Welcome to the Health Northern Specialist Group of the British Computer Society. The Group aims to promote the theory and practice of using IT responsibly in health care. We organise regular meetings at which guest speakers and local practitioners share their experiences of informatics within the context of health care. The catchment area for the Group is all points north of Watford and anyone with an interest in any aspect of information technology allied to health care is warmly invited to join the Group.

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Last meeting: Wednesday, 5th October 2016

AGM followed by talk: Connected Health Cities

Niels Peek MSc, PhD, Reader in Health Informatics at the Health eResearch Centre, The University of Manchester

Health Systems worldwide are under pressure to deliver better care for more people from fewer resources. The global economic crisis has shrunk the resources available for Healthcare but the growth in demand for Care Services continues unabated. “Connected Health Cities” is a government-funded Programme to create smarter Learning Healthcare Systems across the North of England, by harnessing the data that is routinely captured in electronic health records (EHRs). For instance, these data can be used to develop risk-stratification models and to compare the effectiveness of different treatments in real-world populations. Moreover, EHR systems can be used as a delivery platform to give feedback and advice to clinicians at the point of care. However, there are many challenges that need to be tackled before we can actually realise this vision.

In this presentation, Dr Peek will discuss the concept of Learning Healthcare Systems; address scientific, analytic and engineering challenges; and present the Connected Health Cities Programme.

This talk will appeal to researchers and professionals in health informatics and health data science; clinical information officers; health data analysts; public health professionals; and clinical system engineers.

The Speaker
Dr. Niels Peek is Reader in Health Informatics at the Health e-Research Centre, The University of Manchester. With a background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, his research focuses on data-driven informatics methods forHealthcare quality-improvement, data-mining for Healthcare, predictive models, and clinical computerised Decision Support. He is the President of the European Society of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and was recently appointed Director of the Greater Manchester Connected Health City, which is part of the £20M “Health North” investment to seed learning health systems in the North of England.

Manchester Conference Centre and Pendulum Hotel
Sackville Street M1 3BB
Parking: Please use metered parking bays or Charles Street multi-storey car park @ £2.00 from 4.00pm to midnight
Refreshments at 6:00 pm, AGM for BCS Members at 6.30 (non-members may continue to network and will continue to have access to the refreshments, Talk 7:00 pm

These events offer UKCHIP registrants the opportunity for continuing professional development.


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