BCS eHealth Awards 2012

Don’t miss out on your chance to showcase your hard work!


The 2012 eHealth Awards provides the perfect opportunity to show your colleagues and peers what work has been going on in your board. Winners receive prizes, but more importantly recognition among your profession for your achievements.


The Award Ceremony will take place on the first day of the Health Informatics 2012 Conference, 20th September 2012, in the Victoria Room.


The award categories for 2012 are:


Best NHS Scotland use of innovative IT for patient care:

This award will go to the NHS Scotland team demonstrating the most innovative product in use within a clinical setting for direct patient care. The product maybe entirely new or a radical redesign of something existing. The Judges will be looking for something proven to work in a health board clinical setting, though it may be a pilot stage, and demonstrably bringing benefits to patients.


Best NHS Scotland IT service delivery team:

This award will go to the NHS Scotland team with an excellent record of delivering services that improve clinicians working lives, enhance patient care and increase efficiency in their own NHS Scotland board. Entrants will be judged on evidence of their record, effectiveness of communications to and within their own board clinicians, success in engaging other colleagues across the wider NHS, evidence of fulfilment of service agreements, and lastly examples of service above and beyond the norm.


Best NHS Scotland use of Mobile technology in NHS Scotland:

This award will go to the NHS Scotland team demonstrating best use of mobile technology that helps improve the ways in which clinicians work and the benefits and improvements to patient care. Judges will be looking for evidence of benefits they are achieving (eg reduction in errors, savings to the board, improvements to working practices).


Check the website for all details and nomination forms at:


to see presentations and videos of last years winners go here:



The NHS Scotland eHealth Awards are sponsored by BCS Health Scotland as a service for eHealth professionals in Scotland. Go to www.hiscotland.info to find out more info about the 2012 Conference and the Awards.



Health Informatics Scotland Conference 2012

The Health Informatics Scotland Conference 2012 will be at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, right above Central Station.

Dates are 20th – 21st September 2012

A bigger exhibition

A larger conference dinner

More informative, world class presentations

If you wanted to see the 2011 conference pages then go here

To get a copy of the 2012 conference brochure click the link below


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Health Informatics Scotland conference

BCS Health Scotland


This is to let you know all the presentations from our September Health Informatics Scotland conference in Edinburgh are now available to download.

Both slides (pdf) and audio files (mp3) are available so you can both watch and listen to presentations in the different streams perhaps from those you missed.

All details are available on our website Click Here

follow the links to the programme, the abstracts from speakers, the two pages of programme streams with links to the slides and audio files available to download

Please circulate to those that missed the event.  BCS Health Scotland provide this as a service to our professional community.

Paul Woolman

Chair Health Informatics Scotland (a not-for-profit conference) www.hiscotland.info

Note: Health Informatics Scotland 2012 is on 20-21 September 2012 in Glasgow


BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010

The 2010 BCS Health Scotland Annual Conference was held this year in the highest of high tech arenas, the futuristic Glasgow Science Centre.
Almost 200 delegates and exhibitors shared conference presentations from speakers from all around the world.  The Conference also provided a showcase of the very best eHealth projects in Scotland including the winners of the NHS Scotland eHealth awards.
The exhibition area showcased eHealth products from over 20 vendors with a further 15 stands on the upper floor giving public sector information from organisations such as the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Scottish Government eHealth Directorate and the NHS Scotland National Information Services Group.
The conference started on Wednesday 22nd September with keynote speakers giving presentations on eHealth as seen from the perspective of governments in Canada, Saudi Arabia and Sweden.  There were then various presentations from speakers on such topics as ‘Telehealth in Africa’,  ‘Quality improvement in eHealth in America’ and ‘eHealth in Malaysia’.  The day closed with a champagne reception for vendors, presenters and delegates held in the main exhibition hall.
On the second day the conference focussed on topics such as the ‘Welsh Individual Health Record Infrastructure’, the ‘Scottish Patient Safety Programme’ and ‘Monitoring Access to Clinical Systems’.

The day closed with the declaration of the winners in the NHS Scotland eHealth awards for 2010.  The judges for these awards were drawn from the exceedingly knowledgeable pool of field experts in the UK.  The award winners were as follows:-

Best NHS Scotland IT Service Delivery Team which was awarded to the project lead team at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde team for their Strathclyde Electronic Renal Patient Record project.

Best NHS Scotland eHealth initiative supporting quality improvement of patient service or outcomes which was awarded to the NHS Ayrshire and Arran team for their project entitled ‘ eHealth systems to support clinical outcomes measurement and service improvement’.

Best NHS Scotland use of innovative IT for Patient Care which went to the team from NHS Highland with their ‘Telehealth for Long Term conditions in Argyll and Bute’ project.

At the close of an extremely busy and successful conference the Chair of the BCS Health Scotland Specialist Group, Dr Paul Woolman, was pleased to announce that the 2011 conference will be held in mid September at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

NHS Scotland eHealth Awards – Shortlist available now

The shortlist is now available for each category for the prestigious NHS Scotland eHealth Awards

Best NHS Scotland IT service delivery team

TrakCare Programme – NHS Lothian

SCI Diabetes Collaboration (SCI-DC) – NHS Tayside, University of Dundee & Scottish Diabetes Group

SERPR – Strathclyde Electronic Renal Patient Record – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NHS Service Desk Implementation – NHS Lothian

Best NHS Scotland eHealth initiative supporting quality improvement of patient service or outcomes

eHealth systems to support clinical outcomes measurement and service improvement – NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Electronic Clinical Communications – NHS Tayside

Development of an online point of care knowledge support package – NHS NES

Best NHS Scotland use of Innovative IT for Patient Care

SERPR – Strathclyde Electronic Renal Patient Record – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Telecardiology – NHS Highland, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde & Scottish Centre for Telehealth (SCT)

Theatre Reporting Application – NHS Borders

Telehealth for Long Term conditions in Argyll and Bute

Replacing the Ward Whiteboard – NHS Forth Valley

Implementing the Tidal Model within an eHealth clinical recording system – NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Multi Disciplinary Information System (MiDIS) – NHS Tayside

See the winners announced at the awards ceremony part of Health Informatics Scotland 2010

More details about Health Informatics Scotland 2010

Has your company or NHS project any involvement with the shortlisted candidates?  If so you might want to make sure your customers are there to support them!

BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010

BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010 NHS Scotland logo

Open for Registrations 22nd and 23rd September 2010

Register now for the most exciting eHealth conference in Scotland this year! Held at the prestigious Glasgow Science Centre you not only have a great programme, wide range of exhibitors, great views over the Clyde and City but complementary entrance to the fun science exhibits as well!

The futuristic building mirrors BCS Health Scotland’s Innovative and Modern outlook See Here

We have an extensive International speaker Programme over both days with three themes held in twin parallel tracks.

Keynote speakers include:

Matthew Swindells, former CIO Connecting for Health, and chair BCS Health

Rikard Lovstrom from Sweden to talk about their National Patient Overview project and eHealth strategy

Dorothy Whittick from Canada talking about the Canadian Health Infoway national developments and a Wellness project in Alberta

Brian Robson from Scotland on the Quality theme and his experiences with IHI in America.

Kathy Dallest from Australia speaking on Clinical Safety Management in eHealth.

New! NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!

An exciting new event will be presentation of the ‘NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!’. These awards are given to winning NHS teams for three categories sponsored by BCS and Scottish Government.

Twin Exhibitions: We are very grateful to our sponsors with 18 commercial exhibitions in a superb bright atrium area and ANOTHER FIRST: 15 public information stands in a separate gallery open to the public. There is plenty to see!

The three main themes to be addressed at the BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010 are Quality, Innovation, and Efficiency. International speakers from Australia, Canada, Sweden, America, Ireland, Wales and numerous UK speakers will position themselves on current relevant issues such as patient safety, the quality strategy, efficiency gains from IT and more.

For the first time, the NHS Scotland eHealth Awards will be presented to eHealth teams in Scotland. These awards will be presented by Scottish Government and by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, to help boost the status of the IT profession in NHS Scotland at a time of significant change.

Moreover the new Vidiowiki delegate social networking tool will be used for linking up delegates before and after the event. Users can navigate a mind-map of delegates, speakers and exhibitors to create linkups and watch short clips about presentations and demos. This will help planning and networking before coming to the event.

A selection of posters will be available to view during the conference:

  • A novel security risk assessment model – Napier University
  • Clinical content modeling – NHS National Services Scotland
  • Trans-national exchange of eHealth innovations in northern Europe- Aberdeen University
  • A Study to evaluate the effectiveness of an electronic dashboard – Ulster hospital
  • A Study to evaluate the response times for alerts – Ulster hospital

Around 250 participants are expected to take part in this open event. Online registration is possible here. Details about fees and early bird registration can be found online.

A draft programme for the event can be found online at the event website.

Exhibitors are also leading a fun social evening at 5pm on the first day.

Yet again BCS Health Scotland has been able to produce all this for the incredibly low delegate registration prices starting as low as £30.

So register soon for the early bird rates, find us here BCS Health Scotland Conference

Health e-records 'struggling to fulfil potential'

By Nick Triggle
Health reporter, BBC News Computer keyboard

Electronic patient care records will require an “enormous effort” and a “high cost” to fulfil their potential, a study warns.

University College London researchers said the project had been dogged by technology problems and tensions which had led to delays.

They said early evidence from users also suggested benefits were limited.

The new government backed e-records, but said it was right to review the way they were being rolled out.

The development of a medical records database for 50m patients in England is a central plank of the £12bn upgrade of the NHS’s IT systems.

The basic patient record – known as the summary care record – includes information on allergies, medication and adverse reactions.

Further details may be added over time and it will be accessible to healthcare workers anywhere in the NHS eventually.


Problems have dogged the scheme for years with GPs raising concerns about patient confidentiality and safety.

To date, just 1.2m patients have had their records uploaded although 30m have received letters informing them about the system.

The UCL team interviewed patients and professionals involved with the project as well as analysing data from a range of sources during the research.

It found there had been difficulties over what should actually be included in the records, while ensuring GP records were complete and accurate had been a “huge task”.

“This research shows that the significant benefits anticipated for these programmes have, by and large, yet to be realised”

Professor Trisha Greenhalgh Report author

Transferring data had also proved problematic because of incompatible computer systems.

All this meant that extra costs in terms of staff time and financial investment were being incurred, researchers said.

This may even lead to the programme going over the £200m budget, the BBC understands.

The report was also critical of the opt-out system. Patients are allowed to stop their records being uploaded, but less than 1% of those who were written to have done this.

Click the link for more information about Health e-records