Conference18 Jun 2006 03:49 am

UPDATE of 28 December 2006: The blog is now frozen and will not take further comments. Look out for further blogs from the ‘krew’. Also, please note that as I have moved to a new hosting provider, some of the original functionality and links may no longer be here.

The main NI2006 conference is now over, as is the associated post-conference event. I will post something about the post-conference when I get back home, but I am uploading this from Incheon Airport, Seoul, as I wait for my flight.

Many thanks to everyone who has already looked at the blog, and provided posts and comments and photos. Thanks in particular to Rod Ward and Karl Oyri.

There is still plenty of opportunity to add comments to existing posts, and for bloggers to add their reflections on the event, once they get home.

If you have photos you would like to share, please email me on peterjmurray[at] to discuss (don’t just send them to me) – and I will be happy to work something out.

If you are reading this for the first time (especially if you were at NI2006), please let your friends and colleagues know about this blog.

Peter Murray

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Conference&Wednesday14 Jun 2006 07:46 am

The final event of the conference was the closing ceremony which included thanks to everyone who had been involved. Prizes were presented to the winners amongst the student papers and the hand over from Heather Strachen to Robyn Carr as the chair if IMIA-NI.

NI2009The team, from the Finnish Nurses Assocation, who will be providing the next NI conference in Helsinki, Finland in June 2009 invited delegtes to their country – further detailMedinfo 2007s are available from where further details will be made available as the next conference approaches.

There was also an invitation to the Medinfo Conference to be held August 20 – 24, 2007 Brisbane Australia.

Delegates then set off to travel home to all corners of the world, but I’m sure that many news friends and collaborations will have been formed which will continue by email.

NI2006, closing ceremony, Medinfo 2007, NI2009

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Conference&Keynotes&NI2006&Wednesday14 Jun 2006 07:12 am

Dame June ClarkThe final keynote presentation was given by Dame June Clark – with a title of “The impact of ICT on health, healthcare, and nursing in the next 20 years”. June tried to draw together many of the themes of the conference in her consideration of where we are now and where we might be going.

NI2006, healthcare futures

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NI2006&Panels&Wednesday14 Jun 2006 01:40 am

On Wednesday morning the team behind this blog presented a sesion on Blogs, podcasts, wikis etc. Peter gave an introduction and overview of some the topics. Rod then talked about and demonstrated the conference blog and some blog tools. Margaret then took over to demonstrate podcasting and vodcasting, including a vodcast she ecorded in Seoul yesterday. She added some of the educational examples of the use of some of these technologies, and future developments.

Unfortunately due to problems with the wireless ntwork we were unable to include the photos taken during the session however they are now included below.

The slides etc will be posted asap, however food travel & other issues may delay this for a while. In the meantime you might want to visit the Hi Blogs team site at to see details of other conferences and events we have blogged and links to further information and resources.

The Blog Team


Margaret Maag

NI2006, Blogs

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Conference&Tuesday14 Jun 2006 12:14 am

Peter MurrayAt the end of Tuesday afternoon, a workshop was held titled ‘Developing nursing informatics globally: the Croatian, Cuban and South African experiences and some issues for future IMIA-NI activity’. Unfortunately, several of the planned presenters were unable to be present; Yoadis from Cuba was unable to get the NI2006, as was the case with Nolwazi from South Africa. Patti Abbott, from the USA, was feeling unwell and unable to participate. Nevertheless, with a reasonably sized audience, Robyn Carr, Aleksandar Radenovic and Peter Murray provided an overview of the issues affecting the countries mentioned in the title.

Robyn CarrRobyn Carr, incoming Chair of IMIA-NI, did a superb job of moderating the session, and gave some background to her visits to South Africa to work with Nolwazi and colleagues. Aleksandar Radenovic gave an overview of the status of nursing and nursing informatics in Croatia, and ofr some of the issues that currently influence the development, or lack of development, of nursing informatics in his country. He identified lack of education opportunities at post-graduate level as one major issue, a theme echoed in the presentation about the situation in Cuba.

While Yoadis from Cuba was not able to be present, she did provide some presentation slides; Peter Murray spoke to these slides which summarised some of the history of health informatics and nursing infofrmatics in Cuba, and some of the issues facing the development of nursing informatics. Again, need for education was highlighted as an issue; Peter also commented on some of the issues from the perspective of his visits to Cuba. He also provided a summary of the current work he and colleagues (particularly Graham Wright and Helen Betts) from CHIRAD and University of Winchester in the UK are undertaking with Walter Sisulu University in South Africa in the development of a Masters in Health Informatics.

Peter Murray

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NI2006&Social&Tuesday13 Jun 2006 02:38 pm

National Dress

Ice SculptureThe conference Gala Dinner was held on the Tuesday evening (when Korea were playing their first match in the worldcup). The dinner was soup, salad, steak and a mouse & quite pleasant (although they had problems with deleagtes who were vegetarian or on Gluten free diets etc). The wine (possibly rice wine) didn’t taste too good to some western palates & alternative wine/beer had to be purchased at high prices.

Several foreign delegates and many of the Koreans wore national dress and paraded and danced, including a dance around the entire hall, there was also professional entertainment from drummers and a Korean Jazz Band. In the foyer was a large ice sculpture containing the logo of the conference.

The dinner was quite restrained in comparison with some similar events and many delagtes had left before the finish time of 22.00 (which was also kick off for the football.



KOrean Jazz

NI2006, Gala

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NI2006&Tuesday&Workshop13 Jun 2006 08:35 am

CarolKathleen Smith and Carol J. Bickfordled this workshop and started by getting everyone to introduce themselves & saying what they wanted to get out of it.

They described there experience and purposes in setting up the Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics moving from clinical topics to informatics and education. They tried to use the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How approach and applied these to nursing informatics programmes. They described who attends WINI’s and the identification of learner needs. Issues raised included the context, resources and the content which needs to be included – although it was very, very US centric some of the issues could be transferred to other settings, including the levels on NI competancy.

KathleenThey got delegates into groups to look at case studies which brought out lots of experiences and ideas for the future, and triggered further questions. Kathleen and Carolprovided references and concluded with some questions and discussion.

There was some interesting ideas about running events – but it did come across as a sales pitch for WINI.

NI2006, lifelong learning, WINI

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NI2006&papers&Tuesday13 Jun 2006 06:19 am

Ursula HuebnerUrsula Huebner form Fachochsule Osnabruck, Germany asked the question eHealth in Nursing – is it already routine? She used a definition of e-health (from Gnter Eysenbach) which suggests it is a state of mind and wa of wrking, as well as being about technology. The presentation was based on 2 case studies, 1 at national level for general health and one at regional level for nurses.

The national programme involves electronic cards for patients and professionslas – but nursing can not access the EHR. The second study is built around the nursing record in nursing homes and hospitals. She attempted to compare the two particluarly in relation to purposes and user involvement.
NI2006, eHealth, Germany

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NI2006&papers&Tuesday13 Jun 2006 05:58 am

Stephen TimmonsAfter my own presentation on the use of ICT to support students in practice – which I will let someone else comment on – I attended a presentation by Stephen Timmons a sociologist for Nottingham, Uk who reported a study looking at a teledermatology project. He reported the view that the technology was not important but that the introduction of the new service was about working practices. One finding was that nurses didn’t need to refer very often as they had the necessary knowledge & that fact that a telehealth route for support was made available enabled them to use theirexisting knowledgemore fully. Patients which would traditionally have been under consultant care in hospital were cared for at home by nurses who were able to refer if needed but were making their own “diagnoses”. This let patients avoid the travelling (and parking) at the hospital. The pateints and nurses both valued the expertise of the nurses. Controversy surrounded this “advanced” nursing and the development of new roles. Stephen then moved on to look at the policy context and related it to Actor Network Theory and sociological constructs.
NI2006, teledermatology, healthcare roles

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NI2006&papers&Saturday13 Jun 2006 05:27 am

Michael DreherI was able to attend Michael Dreher‘s presentation on the Geriatric Reasoning Informatics Project (GRIP) at Drexel University, USA. The GRIP project revolved around the use of a geriatric assessment tool that is provided on a PDA. The tool assists the nursing student in developing a nursing diagnosis for a patient by automatically calculating a score for the patient. Michael did a great job of demonstrating the program during the presentation. Constraints / limits to expanding use of this tool include money and programming time (also money). Since its inception in 2002 faculty & students are now both active & enthusiastic users. This is a tool with tremendous potential for additional use in nursing education. It is introduced during the first semester of clinical nursing education.

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