As someone with a personal interest in digital technologies, the MY IT Expo was an event that I’d been looking forward to. It presented a fantastic opportunity to see how IT and digital technologies are used to deliver and improve healthcare. It was also a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the online resources that are available via the Library to support Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust staff.
In preparation for the event, we decided that we would like to live tweet the day using the hashtag #MYITExpo. This proved to be a great success, providing a place where attendees could share their participation in the event and their experiences online. These tweets can be viewed using the hashtag – take a look at the brilliant contributions made!
At our stand, we presented the resources that we have available to create a 24 hour Library service. Where the information staff need can be accessed at any time of the day, at the touch of a button or screen. Our presentation can be viewed at https://prezi.com/dwjvx6u64hym/mid-yorkshire-nhs-trust-library/ . We also gave live demonstrations of how to use these resources, such as Anatomy TV, BMJ Best Practice and BNF Apps on our iPad.
A highlight of the day was seeing (and feeling!) the SimMan manikin. It’s quite a strange thing to hear a heartbeat, feel his chest move, and realise that he IS actually blinking and you haven’t gone completely mad! The moulage demonstration, creating very realistic looking injuries, was brilliant. It was great to learn how important simulation is and how it plays an integral part in training staff.
One of the talks I attended was Computer Simulation in Medical Education, presented by Jason Eyre. This further expanded on the discussions I’d had with the MESH team at their stand. It was incredibly interesting to see the benefits of computer simulation in medical education, particularly how virtual reality gadgets, such as Oculus Rift, could be used in training. Next step, the holodeck?
Another great discovery at this event was the West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing app. This has become one that I have added to my phone and recommended to friends and family. From symptom checker to care navigation to job searching, this app contains a wealth of information that can assist people to find support when they need it.
Other stands included Modality Systems (@modalitysystems), eHealth innovations (@eHealthSafety), The Health Informatics Service (@thisnhs), Euroking (@EuroKing_Nettie), EMIS Health (@EMISHealth), Civica (@CivicaUK). Visit their Twitter feeds to see how they are contributing to the constant improvement of the NHS.
A big thank you to Mid Yorkshire IT (@MidYorkshireIT) for the event!
Please view the links below to see find out more about the departments and companies involved in the day!
http://midyorksmesh.co.uk/ MESH website
www.facebook.com/midyorksmesh/?fref=ts – MESH facebook page
http://bit.ly/2akYJB0 West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing app
http://bit.ly/29TzN4d – Modality Systems blog post: A DAY AT THE NHS MID YORKSHIRE IT EXPO – THE IMPORTANCE OF CONNECTING THE USER AND THE ARCHITECT
http://stel.bmj.com – Mid Yorkshire Trust staff can sign in using their NHS Athens account to view this journal