The final plenary session was not well attended as many people had left the conference before it tok place.

Prof Sir Muir Gray was presented with the BCS HC achievement award as the “first knight of health informatics”. He received his knighthood last year for knowledge management in the NHS.

He then gave a lecture in which he drew parrallels between the health benefits of clean and filtered water and the health benefits of clean and filtered information. He divided the lecture around several “tools”, those for changing society, community building , knowledge logistics and those for clinicans and patients. He managed to cover the Kaleidoscopic workforce and the national knwledge service as the only way forward for the NHS. I’m sure that many of the items will be dealt within more depth on his new blog Soundshealthy

Muir’s lecture was followed by the final keynote from Prof Nick Bosanquet (Professor of Health Policy, Imperial College, London), who talked about a “new informatics for the post-boom NHS”. He examined NHS funding and how new initiatives which have already been announced will mean that growth in NHS budgets will lead to reductions in growth between now and 2010, and the subsequent mechanisms for the control of expenditure (based on calaculations available on the Reform website in his paper The NHS in 2010). He argued that we are moving to an era of local pluralism rather than central control and likened Connecting for Health to a “cast iron framework in a dynamic sysem”, suggesting that it will need to provide data for cost control and meet the “Jeavons challenge” of increasing independance and autonomy in a system with multiple healthcare providers.

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