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Sponsors Of The 11th ICNI

The eleventh International Congress on Nursing Informatics, which was held between June 23 and 27 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, promoted the theme of advancing global health through informatics. The event was hosted by AMIA, also known as the American Medical Informatics Association, in association with various collaborating organisations which included the Canadian Nurses Association, the Pan American Health Organization and the Global Health Informatics Partnership. However, the congress was also supported by various commercial sponsors, to which AMIA gave thanks.

Attendees came from all over the world in what was a truly international series of events. Countries from North American included the host nation, Canada, as well as the United States and Mexico. Europe was represented by attendees from Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Sweden Switzerland, Slovenia and others. However, there were also attendees from further afield including the likes of New Zealand, Brazil, China, Japan and Taiwan who will host the twelfth congress in 2014. Each of the attendees could not have had such a wide or in-depth experience without the support of the congress’ sponsors.

Formerly known as the Research Triangle Institute, RTI International were sponsors of the congress in Montreal. RTI are based in North Carolina, USA and conduct scientific research in health care arenas such as cancer, drug abuse, education and even pollution. One area that RTI work in is education and training research and another is statistical research. As such they make for an ideal sponsor for a congress that deals with information collection and data sharing, such as nursing informatics. The US Agency for International Development works directly with researchers who employed by RTI. The organisation has also carried out research into HIV and AIDS as well as other healthcare issues. RTI maintains a presence all over the globe with offices in Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Jakarta, New Delhi and two in the United Kingdom.

Elsevier CPM Resource Center was another sponsor of the congress. The company has a good deal of expertise in healthcare provision with an interdisciplinary team of clinical professionals. According to Elsevier, their staff have advanced degrees and, collectively, hundreds of years of experience in hospitals across the US and in Canada. Elsevier specialise in the Clinical Practice Model, better known as CPM. The company was founded in 1983, with the intent creating in partnerships the best places to give and receive care. In order to do this Elsevier addresses the realities and concerns faced by a good deal of healthcare providers. The initial work of the company which developed CPM was carried out in a three year long pilot in a community hospital. The successful outcomes in healthcare practices led to a new six year pilot with multiple hospitals across the United States and Elsevier has never looked back.

Philips, the multinational company based in the Netherlands, were also sponsors of the eleventh international congress. Philips is undoubtedly best known for their consumer products, but they manufacture a wide range of specialist health care products, too. These products are in many areas of health but include military care, mother and child care, radiology, surgery and anaesthesia. Philips also offer educational services for health care professionals and have a state of the art facility to provide this in Dubai, known as Healthcare City. Education is broken down by product or by profession and nurses will find of most interest courses in critical care, home health care and pain management. However, the group offer much more than these three areas, in terms of nursing education.

Technology specialist nVoq was another organisation that sponsored the Canadian event. The company offer voice based technology services designed to assist a range of industries. However, they have an accent on products for the health care sector. The basic idea of a healthcare product like SayIt is that health care professionals can dictate notes and data onto the system, allowing them to automate part of their clinical workflow. In short, it means hours spent at a computer terminal typing notes could be a thing of the past for nurses.

The congress also received sponsorship from the Canada Health Infoway which is a non profit organisation tasked with improving the development of electronic health records throughout the country. Infoway’s members are made up from the fourteen federal, provincial and territorial Deputy Ministers of Health in Canada. The aim of Canada Health Infoway is to better the network of digital systems that hold health records so that efficient communication between health care professionals is enabled. This, in turn, should lead to a deeper professional knowledge of patient needs. The result of the current project will include shorter medical procedure wait times, it is hoped. Furthermore, the digitisation of health records should lead to safer prescriptions and improved access to quality health care.

The American Nursing Informatics Association also sponsored the event. Formed in 1992 in Southern California, the organisation provides networking, education and information resources for nurses that are designed to enrich and strengthen the roles of health care operative and the field of informatics. Nowadays, the membership of the organisation is open to individual nurses and other professionals who are interested in nursing informatics as well as corporations. It has about 3,000 members.

The voice for nursing informatics in Canada, the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association was also a sponsor of the congress. Also known as CNIA, the association was put together to help nurses across the country to share, research and learn about informatics related projects. They help to promote the experiences of nurses that can help to aid theoretical knowledge as well as practices of informatics at a national level. CNIA says that it intends to expand awareness of nursing informatics to all who work in the health care community. It also has a periodical called the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics to help provide information and the latest developments to its members.

The final sponsor of the Canadian congress was Kanter Health, a family foundation based in Los Angeles. A non-profit organisation, Kanter Health work in the fields of research and data sharing with clinicians in order that they can make better informed treatment decisions.

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