Talking About Technology*

Dr. Roz Seymour and Dr. Dee McGonigle

Seymour, R. & McGonigle, D. (February 2004). Talking About Technology* Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI). Vol. 8, No. 2. [Online]. Available at

The Health Informatics Europe (HIE) Wire is an index of news and digests of health informatics developments. The first article for June 3 rd is “Spy chips and mobile phones could help fight obesity.” What type of thoughts does that conjure up? The article was not what we expected.

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAP)

NMAP subject gateway provides free access to evaluated, quality Internet resources aimed at students, researchers, academics and practitioners in the fields of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions.  NMAP is part of the BIOME service (, which comprises six subject gateways covering the fields of health and life sciences.

Continuity of Care record (CCR)

The CCR, or Continuity of Care Record, is a standard specification being developed jointly by ASTM International, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pedeatriccs.  

JCAHO May Mandate Bar Code Use

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations may mandate implementation of bar code technology by accredited provider organizations.

Personal Satellite Assistant (PSA), developed by NASA, supports astronauts in microgravity environments by patrolling their living quarters and monitoring oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and other gases. It can also monitor atmospheric pressure, temperature and even the microgravity level. was created to provide an opportunity to "try out" some of the best open source and free php/mysql based software systems in the world.

CmapTools. This provides for the collaborative creation, organization, evaluation and sharing of knowledge models represented as concept maps.

Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS) grounded in social constructionist pedagogy that is free to download and use under the GNU General Public License terms.

Wikipedia is a free, open content encyclopedia. We chose to search for the term “disruptive technology” as coined by Christensen.

Go Learnprovides a range of opportunities to experience and learn about the applications of technologies for flexible teaching and learning. claims to be the World's No.1 Science & Technology News Service. There is an interesting article on “Virtual fences to herd Wi-Fi cattle” at

World Association for Online Education (WAOE) is an international nonprofit public benefit corporation (NPO), a virtual association of educators working to turn online education into a professional discipline.

Distance Educator has provided resources since 1970. Search their growing archive of distance education related articles and references.  

Academickeys.comprovides space for Shared resources for higher education at as well as employment opportunities

Mr. Bob Pyke is a Contributing Editor for OJNI and has agreed to link his RSS feed in this column for each edition of OJNI. Continue to tune in for interesting commentary and information.


A List of new and eclectic and informational links in Ambulatory Care, Chronic Care, Home Health Care and Case Management, Managed Care, Pediatrics, Health Informatics, E-Health, Telemedicne Distance Education, International Health, Humanitarian Relief and International Pediatrics. And occasional observations and comments on the use of technology in health care today and society.

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*All of the URLs listed here were retrieved on June 12, 2004 and reflected the content identified at that time.