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IMIA Monthly Newsletter

January 2013: Issue 45
Medinfo2013 logo
The deadline for Panel, Tutorial, Workshop, Demo, and Care for the World Proposal submissions for Medinfo2013 is
10 January.


In This Issue

1. Medinfo2013: Deadline for Submissions
2. MEAHI Conference - Dubai, UAE
3. HIMSS13 in New Orleans
4. EFMI STC 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic
5. HINZ Update
6. IMIA Strategic Plan Update
7. IMIA Award of Excellence 2013: Nominations Invited
8. 2013 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Data; IJMI Paper from 2012 Summit
9. HISA (Australia) and SAHIA (South Africa) Events in 2013
10. IMIA History and Archives Project - Seeking Materials
11. Inventory of Evaluation Studies (IMIA/EFMI WGs)
12. Miscellany: short items
13. Forthcoming events
  a] Regional events
  b] National/global events
14. Next newsletter: February 2013
We extend best wishes to all colleagues, friends, and IMIA members and representatives for a happy and prosperous new year. We look forward to seeing many of you at IMIA events and associated activities during 2013 and beyond. The highlight, of course, will be Medinfo2013 - but don't forget regional events such as those organised by MEAHI and EFMI, activities of Member Societies such as HISA in Australia, HINZ in New Zealand, AMIA in the USA, COACH in Canada, SAHIA in South Africa, and events offered by Institutional Members such as HIMSS and our academic members.

Medinfo2013: Call for panels, workshops, tutorials etc. - Deadline 10 January 2013

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MEDINFO2013, the 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark: August, 2013 - see http://www.medinfo2013.dk

The full Call for Submissions is available on the Medinfo2013 website - see http://www.medinfo2013.dk/node/13  The closing date for submission of proposals for panels, tutorials, workshops, and demos and Care for the World proposals will be: 10 January 2013

SPC co-chairs Tze-Yun Leong and Domink Aronsky highlight that: The theme for MEDINFO 2013 is “Conducting medical informatics by Converging technologies, Conveying sciences and Connecting people,” with an emphasis on how human-centered, integrative approaches can contribute to usable, adaptive, and cost-effective e-Health solutions for the world. The congress welcomes a broad range of submissions on both emerging methodologies that contribute to the conceptual and scientific foundations of biomedical and health informatics, and successful implementations of innovative application, integration, and evaluation of eHealth systems and solutions. The program will also feature a special “Care for the World” mini-symposium of global, regional, and national initiatives and programs, which highlights the visions, challenges, and opportunities for research and/or industry collaboration and innovation in biomedical and health informatics. See also the SPC co-chairs' editorial (free download) in the latest issue of 'Methods'.

We ask all IMIA colleagues to cascade the information within their organisations, networks and contacts. We also ask that IMIA Member Societies and others help to promote Medinfo2013 with links from their websites. Many thanks to AMIA, HISA and ACHI (Australia), IAMI (India), CMIA (China), APAMI, SAHIA (South Africa), University of Melbourne, ACI Journal, and all other colleagues, collective and individual, that we have not specifically mentioned for their support in distributing the information.

Lene Vistisen, LOC Chair, invites you to join the LinkedIn group for Medinfo2013 – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/medinfo-2013-4432894

MEAHI Conference - Dubai, 22-24 April 2013

The 4th Middle East Conference on Healthcare Informatics, with the theme "Applied Health Informatics: A Regional Trend or a Priority?" will be held on 22 - 24 April 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event is being organised by the Middle East Association for Health Informatics (MEAHI - www.meahi.org), which brings together IMIA members in the region. In support of the event, the IMIA Board will meet in Dubai.

Information on the Call for Submissions is on the MEAHI website (and on IMIA News at http://wp.me/pvCUS-1uT) - the deadline for submissions is 01 March, 2013. Dr. Ramin Moghaddam, Conference Chair and MEAHI Founding President, invites all colleagues to participate in this event.

This is the fourth periodical health informatics conference in the Middle East region since October 2002; the conference aims to explore further the role of informatics in healthcare, and pragmatic informatics-driven approaches to enhance healthcare quality services based on regional needs and an inspired strategy : “Better Health Through Better Information". Themes will include 'From eHealth policy to practice', education and research, public health informatics, clinical informatics, and nursing informatics. A Facebook event page is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/236490406484455/

HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition

HIMSS13, the Annual Conference and Exhibition of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS - www.himss.org) will be held in New Orleans on 03-07 March, 2013, at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center. Full information on the schedule, registration, hotel booking etc is available through the event website at http://www.himssconference.org  Keynote speakers will include President Bill Clinton, Founder of The William J. Clinton Foundation, 42nd President of the United States of America; Karl Rove, Fox News Contributor & Wall Street Journal Columnist, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President Bush; and Eric J. Topol, West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, Scripps Health and Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute.

IMIA is pleased to continue as a Collaborator for HIMSS13, and encourages its members to attend the event.


The Czech Society of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics and the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) will host the next EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC), “Data and Knowledge for Medical Decision Support”, in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 17 – 19, 2013. The EFMI STC 2013 is continuing the series of successful EFMI STC conferences. It is one of the most important European events in the domains of biomedicine including health care and informatics covering information science and technology. Full information is on the STC website at http://stc2013.org

Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) Update

Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ - http://www.hinz.org.nz) is a national, not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to facilitate improvements in business processes and patient care in the health sector through the application of appropriate information technologies. In November 2012, HINZ hosted it's 11th annual conference which brought together more than 350 professionals, respected international presenters , and vendors representing the latest in eHealth technology. Content presented at the event, including videos of the plenary sessions, can be found at http://www.hinz.org.nz/page/conference/conference-2012-post
Featuring at the HINZ conference was a mobile application providing delegates with the ability to view the conference program, provide live feedback and answer any questions that came from the floor.  At the event, several awards were given including the Robyn Carr Spirit Cup to Ann Browett, founding Chair of HINZ for displaying steadfast commitment and determination in furthering the goals and achievements of nursing informatics. Julie Lucas received the best student paper award.  The Clinicians Challenge once again provided a unique opportunity for clinicians and vendors to identify information technology solutions to solve an important and recurring problem that health professionals face in their ‘day-to-day' practice. The third annual Clinicians’ Challenge was won by Dr. Jo Scott-Jones for his case on the role that standing orders could play in the development of practice teams and their facility to improve access for patients to safe, acceptable and effective care.  Congratulations to CSC who were this year's Clinicians’ Challenge winning vendor.
After serving two years, Tom Bowden stepped down as HINZ chair and was succeeded by Liz Schoff.  In her term as chair, Liz will apply increased focus on patient self-management and citizen engagement in the health system as well as the technical and non-technical changes that will be needed to enable this.  A new IMIA representative was appointed. Dr. Inga Hunter has practised medicine for more than 20 years in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and has extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings in general practice, primary, secondary, and tertiary care. Inga looks forward to meeting the IMIA team at the next international meeting. 
The HINZ 2013 conference will be held in Rotorua and we invite all our international colleagues to join us in one of the most beautiful places in the world - New Zealand.  The HINZ Executive wishes all our international friends a safe and happy festive season and New Year.

[Note: we welcome updates on activity from other IMIA Member Societies for publication here or on IMIA News. Please remember to make sure the information about your society on the main IMIA website is updated]

IMIA Strategic Plan Update - Final Request for Round 1 Replies

Thank you to those IMIA members and colleagues who completed, or provided initial thoughts on, the first round survey sent in August 2012. We received very useful material, which has been analysed, but would like to have input from a greater number and wider range of IMIA members - in particular IMIA Member Societies. The survey has been slightly updated to add some new questions. If you have already completed this survey, there is no need to complete this new version in full - but you may wish to respond to the additional questions about progress on the existing IMIA Strategic Plan. The new/updated survey is downloadable (MS Word document) at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20289142/IMIA-Strategy-2013/IMIAStrategicPlanUpdate-MemberSurveyandRequestforResponses.doc

Please email your completed survey questions, or any other comments, to imia-virtual-office@vodamail.co.za  and copy to imia@imia-services.org In addition, please indicate whether the reply is a personal view, or on behalf of an IMIA Society/Institution/WG, etc. The deadline for responses is 20 February, 2013 - this will allow us to do analysis and present an initial report to the IMIA Board at its April meeting.

IMIA Award of Excellence 2013: Nominations Invited

IMIA invites nominations for the fourth IMIA Award of Excellence, to be presented at Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Full details will be posted on the IMIA website and IMIA News within the next few days. The closing date for nominations will be 10 March, 2013.

The IMIA Award of Excellence is given in conjunction with Medinfo. The criteria for a potential recipient of the Medical Informatics Award of Excellence are: “an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics.” The first award was given at MedInfo2004 in San Francisco to Dr. François Grémy. The recipient the second award, made at Medinfo2007 in Brisbane, was Dr. Jan H. van Bemmel. The third award was made at Medinfo2010 in Cape Town, jointly to Dr Marion Ball and Dr Hans Peterson.

2013 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Data; IJMI Paper from 2012 Summit

IMIA is pleased to announce that it will host the 2013 European Summit on the Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data (http://euhealthdata2013.imia.info). The Summit will build on the discussions and activities initiated at the 2012 Summit.

The 2013 Summit will occur on 3-4 June 2013 in Brussels Belgium at the Le Plaza Hotel (http://www.leplaza-brussels.be). Summit participation will by invitation only. If you would like to express interest, and receive future communications and information regarding the Transnational Health Data Reuse Initiative and the 2013 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data, please complete and submit your contact information using this link:

The 2013 Summit is part of IMIA’s broader Transnational Health Data Reuse Initiative. This Initiative is focused on stimulating robust discussions about health data reuse at the global level. Several stakeholder-specific engagements and events are being planned throughout 2013. Additional information about the Initiative and its calendar will be published on the IMIA website at a later date.

Summaries of the 2012 Summit’s proceedings and output have been documented via a publication and through video. A journal article about the Summit, “Trustworthy reuse of health data; A transnational perspective” by A. Geissbuhler, C. Safran, I. Buchan, R. Bellazzi, S. Labkoff, K. Eilenberg, A. Leese, C. Richardson, J. Mantas, P. Murray, G. De Moor was published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI - Vol 82:1, pp. 1-9) and is available for free download. The Summit’s YouTube channel with all of the plenary sessions may be accessed via the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/EUSTRHD Other material from the 2012 Summit remains available at: http://euhealthdata2012.imia.info

HISA (Australia) and SAHIA (South Africa) Events in 2013

HISA, the Health Informatics Society of Australia, (www.hisa.org.au) has announced calls for papers for two important events in 2013 – their annual HIC conference and their Big Data 2013 event. HIC 2013 - Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery – the Future is Now! will be held on July 15-18, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. Full information on the Call for Papers, expressions of interest, etc is available via the HIC 2013 website at http://www.hisa.org.au/page/hic2013  Paper submission deadline is Monday 18 February.

Big Data 2013 will follow on from the success of HISA’s Data Governance conferences of 2011 and 2012. Big Data 2013 is Australia’s first Big Data in biomedicine and healthcare conference. The conference will focus on issues around big data, biomedical informatics, personalised medicine, genomics, health 2.0 and data governance. The event will be held on 18-19 April, 2013 at Rydges, Melbourne, Australia. Paper submission deadline is Monday 14 January 2013. Full information is at http://www.hisa.org.au/page/bigdata2013

SAHIA, the South African Health Informatics Association, is holding their conference on 03-05 July, 2013 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. A Facebook event page is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/278531035589745/   The conference theme will be "Empowering patients and healthcare professionals with information and technologies". The conference website (http://hisa.nmmu.ac.za) will go live on Monday, 21 January 2013; registration will open and the call for submissions will be formally launched. Submissions in the form of research papers, case study presentations, posters, and workshops will be invited.information will follow.

IMIA History and Archives Project - Seeking Materials

IMIA has a project to develop a "History of International Medical Informatics". The project proposal and taskforce have been lead by Prof. Casimir Kulikowski, who will continue to lead the activities. As part of this project, and linked to developing and securing IMIA's archives, we are seeking materials relevant to IMIA and international health, medical and biomedical informatics over the past 50 years. If you have materials that you think might be relevant, and are willing to donate, or allow us to scan and archive, please contact the IMIA Office via imia@imia-services.org to discuss further. We will say more about this project in future newsletters and via other IMIA communications channels. We are very grateful to past IMIA Secretary Diarmuid UcConaill who has already scanned many of his papers from the 1980s onwards to help provide archive materials.

Inventory of Health IT Evaluation Studies

The IMIA WG Health Technology and Quality Assessment and EFMI WG Assessment of Health Information Systems (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/154  http://iig.umit.at/efmi/) provide and maintain the Inventory of Health IT Evaluation Studies and Systematic Reviews.  Dr Nicolette de Keizer, Chair of the IMIA Working Group writes: This repository was created to help researchers to identify evaluation studies that have been conducted in defined settings. It now contains more than 1700 references to published evaluation studies and reviews of evaluation studies of health information systems. The repository is the result of a systematic literature search, first conducted in 2003 and updated in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Since 2009, the repository is also updated based on input from researchers from all over the world. To support this, the repository website offers the possibility to propose studies that should be entered into the database.The inventory is available for free at: http://evaldb.umit.at


Miscellany of short items (from news.imia.info)

IFHIMA 2013 Congress
CHIMA (Canadian Health Information Management Association) will be hosting the 17th Congress of International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) on May 13-15, 2013, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. See http://www.ifhimacongress2013.com/  IFHIMA (http://www.ifhima.org/) is an Affiliate Member of IMIA.

Context Sensitive Health Informatics Pre-Medinfo2013 Conference: Call for Papers
The Call for Papers is available for the "Context Sensitive Health Informatics" event, a pre-Medinfo conference jointly organized/supported by several IMIA WG (Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics, Organizational and Social Issues, Health Informatics for Patient Safety). The event will be held on 17 and 18 August, 2013 at the ITX Lab at Herlev Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.  For more information about the conference and the call please see the conference web site:  www.cshi2013.org (under construction). Submission deadline for papers: 1 February 2013. See http://wp.me/pvCUS-1ql


Forthcoming Events: Regional

APAMI (Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics)
The 2014 APAMI conference will be hosted by IAMI, the Indian Association for Medical Informatics. Further details in due course.

EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics)
The next EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC2013) will be in Prague, Czech Republic on 17-19 April, 2013. See www.stc2013.org and http://wp.me/pvCUS-1l1
The next MIE (Medical Informatics Europe) will be MIE2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. The dates are 31 August - 03 September, 2014.  MIE2015 will be held in Spain.

The 4th Middle East Conference on Healthcare Informatics will be held on 22 - 24 April 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. See www.meahi.org

Forthcoming Events: National and Global

ITCH 2013: 21-23 February, 2013. Information Technology and Communications in Health. Victoria, BC, Canada. http://www.uvic.ca/hsd/itch

HIMSS13: 03-07 March, 2013. HIMSS  Annual Conference and Exhibition. New Orleans, USA. http://www.himssconference.org

Informatica Salud 2013: 18-22 March, 2013. IX International Congress on Informatics for Health (el IX Congreso Internacional de Informática en Salud). Havana, Cuba. http://www.informatica2013.sld.cu/index.php/informaticasalud/2013
AMIA  2013 Joint Summits on Translational Science: 18-22 March, 2013. San Francisco, CA, USA. http://www.amia.org/jointsummits2013

Rutgers 31st Annual Interprofessional International Technology Conference: 05-07 April, 2013. Atlantic City, NJ, USA. http://nursing.rutgers.edu/conferences/april-5-7-2013-31st-annual-rutgers-interprofessional-international-technology-conference

EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC2013): 17-19 April, 2013. Prague, Czech Republic. http://www.stc2013.org

Big Data 2013 (HISA): 18-19 April, 2013. Melbourne, Australia. http://www.hisa.org.au/page/bigdata2013 Paper submission deadline 14 January

4th Middle East Conference: 22-24 April, 2013. Dubai, UAE. http://www.meahi.org Submissions deadline 01 March

17th IFHIMA Congress: 13-15 May, 2013. Montréal, Québec, Canada. http://www.ifhimacongress2013.com

ehealth2013 (Austria): 23-24 May, 2013. Vienna, Austria. http://www.ehealth2013.at Paper submission deadline 20 January; workshops etc 28 February

e-health 2013 (COACH): 26-29 May, 2013. Ottawa, Canada. http://www.e-healthconference.com

AIME 2013: 29 May - 01 June, 2013. Murcia, Spain. http://www.aimedicine.info/aime13/

ISHIMR2013: 26-28 June, 2013. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. https://www.ishimr2013.com/ Submission deadline 28 February

HISA 2013 (SAHIA, South Africa): 03-05 July, 2013. Port Elizabeth, South Africa. https://www.facebook.com/events/278531035589745/

HIC 2013 (HISA, Australia): 15-18 July, 2013. Adelaide, Australia. http://www.hisa.org.au/page/hic2013 Paper submission deadline 18 February

Medicine 2.0'13: 23-24 September, 2013. London, UK. http://www.medicine20congress.com Abstract submission deadline 07 March


Next newsletter: February 2013

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January 10, 2013: Panel, Tutorial, Workshop, Demo and Care for the World Proposal Submissions for Medinfo2013

January 14, 2013: Submission deadline for HISA 'Big Data 2013'

January 20, 2013: Submission deadline for papers to eHealth2013 (Austria)

February 01, 2013: Submission deadline for Context Sensitive Health Informatics Pre-Medinfo2013 Conference


ITCH 2013: 21-23 February, 2013. Victoria, BC, Canada. http://www.uvic.ca/hsd/itch

HIMSS13: 03-07 March, 2013. New Orelans, USA. http://www.himssconference.org

Informatica Salud 2013: 18-22 March, 2013. Havana, Cuba. http://www.informatica2013.sld.cu/index.php/informaticasalud/2013



The 2012 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics is now available; the theme is "Personal Health Informatics". Several articles in the IMIA Yearbook are available as free downloads. See http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/110
Work is well underway on the 2013 Yearbook, which will have the theme "Evidence-based Health Informatics".

IMIA also has 3 other official publications:


ACI Journal
Applied Clinical Informatics (http://www.aci-journal.org/) Published by Schattauer; editor-in-chief Christoph U Lehmann (email: clehmann@jhmi.edu).
ACI has an electronic Table of Contents (eTOC) facility. and can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Volume 3: Issue 4 has started, with eleven articles.
Applied Clinical Informatics is to be indexed and included in MEDLINE/PubMed
International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI)

IJMI cover
International Journal of Medical Informatics (http://www.ijmijournal.com/home) Published by Elsevier; editors Charles Safran (email: csafran@gmail.com) and Jan Talmon (email: talmon@maastrichtuniversity.nl).
Latest issue is Vol. 82, Issue 1 (January 2013)

Methods of Information in Medicine

Methods of Information in Medicine (http://www.methods-online.com/) Published by Schattauer; editor-in-chief Reinhold Haux (email: ed@MethodsInfMed.org).
Methods has electronic Table of Contents (eTOC) facility.
Latest eTOC is Vol. 51, Issue 6 (inc. four free downloadable items)

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