessary to effectively design, develop, and deploy health information technology. The modules in this series are designed specifically for professionals and executives with technology responsibilities from diverse sectors of health care seeking to improve their organization’s health IT strategy and improve IT outcomes.
The program is offered on the following dates: February 3 – 8, 2013 (Modules 1 & 2) and May 13 – 17, 2013 (Modules 3 & 4).
COACH has announced the publication of new Privacy and Security for Patient Portals 2012 Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information Special Edition, addressing the increasingly important issues of the emergence of patient portals, secure controlled computerized pathways between a patient and his/her personal health information, which present privacy and security issues that are distinct from other clinical information systems. Covering design, implementation and management, this new publication is a resource for healthcare organizations and professionals that have existing patient portal systems, as well as those that are considering introducing them. All sizes of organizations, from single-physician offices to large, complex enterprises, will find it beneficial.
“The Special Edition is a much-needed resource for addressing the unique privacy and security issues associated with patient portals,” says Wendy Robillard, Director, HIA Policy Unit, Alberta Health and Wellness. “These portals are becoming increasingly important to build trust and collaboration between patient and providers, which is key to good healthcare. When they are properly developed and responsibly implemented, patient portals can increase transparency, accountability, support and secure access to information and services.”
The content includes:
- the healthcare context for privacy and security;
- functional models of portals, stratifying them by use cases and functionality;
- participative care plans, complex scheduling, financial management;
- Canadian privacy legislation, including legislative variations by jurisdiction;
- the 10 principals of the Canadian Standards Association Model Code.
The publication is designed to be a provider-focused, vendor-neutral Special Edition, and is not intended for technical professionals involved with patient portals. Written by privacy and security experts from across Canada, it is the newest publication in the COACH Privacy and Security Series, including the 2011 main edition, Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information. The Patient Portals Special Edition is available as a 107-page book, ideal for educational and reference needs in academic and professional settings, or as the e-Guidelines PDF from http://www.coachorg.com. (COACH members enjoy preferred rates.) Note: Healthcare organizations and providers in Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan can obtain the e-Guidelines version at no charge. Please visit the COACH website for details – see http://www.coachorg.com or directly at http://www.coachorg.com/en/publications/2012_Guidelines.asp?_mid_=4420
COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association is the voice of health informatics (HI) in Canada, promoting the adoption, practice and professionalism of health informatics. COACH is an IMIA Member Society. http://www.coachorg.com
The latest version (April 2012) of the UKCHIP Newsletter is available for download (520kb, PDF) at the website of UKCHIP, the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions – see http://www.ukchip.org/ for the website and links to the newsletter and other material.
UKCHIP also has a Twitter stream (@ukchiptweets) and a LinkedIn group (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/UK-Council-Health-Informatics-Professions-2018293)
The UK (United Kingdom) Council for Health Informatics Professions is the voluntary registration body for health informatics professionals, established to promote professionalism in health informatics and the certification of those who work in the profession. UKCHIP publishes a public register of health informatics professionals who meet clearly defined standards of competence and agree to work to a professional code of conduct. Registration and certification is open to anyone currently working in health informatics, whether for the National Health Service (NHS), for the private health care sector, for commercial suppliers to the health care sector or for the voluntary sector.
The HC2012 Health Informatics Congress will be held on 2-3 May, 2012 at the Design Business Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, UK. Information about the event is available on the website at http://hc2012.bcs.org and tickets can be booked (registration required) through the website.
HC has been the leading health informatics themed event for the UK and Europe for over 28 years. It aims to inform and educate practitioners and users. Organised and hosted by the BCS Health Executive of The Chartered Institute for IT (the UK’s IMIA Member Society), HC2012 is being held in partnership with The Guardian newspaper, and the event combines the strengths of two previous events, Healthcare Computing and Smart Healthcare Live into one.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Michael White, Assistant Editor of the Guardian
- Jim Easton, NHS Director for Improvement and Efficiency
- Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation
- Tim Straughan, Chief Executive of the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care
- Susan Hamer, National Director of Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions, The Clinical Division: Department of Health Informatics Directorate.
HIMSS Europe (https://www.himss.eu/) has launched the nomination process for the 2012 HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership. This award recognises an individual who, in the judgment of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council, has demonstrated significant leadership in promoting the use of information technology in healthcare in Europe (as defined in accordance with the current definition of European by the World Health Organisation)
To be eligible for the HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership, candidates must:
- be a resident of Europe
- be professionally active in Europe.
In addition, the specific criteria are:
- the HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership is given in recognition of European level leadership in the field of eHealth.
- the award may be made for leadership in eHealth deployment, innovation, policy development, advocacy or training at a European level towards the transformation of healthcare.
- it may be made to an exceptional contribution, for a sustained engagement, or for a lifetime of exceptional leadership, which has had an impact across Europe.
Nominations can be submitted by a third party, whether a member of HIMSS or not, and must be submitted at http://surveys.himss.org/checkbox/Survey.aspx?surveyid=6144 by the closing date of Tuesday, 31 January, 2012.
The following materials must be provided via e-mail:
1. List of publications with references
2. List of presentations (featuring title, location and date)
3. CV with notable achievements for each position held
Nominations must include a brief biopic of the individual and a concise description of the contribution that causes it to be worthy of special recognition by HIMSS Europe. The awards ceremony will be held at eHealth week 2012 (07-09 May, 2012; Copenhagen). Nominations failing to complete the application process as described above will not be considered.
If you have any questions regarding the HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership nomination process, please contact Cynthia Stern (cstern[at]himss.org)
The HIMSS Europe eHealth Leadership Award 2011 was made to Dr. Jean Roberts from the UK (see http://wp.me/pvCUS-KN). Jean Roberts, an English internationally renowned health IT professional works as an independent Health Informatics Consultant in Phoenix Associates, Staffordshire, and is a member of the British Computer Society’s Professional Development Board. She has also been an IMIA VP and UK representative to IMIA.
Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER – http://www.thetigerinitiative.org) will become the TIGER Initiative Foundation, from July 1, 2011. This newly incorporated Foundation becomes a legal entity, a 501(c)(3) organization operating for charitable, educational and scientific purposes, and with new resources, including the necessary infrastructure and staff, marketing, and web development.
TIGER began as a grassroots initiative in 2006, with support from over 70 contributing organizations and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to engage and prepare the clinical workforce – in particular nurses – to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care. Leaders from the TIGER Phase III Executive Committee, HIMSS and collaborative partners will help with the process to establish and maintain the TIGER Initiative Foundation.
The founding principles for TIGER are:
- Preparing nurses to use technology and informatics to improve patient care;
- Engaging clinicians in the development of a nationwide health IT infrastructure; and
- Accelerating the adoption of smart, standards?based, interoperable, patient?centered technology that will make healthcare delivery safer, more efficient, timely, accessible, and efficient in a new interdisciplinary approach.
A full media release is available on the HIMSS website – http://press.himss.org/article_display.cfm?article_id=5330
Our congratulations go to Dr. Jean Roberts, who was yesterday given the HIMSS Europe annual Leadership award at the World of Health IT event (http://www.worldofhealthit.org) in Budapest, Hungary. The award to Jean recognises “her many years of service to eHealth in Europe and her extensive, multi-faceted experience in academic research and her ability to design and implement strategic health initiatives and manage complex programmes and projects in informatics and e-health business areas”. The full story and photo are on the WoHIT Liveticker.
Dr. Petra Wilson, HIMSS Europe Government Council Member, acknowledged Jean’s work, in particular in “driving professionalization in health informatics” and “helping to grow the next generation of eHealth professionals”.
Many colleagues will recall that Jean has been involved in health informatics internationally for more than 45 years, served as UK representative to IMIA, has been an IMIA Vice President, and has chaired the IMIA Health Informatics for Development Working Group. Jean currently works as an Independent Health Informatics Consultant in Phoenix Associates, Staffordshire, and is a member of the British Computer Society’s Professional Development Board; she previously worked at the University of Central Lancashire.
The IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Informatics Professionals was endorsed at the IMIA General Assembly meeting in 2002. Dr. Eike-Henner W. Kluge is currently leading an IMIA taskforce (including B. Barber (UK), P. Croll (Australia), K. Ishikawa (Japan) and L. Moura (Brazil)) considering whether the Code of Ethics requires up-dating and if so, in what regard.
The ad hoc committee is making a final request, inviting comments and/or suggestions from IMIA members. Comments and/or suggestions should be addressed to the Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2011 at the latest
IMIA and GHIP (Global Health Informatics Partnership – www.ghip.net) have signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) to collaborate globally to help empower health workers to act locally to improve health and health care delivery.
The LoU outlines a strategic alliance to:
* Facilitate the development of local workforce capacity for biomedical and health informatics to support applications in public health, clinical care, and research;
* Develop targeted support– with educational material based on best practices–of public health and clinical decision-makers, health workers, and technicians who work in HICT systems;
* Evaluate current infrastructure and policies to ensure a positive environment is built for HICT and informatics education/information dissemination. strengthen health information and communication (HICT) systems, create learning modules appropriate for a wide variety of workers in public health and clinical roles, and facilitate infrastructures and policies that support sustained investment in HICT and informatics at the global level.
The alliance also will support the development of local and regional centers of excellence in health informatics. The LoU was signed in Washington, DC by IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and AMIA President and CEO Ted Shortliffe during AMIA’s recently held 34th Annual Symposium on Biomedical and Health Informatics.
Dr. Geissbuhler observed, “Achieving these goals requires intensified international collaboration as well as development and strengthening of local and regional centers of excellence in health informatics so that they are able to support local projects while being connected globally.” “The new strategic alliance between IMIA and GHIP enables an international approach to health informatics collaboration that draws upon a global range of expertise,” said Dr. Shortliffe.
GHIP is an international learning community that engages institutional stakeholders as well as a broad range of interested professionals. It is dedicated to knowledge-transfer activities and supports a collaborative ecosystem for initiatives focused on individuals who are developing solutions to problems in real-world settings, guided by established informatics principles. GHIP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMIA.
The full media release can be seen at http://www.ghip.net/news and on the AMIA website at https://www.amia.org/files/IMIA-GHIP-release-113010.pdf