From the International Medical Informatics Association

Loss of Three UK Health Informatics Colleagues in 2012

We regret to report that three UK health informatics colleagues passed away in 2012 – John Bryden, Derek Hoy and Denis Barnett.

Dr John S Bryden passed away a few months before his 80th birthday. He was well-known in the UK, and especially Scottish, health informatics communities, as well as contributing to many international activities, especially at the European level. EFMI have a tribute to his work on the EFMI website; he was their Executive Officer for 10 years, and helped make many EFMI events a success. He was, for many years, a key member of the British Computer Society health groups, and was closely involved in the organisation of Medinfo2001. An appreciation also appears in the The Herald (Scotland) news site. The BCS Health Forum will be compiling a reflection on his and Derek’s life and work; please contact Dr Paul Woolman (paul.woolman[at] is you wish to contribute.

Derek Hoy passed away in November 2012 after a short illness. He was well-known in the international nursing informatics community, and was active for many years. Colleagues have developed a crowdsourced chronology of his life and activities at Derek was actively involved in the European Summer School s in Nursing Informatics, in work on nursing information systems, and was involved in the EU-funded NIGHTINGALE project. Derek was also an accomplished musician, and a member of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. Graham Wright wrote, on LinkedIn: Whilst many of us know him through his work in Nursing Informatics and in particular Standards and Nursing Language he is well-known as a fiddler in Jock Tamson’s Bairns and the Bella McNab Dance Band. web:

Denise Barnett was  long-standing and active member of the BCS Nursing Specialist Group; she passed away in November 2012, after being ill for some time. She was the Editor of ITIN, the journal of the BCS Nursing Group for many years., participated in many international nursing informatics events, and edited the ‘Intwernational Nursing Informatics’ 40 year history, published in 2000 and authored by Maureen Scholes, Marianne Tallberg and Elly Pluyter-Wenting.  In recent years, together with Glyn Hayes, she edited the BCS Health Informatics History Book.

January 10, 2013 - Posted by | miscellany, UK | , ,

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