E-Health Insider’s industry news round up for the week ending 15 November, featuring supplier news, events, product launches, appointments and awards.

Supplier News

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust use Affiniti to manage IP infrastructure

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Affiniti to provide and manage its IP infrastructure, upgrade existing networks and implement a high-performance wireless network. The 10-year contract will see Affiniti initially provide a comprehensive managed data network at the trust’s Dewsbury hospital as well as to the two new hospitals currently being built at Pinderfields and Pontefract to provide improved technological services for patients.

Tunstall and Sheffield PCT celebrate World COPD Awareness Day

Telehealth and telecare specialist Tunstall teamed up with Sheffield PCT to mark World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Awareness Day at a special event at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground on Wednesday. The event provided locals with an opportunity for people to learn about COPD and how to improve the quality of life for people affected by it.

Nursing Times compiling top 100 place for nurses to work list

Nursing Times has launched its top 100 nurse employers survey run in association with NHS Employers, aiming to identify the best organisations for nurses to work in the UK. Registration is free at http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/1195eg2db4f.


E-Health Insider’s Healthcare IT Careers Forum – 30 November 07

Healthcare IT specialists and IT professionals considering a move into the health sector will have an unrivalled opportunity to meet prospective employers at the Healthcare IT Careers Forum, organised by E-Health Insider. The forum will be held on 30 November 2007 from 10am to 7pm at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE. Register free at www.healthcareersforum.com/.

4th Annual World Health Care Congress Europe 2008 – 10-12 March 2008 in Berlin

Registration is now open for the World Health Care Congress in Berlin next March. Organised under the high patronage of the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Health, the Congress is the only major international forum where over 600 health leaders from 50 countries share best practices and successful initiatives for improved delivery and outcomes in Europe. Register by 30 November and save up to €400  – For detailed programme information, visit: http://cmpgnr.com/r.html.

4th Annual Forum on Patient Adherence, Compliance and Persistency – November 29 – 30, 2007 – Prague, Czech Republic

At the 4th annual forum, readers are invited to participate in small group discussion settings which facilitate greater information sharing and networking with industry thought leaders who have established successful compliance programmes. Full information at www.cbinet.com/show_conference.cfm?confcode=PC07096.

TeleHealth 2007 – Brussels – 11 December 2007

The TeleHealth 2007 conference will focus on telemedicine and innovative technologies for chronic disease management in Europe. The conference will provide a platform for exchanging experiences and discussing the reasons why telemedicine is not yet as developed as it should be. Further information at http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/telehealth_2007/index_en.htm.

Product Launches

TCS, Oracle and DrugLogic Prescribe Safety in a Capsule

Tata Consultancy Services has announced its collaboration with Oracle and DrugLogic to deliver an integrated & comprehensive drug safety and pharmacovigilance solution – Safety in a Capsule. Safety in a Capsule will streamline and monitor safety and surveillance processes followed by pharmaceutical and biotech companies during the lifecycle of a drug to minimise risks and costs.


InferMed, a provider of advanced software solutions for clinical research and practice, has announced the appointment of seasoned IT executive, Martin Rouen to the position of director of product development with immediate effect.


PACS team scoops major prize in Computing awards

The NHS Connecting for Health team deploying digital medical imaging systems across England has been honoured at a national computing awards ceremony. The Picture Archiving & Communication Systems programme was awarded the title of Public Sector Project of the Year in Computing magazine’s Awards of Excellence. The programme was recognised for its success in having "delivered major improvements in public services, or new ways of working, that have enabled greater efficiency or cost-effectiveness".


Joe Fernandez