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December 2015: Issue No. 76


In This Issue

1. Holiday Greetings
2. IMIA 2015 Yearbook - “Patient-Centered Care Coordination”
3. IMIA General Assembly Meeting 2016 - August 28, 2016 held in conjunction with HEC2016 Conference (MIE2016) - Munich, Germany/Call for Submissions 
4. NI2016: THE conference where nurses should meet next year
5. Social Media & Participatory Health Conference ’16 – Geneva; 27 June, 2016
6. EFMI STC 2016 - Paris, France April 17 - 19, 2016
7. ICIMTH2016 - Athens, Greece; July 1 -3, 2016
8. EMIS2016 - Athens, Greece; July 4-7, 2016
9. Journal of Health Informatics in Africa
10. Role Opportunity - BCS Health (& Social Care) Executive Chair Applications are being sought
11. eHealth Summit Austria
12. a] Regional events
      b] National/global events
13. Next newsletter: January 2016 /future newsletters

1.  Holiday Greetings 

On behalf of the IMIA Board, we would like to extend a most heartfelt Holiday Greetings to the entire IMIA family.   The past four months have gone by very quickly, since we took the positons of President and CEO and we are looking forward to the year ahead, as IMIA continues to work hard to bring value added benefits to its members.   We wish all of our members a very successful 2016 and we hope to see many of you in Germany in August at the Annual General Meeting which will be held in conjunction with HEC2016 and MIE2016.   Be sure to watch for news announcements that should be coming out shortly about MedInfo2017 that will be held in Xiamen, China in August of 2017, when IMIA celebrates its 50th Anniversary. 
With best wishes for 2016,
Hyeoun-Ae Park, IMIA President and Elaine Huesing, IMIA CEO


2.  IMIA 2015 Yearbook - “Patient-Centered Care Coordination”

The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2015 with the theme “Patient-Centered Care Coordination” is available at, in Open Access and all papers are free to download.

The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics is also available on PubMed Central. See

Information on past issues (1992 - 2015), the Editorial Team, Instructions for Authors and Submission types is available on IMIA pages.

3. IMIA General Assembly Meeting 2016 - August 28, 2016, held in conjunction with HEC2016 (MIE2016), Munich Germany - HEC2016 Call for Submissions

The next IMIA GA meeting will be held in Munich, Germany on August 28, 2016 in conjunction with HEC2016. More information about IMIA's GA Meeting will be forth coming as we get closer to the date.   

This is one conference joining the activities of four scientific disciplines
Medical Informatics (MIE2016), Medical Biometry, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology and Health Data Management.

Call for Submissions

Health – exploring complexity (HEC2016) …
… will be the common theme of the European conference joining the activities of four scientific disciplines:
  • Medical Informatics,
  • Medical Biometry,
  • Epidemiology and
  • Health Data Management.
HEC2016 will represent the annual meetings of the European Epidemiological Federation of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA-EEF), of the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), of the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi) and the principal annual conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), the Medical Informatics Europe (MIE2016) conference. Conference languages are English and German.

We invite you to make submissions for oral or poster contributions, workshops and panel discussions, to be presented at HEC2016. We invite submissions to all of the “classical” topics of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Medical Informatics and Health Data Management (see for details). However, we also specifically welcome submissions on interdisciplinary approaches to managing complexity and big data in health, as well as on our three common core topics
  • intersectoral health care (e.g. admission and discharge management, patient safety, smart housing),
  • quality and performance indicators of health care (e.g. risk adjustment, pay for performance),
  • populations in transition (e.g. demographic change, multimorbidity, migration).
Submission Deadline
The submission system opens on Monday, December 14, 2015. Materials must be received by 11:59 PM Central European Time on Sunday, February 21, 2016. Submissions for workshops and panels will be open until March 27, 2016.
Submission Format
All contributions are to be submitted via the HEC2016 online abstract submission site ( Contributions may be submitted as
  • either structured abstract in English or German, not exceeding 500 words,
  • or structured paper in English, not exceeding 5 pages following a specific template available at the submission site
(see Abstract Publication/Proceedings for differences).
Contributions may be presented in oral sessions or poster sessions.
We also encourage the submission of workshops and panel discussions.

Submissions for workshops consist of an overview abstract, a brief workshop agenda and three (minimum) to five (maximum) topic specific abstracts.

Submissions for panel discussions consist of an overview abstract and a list containing name, affiliation, a bio sketch (max. 500 characters with empty spaces) and a mission statement (max. 300 characters with empty spaces) for each of the invited experts.

Contribution selection and notification
Contributions will be selected based on the reviews and recommendations from the respective programme committees. The main scientific programme committee reserves the right to reject contributions, or to accept contributions as oral or poster presentations.
Notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed to the author no later than end of May 2016.

Conference registration
All presenters are expected to register for the conference and to pay the applicable registration fee within two weeks of notification of acceptance, latest June 15, 2016. If timely registration and payment of the presenting author does NOT take place, the contribution will be excluded from the programme. Registration will be available starting from December 14, 2015.

Abstract Publication/Proceedings
If a submission is accepted, the German abstracts will be published electronically in a special issue of German Medical Science. The English abstracts will be published electronically in a supplement issue of the European Journal of Epidemiology. Full text structured 5 pages papers will be published as proceedings in the IOS Press publication Stud Health Technol Inform and indexed in PubMed.

Oral Session
A session consisting of presentations of completed research, completed projects and methodology papers. The abstracts must contain research results or project outcomes.
A workshop is to be organized by the submitters to present a set of contributions related to a specific topic aiming on an intense discussion among all workshop participants. Thus, the workshop agenda should reserve at least 50% of the workshop time for plenary discussion, small groups or other forms of interaction. Workshops may include research papers, theory papers, methodology and conceptual papers, but may also consist of a mixture of different types of papers. The submission of interdisciplinary workshops including researchers from varying institutions and research fields is highly encouraged.
Poster Session
A poster session is a visual display of completed or in-progress work. In-progress work is only eligible for poster presentation.
Panel discussion
A formal discussion of three to seven experts related to a specific, highly relevant topic in front of, but also including the audience. The panel is to be organized by the submitters. The submission of interdisciplinary panels including experts from varying institutions and areas of expertise is highly encouraged

4. NI2016: THE conference where nurses should meet next year


This conference is about ehealth from the nursing perspective. It is not dedicated only to technologies but also to data. Good and reliable data is the key issue to build among others best practice, standards, clinical pathways, distance education. CNO, CEO, CIO, Nurses, healthcare professionals, IT persons will meet and exchange about patient centric caring and prevention.
The program will propose 
  • For the first time a fashion show of wearable devices will be organized and will be open to the public
  • Presentation of student contest where the work of 8 groups will be presented. They will compete with mobile applications or wearable applications for health and caring.
  • A first interoperability showcase in nursing is organized with the collaboration of HIMSS, HL7, IHE
  • Highly valuable keynote addresses
  • Tutorials on Saturday and Sunday before the opening
  • Scientific papers
  • Posters
  • Workshops
  • Panels
  • Demonstrations
    Earlybird registration is Open until February 29th 2016.  Looking forward to the pleasure of meeting you in Geneva in June 2016

5. Social Media & Participatory Health Conference '16 - Geneva, Switzerland; June 27, 2016

Social Media & Participatory Health Conference ’16 - June 27th 2016

An initiative of the Social Media WG of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

The conference “Social Media Participatory Health” organized by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Social Media Working Group (SMWG) will provide analysis, trends, and insights to assist people and healthcare professionals better understand how Social Media (SM) are transforming health and medicine.

The SMWG aims to be IMIA’s vehicle for stakeholder engagement in SM. The membership is international, inclusive, and multidisciplinary. The IMIA SMWG engages members from the international informatics community, across sectors, to identify, explore, collaborate, and disseminate research and education on the use of SM for health.

The first conference will be held as a satellite event at the Nursing Informatics 2016 Conference (NI2016) in Geneva, Switzerland, a major conference in health informatics co-organized by the IMIA.

6. EFMI STC 2016 - Paris, France; April 17-19, 2016

The IMIA Board will hold their next Board meeting in cojunction wih EFMI STC conference in Paris in April. Members of the Board look forward seeing many of you at the conference.

The European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the French Association for Medical Informatics (AIM) invite you to participate to the Special Topic Conference (STC) “Transforming Healthcare with the Internet of Things” to be held in Paris, France, from Sunday 17th to Tuesday 19th April, 2016 under the auspices of the Laboratoire d’Informatique Médicale et d’Ingénierie des Connaissances en e-Santé (LIMICS).

The chosen theme of STC2016 is focusing on the transformation of modern healthcare by the disruptive innovation of the Internet of Things (IoT). To better understand the basic idea of the IoT, it is good to go back to Kevin Ashton, who introduced the term for the first time in 1999. He stated that “In the real world, things matter more than ideas”. His original idea was that “We need to empower computers with their own means of gathering information, so they can see, hear, and smell the world for themselves, in all its random glory. RFID and sensor technology enable computers to observe, identify, and understand the world—without the limitations of human-entered data.


7. ICIMTH2016 - Athens, Greece; July 1-3, 2016

The 14th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare (ICIMTH2016) will be held from 1 to 3 July 2016 in Athens, Greece. Updated information at conference website All accepted papers are published by IOS Press cited at Medline/PubMed. Full Paper Deadline April 3rd, 2016, 23:59 EET

The Conference has a major focus on the applications of Biomedical Informatics from Clinical Informatics, Health Informatics to Public Health Informatics as well as on ICT applications in the Healthcare domain. Considering that Management and Organisational Issues play an important role in the implementation phase of Biomedical Informatics applications, topics related to the above are more than welcome. We are treating the field of Biomedical Informatics in a very broad framework including a number of Technologies such as Imaging, Sensors, Biomedical Equipment and Pharmacotechnology.


8. EMIS2016 - Athens, Greece; July 4-7, 2016

European Medical and Health Informatics Summer School ( . The Summer School is focusing on the needs of postgraduate students, PhD candidates and Early Researchers in gaining insight into the methodology principles and techniques in biomedical and health informatics. Furthermore, a deep understanding of health informatics is increasingly recognized as essential for those seeking to advance their careers within the health sector. Guest speakers and lecturers with global reputation will share their knowledge and experience with international participants, who enjoy both study and summer vacations at an excellent location. Updated information at Summer School website:


9. Journal of Health Informatics in Africa

We have the pleasure to announce the new issue of the Journal of Health Informatics in Africa (JHIA; ISSN/NLM abbreviation J Health Inform Afr). This fourth issue passes an important milestone in the life of an academic journal. With this issue, the JHIA has published altogether 32 double-blind peer-reviewed full research papers: 15 in 2013 in volume 1 issue 1, 4 in 2014;2(1), 10 in 2014;2(2), and 3 in this 2015;3(1). JHIA has now fulfilled the minimum criteria for digital archiving in PubMed Central (PMC). We will therefore apply for an agreement with PMC.
The second issue of 2015 is under preparation and to be published around the end of this year. New submissions are welcome – if you submit soon and the reviewers do not require time-consuming modifications, your paper can still be published this year.
The current issue is also the last one for which Mikko Korpela is the editor in charge. Dalenca Pottas is in charge of the next issue. We have invited Frank Verbeke and Nicky Mostert-Phipps, the Scientific Programme Co-Chairs of HELINA 2014, to join the editorial team.
I wish to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to Prof. Mokko Korpela for his uninterrupted contribution to the development of health and biomedical informatics in Africa. Mikko accepted without hesitation to become the first editor-in-chief of an idea called “Journal of Health Informatics in Africa” (JHIA). He brings JHIA from an idea to the threshold of becoming an indexed, acknowledged and stable international scientific journal for the Health and Biomedical Informatics in Africa community. Mikko, thank you for all your support! It has been a privilege to work with you.
Ghislain Kouematchoua


10. Role Opportunity - BCS Health (& Social Care) Executive Chair Applications are being sought

Role Opportunity - BCS Health (& Social Care) Executive Chair Applications are being sought from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Chair, BCS Health to commence in January 2016. The term of office is three years renewable once. Candidates should be a Professional Member of the Institute. The role is not remunerated, but reasonable travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid.

This appointment comes at a time of change, with health and social care integration a matter of great significance to the UK's future wellbeing. It is therefore important that BCS reflects the importance of this integration by mirroring it, taking what was BCS Health and transitioning it to BCS Health & Social Care in more than name.

Candidates should have a proven track record in leadership, and credibility to lead health and care integration. Practitioner experience, clinical, social care or technology, is highly desirable. Vision and integrity aligned with the purpose of BCS is absolutely essential.

Candidates must ensure the coherence of vision, mission, and objectives between the health community and BCS more widely, seeking to maximise the public benefit. The ability to devote sufficient time to the duties of Chair is vital.

This is an exciting time for BCS, and for health and social care - and this role represents a significant opportunity to shape and lead not only the position of a leading Chartered body with influence and standing, but to shape and lead the health and care informatics community to better serve the public.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further please contact Jonathan Jeffery, Health Programme Manager. You will need to attach your CV and covering letter, by Monday 11 January 2016 via email at: mailto: .  Interviews will be held between 11 - 22 January 2016.  

11. eHealth  Summit Austria

eHealth Summit Austria is
the national eHealth event which will take place on 24 - 25 Mai 2016 for the fourth time at the Apothecaries' Wing of the stunning Schoenbrunn Palace  in Vienna. The fourth edition of the congress represents the successful cooperation between HIMSS and the Austrian partners: AIT, UMIT, OCG and OEGBMT. The Programme Committee includes renowned representatives from  key sectors such as politics, science, users and industry, thus ensuring that all important and relevant topics for the Austrian healthcare are being addressed and reflected in the programme.

Under the main theme of "PREDICTIVE MODELING IN HEALTHCARE – FROM PREDICTION TO PREVENTION“ the eHealth Summit Austria will once again consist of two main tracks: - the HIMSS Track, addressing primary users and physicians and the Scientific Track of the eHealth2016 Conference.

NEW: Starting in 2016, the primary language of the scientific conference will be English in order to address the increasingly international focus of eHealth and to acknowledge the importance of cross-border health ICT.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on the 24 -  25 Mai 2016 at the eHealth Summit Austria!

31.01.2016 - Submission deadline for scientific papers, posters and student papers (to submit your paper click here)

12. a. Forthcoming Events: Regional

APAMI (Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics)

APAMI2016 will be held in Seoul Korea from Nov 3 to 5, 2016.

EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics)

MIE2016, will be held in conjunction with HEC 2016, co-hosted by GMDS, DGEpi, IEA-EEF and EFMI in Munich, Germany on 28 August - 02 September, 2016. See . The next EFMI STC will be held in Paris on 17-19 April 2016. See


12. b. Forthcoming Events: National and Global

HIMSS16: 29 February - 4 March, 2016. Las Vegas, NV,  USA [HIMSS]

2016 Joint Summits on Translational Science: 21- 24 March, 2016. San Francisco, CA,  USA [AMIA]

NextMed / MMVR22 / Medicine Meets Virtual Reality: 07-09 April, 2016. Los Angeles, CA,  USA [NextMed]

EFMI STC 2016: 17 - 19 April, 2016. Paris, France [EFMI]

iHealth 2016: 05 - 06 May, 2016. Minneapolis, MN, USA. [AMIA]

4th Nordic Conference on Research in Patient Safety and Quality in Healthcare: 19 - 20 May, 2016. Kuopio, Finland. [University of Finland]

ehealth2016: 24 - 25 May,  2016. Vienna, Austria [HIMSS]

e-Health Conference 2016: 05 - 08 June, 2016. Vancouver, BC, Canada [COACH]

eHealth Week 2016: 08 - 10 June, 2016. Amsterdam, The Netherlands [Dutch Ministry of Health, the European Commission and HIMSS Europe] NI2016 - 13th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: 25 - 29 June, 2016. Geneva, Switzerland [IMIA]

Social Media & Participatory Health Conference '16: 27 June, 2016. Geneva, Switzerland [IMIA]

ICIMTH2016: 01-03 July, 2016.  Athens, Greece [University of Athens, Greece & GBHI]

SINI2016: 20-22 July, 2016. Baltimore MD, USA [University of Maryland School of Nursing]

HIC 2016: 25-27 July 2016. Melbourne, Australia. [HISA]

HEC 2016 GMDS & DGEpi & IEA-EEF Annual Meeting - MIE 2016: 28 August - 2 September, 2016. Munich, Germany  [GMDS, DGEpi, IEA-EEF, MIE]

WITFOR 2016: 12 - 14, September, 2016. San José, Costa Rica [IFIP]

GT2016: 30 October - 03 November, 2016. Auckland, New Zealand [HiNZ]

8th International Workshop on Biosignal Interpretation: 01 - 03 November, 2016. Osaka, Japan [IMIA]

APAMI2016: 03 - 05 November, 2016. Seoul, Korea  [APAMI]

13. Next Newsletter: January 2016

The next monthly newsletter will be published on January 15, 2016.  If you have items to be included in the newsletter, please submit to by January 10, 2016.  IMIA encourages all Members to submit news items and/or conference and events.



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IMIA Yearbook 2011


The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics appears annually. The 2013 Yearbook is now available.

Further detail is given on the IMIA Yearbook pages.

IMIA also has 3 official publications:


ACI Journal
Applied Clinical Informatics ( Published by Schattauer; editor-in-chief Christoph U Lehmann (email:
ACI has an electronic Table of Contents (eTOC) facility. and can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
The latest eTOC for 2011 2(4) is at

International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI)

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International Journal of Medical Informatics ( Published by Elsevier; editors Charles Safran (email: and Jan Talmon (email:
Latest eTOC is Vol. 81, Issue 1 - see

Methods of Information in Medicine

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Methods of Information in Medicine ( Published by Schattauer; editor-in-chief Reinhold Haux (email:
Methods has electronic Table of Contents (eTOC) facility.
Latest eTOC is Vol. 50, Issue 6 - see





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