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1 W elcome to the new look of the HISI new
W elcome to the new look of the HISI newsletter. In this edition, we discuss the latest news, developments and events in Healthcare Informatics in Ireland and abroad. In addition, you will nd a call for papers and presentations as we look forward to the 14 Annual Conference and Scienti c Symposium in November.Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland Newsletter Summer 2009 In Other News: Survival and Sustainability … Challenges for IT in Healthcarepage2HISI Launches I-CHIP: Irelands First Register for Health Informatics Professionalspage4President Obama backs investment in ICT as critical to Healthcare reformpage5HIMSS Europe Continues its Expansionpage6 Articles & Features: Implementing Health Systems … A Pan European perspectivepage6 Annual Conference and Scienti c Symposiumpage8HISI introduces Diamond Membershippage9HISI Research Bursaries 2009page9IMIA Board Meeting held in Dublinpage10 Event Calendar: Upcoming events 2009 to 2010page11 Irish Computer Society to bring professional administration support to HISI he Irish Computer Society (ICS) has recently taken over the administration duties of HISI. Historically, liated to the ICS for years. This move to bring the day-to-day administration duties under the ICS aims to leverage the synergies between the two societies in order to deliver an enhanced experience for HISI members. This change will not a ect the management

2 of HISI.In the coming weeks, a new versi
of HISI.In the coming weeks, a new version of the HISI website ( www.hisi.ie ) will be released. The new website will boast current international news, upcoming events, past event reviews and more.In announcing this move, Gerard Hurl, Chair of HISI stated With the acknowledgement of ICT in optimum healthcare delivery and the developments in the role and functions of the healthcare informatics professionals, the HISI executive decided that it is imperative to adopt the more professional approach to organising HISI activities and the provision of services to its members that the ICS can provide.ŽJim Friars, ICS Chief Executive O cer commented, The ICS has a successful track record in running the day-to-day administration of a membership organisation and we look forward to working even more closely with HISI and its members.Ž Health Informatics Society of Ireland, Crescent Hall, Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2 T: 01 644 7820 F: 01 622 02224 E: info@hisi.ie W: www.hisi.ie 6 HISI Newsletter Summer 2009 HIMSS Europe Continues its Expansion by Jeremy T. Bon ni, Senior VP, Global Services, HIMSS our years since the opening of its o ce in the European capital, HIMSS Europe has steadily consolidated its presence in the region. As part of its mission to provide leadership for the optimal use of healthcare IT technologies, the association is organising new events and activities in Europe and continues to strengthe

3 n its relations with key partners over t
n its relations with key partners over the continent. In an e ort to create synergies with other major players from the eHealth community, HIMSS Europe, IHE Europe and COCIR continue to partner on eHealth projects and initiatives. In this context, a joint event was recently organised in Vienna during the IHE Europe Connectathon and future collaboration projects are under way. IHE Europe and HIMSS again plan to organise Europes premier IHE Showcase in March 2010.In addition, HIMSS Europe coordinates the work of international user and working groups so as to facilitate the exchange of eHealth information on a global scale. An example of this endeavour is the creation of the EHR Global Enterprise Task Force which has been tasked with identifying best practices in EHR systems implementation globally.Aside from these numerous initiatives, HIMSS Europes major activity remains the organisation of the World of Health IT Conference and Exhibition … the regions  agship event for connecting leaders in technology and healthcare. Now in its fourth edition, the conference will be held 15-18 March 2010in Barcelona in conjunction with the yearly eHealth High Level Conference - co-organised by the European Commission and the Spanish presidency of the EU.HIMSS Europe HIT Leadership Summit, an exclusive event for C-level executives to network with peers while they learn about the latest HIT trends and challenges.To better suppo

4 rt these activities, HIMSS Europe has ex
rt these activities, HIMSS Europe has expanded its team with new sta appointments and new Executive Director, Myriam De Greef, who joins HIMSS Europe from the European Commission. The association is also guided by a governing council comprised of 10 members from erent regions across Europe. Chris Nolan, who sits in HISIs Executive Committee, is a member of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council which will hold its next meeting in Dublin during the Annual Conference Implementing Health Systems - A Pan European perspective By Tony Kenny E HR- Implement is an EU-funded study on the implementation of Electronic Health Record (EHR). The  rst from a European perspective, the included: Belgium, England, Denmark, France, Ireland and Slovenia. The study is being managed by INSERM (Paris). Study design, analysis and the synthesis of ndings is being provided by FORTH (Crete).The study aimed to gather and share information and experiences from health informatics implementations from di erent European countries. It was clearly recognised that this study would not produce a comprehensive comparative evaluation of EHR implementations because of the diverse nature of the various projects that were undertaken. The intent was to: broaden the pool of experience gained from di erent national implementation projects, capture speci c experience of the case studies selected by the six participants, distil those experiences to ac

5 t as a resource to policy makers and imp
t as a resource to policy makers and implementers of health informatics projects and develop a baseline snap shot of the state of health informatics in the member states of the EU- which will be a questionnaire based survey.It was recognised that this study would not provide speci c metrics or a comprehensive evaluative framework to policy makers considering signi cant health informatics investment decisions. The concept HISI Newsletter Summer 2009 of Electronic Health RecordsŽ was chosen as a convenient catch-allŽ to categorise the disparate systems nominated as case studies by the various national participants. Indeed the project moniker was selected before the speci c case studies were known. It does not purport to be a detailed study of Electronic Health Record systems*Below are the case studies by the participating countries. Find detailed reports at www.EHR-implement.euBelgium: The development of a locatorŽ service. This is essentially a search tool to manage access/authorisation to the disparate elements of an individuals EHR. England: An overview of the national Connecting for Health program Denmark: A comparative review of 4 national Health ICT strategies … discussing the range of factors that have remained constant and those that have changed over time. France: An overview of the initial project to introduce the DMP (Dossier medical personal … a personal health record for each Fr

6 ench citizen). This project failed and t
ench citizen). This project failed and the factors that contributed to this are examined. Ireland: A report on the implementation of a patient administration system - ISOFT Slovenia: An analysis of EHR policy … with particular reference to eZIS … a portal, communications network and a framework for a national EHR.A separate thread of activity was the generation of a survey instrument to collect a baseline of the state of health informatics in the EU member states. This postal survey will target each national jurisdiction and has yet to be undertaken.The material developed from the case studies and from the forthcoming survey will be presented at an open forum session, likely to be organised in conjunction with the Spanish government who will host a meeting on health informatics during their EU presidency. This project will be presented at the annual HISI conference which will be held in November 2009. It is hoped some of the foreign participants will be able to contribute to this session. Insights that have emerged from this collaborative work Investment in health informatics remains a high priority amongst policy makers throughout EuropeIn some instances, policy makers enthusiasm seems to be based on unbounded optimismThe motivation underlying this interest is a complex amalgam of factors including:A desire to contain rising health budgetsA recognition that doing what we always didŽ is not an optionA desir

7 e to address concerns over patient safet
e to address concerns over patient safetyA deep interest in re-structuring health delivery systems using technologyA response to consumer/patient demands for better access to personal health information.All the participants report that this is hard workŽ … with new challenges at each phase of the implementation cycleOur own national experience … while smaller in scale than that of other countries- does show solid achievement, building competency in a coherent wayNobody is claiming that they have the problem crackedŽ Everyone seems willing to share experiences (good /bad) This project is a good example how the EU is enabling e ective information sharing on a topic of real interest to all member states. It builds on other collaborative e orts e.g. Pro-Rec Europe etc. … to promote real sharing of experiences over national borders. An EHR is de ned by the US-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as an electronic record of patient health generated by one or more encounters in any health care delivery setting. Included in this information are patient demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunisations, laboratory data and radiology reports. 8 HISI Newsletter Summer 2009 Annual Conference and Scienti c Symposium he Health Informatics Society of Ireland held its 13 Annual Conference and Scienti c Symposium, on November 2008 in the Stillorgan P

8 ark Hotel Dublin. A major component the
ark Hotel Dublin. A major component the conference was a focus on the issues surrounding information with an invited workshop organised in liaison with the Department of Health and Children on the proposed Health Information Bill and a workshop involving HIQA, HSE, ESRI and ILPI. These workshops were fully attended and the Department of Health and Children expressed their delight with the level of interest and participation in the Workshops on the Health Information Bill. They stated that the outcomes from those workshops would help inform the preparation of this challenging and complex Bill and thanked all those who participated and also HISI for its willingness to host a major feature on the Bill at its annual conference.For this years plenary session, which was organised in conjunction with the Irish Health Services Management Institute, we maintained our tradition of having as a keynote speaker the winner of the US CEO of the Year award for Information Technology and we very pleased to welcome this years winner, Dr. James Mongan, President and Chief Executive O cer of Partners HealthCare in Boston. The session, which was chaired by Mr. Denis Doherty, President of HMI also featured Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mr. Liam Woods, National Director of Finance, Health Services Executive and the 2008 OMoore Medal Winner, Dr. Glyn Hayes.During the pl

9 enary session, Mr. Gerard Hurl, Chair of
enary session, Mr. Gerard Hurl, Chair of the Society announced the  rst Irish register of health informatics professionals, I-CHIP, the Irish Council for Health Informatics Professions. More about I-CHIP on page 2 of this newsletter.Other highlights and events included an award ceremony which took place prior to the pre dinner conference reception on Wednesday 19 November at which Former Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D. presented the OMoore Medal, a distinguished recognition honouring an individuals outstanding contributions to healthcare informatics. This years recipient, Dr. Glyn Hayes (pictured left)promoter of the potential for ICT in supporting improved care and a leader in the development of healthcare informatics skills. Instrumental in the establishment of the UK Council for Health Informatics Professionals of which he is President, Dr. Hayes was recently recognised by the British Computer Society who presented him with a lifetime achievement award.In his speech introducing the award, Mr. Ahern stated: It is now accepted internationally that Healthcare Informatics makes a very signi cant and critical contribution to improved healthcare e ciency, cost- ectiveness and safety,Ž and he added, It can help create a better working environment for healthcare professionals and most important of all, it can lead to improved patient outcomes, care, safety and experiences.Ž In addition to presenting the OMoo

10 re Medal to Dr. Hayes, Mr. Ahern also co
re Medal to Dr. Hayes, Mr. Ahern also conferred the GPIT certi cation award and the EuroRec Quality Label 2008 for Electronic Healthcare Records systems on four Irish companies. These companies were the  rst in Europe to be granted the EuroRec Seal since its introduction. Present at the ceremony were the Chairperson of the GPIT and representatives of the EuroRec Board. ...Healthcare Informatics makes a very cant and critical contribution to improved healthcare e ciency, cost- ectiveness and safetyŽ Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D HISI Newsletter Summer 2009 The recipients were:CompleteGP, version 2.1 of Eircom, Cork, Ireland, version 6 of Health Ireland Partners, Arklow, IrelandHelix Practice Manager, version 1 of Helix Health, Dublin, IrelandSocrates, version 1.5 of Technical Ideas.Com, Ballinode, IrelandIn addition to the Health Information Bill workshops on the  rst day of the conference there were seminars and expert sessions on technology innovation, security, safety and quality standards, software certi cation, nursing informatics and a CIO Masterclass. There were thirty- ve peer-reviewed presentations on the afternoon of the second day of the conference.This years Best Paper award went to C.P Hor of N.U.I. Galway for General Practitioners Attitudes and Preparedness towards Clinical Decision Support in e-Prescribing (CDS-eP) Adoption in the West of IrelandŽ.Also during the conference attendees had access to

11 the commercial exhibition and commercia
the commercial exhibition and commercial presentations on the latest systems and technology developments and product updates. HISI Research Bursaries 2009 The 2008 HISI Student Bursaries were awarded to:Laura Cunningham, University of Ulster at Jordanstown - The Development of Assitive Technologies to support independent livingStephen Roantree, Trinity College Dublin - The Development of a Framework for the Empirical Evaluation of Adaptive Educational Systems in Medicine.ŽSubmissions are now being accepted for the 2009 grants. Please send all submissions to The Secretary, Research Awards, HISI.Every year the Society awards two research grants of  2000 each, to enable individuals study an area of Healthcare Informatics. Submissions are received from a range of Informatics students at Bachelor, Higher Diploma/Post Graduate Diploma, Masters and PhD level. Applicants are required to submit a 500-word application incorporating the rationale for the study, a brief section on the methodology proposed and a breakdown of the planned use of the funding to be awarded. Finally, they should state how this study will contribute to the area of healthcare informatics in Ireland. Successful applicants must submit a paper to the HISI conference within two years of the award. They will also be required to account for the expenditure of the funding awarded. Failure to ful l either of these conditions will result in a de

12 mand for the return of the funding.
mand for the return of the funding. More information is available on our website: www.hisi.ie Closing date for paper submission is Friday, 11th September 2009.HISI introduces Diamond Membership HISI introduced Diamond membership to ensure the continuing support of the development of health care informatics. We thank and acknowledge the support of our Diamond members which allows the continuing circulation of this newsletter, the recent special seminar when IMIA visited and of course the conference. For more information contact Chris Nolan, cris@ics.ieA special thanks to our newest Diamond Members Annual ConferenceWednesday and Thursday, November 18Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan Road, DublinCall for Papers and Presentations The 14 annual conference and scienti c symposium will re ect current developments in healthcare computing, associated technologies and communications infrastructures within Ireland and in the wider international context.Papers and Poster Presentations of either a general or specialised nature will be considered. Abstracts of no more than 150 words must be submitted before September 25 2009 to: by post: Mr. G. Hurl, Chairman HISI Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland ICS, Crescent Hall, Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2 or email: hisi@ics.ieNB. Abstracts should comply with the guidelines issued by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. ered for the best paper or poster p

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