The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), a Non-Governmental Organization in Official Relations with WHO, will hold an Industry Stakeholder Consultation on 27 February 2013, at WHO headquarters in Geneva (see http://www.who.int/ehealth/en/). This Consultation is part of the Transnational Health Data Reuse Initiative leading up to the 2013 European Summit on the Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data to be held on 3-4 June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium (http://euhealthdata2013.imia.info/)
The objective of the consultation is to share perspectives of industry stakeholders on the use of health data obtained from electronic medical records. Participation is open to representatives of European health-related companies, including health information technology and information technology companies, data aggregators, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and others. Expressions of interest to participate in the Industry Stakeholder’s Consultation will be collected until 7 February 2013 via the link on http://www.who.int/ehealth/health_data_reuse/en/index.html. Please note that an expression of interest to participate does not guarantee a place. Formal invitations will be issued, on a space available basis, by 11 February 2013. Due to space limitations, organizations will be limited to one representative. For additional information, please contact email@example.com
The 2013 Edition of the Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology (http://www.biostatepi.org) will be held on June 9 to June 22, 2013 at Castello Brandolini Colomban, Cison di Valmarino – Treviso – Italy.
Deadline for early registration is 31 March, 2013.
The School aims to provide introductory and advanced courses in medical statistics and epidemiology, and their application in etiology research and public health. The School is aimed at physicians, clinicians and public health professionals from public and private institutions who are looking for systematic training in the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics, or epidemiology applied to health care planning and evaluation. They will acquire familiarity with epidemiological and biostatistical principles and techniques and with the computational tools needed to solve practical problems.
Courses last one week (except for Stata courses, held on Sunday, which last one day). Students can attend for a day, one or two weeks. Both introductory and more advanced one-day courses on Stata will be offered. All courses offered during the regular course week will be using Stata. Teachers come from Harvard University and several European institutions, among whose Karolinska Institutet, Bocconi University and University of Milano-Bicocca. Funding is kindly provided by Bocconi University and Stata. Limited student tuition scholarships are available; all queries should be addressed to the Summer School organisers, not to IMIA.
Please visit the course homepage for more information about the course: http://www.biostatepi.org or send an email to bioepiedu[at]ki.se
Enrollment application forms and other contact and query information is on the Summer School website at http://www.biostatepi.org/general_info.htm
We regret to report that three UK health informatics colleagues passed away in 2012 – John Bryden, Derek Hoy and Denis Barnett.
Dr John S Bryden passed away a few months before his 80th birthday. He was well-known in the UK, and especially Scottish, health informatics communities, as well as contributing to many international activities, especially at the European level. EFMI have a tribute to his work on the EFMI website; he was their Executive Officer for 10 years, and helped make many EFMI events a success. He was, for many years, a key member of the British Computer Society health groups, and was closely involved in the organisation of Medinfo2001. An appreciation also appears in the The Herald (Scotland) news site. The BCS Health Forum will be compiling a reflection on his and Derek’s life and work; please contact Dr Paul Woolman (paul.woolman[at]nhs.net) is you wish to contribute.
Derek Hoy passed away in November 2012 after a short illness. He was well-known in the international nursing informatics community, and was active for many years. Colleagues have developed a crowdsourced chronology of his life and activities at https://hackpad.com/Some-memories-of-Derek-Hoy-6dAorTkGiEP Derek was actively involved in the European Summer School s in Nursing Informatics, in work on nursing information systems, and was involved in the EU-funded NIGHTINGALE project. Derek was also an accomplished musician, and a member of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. Graham Wright wrote, on LinkedIn: Whilst many of us know him through his work in Nursing Informatics and in particular Standards and Nursing Language he is well-known as a fiddler in Jock Tamson’s Bairns and the Bella McNab Dance Band. web: http://www.jtbairns.com/derek.htm
Denise Barnett was long-standing and active member of the BCS Nursing Specialist Group; she passed away in November 2012, after being ill for some time. She was the Editor of ITIN, the journal of the BCS Nursing Group for many years., participated in many international nursing informatics events, and edited the ‘Intwernational Nursing Informatics’ 40 year history, published in 2000 and authored by Maureen Scholes, Marianne Tallberg and Elly Pluyter-Wenting. In recent years, together with Glyn Hayes, she edited the BCS Health Informatics History Book.
At the IMIA General Assembly held in Beijing, China on 23 October, 2012, IMIA formally welcomed several new members.
New IMIA Member Societies are the Burundi Health Informatics Association and the Ghana Health Informatics Association. New Academic Institutional Members are Claremont Graduate University – Kay Center for E-Health Research, School of Information Systems and Technology (USA); Saudi Electronic University, Department of Health Informatics (Saudi Arabia); University of Seville (Spain); and The University of Melbourne (Australia).
Several Academic members transferred their membership between departments within the organisation, and/or were reinstated in membership following changes. In addition, several academic organisations have ceased membership for a range of reasons. The full listing of IMIA members in all categories is on the IMIA website.
IMIA Board changes:
New IMIA Board members for the period 2012-15 are:
- Treasurer, Prof Sabine Koch
- VP Membership, Prof Michio Kimura
- VP Services, Prof. Christoph Lehmann
- VP for APAMI, Prof. Ying Wu
We also thank retiring Board members for their long service and contributions to IMIA: Prof Reinhold Haux, Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez and Prof Casimir Kulikowski.
IMIA is pleased to have become one of the latest Supporting Organisations for HIFA2015 (http://www.hifa2015.org), an international campaign with the goal “Healthcare Information for All by 2015″. The rationale for the formation of HIFA2015, ie the urgent need to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in developing countries, is congruent with IMIA’s vision “to enable the transformation of healthcare in accord with the world-wide vision of improving the health of the world population.” Among the other almost 150 Supporting Organisations are BioMed Central, British Medical Association, Cochrane Collaboration, International Council of Nurses, Joanna Briggs Institute, Public Library of Science, and WHO African Regional Office Library.
We will be exploring possibilities for IMIA to support HIFA2015′s work. HIFA2015 publications that may be of interest are listed at http://www.hifa2015.org/publications/
Any IMIA members who are already actively involved with HIFA2015 are asked to contact the IMIA Office (email: imia[at]imia-services.org) if they are willing to contribute to joint activity.
HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015) is a global campaign and knowledge network administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network, a non-profit organisation working to improve the quality of health care for low-income populations in developing countries. HIFA2015 brings together more than 5000 health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers and policymakers from 167 countries worldwide, all committed to a common goal: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed health care provider. One-third of members are based in Africa, one-third in Europe, and one-third in the rest of the world. Together we are working for a future where people are no longer dying for lack of basic healthcare knowledge. Membership is open to all and is free of charge: www.hifa2015.org
Deloitte Analytics has announced the publication of the first white paper in their new series of research reports and white papers on the topic of ‘competing on insights’. Titled “Open data – Driving growth, ingenuity and innovation”, this white paper has been researched and written in collaboration with Professor Nigel Shadbolt (http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/nrs/), head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton and co-director of the UK Government’s new Open Data Institute (http://theodi.org).
This publication presents Deloitte’s vision for open data, which is much more than just an initiative for improving government transparency. Deloitte’s view is that open data, and not simply ‘big data’, will drive growth, ingenuity and innovation in the UK economy. They believe that:
- every business will have a strategy to exploit the rapidly growing estate of open data
- businesses will increasingly open up their data to revolutionise the way they compete
- businesses will use open data to inspire customer engagement
- businesses will work with Government to establish a new paradigm in data responsibility and privacy.
Prof. Nigel Shadbolt’s keynote presentation, “The power of open: thinking outside the box”, given at the 2012 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data is also available and provides additional context. The Summit was hosted by IMIA and Deloitte was a Platinum Level Sponsor; see http://euhealthdata2012.imia.info
Thanks to Dr. Anthony Leese, Manager, Consulting at Deloitte MCS Limited, for information on this report.
It is with regret that we inform colleagues that Prof. Dr. Chang Soon Koh passed away on Monday, August 7, 2012 at the age of 80. Founder and First President of the Korean Society of Medical Informatics in 1987, he had served as the president of KOSMI (Korean Society of Medical Informatics) for many years, and was the Organizing Committee chair of MEDINFO 1998 in Seoul.
Dr Koh was a professor of Internal Medicine at Seoul National University.
As reported by Prof. Hyeoun-Ae Park, College of Nursing Seoul National University (IMIA Vice President and current KOSMI representative to IMIA), Dr Koh “was a real survivor from three different types of cancer and from Parkinson’s disease”. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 7 at Seoul National University Hospital Funeral Parlour, Seoul, Korea.