Southern Institute for
Health Informatics

1999 Conference

9th September 1999

Portland Building, University of Portsmouth


The Southern Institute for Health Informatics (SIHI) held its 2nd annual conference at the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 9th September 1999.

Schedule for the day


Since the publication of the Government's White Paper The new NHS modern . dependable in December 1997, the focus of everyone associated with the National Health Service has been on the steps being to taken to improve the quality of patient care. The vision is of "a national health service which offers people prompt high quality treatment and care when and where they need it. An NHS that does not just treat people when they are ill but works with others to improve health and reduce health inequalities." How do we deliver on that vision?

The primary aim of the conference was to bring together clinicians, administrators, system developers, academics and others with an interest in the application of information and communication technologies to deliver better health care. The conference was aimed to be of particular interest to those involved in the formulation or implementation of polices to implement the goals of the NHS's new information strategy.

We know that there are a wealth of activities going on out there - and we also know that a lot of them have aspects that reinvent the wheel. The secondary aim of the conference was therefore to give everyone an opportunity to come along and tell everyone else what they are doing and to share their experience with others.

Sessions and speakers

(Click on the title to see the speaker's slides.)

The informatics challenges facing the NHS

Keynote talk by Professor Martin Severs, University of Portsmouth, Learning to manage health information.

Colin Gordon, Royal Brompton Hospital, NELH-Informatics: a resource for implementing the NHS information strategy

Vicky Spark and others, NHS Information Authority Casemix Programme, HRG-based indicators of medical practice variation using hospital utilization analysis

The Internet and the NHS

Ahmad Risk, Editor, Health Informatics Europe, Healthcare in the Third Age

Andy Hadley, Poole Hospital Trust, Intranet as a clinical front end

Sally Hernando, NHS South West Libraries Co-ordinator, Information access for remote users


Keynote talk by Surgeon Commander Peter Buxton, Royal Hospital Haslar, The potential for telemedicine and telecare

Andy Hadley, Poole Hospital Trust, Experience with telemedicine

Budgie Hussain, University of Portsmouth, Training and diagnosis using teleultrasound

Jim Briggs, University of Portsmouth, The National Database of Telemedicine

Stuart Manton, Ortivus UK Ltd, Mobimed - linking ambulances and hospitals

Developing a Local Implementation Strategy

Workshop led by Malcolm Thomas and Frank Conner, Crew Services Ltd

The workshop was a highly participative one concentrating on identifying the issues of most importance or concern and then breaking into syndicate groups to discuss them in more detail. Topics that were discussed included: How do you ensure senior management commitment?  How do you engage the clinicians and get them to buy into the ideas? How can we make a strategy tolerant to time and change? What do we have to do to make strategies more influential? At what level do strategies work more effectively and how do they fit in with the rest of the enterprise?

Information needs of Primary Care Groups

Lead speaker: Jeremy Turbervill, ITS Wales Ltd

Followed by a workshop facilitated by Brian Higginson, Wellington Square Medical Centre

About SIHI

SIHI was formed in 1998. The Institute is a consortium centred on the University of Portsmouth and the Hastings & Rother NHS Trust and involving a large number of other healthcare organisations in southern England. These organisations include NHS trusts and specialist units, as well as commercial businesses and suppliers.

SIHI is one of the 10 regional focal institutes of the UK Institute for Health Informatics (UKIHI) formed in September 1998. UKIHI's motto is "Better information - better health" and is setting out to provide a national focus for health informatics that brings together healthcare and computing professionals and others with common goals.

For more details or to be included on our mailing list for future events, email us on or telephone us on Portsmouth (023) 92 844281 (new area dialling code from 1st June 1999).