Saturday, June 30, 2007

Google health group - no nurses, no internationals

As pointed out by Rod Ward on his Informaticopia blog (, Google have set up a 'Google Health Advisory Council' - further details are at:

And guess what? - surprise, surprise, there are are no nurses on it. In fact, it has 5 women out of the 22 (23%), seemingly no-one from outside the USA, and 13 (59%) have MD after their name.

This does not show the kind of forward-thinking, or even current thinking and awareness, on health issues that one would expect from a global company that claims to want to 'better understand the problems consumers and providers face every day and offer feedback on product ideas and development'. I think, given the tone of many blog posts that are linking to the article, they will soon begin to understand!

Perhaps this is an opportunity for the international nursing community, and the nursing component of the blogosphere, to flex some muscle.

Note also that many other health professionals are similarly excluded.

Launch date for blog carnival

The first issue of 'A global carnival of health informatics' will be hosted on the Health informatics 2.0 blog ( in July 2007. It will be available on 22 July - submission deadline to be considered for inclusion is noon UK time on Saturday 21 July.

Please send all submissions via the website at: - or if having problems, to hi.blogs[at]

uHealth blog

CHIRAD member Karl Øyri, from Norway, has set up a new uHealth blog - see Karl states that his "approach to uHealth is to look at not only the technological aspects, but how uHealth tools can be implemented in clinical settings to improve care and include the perspective of nurses, physicians and patients."

Karl's other activities are chronicled at his DeltaDigital site -

Friday, June 29, 2007


Our colleague, Ruslan David, maintains 'eHealthNews.EU - the First European eHealth News Portal' at - naturally -

It is an excellent resource of news and links, and a good implementation of the Joomla open source Content Management System. Go have a look - you can also subscribe to the RSS feed.

Google Desktop for Linux

According to Linux Insider, 'Google has expanded its Desktop application to be available to Linux users. The search utility comes in 10 languages and is made for users of Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, Suse 10.1 and Red Flag 5, but it also requires an x86 processor. It allows the user to search his or her own hard drive in much the same style as an online Google Web search.'

See full item at

Linux on flash/pen drives

Many people would like to try Linux but are worried about installing it to their computer. One solution is to use a 'Live CD', of which many abound, in particular Knoppix (

An alternative that we are experimenting with is to run it on a flash/pen drive (or dongle, to use the technical term ;-)) ). An introduction to how to set this up is at

For those who wish to explore installing Linux, a good guide on the use of GRUB bootloader (to facilitate dual boots) is at:

Friday light relief

Just in case the blog gets too serious, a little light relief ...

there's a new film out of New Zealand called 'Black Sheep' (nothing to do with the beer, I suspect -

The film's website is at and there is a review at >>>

The trailer (on YouTube) is hilarious (IMHO).
See it at: (sorry, embedding it has been disabled)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Health informatics blog carnival

A health informatics 'blog carnival' is being planned. For information on what this is all about, see the relevant posts at

The first event will probably be held in mid July, and we will try to do another just before, or around and themed on, medinfo2007 (

If you want to be involved, contact Peter Murray on peterjmurray[at]

Feel free copy this post, link to it, and otherwise publicise the event. Watch this and other health informatics blogs for further information.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Diane Skiba keynote at Rutgers 2007

Our colleague Diane Skiba gave the closing keynote at the recent Rutgers 2007 nursing computer technology conference. A report on her presentation is on the conference blog - see

Her theme was 'Predicting the Future' and she covered a wide range of ideas. A useful adjunct, as she mentioned YouTube and other Web 2.0 tools, is the article 'Nursing Education 2.0: YouTubeTM' on the 'Nursing Education Perspectives' website >>>

The "The Medieval Help Desk" video on YouTube is also worth watching - see

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rutgers2007 conference and blog

CHIRAD members Peter Murray and Scott Erdley will be at the 25th (Anniversary) Annual International Nursing Computer and Technology Conference. The conference is organised by the College of Nursing Center for Professional Development of Rutgers The State University of New Jersey. This 25th Anniversary annual event will be held on 14 - 17 June 2007 at the San Francisco Marriott in San Francisco, California, USA.

We will be blogging the event as well as presenting.

Keep an eye on the conference blog at:

Friday, June 08, 2007

Free software news sources

FSDaily ( is a news hub entirely dedicated to free and open source software, where users can vote stories up and down. It uses Pligg ( - so, is like Digg, but just for free software.

This new resource is developed by Free Software Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to the promotion of free software as a whole - see

Their pages also have a useful 'beginner’s guide to understanding free software' >>>