Publication: How to increase earthquake and home fire preparedness: the "fix-it" intervention

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Earthquake damage in Seattle, WA, USA.

Preparing for the threat of an earthquake and preparing for the threat of a pandemic have some similarities. Interventions to increase preparedness are even more alike, a fact that led to Dr Henry Potts of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics becoming involved in a project on fire and earthquake preparedness.

Publication: Debate continues in relation to sample sizes for thematic analyses - ‘Shine bright like a diamond’? A reply to Braun and Clarke

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Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke, authors of a well-known textbook on qualitative research, recently questioned the approach published in 2015 by Dr Andy Fugard (UCL Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology) and Dr Henry Potts (UCL Institute of Health Informatics). Now published is Fugard and Potts’ reply to Braun and Clarke, which further explores the theory behind their method.

Publication: How effective are internet support groups for people with depression and anxiety?

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Internet support groups covering health and well-being are popular: tens of millions of people or more use them around the world. Many focus on mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety. However, it is not clear if such groups are helpful for everyone. As part of his PhD at UCL, Jeremy Dean conducted a randomised controlled trial online to investigate.

Publication: Predictors of influenza vaccine uptake during the 2009/10 influenza A H1N1v ('swine flu') pandemic: Results from five national surveys in the United Kingdom

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Most people offered the swine flu vaccine in the UK refused it, as in other countries. The official uptake rate was just 34.5%. A new study by a group at King’s College London and UCL, including the Institute of Health Informatics’ Dr Henry Potts, investigated why.

Dissertation Study Day on 1 December Marked by Two Special Presentations

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Sally Sanger

On 1 December, this year's health informatics dissertation class assembled as usual in the main teaching room of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics on Euston Road, but this study day included two special guest speakers.

Publication: How Do Clinical Information Systems Affect the Cognitive Demands of General Practitioners?: Usability Study with a Focus on Cognitive Workload

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 A new paper in the Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics (formerly Informatics in Primary Care) reports an analysis of the cognitive demands of GP record systems in the UK. Poor usability is a common complaint about record systems and increased cognitive workload may impact on user satisfaction, user fatigue, clinical productivity and safety.

Publication: Cost-benefit assessment of using electronic health records data for clinical research versus current practices: Contribution of the electronic health records for clinical research (EHR4CR) European project

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In a new paper, Ariel Beresniak and colleagues – including Prof Dipak Kalra of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics – demonstrate the cost savings possible when data from electronic health records are used to perform clinical trials.

Publication: Who is sceptical about emerging public health threats? Results from 39 national surveys in the United Kingdom.

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H1N1 influenza virus

Using data from 39 national telephone surveys commissioned by the UK Department of Health, James Rubin and Yaacov Finn at King’s College London, Henry Potts of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, and Susan Michie of UCL’s Health Psychology Research Group were able to assess who is sceptical and why. Their results have now been been published as an open access paper in the journal Public Health (Rubin GJ, Finn Y, Potts HWW, Michie S (2015). Who is sceptical about emerging public health threats? Results from 39 national surveys in the United Kingdom. Public Health. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.09.004).

Publication: Sex differences in medico-legal action against doctors: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Male doctors are nearly two and half times as likely to have medico-legal action taken against them than their female counterparts, according to research published in BMC Medicine by a team including CHIME’s Dr Henry Potts. A better understanding of why this is the case will lead to improved support for doctors and make patient safety better.

Recruitment: Teaching Fellow

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A key element in the mission of the Farr Institute is to enhance the UK’s capacity to carry out data-intensive research in health and biomedicine. UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are partners in the Farr Institute London and are collaborating on a new postgraduate taught programme to train data scientists in healthcare. To help us deliver that programme we are looking to recruit a skilled and enthusiastic teaching fellow to join the team at UCL.

25 June: Taught Graduate Programmes Open Evening and Data Science Programme Launch

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We are delighted to invite people interested in pursuing an education in health informatics or data science to an open evening on 25 June from 4:30pm at 222 Euston Road. This will be an informal event with an opportunity to meet staff and students and to learn more about the work of the Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education, the UCL Institute for Health Informatics and the Farr Institute

Publication: Cognitive workload changes for nurses transitioning from a legacy system with paper documentation to a commercial electronic health record

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Hospitals across the world are moving to electronic health records, but adapting to using any new system can be a challenge. In the high risk environment of medicine, increases in cognitive workload can be dangerous. In a study in the United States, Lacey Colligan (MSc Risk Management 2006) along with Henry Potts (senior lecturer in CHIME), Chelsea Finn and Robert Sinkin, followed paediatric nurses on a ward and a neonatal intensive care unit as they coped with a new EHR.

UCL CHIME Alumus Wins Best Journal Article Prize

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UCL CHIME alumnus Dr Benjamin Irving (PhD Biomedical Engineering and Medical Image Analysis 2012) was announced on February 25th 2015 as joint winner of the 2014 Taylor & Francis Commonwealth Scholar Best Journal Article Prize for his article Computer assisted detection of abnormal airway variation in CT scans related to paediatric tuberculosis, published in the Medical Image Analysis Journal in October 2014.

Publication: Supporting thinking on sample sizes for thematic analyses: a quantitative tool

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A new paper by Andy Fugard (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) and Henry Potts (UCL CHIME) offers a tool to support thinking on sample sizes for interview studies.

March 2015 Health Informatics Short Courses Open for Booking

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Publication: Who edits Wikipedia on health, and what motivates them to do it?

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Edit This Page of Wikipedia

Wikipedia has become one of the most accessed online sources of health information, with over 25,000 articles pertaining to health in English alone. Wikipedia’s health content is used by the public, but also by medical students, physicians and other health care professionals - around 5 billion page views in 2013. But if Wikipedia is the encyclopaedia that anyone can edit, who is actually creating this material, and why?

CHIME Hosts Kazakh Government Delegation

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Kazakh Government Delegation

Friday November 27th saw CHIME host a delegation from the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on day five of a six-day fact-finding mission.

Publication: The design of a survey questionnaire to measure perceptions and behaviour during an influenza pandemic: the Flu TElephone Survey Template (FluTEST)

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NHS Health Informatics Trainees Conference and Networking Event

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Students and staff networking

A group of students from the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, whose professional training includes studying health informatics at UCL, has organised a conference and networking event to raise awareness and help develop the future of health informatics. 

Health & Medical Sciences January Intake Open for Applications

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The UCL Graduate Programme in Health & Medical Sciences (HMS), which allows students maximum flexibility in devising their own curriculum, is now accepting application for start in January 2015.

Publication: A short generic patient experience measure: howRwe development and validation.

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A paper, published on October 22nd in BMC Health Services Research, describes the development and validation of howRwe, a short generic questionnaire for tracking patient experience (Benson T, Potts HWW (2014). A short generic patient experience measure: howRwe development and validation. BMC Health Services Research, 14, 499.) doi:10.1186/s12913-014-0499-z.

UCL Announces New Fast-Track Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Health Informatics

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The UCL Graduate Programme in Health Informatics is now accepting applications from individuals wishing to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Health Informatics in a single academic year.

UCL CHIME Reappointed to Train Future NHS Informatics Managers

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Following a competitive tender process, UCL CHIME has been reappointed to deliver formal academic training - via admission to the UCL Graduate Programme in Health Informatics - to trainees on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS).

UCL hosts HL7 UK Summer School

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HL7 UK Summer School

Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th July saw UCL host the 2014 HL7 Summer School, at which 23 participants from across the UK's health IT industry and healthcare organisations learned about the latest advances in interoperability and standards. The event, a joint collaboration between HL7 UK, UCL and the University of Leeds, was taking place at UCL for the second year running.

Health & Medical Sciences Student Wins ESTRO33 Poster Competition

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Poster: Reduced PTV margins for prostate IMRT with daily online IGRT: a retrospective analysis

In April 2014, Hayley Chesham, one of the first students to enrol on UCL's new flexible Graduate Programme in Health & Medical Sciences, and in clinical life Research & Development Lead Dosimetrist at Cancer Partners UK, was awarded the prize for her poster entitled Reduced PTV margins for prostate IMRT with daily online IGRT: a retrospective analysis.

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