New LinkedIn Group for CEN/TC 251

A LinkedIn account has recently been set up for the discussion of the European Commission for Standardisation CEN/TC 251 Published Standards. CEN/TC 251 is a workgroup within the European Union working on standardisation in the field of Health Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the European Union.

The goal is to achieve compatibility and interoperability between independent systems and to enable modularity in Electronic Health Record systems.

Workgroups establish requirements for health information structure in order to support clinical and administrative procedures, technical methods to support interoperable systems. In addition they establish requirements regarding safety, security and quality.

Those interested in the joining the discussion can access the profile by clicking here and logging in via their own LinkedIn account.

Digital Hub, St. James's Hospital Announce eHealth Conference: ActivAge Explores Technology and Health for Senior Citizens

A major eHealth conference will take place on 5 November at the Digital Exchange in Dublin. ActivAge - organised jointly by the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA) and St James's Hospital - will explore the role of technology in supporting healthy ageing.

The event will bring together tech entrepreneurs, clinicians, enterprise support agencies and older people. Guest speakers will include eHealth and ageing experts, and innovative tech-based healthcare solutions will be showcased.


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Date: 18 September 2013 to 19 September 2013

LocationEdinburgh Conference Centre, Riccarton, Edinburgh

With the support of the RCN, nursing is now a core part of this conference. Nursing professionals, healthcare assistants and students are all invited to the event.

Theresa Fyffe, Director of the RCN in Scotland, will be one of the keynote speakers along with Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and Ros Moore, Chief Nursing Officer.

The conference will be streamed live. Find out more about the programme and how to view the conference here.

The CEN/TC251 Concurrent Use Initiative

The Concurrent Use initiative, started in 2012, has the goal of showing the sustainable value of three basic CEN/TC251 standards for semantic interoperability: ISO EN 13606 (EHRcom), ISO EN 12967 (HISA) and ISO EN 13940 (ContSys). Concurrent Use provides decision makers with a coherent strategy for improving the health and care of Europe’s citizens and opens up the US, regional, national and local markets to quality solutions by using these three standards.

You can get more information in this flyer.

For more information on the certification of standards in Ireland and Europe go to

Future Hospital Commission: Care comes to the patient in the future hospital

A new report from the Future Hospital Commission recommends that in future, care should come to the acutely ill patient, rather than the patient being moved around the hospital. 

This is one of 50 recommendations aimed at improving care for acute medical patients in Future Hospital: Caring for medical patients, which puts the patient experience and the concept of ‘clinician citizenship’ back into the very heart of healthcare.  This is matched with a radical restructuring of the wards where acutely ill patients are treated, and a new organisational and management structure whose responsibilities for acutely ill medical patients will stretch out from the hospital into the wider community, developing the idea of a local healthcare system.

Access the full report, Future Hospital: Caring for medical patients.


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