IMIA colleagues around the world wish Dr Morris F Collen a happy 100th birthday today, the 12 November, 2013 (or 11/12/13 in the US date format).
In an editorial in Methods, Don Lindberg and Marion Ball write about his life, contributions, and influence: Morris F. Collen at 100: A Tribute to “The Father of Medical Informatics”, available as a free download in Methods of Information in Medicine. Dr Collen is an IMIA Honorary Fellow (in addition to his many other recognitions and awards).
Other news items celebrating Dr Collen’s birthday and reflecting on his contributions within the US and globally are at:
Ted Shortliffe, Charles Safran others have posted some photos on Facebook.
Prof. Dr. Majid Altuwaijri, founder and Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, CIO for the National Guard Health Affairs, retired from public service last month. For the past twenty years, Professor Altuwaijri has strived to cement and lead health informatics initiatives within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2005, Professor Altuwaijri established the first college of Public Health and Health Informatics in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. In 2006, Professor Altuwaijri also established the Saudi Arabian Health Informatics Assocation (SAHI) and served as president from 2006 till 2012. One of Professor Altuwaijri’s principal accomplishments, and perhaps his most lasting legacy, was the establishment of the King Abdullah Arabic Health Encyclopedia (KAAHE – http://www.kaahe.org/en/). The website was officially launched in 2012 and almost one and a half years after its launch it has become the most visited Arabic health website in the Middle East with over one million visitors a month.
For his efforts over the years in building health informatics within Saudi Arabia, Professor Altuwaijri was granted the King Abdulaziz Medal of Honor in the first degree, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian in Saudi Arabia.
A full appreciation of Professor Altuwaijri’s contribution to the development of health informatics in Saudi Arabia is provided by Dr. Mowafa Househ and colleagues, and is downloadable here.
The Kigali Health Institute (KHI), Rwanda, runs the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSc HI) degree programme under the auspices of the Regional e-Health Centre of Excellence which is based in KHI. The MSc HI programme started in 2011 as an evening programme whereby students attend training sessions after work.
KHI (http://www.khi.ac.rw) has produced a Call for applications to review the MSc in Health Informatics curriculum. The full call is attached here or directly from the KHI website at http://www.khi.ac.rw/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=152&Itemid=62
The review work is scheduled for completion in October 2013, and interested applicants should contact the following by 16 September:
The Director of Postgraduate Studies, K.H.I (Central Secretariat):
Attention Prof Kato J NJUNWA or by email: email@example.com
P.O. BOX 3286, KIGALI RWANDA. Tel.:+250 7884 90522
Please direct all queries to KHI, and not to IMIA.
[Photo courtesy Antoine Geissbuhler]
The IMIA General Assembly meeting 2013 was held at the Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark on 20 August, 2013 in conjunction with Medinfo2013. Around 70 GA members were able to be present in person, including Board members, Member Society representatives, Honorary Fellows, Working Groups chairs and others. Thank you to all who participated.
As a result of decisions made at the GA, and general policy directions, there will be some major changes for IMIA in the next 12-18 months, including:
- the GA approved a move to the IMIA Yearbook being open access and online-only. We need to finalise contractual issues and expect the new model from 2014;
- the Nominating Committee will formalise an even wider consultation process than exists for proposals for IMIA Board members and membership of some key committees. We will be discussing the practical issues with members in the coming months.
Two new Member Societies were admitted to IMIA:
- Colombian Association of Health Informatics (Asociación Colombiana de Informática en Salud – ACIESA)
- Kenya Health Informatics Association (KeHIA)
In addition, the Centre for Health Informatics, City University, London, UK was reinstated as an Academic Institutional Member.
Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez and Prof. Kaija Saranto were approved as SPC co-chairs for Medinfo2015. They have already started work on the processes and timelines for Medinfo2015, and will be consulting widely as they seek ideas and the additional SPC members.
GA2014 Meeting: New Delhi, India – 31 October, 2014 – in conjunction with the APAMI2014 Conference (01-02 November)
Watch http://www.apami2014.com for more information on the conference call for submissions.
The IMIA Board will also meet in Budapest, Hungary on 26 April, 2014 in conjunction with the EFMI STC2014 meeting.
AstraZeneca are looking to fill a new, key role. Here, you’ll identify leading scientific computing techniques and collaborations and make sure they take firm root within the organisation and achieve maximum benefit for the business.
You’ll help raise AstraZeneca’s profile in this area, present at conferences, participate in events and workshops and show the team the way forward.
More information and applications details can be found on their website http://www.jobs.astrazeneca.com/jobs/details/l1rRD518-head-scientific-computing-solutions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.