15th-17th September 1995: Primary Health Care Specialist Group Annual Conference, Cambridge
The PHCSG is the main UK forum for computer developments in Primary Health Care, and the Group's Annual Conference will be held on 15th-17th September 1995 at Downing College, Cambridge. The venue offers pleasant surroundings and is easily accessible by air, rail and motorway. The PHCSG has always prided itself in supporting new developments and talents, and this is the leading-edge conference of the year - don't miss it!
23rd-25th November 1995: PHCSG Conference, Cheltenham
For further details of PHCSG conferences, contact Judy Hayes, Group Administrator, First Floor, Ricoh House, 30 Barbourne Road, Worcester, WR1 1HT. Tel +44 1905 619010 Fax +44 1905 617539
23rd-26th October 1995: Health Cards '95, Frankfurt, Germany
After the successful nationwide introduction of the insurance card in Germany, Health Cards '95 aims to provide an international synopsis of the present state of affairs: Which patient card applications are promising in the health care sector? Which other European countries will follow in introducing national insurance cards? Why are professional card systems so important? What is the present state of the European emergency pass? Which legal conditions have to be created for safe use of card systems?
Further information from: Frau Sabine Lentzsch, Kongress- und Messebro GmbH, Kettenhofweg 18, D-60325 Frankfurt. Tel +49 69 728080, Fax +49 69 172717
28th October-1st November 1995: 19th Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC), New Orleans, USA: 'Toward Cost-Effective Clinical Computing'
The theme of the 19th Annual SCAMC will be 'Toward Cost-Effective Clinical Computing'. The medical informatics field has developed over the past two decades to the point where there are many clinical computer applications that are cost-effective. Clearly, computerised information systems will be crucial for the enabling of more efficient health care systems in the future. Information systems will be needed to link health care institutions together to ensure that health care is provided in accordance with 'best' care guidelines and protocols. In addition, extensive data will be essential for measuring the performance of the health care system. Performance of future health care systems will include not only 'health maintenance' or preventive care, but also the acute clinic and hospital care with which we are now familiar. It has been claimed that clinical computing can provide efficiencies and savings to the health care system. These efficiencies include better use of professional health care providers' time, more timely and appropriate patient diagnosis and therapy, error prevention, shortened length of stay, and better overall patient outcome. The future is replete with opportunities and pitfalls to use computers to improve the quality of health care. The 1995 SCAMC will deal with a broad variety of topics based on computer and communications applications.
Further information from: American Medical Informatics Association, 4915 St Elmo Avenue, Suite 302, Bethesda, MD 20814.
1st-3rd November 1995: Family Practice Informatics Standards Meeting, New Orleans, USA
Rationale: Continuing advances in computer and telecommunications technology present unprecedented opportunities for Family Physicians and GPs. The timely development and adoption of standards and coding schemes appropriate for primary care are imperative for our future success, or even survival. This work must be done by Family Physicians and General Practitioners.
Topics: Electronic Medical Records, Electronic Data Interchange, personal communication and collaboration, and other topics of mutual interest to attendees. The focus will be on standards, coding, etc., appropriate to primary care.
Attendees: Family Physicians and GPs interested in learning more about coding and standards or about participating in a process moving toward developing consensus on these issues.
Format: Printed material will be disseminated to known attendees prior to the meeting. Following the presentation of key information by the plenary speakers, consensus panels will respond to the plenary speakers, present additional information, facilitate discussion and debate among panellists and attendees, and collect information to be used in developing a consensus report. A second track will run parallel to the above, providing presentations, workshops, and demos on a variety of primary care medical informatics topics. Sessions will be designed to meet the needs of both the expert and the novice.
A "Free University" format will be used during part of the second day and evening. Each attendee will be invited, encouraged, even expected to make an "offering" of a presentation on a topic of special interest or expertise. These will be posted, selected by attendees, and those most requested will be invited to present their offering. (This is a very good technique when the expertise is broadly located within the attendees rather than outside experts - which will be the case at this meeting.)
Plenary Speakers: Speakers from an international pool will be selected for their expertise and/or experience in the key areas of coding and classification both in primary and tertiary medicine. Other speakers will be selected for expertise in general topic areas.
This promises to be an exciting meeting because of its very nature, but also because of the interaction among people from around the world with expertise, experience and interest in primary care medical informatics.
Prof HC "Moon" Mullins, MD Department of Family Practice, University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, 1504 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, Alabama 36604. Tel: Office (205) 434 3480, Home (205) 928 0106 Fax: (205) 928-0106, email: email@example.com
26th-29th November 1995: AMICE: Strategic Alliances between Patient Documentation and Medical Informatics, Amsterdam
Where is the generic patient record? After 25 years of information technology in health care, the care process is still not reflected in the (electronic) patient record. Information technology does not yet provide the promised benefits for patient care. Do we know why? What are the reasons?
1 Do we understand the care process so that it can be documented in a logic structure needed for an electronic health care record?
2 Do we know why, when and how health care professionals will use the electronic health care record?
3 Do we know the role of patient documentation in planning and evaluation of patient care?
4 Do the users of the patient record speak the same medical language?
5 Do we know the added value of information technology for collection, analysis and presentation of patient data?
6 Do we know to what extent legal regulations affect the creation and use of the electronic health care record?
These and many more questions have to be answered for the promise of information technology to be realised. Some of these themes will be studied in the newly launched research programmes of the European Union, like the Telematics Application Programme.
The Dutch Society for Medical Informatics (VMBL), celebrating its 25th anniversary in 1995, has taken the initiative to address the strategic alliances between patient documentation and information technology in a special topic conference: AMICE 95. This conference is a European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) special topic conference.
AMICE 95 will also host the newly-approved projects of the Fourth Framework programme. The AMICE 95 conference will take place in Amsterdam from 26-29 November and will be preceded by the expert meetings to which specialists will be invited on Saturday and Sunday. Apart from the invited specialists a few places will be available for those who wish to take part in these meetings. The results of the expert meetings will be presented during the plenary sessions of AMICE 95. AMICE 95 will offer a wide range of interesting state-of-the-art presentations on issues related to information technology and patient care; if you really want to know what information technology has to offer patient care and its management, you should attend AMICE 95.
Further information from: AMICE 95, c/o CAOS, W.G. Plein 475, 1054 SH Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tel +31 (0)20 616 5151, Fax +31 (0)20 689 0981
19th-23rd August 1996: MIE '96: Medical Informatics Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
Information from MIE '96, DIS Congress Service Copenhagen A/S, Herlev Ringvej 20, DK-2730 Herlev, Denmark. Tel +45 44 924492, Fax +45 44 925050