Digital directions for health care delivery – focus of the SMARTCARE2 Nursing conference

Russell Bower, Benjamin Hay, Peter Carr, Taylor Carter, Serena Ricciardone and
Dr Karen Clark-Burg, Dean of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle,
at the SMARTCARE2 Conference.

29 April 2015

The significance of informatics, technical innovations and mobile technologies in the delivery of health care at Western Australia's new Fiona Stanley Hospital, was the focus of an interactive seminar held at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, in April 2015.

The Social Media Application for Research & Teaching 2 (SMARTCARE2) Conference, hosted and co-organised by the University's School of Nursing & Midwifery and the Notre Dame Nursing Society, provided information to students, academics and industry leaders on how informatics has impacted health care at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

More than 170 people attended the event on the Fremantle Campus that was collaborated live to the School of Nursing in Sydney and to Nursing students and industry leaders on the University's Broome Campus and to students undertaking coursework in rural areas.

The Conference included an interactive and practical workshop that encouraged participants to create their own professional online social media profile, as well as a networking session with members of the health care profession in Western Australia.

Taylor Carter, Director of Nursing and Midwifery and Fiona Stanley Hospital, was the keynote speaker at the Conference. She was joined by Russell Bower, Clinical Analyst at Fiona Stanley Hospital; Benjamin Hay, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery Fremantle; Associate Professor Peter Carr, Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Australia; and Serena Ricciardone, President of the Notre Dame Nursing Society, who delivered presentations on both informatics at Fiona Stanley Hospital, and the role of social media in today's health care landscape.

During her keynote presentation, Ms Carter discussed the potential benefits and challenges associated with the use of information technology at Fiona Stanley Hospital. She said that effective use of health informatics will transform patient care.

Other discussion points throughout the Conference included the role of data integration systems in improving communication channels; innovations in patient care systems; how to leave a quality digital footprint online; and how nursing students can create a professional social media profile that positively impacts their vocation choices.

"The SMARTCARE2 Conference was an exciting showcase of informatics, innovations and technology at Fiona Stanley Hospital. It provided practical information for students and academics, for clinical practice and for teaching considerations within nursing and midwifery," Mr Hay, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle, said.

"Practical approaches to creating a professional social media profile was a core focus of the Conference. It highlighted the significant impacts healthcare social media, informatics and mobile technologies are having on the health profession and the benefits and challenges associated with these."

Interested in studying Nursing at Notre Dame? The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus is hosting a Course Info & Expo Evening on Wednesday 20 May 2015. Register online at www.nd.edu.au/events/2015-freo/course-info-and-expo-evening.

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