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  • Montreal, viewed from Mount Royal
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  • Montreal Biosphere
  • Montreal after dusk
  • Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
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The scientific programme of the congress was made up of something in the region of 400 separate presentations. These included three plenary keynote speeches, and one plenary panel. As well as this, there were five tutorials which attendees could take advantage of and no less than one hundred paper presentations. On the practical side, there were seven scientific demonstrations and about the same number of workshops which allowed those nursing informaticians with a scientific bent to get a more hands-on experience. The scientific programme on offer during the congress was compiled from peer-reviewed submissions. These were only chosen for inclusion at the event following the approval of an international review committee which was made up of notable individuals from all over the globe.

The 11th congress afforded new opportunities for attendees to participate compared with previous ones. For example, a number of the sessions were webcast over the internet, allowing remote attendance. The use of technology was also on show during the conference with many people utilising a smartphone application specifically designed for the event which allowed people to check over the programme of events. It also allowed them to make their own itinerary by the simple use of their mobile phone.

Given the multilingual area that the congress was held in, a number of the presentation sessions were made in French. Although the conference was - officially at least - an English language one, there were a number of sessions which had simultaneous translation services from the speaker into French and Spanish. In what might mark a sign of how future congresses will go, the plenary panel - which dealt with nursing informatics from the perspectives of the Americas - had a number of Spanish speakers addressing the audience. That particular session was translated both from and to English depending on which language the given speaker was using.

The congress was held at Hilton Montreal Bonaventure hotel and exhibition centre, however that was not the only location that attendees visited. In keeping with the knowledge sharing approach that nursing informaticians take, there was also a site visit to the McGill University Health Care campus which makes up part of Montreal General Hospital. The hospital based session featured a presentation about the facilities there and the work that was then underway to construct new healthcare structures, designed to alter the six existing campuses to four. The field presentations were made by members of the Nursing Information Service, an institution which reports to the local Director of Nursing and which promotes nursing information management and technology needs.

Technology-focussed nursing informaticians also had the opportunity view for themselves one of the hospital wards which had trialled the use of smartphone technology in healthcare delivery. This technology was found to have allowed the ward staff to both view and record data at the bedside of the patient. According to the nursing staff using the mobile applications, it enabled both medics and nurses to view results - including vital signs data and trend graphs - easily, reliably and quickly. The medical smartphone app is known as Open Architecture Clinical Information System or OACIS, for short. Following the good results of the initial OACIS programme, the use of the mobile phones technology has continued at Montreal General but the devices are no longer supplied by the hospital.

The next International Congress on Nursing Informatics, called NI2014, will be held in Taipei in 2014. It is hoped that the forthcoming congress will develop some of the information sharing ideas and practices which were on show during the Montreal conference.

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