Welcome to the latest iteration of my ongoing mission, to explore strange new worlds, and keep a personal website something even close to up to date. After several attempts over the past 15 years or so, using several applications (most recently the site languishing for several years on protopage, and getting more and more out of date due to lack of time), I decided it was time to try again. As I use WordPress for a lot of my blogging, it seemed to natural choice.

This site will (I hope, assuming I can keep up the good intentions) gradually be populated with materials about me, my interests and activities, and be a personal, rather than work-related site. it will, of course, link to various work-related site and activities.

Is it really almost five months since I wrote the last blog post here? Shows how much time flies, good intentions fly out the window along with the chronons, and generally I have probably been busier than at times it sometimes seemed.

Since the Rutgers conference in Newark in late April, my travels have taken me to:

  • Toronto and Niagara in late April, on the way home from Newark, and a few days oenophilia and indulgence in foodie pursuits with my chauffeur, @ciscogiii;
  • Brussels for the European Summit that IMIA hosted in May;
  • Montreal for the IMIA Board meeting and NI2012 conference; followed by holiday time in Quebec city and then across Canada on ‘The Canadian’;
  • South Africa in late July for Graham Wright’s inaugural professorial lecture; and
  • Istanbul in early August for my wife’s birthday.

And in between, have generally been putting in about 50% more hours than paid for as far as the job goes. And you wonder why I’ve not been blogging? Still, I have a nice backlog of photos to someday sift through and think about uploading some of them ….

This year’s Medicine 2.0 conference is the fifth, and I will have been to every one of them. I am hoping it will be at least as good as the previous ones – each of which has been a bit different, in part due to the different hosts and their emphases (eg Maastricht in 2010 and Stanford in 2011). I am looking forward to catching up IRL with some online friends and colleagues – and seeing if Boston has any decent microbrews…

Next week I will be at the Thirtieth Annual International Interprofessional Technology Conference, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. The event is being organised by the Rutgers College of Nursing, Center for Professional Development. The conference theme this year is “Using technology to improve healthcare globally”. I will be be presenting “From E.T.Net and nrsing-l to Facebook and Twitter: nurses’ changing use of global online communications for improving healthcare”, a session prepared jointly with my colleague Scott Erdley, and will also be chairing/moderating a panel session on “Where Are We In The United States in Implementing HIE?”

I think that this will be about the tenth time I have attended this conference since the first time in 1995, when it was held in Princeton, NJ; that was the occasion of my first ever visit to the USA and presentation at an international conference (which depends if you count Scotland ion ‘international” or not ;-0 ). back in 1995, my talk was titled “Nurses talking: a discourse analysis of nurses’ discussions on the Internet” – so you can see a common theme, revisited this year, around nurses’ online communications, and several of the talks in the intervening years have touched on similar issues.

Information about the conference is at http://nursing.rutgers.edu/conferences/30th-annual-international-interprofessional-technology-conference  I hope to blog and tweet from the event- at http://www.hi-blogs.info and via @peterjmurray with hashtag #Rutgers30

UPDATED 07 May, 2012 – the presentation (Murray & Erdley) mentioned above is on Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/drpeter/murray-rutgers30  There are several blog posts at http://www.hi-blogs.info

The series of columns that I started writing for OJNI (www.ojni.org) – Online Journal of Nursing Informatics – give a bit of context about why I use blogs (and other social media), and some of the benefits that I think they bring.

You can read them at:

Murray, P.  (February, 2012). You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it blog. Different seas, same boats? Column. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 16 (1). Available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=1255

Murray, P., Honey, M., Nagle, L. & Westbrooke, L. (October, 2011). Views from Canada and New Zealand on health systems and nursing. Different seas, same boats? Column. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 15 (3). Available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=847

Murray, P. (June, 2011). Towards Sharing Experiences in Montreal, June 2012. Different seas, same boats? Column. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI),15 (2). Available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=535

Murray, P. (February, 2011). From E.T.Net to Social Media: Nurses Communicating Online.. Different seas, same boats? Column. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI),15 (1). Available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=304

Murray, P. (October, 2010). Different seas, same boats. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI),14 (3). Available at http://ojni.org/14_3/Murray.pdf

You can also read, in OJNI, the thoughts of my colleague and sometime co-conspirator, Scott Erdley – see his “Future Thouhgts Now” column (eg at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=1240)

Today I gave my presentation on “Web 2.0 and social media in medical education” to the MEI2012 conference (http://www.mei2012.org/). Unfortunately, I was not able to be in Thessaloniki, Greece for the event, much as I would have liked to be there (so, no duty-free for me this time, Scott .. ;-(  ). However, due to the wonders of modern technology – OK, Skype, then – I was able to give my talk. Many thanks to Panos and the other organisers for facilitating this. It was also good to be able to interact with the event through the live streaming that they provided, and through the Twitter stream (hashtag: #mei2012).

While I have been doing conference reports via blogs, and latterly Twitter, for over 7 years now, it was an interesting experience to be sort of on the other end of things. Doing the presentation from home, it was also easier for me to keep an eye on the Twitter stream, and a little easier to interact in that way than if I had been stood presenting at a podium (I have, in the past, tried to tweet while presenting – works better when you are a panel member and someone else is speaking).  The use of social media to provide this kind of real-time interaction with events is definitely the way forward. I know it has been practiced, and I have participated, through, for example the Medicine 2.0’10 and 2.0’11 conferences, it is good to see this interaction – and benefit to the ‘remote participant’ being developed by other events too. The Twitter interaction can also be see by tools such as http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/mei2012/

My presentation is online at http://www.slideshare.net/drpeter/web-20-and-social-media-in-medical-education