Southern Institute for
Health Informatics

2009 Conference

Patient engagement through innovation


Friday 18th September 2009

SIHI 2009

Friday 18th September 2009
University of Portsmouth

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Patient engagement through innovation

The theme for the 2009 SIHI conference is how information and communication technologies (ICT) can provide innovative ways to engage patients in their health and social care.

As Sir Bruce Keogh said in his introduction to Health Informatics Review:

The Internet and its associated technology have changed our lives, expectations and aspirations. We rely on the transfer of secure information for the conduct of our daily lives – from purchasing travel tickets, managing our finances, and storing documents and photographs on the web. We also regularly use the web as a source of information, increasingly on health related topics.

There is a view that the transfer and sharing of information in the NHS has lagged behind other industries. The NHS treats around a million patients a day. Some simply require appointments, some may need a blood test or X-Ray, while others may require a series of complex investigations in different locations. Everyone would like the resultant information to be secure, but available to those who need it. Against this background there is a recognition that developing a coherent informatics infrastructure to address the issues of data transfer and security, between multiple organisations with a myriad of different systems in one of the world’s largest organisations, was never going to be easy.

That report looked at the issues from the clinician's standpoint. It is appropriate now to also look at it from the patient's standpoint.

Increasingly, patients are taking a more and more active role in their care. This includes:

  • choosing their healthcare provider
  • monitoring their existing conditions
  • self-diagnosing new conditions
  • using over-the-counter medicines
  • making lifestyle changes to improve their health
  • purchasing equipment to facilitate their lifestyle
  • referring themselves to expert services

Support mechanisms need to be in place for this sort of thing to happen safely include:

  • access to comprehensive and quality-assured information (online and via different healthcare providers, such as pharmacies)
  • access to pathways to follow when their self-care doesn't achieve its desired goal (and pathways that don't necessarily end up in the GP's surgery or at A&E)


The aims of the conference are to explore:

  • What are the information needs of patients?
  • What technologies are already available or in development, to assist with providing information to patients?
  • What technologies are already available or in development, to assist with collecting information from patients?
  • What changes need to be made to the way services are delivered?
  • What is the evidence base for developments in this field?
  • What are the informatics barriers to be broken down to be able to share information more effectively with patients?
  • How can we use information more effectively for patient benefit?

The conference will address these and related issues and showcase some recent developments (locally, nationally and internationally) that will contribute to improving care and patients' experience of the health service.


Proposals are invited for presentations that address any of the above issues. Please send a 100-150 word abstract of your proposed talk to the Programme Chair as soon as possible. Proposals will be considered up until the time when the programme is finalised.


If you'd like to participate in the conference, either as a speaker or as a delegate, please contact us.

We'll let you know when the programme is arranged and when registration is open.

The conference will bring together those who are working on all aspects of health informatics, including:

  • clinicians of all types
  • health service managers
  • system developers and integrators
  • patient representatives
  • social care managers
  • service providers
  • researchers and educators
  • and others with an interest in the application of ICT to deliver better health and social care

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