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Blogging HC2006 – the 23rd annual conference of health informatics in the UK

A collaborative blog for the HC2006 health informatics event, developed and maintained by Peter Murray and Rod Ward. Please read the disclaimer.

Last Build Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 12:06:03 +0000


HC2006 blog evaluation

Fri, 24 Mar 2006 08:04:50 +0000

UPDATE 31 December 2006: This blog is now ‘frozen’ as a historical archive. Due to moving it to a new hosting provider, some of the ‘bells and whistles’ may no longer work. Watch out for more blogs in 2007.  The provision of conference blogs, such as this one, is still at early stage. So, we […]

Help to plan future HC events

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 09:58:48 +0000

Perhaps a session on planning the future of HC events was not best held at 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, after the major social event of the previous event. For the few who attended the session, it provided an opportunity to input their views on the future of HC, as part of an ongoing process […]

What I got out of HC2006

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 09:51:53 +0000

We asked previously for your thoughts on what you hoped to get out of HC2006. Now it is over, we invite your comments – whether you were there, or whether you were reading this blog from afar – on what you got out of HC2006, or not, as the case may be. So, feel free […]

Forward to HC2007

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 09:46:43 +0000

HC2006 is over – in the blink of an eye for those of us who were there. The Call for submissions for HC2007 is now available. HC2007 will be held on 19-21 March 2007 at the usual venue. The theme will be ‘Challenging boundaries’. Watch the HC conference website – – for full details […]

medinfo2007 – 4 December deadline

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 09:38:13 +0000

The Call for Submissions for medinfo2007 has been launched. The deadline for submissions is 4 DECEMBER 2006 and, as Joan Edgcumbe has been stressing to everyone she has talked to at HC2006 – THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSION. We want to see a high level of UK submissions – so note the date. medinfo2007 ( […]

Usability masterclass

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 08:19:42 +0000

One of the final conference streams on Wednesday afternoon was a masterclass titled ‘Human factors engineering: the path to usable software design’, presented by Prof. Peter Elkin, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Peter set his presentation, and the resulting discussion, within the premise that software usability is vitally intertwined with good interface design, […]

Concluding comments and general thoughts

Wed, 22 Mar 2006 22:02:50 +0000

The HC conference and the exhibition seem much quieter and less stimulating than previous years. Delegate and exhibitor numbers are down and there is little of the “excitement” of previous years (perhaps I’ve just been too many times). This may be because everyone is so busy with implementation, and may also reflect a recognition that […]

Final Plenary Session

Wed, 22 Mar 2006 21:59:19 +0000

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 […]

The mental health challenge

Wed, 22 Mar 2006 14:24:18 +0000

Dr Martin Baggaley (C4H clinical lead for London & Consultant Psychiatist) gave an interesting presentation setting out some specific issues for mental health trusts in London. He stressed the low base, in terms of electronic records systems, that mental health trusts are faced with, and the vital need for interoperability – not just with acute […]

To Blog or Not to Blog

Wed, 22 Mar 2006 13:08:55 +0000

To Blog or Not to Blog – not a question put to Peter & I but the title of a paper by Adrienne Speake from Northumberland Tyne & Wear SHA, who described the establishment of a blog “Talking Knowledge Management” by the knowledge management specialist library of the National Library for Health. She described the […]