From the International Medical Informatics Association

François Grémy, First IMIA President, Passed Away

gremyWe regret to inform colleagues that Prof. François Grémy, one of the founders of IMIA and its first President, has passed away.  His close colleague Prof. Patrice Degoulet writes: “It is with a great emotion and sadness that I inform you that François Grémy passed on July 22, 2014 at the age of 86. François was a physician with a specialty in neurophysiology. But he also got degrees in mathematics, biophysics, and more recently philosophy. He created the first laboratory for medical informatics in the mid-60s at the Pitié-Salpêtrière School of Medicine in Paris. As founder of IFIP TC4 that gave rise to IMIA he is considered to be the IMIA father and a key European figure in the field. All those that have the chance to meet him recognize his kindness, his deep humanism and his brilliant character and brain.”

Messages of sympathy can be transmitted to his daughter Isabelle Grémy-Trouillet at the following email address : gremy.trouillet[at]

francoisgremy-1993-imianewsletter-august1993François was the recipient of the first IMIA/UMIT Medical Informatics Award of Excellence, which was given in 2004 during a ceremony at MedInfo 2004 in San Francisco CA, USA.  The Nomination Committee unanimously selected Prof. François Grémy, Uzes, France, in recognition of his work as one of the founders of IMIA and an outstanding pioneer of the field of medical informatics. The award celebration took place on September 11, 2004 at MedInfo 2004 in San Francisco, CA culminating with Prof. Grémy’s Medical Informatics Award of Excellence Lecture, entitled “Hardware, Software, Peopleware, Subjectivity: A Philosophical Promenade“ which was published jointly with other papers on his work in one of the 2005 issues of Methods of Information in Medicine.

Photo above: Reinhold Haux, KC Lun, François Grémy, Casimir Kulikowski; Photo left from IMIA Newsletter 1993 and IMIA Archive.

Other tributes include:

Prof. KC Lun from Singapore,  IMIA President (2001-2004), writes:
I had the honor of meeting François Grémy in person at MEDINFO 2004 in San Francisco when, in my capacity as the then IMIA President, I presented him with the first IMIA Award of Excellence for his outstanding contributions to IMIA and to health informatics. François was one of the founders of IMIA and his extensive research especially during his time at the University of Montpellier had left a lasting impression on his colleagues, students and friends in Europe and many other parts of the world. My wife and I send our deepest condolences to the family of the late Professeur François Grémy.



July 25, 2014 Posted by | IMIA | | Leave a comment

HIC 2014 Conference – Melbourne, Australia; 11-14 August

hisa logoHISA’s annual Health Informatics Conference (HIC) will be held in Victoria, Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 11 – 14 August 2014. Full details are at

With the primary theme of Investing in e-health: People, knowledge and technology for a healthy future, the conference will focus on investing in e-health, improving the climate for investment and innovation in e-health, strategic opportunities and “where to for Australia?” Keynote speakers will include Dave de Bronkart (ePatientDave) and Dr Danny Sands, Regina Holliday and Dr Bertalan (Berci) Mesko. Danny Sands recently gave a well-received closing keynote at the NI2014 conference in Taipei.

Registration is  still open – see

A wide range of associated conference events will include indigenous informatics (11 August - and nursing informatics (11 August – You can follow @HISA_HIC on Twitter for information about and from the event.



July 22, 2014 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, Australia, conference | , , , | Leave a comment

3rd International Conference on Global Telehealth (GT2014) – Call for Papers Closes 28 July

Professor Anthony Maeder, Professor in Health Informatics at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and Chair of IMIA’s Telehealth Working Group, draws your attention to the Final Call for Papers, closing 28 July, for the 3rd International Conference on Global Telehealth – GT2014 – to be held jointly with ICT4Health Conference 2014. The events wil be held in Durban, South Africa on 10-11 November 2014 and have the the theme “Integrated, Innovative, Scalable and Sustainable Solutions”. Anthony is the Programme Chair for the GT2014 conference

Information is available at  and the Call for Submissions is a downloadable PDF file at

Original unpublished contributions in all fields of Telehealth (and closely related areas of eHealth) are invited.  These may be offered as Full Papers (maximum 8 pages or approx 4000 words, not previously published) subject to expert peer review by an international programme committee of technical experts, or as Short Papers (maximum 2 pages or approx 1000 words) also subject to peer review.  It is intended that Full Papers will appear in a commercially published and indexed e-book in the IOS Press series “Studies in Health Technology and Informatics”and may selectively be considered for invited journal publication in an extended form. Short Papers will appear in separate proceedings to be distributed to delegates at the event.

Submissions must contain a clear statement of aims, methods, results and conclusions for the work reported.  Papers will be judged on originality, significance, technical quality, relevance to the conference, and presentation.  Submission of a Full Paper or Short Paper will imply an undertaking that, should it be accepted, at least one author will register and attend the conference to present the work. Submissions should be prepared in Word or LaTeX using the IOS Press book formatting instructions and style files available at   Papers should be sent by email as a pdf file of <4MB to and authors should complete the form with their submission and contact details at

Submission of Full and Short Papers:                            Monday 28 July 2014
Notification of acceptance to authors:                             Monday 18 August 2014
Camera-ready copy for proceedings:                             Monday 1 September 2014
Registration deadline (Authors & Early-bird)                 Monday 1 September 2014

General Co-Chairs:             Prof Maurice Mars, University of KwaZulu-Natal & Prof Richard Scott, University of Calgary
Program Chair:                    Prof Anthony Maeder, University of Western Sydney
ICT4Health Liaison:            Jill Fortuin
Contact e-mail:          

July 16, 2014 Posted by | conference | , | Leave a comment

HINZ 2014 (Auckland, New Zealand) Call for Submissions – Closes 31 July

HINZHINZ 2014 – the annual conference of Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) – will take place on 10-12 November, 2014 at Skycity, Auckland (see The call for submissions is open – full details on the types of submission sought (scientific papers, posters, ‘innovation in practice’ abstracts) are at Closing date for submissions is 31 July. Further information can also be sought by email – admin[at]

The outline conference programme is available at

Speakers will include Enrico Coiera, Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW, Australia on “How health analytics is changing the way we understand and manage healthcare” and Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK (Via Video Conference) on “Managing multi-morbidity in an ageing population: Why is technology so often part of the problem and how can we make it part of the solution?”

HINZ 2014 will focus on both the research and the innovative developments that make good use of ICT for transformational change in health care. Registration is open, and the Super Saver rates expire on 31st July 2014.


July 11, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, New Zealand | , , , | Leave a comment

GT2015 – 4th Global Telehealth Conference for Peer Reviewed & Applied Learning

Don Newsham, CEO of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association ( draws attention, on behalf of Conference Co-Chairs Jennifer Zelmer and Kendall Ho and the organizing team, to the forthcoming Global Telehealth 2015 (GT2015) conference. The call for papers will be launched shortly. This global conference on telehealth, mobile health and virtual health will be linked closely with COACH’s major annual conference, eHealth2015.

GT2015 will be held on 29-30 May, 2015 in Toronto, Canada – see eHealth2015 will start on 31 May, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. Further information can be obtained via the website, and/or from Andrea Freitas (afreitas[at], the primary contact from the organizing team at COACH for GT2015.





July 10, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , , | Leave a comment

APAMI2014, New Delhi, India – IMIA General Assembly Meeting

Our colleagues in APAMI, and IAMI (the Indian Association for Medical Informatics –, who are hosts and local organisers of the event, are pleased to invite you to participate in the APAMI2014 conference. See for full information and updates, including registration information, accommodation options, etc.

A flyer and brochure are available about the events – flyer (2MB PDF) brochure (2MB PDF)

Registration is also open for the conference – see

APAMI2014 (the 8th Conference of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics) will be held on 01 and 02 November, 2014 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

IMIA is pleased to support the event, and the IMIA General Assembly meeting will be held on 31 October, in conjunction with the event, with the IMIA Board meeting on 30 October (IMIA Board and GA meetings are by invitation only; invitations will be sent nearer to the events). This will be the first IMIA GA to be held in India.

Our colleagues Dr Shashia B Gogia (Organising Chairman), Mr S K Meher (Organising Secretary, and IAMI President), and Dr Sanjay Bedi (Convener), together with their IAMI colleagues and organising partners) look forward to welcoming everyone to New Delhi for these important events.


July 9, 2014 Posted by | APAMI, conference, IMIA, India | , , , | Leave a comment

eTOC for ACI eJournal: 2014 Volume 5 (2): New Articles to Complete Issue

cover-aciNew articles of ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics (2014, Volume 5 (2)) are available, to complete the 21 articles in this issue.

The full Table of Contents for this and other volumes  is online at

Crucial Factors for the Acceptance of a Computerized National Medication List  Insights into Findings from the Evaluation of the Austrian e-Medikation Pilot
Research Article
Special Topic: eHealth2014
W. O. Hackl (1), A. Hoerbst (2), G. Duftschmid (3), W. Gall (3), S. Janzek-Hawlat (3), M. Jung (1), K. Woertz (1), W. Dorda (3), E. Ammenwerth (1)
(1) Institute of Health Informatics, UMIT-University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall in Tirol, Austria; (2) Research Division for eHealth and Telemedicine, UMIT, Hall in Tirol, Austria; (3) Section for Medical Information Management and Imaging, Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 2: 527-537

A Proposal for an Austrian Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS)  A Delphi Study
Research Article
Special Topic: eHealth2014
R. Ranegger (1), W. O. Hackl (2), E. Ammenwerth (2)
(1) Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft m.b.H., Management / Pflege, Austria; (2) Institute of Health Informatics, UMIT – University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall in Tirol, Austria
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 2: 538-547

A toolbox to improve algorithms for insulin-dosing decision support
Research Article
Special Topic: eHealth2014
K. Donsa (1), P. Beck (1), J. Plank (2), L. Schaupp (2), J. K. Mader (2), T. Truskaller (1), B. Tschapeller (1), B. Höll (1), S. Spat (1), T. R. Pieber (1, 2)
(1) HEALTH – Institute for Biomedicine and Health Sciences, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz, Austria; (2) Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 2: 548-556

Development and validation of a computer-based algorithm to identify foreign-born patients with HIV infection from the electronic medical record
Research Article
J. Levison (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), V. Triant (1, 2, 3, 5), E. Losina (2, 3, 5, 6, 7), K. Keefe (2, 3, 5), K. Freedberg (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7), S. Regan (2, 3, 5)
(1) Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; (2) Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of General Internal Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; (3) Massachusetts General Hospital, Medical Practice Evaluation Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; (4) Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; (5) Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; (6) Boston University School of Public Health, Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; (7) Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, Unites States
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 2: 557-570

Evaluation of a Korean version of a tool for assessing the incorporation of human factors into a medication-related decision support system: the I-MeDeSA
Research Article
I. Cho (1, 2, 3), J. Lee (2, 3, 4, 5), H. Han (6), S. Phansalkar (2, 3, 7, 8), D. W. Bates (2, 3, 7)
(1) Department of Nursing, School of Medicine, Inha University, Incheon, Korea; (2) Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; (3) Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; (4) Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea; (5) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea; (6) Department of Pharmacy, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea; (7) Partners Healthcare Systems, Wellesley, MA, USA; (8) Wolters Kluwer Health, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 2: 571-588

Death, Taxes and Advance Directives
Invited Editorial
N. M. Wood (1), J. D D’Amore (2), S. L. Jones (3), D. F. Sittig (4), R. B. Ness (1)
(1) University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas, United States; (2) Diameter Health, Newton, Massachusetts, United States; (3) Houston Methodist Hospital, Surgery, Houston, Texas, United States; (4) University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and the UT-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality & Safety, Houston, Texas
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 2: 589-593

State Funding for Health Information Technology and Selected Ambulatory Healthcare Quality Measures
Research Article
L. M. Kern (1, 2, 3, 4), M. Silver (2, 4), R. Kaushal (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), with the HITEC Investigators
(1) Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (2) Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (3) Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (4) Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative, New York, NY.; (5) Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.; (6) New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 2: 594-602

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to
You may also find interesting information in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine ( – also an IMIA Official Journal) and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at:, and  In addition, you can now export citations for ACI articles via the links at the end of each article.

If you have any questions or feedback, contact the publishers by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]


July 4, 2014 Posted by | ACI eJournal, clinical informatics, journals | , , , | Leave a comment

MIE2014 – Istanbul, Turkey; 31 August – 03 September

MIE2014 – the 25th European Medical Informatics Conference – is will be held on 31 August to 03 September, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Full details of the event are at – including speakers, draft programme, as well as information on hotels and the social programme.

Registration is still possible – see for the rates applicable.

Also follow on Twitter (@MIE2014) and there is an MIE2014 group on LinkedIn ( and a Facebook page (

July 2, 2014 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe | , , , | 1 Comment

UN University Seeks Director for New Institute on Computing and Society in Macao

Our colleague Prof. Tze Yun Leong,
 School of Computing, National University of Singapore, and member of the UNU-CS Board, has sent information about the following vacancy, which may be of interest to some within the IMIA community; one of the requirements is “a strong background of research in an area of particular relevance to developing societies such as health, education…”. Review of applications will start on 15 July, 2014 – all communications should be to UNU, not to IMIA. Please feel free to forward this information to colleagues you think may be interested.

The United Nations University (UNU) is searching for an entrepreneurial director for the relaunch of its computing and information technology institute in Macao, SAR, China. The new institute will be called UNU Computing and Society. This director will set the vision and build an ambitious, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research programme to address key challenges faced by developing societies through high-impact innovations in computing and information technologies. We are looking for a dynamic individual with a strong academic and management background who can recruit and lead a world-class team of researchers, and build partnerships with universities, think tanks and the private sector. A focused research programme, to be developed in collaboration with the Board of the Institute, should contribute, through impact and policy advice, to the goals and priorities of the emerging UN development agenda.

Details of the post and application processes are at – see also attached flyer. Visit for the full job requirements and application procedures.

July 2, 2014 Posted by | vacancy | Leave a comment

Joan Edgecumbe Continuing Professional Development Scholarship – Closing Date 08 July

joanHISA ( is pleased to announce the Joan Edgecumbe Scholarship, which is designed to encourage undergraduate, graduate certificate, diploma, masters and PhD students who demonstrate commitment and promise in the field of health informatics to attend HISA’s annual Health Informatics Conference 2014. This conference scholarship is in recognition of the continued service and passion to the health informatics sector by Mrs. Joan Edgecumbe – “Joan is one of HISA’s founding members and over HISA’s 20 year history occupied the role of Executive Officer, committee member and Board member, until her retirement in 2011.”

Applications are open to current undergraduate, graduate certificate, diploma, masters and PhD students who demonstrate commitment and promise in the field of health informatics. Full details are at – the closing date for receipt of applications is 08 July 2014, as per the application details and online form.


June 30, 2014 Posted by | Australia, award | | Leave a comment