Thank you for attending the West Midlands Health Informatics Network Conference 2014 in Coventry on 11 December 2014. The aims of the conference were to showcase the use, innovation and research of health informatics in the region. The event also aimed to enable the sharing of good practice and experience from those working in this area throughout various healthcare settings regionally and also nationally. We had an exciting programme, with keynotes, thematic tracks and poster sessions. The Conference was supported by the West Midlands AHSN and held at the University of Warwick. Thank you to all participants - we were delighted to welcome you all!
There will be 4 conference tracks that will cover various Health Informatics topics. These tracks, while specific to the chosen theme, will all have cross-cutting topics, such as digital technology; patient empowerment; co-production in healthcare; development processes and implementation into healthcare settings; governance, security, privacy and confidentiality aspects of health data. Track 1: mHealth and Telehealth This track covers mobile health and telehealth solutions in improving healthcare system processes, collecting and retrieving medical data and for patients to be able to better manage chronic conditions. Topics include, but are not restricted to: telemedicine; telerehabilitation; remote consulting services; remote monitoring; telehomecare technologies; development of mHealth and telehealth services. Track 2: Public Health and Decision Support This track covers informatics in public health, including surveillance, prevention, preparedness and health promotion. It also covers the area of decision support. Topics include, but are not restricted to: methods for detection and assessment of disease outbreaks and health problems; development of policies and plans; informing, educating and empowering people about health issues; evaluation of effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based health services. Track 3: Interoperability and Integration This track covers the interoperability and integration aspects of the application of informatics and information technology to deliver healthcare services and in the discovery and management of new knowledge relating to health and disease. Topics include, but are not restricted to: data standards; standardisation; terminologies; data linkage; interoperability and integration of data across different healthcare areas, such as clinical care, clinical research, population health, imaging, diagnostics, translational science. Track 4: Health Behaviour This track covers the impact of technology on health behaviour. Topics include, but are not restricted to: serious games; health education; psychology; nutrition; exercise; long-term conditions; smoking cessation; computer-based interventions; social support; self-management.
Role: Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Lead for EPR and ICT (CCIO), University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Title: Simul8 – An aide to decision making Abstract: An overview of why simulation modelling is a useful tool to aide decision making. The presentation will focus on how St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust used Simul8 to model the required number of Stroke beds needed in order to achieve key targets and ensure better care of treatment for patients. Role: Principal Analyst, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Topic: The role of terminology in integrated electronic health records Abstract: While benefits can be achieved through implementing electronic records, these can be significantly enhanced when the national terminology is utilised for structured clinical content. All healthcare strategy documents from the Department of Health (since 2001) and those from the professional bodies include the use of SNOMED CT as that single national terminology. Some organisations have now been using the national terminologies for a number of years; the need for integration and interoperability is heightening awareness on a common approach for clinical content. This presentation will cover some of the challenges, the progress made and the benefits that can be gained. Role: Implementation and Education Lead, UK Terminology Centre, Health and Social Care Information Centre
Title: Apps and digital products for mental health: what’s their role and how should they be evaluated? Abstract: Advances in digital technology offer the potential to transform mental healthcare by improving access to services and providing more effective and flexible treatments. There are, however, unique risks associated with digital mental healthcare products that must also be considered. This talk will describe the development of a framework for the appraisal of digital mental health products being considered for use in the NHS, which was based on a 6 month collaborative project involving a wide range of service users, mental health practitioners, researchers, technology developers and clinical and information governance experts. Role: Programme Manager, NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative
Title: NHS England Digital Maturity Programme Abstract: The Digital Maturity Programme aims to establish a digital audit to determine a set of digital maturity indicators that provide a view as to where NHS organisations in England are in terms of digital capabilities such as electronic patient records and electronic prescribing, and will allow progress on digital capability / maturity to be tracked over time. The Digital Maturity indicators will cover Acute, Mental Health, Primary, Community, Ambulance and Social care settings, building on existing evidence about how investing and effectively using IT can achieve better patient outcomes, reduce bureaucracy, improve patient safety and deliver efficiencies; identifying and sharing best practices. Role: Digital Maturity Programme Lead, Strategic Systems and Technology, Patients and Information – NHS England
Title: Making technology enabled care services a reality in primary care. Abstract: The presentation will cover the national rollout of Flo mobile phone texting to support delivery of clinical care in general practice, in 32 CCGs. It will include an overview of other technology enabled care options (such as apps, Skype, video consultation) and how we might overcome the challenges to ready application at the frontline. Role: GP; Clinical Telehealth Lead for Stoke-on-Trent CCG; Clinical Lead for Flo telehealth exemplar of integrated care, WMAHSN.
Title: How patients are helping the NHS get better Abstract: Patients and carers have always shared their experiences of healthcare with one another. But the advent of the web, and more so the rise of social media, means we can now share our stories more easily, safely, and widely than ever before. And, with Patient Opinion, we can now direct stories to just the right staff in the health/social care system. The result is both hundreds of small improvements in care, and a gradual shift in the culture of care itself. Role: Senior Subscriber Support Officer, Patient Opinion
Title: Pioneering Health Informatics at University Hospitals Birmingham Abstract: An update on the latest projects undertaken by Health Informatics@UHB which encompass integration of systems and complex data linkage. Update includes information on tools for research, benchmarking, patient access to health records, business intelligence and scheduling of healthcare events. Role: Informatics Programme Lead, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Title: The West Midlands AHSN and its role in supporting digital health Abstract: Digital health innovations are being developed locally and many are in use within individual local hospital trusts, general practice, and universities, as well as in many industries. This presentation aims to describe how the WMAHSN will bring these together, test out the best of these innovations, and by using exemplars test the effectiveness of region-wide consensus before promoting and practically encouraging region wide adoption. Role: Commercial Director, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network
Title: The Essentials of mHealth Success Abstract: There are very high expectations of the potential for mHealth to make an impact across the healthcare landscape, but many efforts fail to deliver long-term scale deployment. Through his work as an independent consultant and former head of mHealth at Vodafone, Tony Kane has a deep insight into the drivers of mHealth success and failure, and will present a high-level view of those insights and case studies from his global experience. Role: Managing Partner, Tony Kane Consulting
The proceedings include all submitted abstracts in an e-book; presentation slides, poster presentations (where submitted); and video files of selected sessions.
The conference will take place in the Ramphal Building, on the main campus at the University of Warwick (Building number 53 on the campus map).
The University is within easy reach of the city of Coventry (3 miles or 5 kilometres from the city centre). Delegates will be provided with a car parking permit.
The West Midlands Health Informatics Network Conference 2014 is recognised as providing relevant experience towards the Continuing Professional Development requirements of registration with the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP).
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