Dissertation Study Day on 1 December Marked by Two Special Presentations

4 December 2015

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.

Sally Sanger
Dr Dionisio Acosta

Introduced by Dr Dionisio Acosta, Programme Director of the Graduate Programme in Health Informatics, first up in this special one-off teaching session was Sally Sanger, who graduated earlier this year with an MSc in Health Informatics from UCL.

Sally described and reflected on the work that she undertook in her dissertation project "Health Literacy and Online Support Groups for People Dealing with Alcohol Issues".

This work, which we fully expect to see published, was recognised by the award of the inaugural Cerner Dissertation Prize for the year's best health informatics dissertation at UCL, worth £1,000.

Mr Nick Robertson

The second guest speaker was Nick Robertson, Practice Manager in UK Learning Services at Cerner who sponsored the prize. Nick congratulated Sally, and talked briefly to the assembled group about Cerner's vision for the future of healthcare, and the central role of informatics and data science in delivering that vision.

The event was rounded off with a buffet lunch for guests, students and staff, which afforded opportunities for further discussion and questions.

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