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As the biggest single professional group in the NHS, nurses, midwives and health visitors often understand better than anybody how information really flows through a hospital or community. If IT technicians design new electronic systems without knowing and understanding their needs, there is a big chance that the technology will not work as well as it could.

Royal College of Nursing

http://www.rcn.org.uk

The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

Telemedicine Information Exchange (TIE)

http://www.tieurope.org



TIE Europe is a comprehensive on-line 'One-Stop Shop' for all information relating to telemedicine and e-health based on clinical specialities and settings. Our 'Toolkits' or 'How to do it' guides enable practitioners to access easy, straightforward information for their practice. It currently receives 12,000 hits/month.
Confederation of e-Health Websites (CeW)

http://www.ehealthwebsites.org


CeW is a unique knowledge base, providing timely, high quality information of UK and European e-health and telemedicine activity. CeW represent a collaborative of organisations that reflect relevant and important aspects of this emerging field of clinical practice. This ranges from European policy and projects to UK developments and Department of Health initiatives, applications of technology in practice, project and bibliographical databases and patient information. This organisation represents the excellence of current e-health activity.
Telemedicine Information Service (TIS)

http://www.tis.bl.uk
The objectives of TIS are to bring together those working in the field of telemedicine and telecare; to encourage them to share information and experience; and to provide an information resource on telemedicine activity in the UK. The Telemedicine Information Service, of which NDTM (National Database of Telemedicine) is part, is run by the University of Portsmouth. We also operate an email discussion list. TIS originated from the information collected during separate surveys of Telemedicine and Telecare activity in the United Kingdom, commissioned by the Research and Development Division of the Department of Health. This has been supplemented by information gathered for the NDTM project.

British Computer Society (BCS NSG)

Nursing Specialist Group

The Nursing Specialist Group (NSG) is one of five Health Informatics Specialist Groups (HISGS) of the British Computer Society (BCS) and contributes to national and international debates on information management and technology issues within health care.

It does this by seeking the views of members, and via linking with other bodies eg - the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) the Royal College of Midwifery (RCM) the Health Visitors' Association (HVA) the NHS Executive's Strategic Advisory Group on Nursing Information Systems (SAGNIS) and the Nursing Professions Information Group (NPIG) etc within the United Kingdom and with international bodies such as the Special Interest Group on Nursing Informatics of the International Medical Informatics Association - NI (IMIA) and various working groups within the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI)

NANDA International

NANDA

NANDA International is a member driven, grassroots organization committed to the development of nursing diagnostic terminology. The desired outcome of the Association's work is to provide nurses at all levels and in all areas of practice with a standardized nursing terminology with which to:

name client responses to actual or potential health problems, life processes, and wellness;
document care for reimbursement of nursing services;
contribute to the development of informatics and information standards, ensuring the inclusion of nursing terminology in electronic health care records; and
facilitate study of the phenomena of concern to nurses for the purpose of improving patient care.
Nursing terminology is the key to defining the future of nursing practice and NANDA International is in the forefront. Join us and become part of this exciting process

SNOMED International

SNOMED

SNOMED International advances excellence in patient care through the delivery of a dynamic and sustainable, scientifically validated terminology and infrastructure that enables clinicians, researchers and patients to share health care knowledge worldwide, across clinical specialties and sites of care.

SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) is a dynamic, scientifically validated clinical health care terminology and infrastructure that makes health care knowledge more usable and accessible. The SNOMED CT Core terminology provides a common language that enables a consistent way of capturing, sharing and aggregating health data across specialties and sites of care. Among the applications for SNOMED CT are electronic medical records, ICU monitoring, clinical decision support, medical research studies, clinical trials, computerized physician order entry, disease surveillance, image indexing and consumer health information services.

Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Information Group

The RCM Information Group was set up in the autumn of 1995 with College Officers and members who represent the College on NHS Information Management and Technology (IM&T) working groups. It was formed to give:

Support to the RCM representatives in their role
An opportunity for the College to give feedback on key information issues
A joint proactive lead in facilitating the midwifery profession to set the agenda on their information needs