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CHIRAD.NET launched PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

CHIRAD.NET is the latest online resource to be established by CHIRAD. It is designed to serve as a resource and set of services and toold for CHIRAD Fellows and Members, for collaborative work, and for testing out new tools and applications.

CHIRAD.NET runs on Google Apps for Domains, and we are tsting out the various functions, applications, etc. that are included in the package. At present, it is a 'work in progress' and, as with many other CHIRAD activities, 'in perpetual beta'. 

CHIRAD Moodle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

CHIRAD's new Moodle installation has been set up on our South African website - see www.chirad.co.za/moodle

At present, it is only in demonstration mode, but we will be developing it to offer resources and courses in health informatics globally. It will be used initially by students in Mthatha on the MSc in Health Informatics, who will be developing materials there during their mid-May study block. 

Watch out for further developments.

CHIRAD in South Africa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Wednesday, 28 March 2007

We have now set up a new CHIRAD website for our South African activities. It is at www.chirad.co.za

In the longer term, it will be used as a development site for CHIRAD activities in South Africa. In the first instance, it will start to be populated with materials in May 2007 by the students on the MSc Health Informatics based at Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa (see www.chirad.org.uk/mthatha.htm )


BCSHIF/IMIA/CHIRAD Mapping Project Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Tuesday, 02 January 2007

An invitational workshop as part of the current phase of the BCSHIF/IMIA/CHIRAD mapping of the discipline of health informatics will take place on Wednesday January 24, 2007 at BCS London Offices.

Further details on the workshop are available at:


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Helen Sampson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Monday, 01 January 2007

Helen Sampson

  • RGN
  • BSc (Hons)
  • CQSW
  • FETC (730) City and Guilds

Helen Sampson qualified as a registered nurse over 35years ago and has wide clinical experience across secondary care. Experience was gained working in the community following qualification as a Social Worker. Helen returned to hospital work in the eighties and an interest in information technology began when she was a senior staff nurse in ITU/CCU and a General Night manager. It was from here she was appointed as Resource Management Project Nurse and was heavily involved in the procurement of departmental systems and the implementation of a new patient administration system, the hospital being an alpha site.

Helen is the Clinical Guidelines Manager at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, as part of the Clinical Effectiveness Support Unit, so is keen to see information technology develop to aid clinicians not as a hindrance .

For the last 10 years she has been a committee member of the BCS Health Informatics Specialist Group-Nursing and is now chair. As chair she is a voting member of the Health Informatics Committee and has been involved in a number of national initiatives.

For the past 4 years Helen has been on the Nursing Professions Information Group sponsored by the NHS Information Authority and became Chair in September. Helen has chaired and has spoken at National and International conferences, managed and facilitated workshops and helped organise several conference days.

Ian Herbert PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter   
Monday, 01 January 2007

Ian Herbert

Until recently Ian Herbert was a Senior Consultant working for the NHS on the National Programme for IT (NPfIT). He has previously led the team that produced the Update Primary Care System, which grew out of work undertaken as a Research Fellow at Exeter University.

He has worked on GP Systems Requirements for Accreditation, the NHS Healthcare Model and Episodes of Care, and was a member of two European projects concerned with computerised guideline support. He is an active member of the Primary Health Care SG. Ian sits on SGEC and is a Council member.Health Information Systems specialist with thirty eight years in Computing/Information Technology.  Career has encompassed wide experience of applications in environmental services, industry, and the NHS, and research in health informatics.  Has both management and technical skills including: project management, staff management, consultancy, systems analysis, design and programming.  Has played most PRINCE roles in projects.  Ability to work independently and to work well with others, to adapt to situations, to think in strategic terms, and to lead and motivate staff. 

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