In only a few weeks the Medinfo 2013 conference will begin in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is one of the big, international conferences in medical informatics (or health informatics as I prefer to say). This year will be my third time visiting Medinfo (since it’s only been every third year, the opportunities have not been that many). The list of attendants is of course long, and many healthcare professionals gone IT and IT-professionals gone healthcare, all with a research interest of course, meet and exchange ideas and get inspired. Great fun.
This year, I am involved in the organizing of a workshop which will take place on the 22nd of August. The title is “Experiences of Novel e-Health Services for Patients – Pros, Cons and Future Challenges” and we start off by stating that it is crucial to involve the patient in the development of patient accessible eHealth systems. Now, I collaborate a lot with patients in my research, trying my very best to actively involve them in the design and development of new and (fingers crossed) useful ehealth solutions. However, I rarely see patients at these types of conferences. Or for that matter, other end-users of the health information systems discussed. So, we decided to try to extend the scope of our workshop outside the traditional boundaries of the research conference by organizing a pre-workshop twitter chat aiming to engage all those with an interest in these issues who can not actually attend the workshop. The goal is to continue the online discussions during the workshop and hopefully also after. So please, if you feel that this is a topic you are interested in – join! Participate!
More information on how to take part in the twitter chat can be found here. We will be using the hash tag #EHR4U an abbreviation for Electronic Health Records for You. If twitter is not your thing – why not write a comment here – what’s your view on patients online access to their electronic health records?