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MIE2015 (Madrid, Spain) – Call for Submissions

efmi-smThe European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the Spanish Society of Health Informatics (SEIS), Spain invite you to submit your contributions to the 26th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE2015, which will be held from 27 to 29 May 2015 in Madrid, Spain. The theme of MIE2015 is “Digital healthcare empowering Europeans”.

Key submission deadlines:
Papers and Posters – November 1, 2014
Workshops, Panels, Short communications, and Tutorials – November 15, 2014

Full information on MIE2015 is at http://www.mie2015.es and the call information is also on the EFMI website at http://www.efmi.org/index.php/91-call-for-papers-mie-2015

October 24, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, EFMI, Europe, Spain | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Methods of Information in Medicine: eTOC 2014; 53(5)

methods533METHODS of Information in Medicine is an IMIA Official Journal. The Impact Factors for 2013 have been published, and Methods of Information in Medicine is happy to report a new value of 1.083

Volume 53, Issue 5 is now available at: http://www.methods-online.com This latest issue of METHODS has 11 articles, including four free downloads.

How to Use Information Technology to Improve Medication Safety
Editorial
A. Winter (1), R.-D. Hilgers (2), R. Hofestädt (3), P. Knaup-Gregori (4), C. Ose (5), A. Timmer (6)
(1) Leipzig University, Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology, Leipzig, Germany; (2) RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Medical Statistics, Aachen, Germany; (3) Bielefeld University, Bioinformatics Department, Bielefeld, Germany; (4) Heidelberg University, Institute for Medical Biometry and Informatics, Heidelberg, Germany; (5) Duisburg-Essen University, Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Clinical Trials, Essen, Germany; (6) Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Department for Epidemiology and Biometry, Oldenburg, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 333-335   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-10-0007   [Free PDF]

Memorandum on the Use of Information Technology to Improve Medication Safety
Original Article
E. Ammenwerth (1), A.-F. Aly (2), T. Bürkle (3), P. Christ (4), H. Dormann (5), W. Friesdorf (6), C. Haas (7), W. E. Haefeli (8), M. Jeske (9), J. Kaltschmidt (8), K. Menges (10), H. Möller (2), A. Neubert (11), W. Rascher (11), H. Reichert (12), J. Schuler (13), G. Schreier (14), S. Schulz (15), H. M. Seidling (16), W. Stühlinger (17), M. Criegee-Rieck (3)
(1) Institute of Health Informatics, University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT), Hall in Tirol, Austria; (2) Drug Commission of the German Medical Association, Berlin, Germany; (3) Chair of Medical Informatics, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; (4) Medizinische Medien Information, Neu Isenburg, Germany; (5) Department of Emergency Medicine, Klinikum Fürth, Fürth, Germany; (6) Institute for Health Care Systems Management Berlin, Berlin, Germany; (7) DIMDI – German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information, Köln, Germany; (8) Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoepidemiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; (9) Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Institute of Pharmacy, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria; (10) Federal Institute for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (BfArM), Bonn, Germany; (11) Department of Paediatric and Adolescents Medicine, University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany; (12) Master of Science in Medical Informatics, Berlin, Germany; (13) Institute of General Practice, Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria; (14) Assistive Healthcare Information Technology, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Graz, Austria; (15) Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Medical University of Graz, Austria; (16) Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoepidemiology, Cooperation Unit Clinical Pharmacy, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; (17) Department of Public Health and Health Technology Assessment, University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT), Hall in Tirol, Austria
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 336-343   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-01-0040   [Free PDF]

Erratum to: Influence of Selection Bias on the Test Decision   A Simulation Study
Erratum
The Original Article can be found here.
M. Tamm (1), E. Cramer (2), L. N. Kennes (1), N. Heussen (1)
(1) Department of Medical Statistics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany; (2) Institute of Statistics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 343-343   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME11-01-0043e   [Free PDF]

Learning the Preferences of Physicians for the Organization of Result Lists of Medical Evidence Articles
Original Article
D. O´Sullivan (1, 2), S. Wilk (2, 3), W. Michalowski (2), R. Slowinski (3, 4), R. Thomas (5), M. Kadzinski (3), K. Farion (6)
(1) School of Informatics, City University London, London, United Kingdom; (2) Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada; (3) Institute of Computing Science, Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland; (4) Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland; (5) Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; (6) Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 344-356   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0085

Prediction Model for Glucose Metabolism Based on Lipid Metabolism
Original Article
Online Supplementary Material
Y. Hatakeyama (1), H. Kataoka (1), N. Nakajima (1), T. Watabe (1), S. Fujimoto (2), Y. Okuhara (1)
(1) Center of Medical Information Science, Kochi University Medical School, Kochi, Japan; (2) Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nephrology, Kochi University Medical School, Kochi, Japan
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 357-363   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-01-0034

Extraction of Cochlear Non-linearities with the Bispectral Analysis  An Application to TEOAEs in Styrene-exposed Workers
Original Article
E. Chiaramello (1), S. Moriconi (1), G. Tognola (1)
(1) CNR IEIIT – National Research Council of Italy Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering, Milan, Italy
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 364-370   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-01-0004

Combining Cross-sectional Data on Prevalence with Risk Estimates from a Prediction Model  A Novel Method for Estimating the Attributable Risk
Original Article
B. Engelhardt (1, 2), J. König (1), M. Blettner (1), P. Wild (3, 4), T. Münzel (3), K. Lackner (5), S. Blankenberg (3), N. Pfeiffer (6), M. Beutel (7), I. Zwiener (1)
(1) Department of Medical Biostatistics, Informatics and Epidemiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany; (2) Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn-Aachen International Center for IT, Algorithmic Bioinformatics, Bonn, Germany; (3) Department of Medicine II, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany; (4) Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany; (5) Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Mainz, Germany: 5University Heart Center Hamburg, Department of General and Interventional Cardiology, Hamburg, Germany; (6) Department of Ophthalmology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Mainz, Germany; (7) Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 371-379   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0088

Evolving Pervasive Health Research into Clinical Practice
Focus Theme – Editorial
O. Mayora (1), P. Lukowicz (2), M. Marschollek (3)
(1) CREATE-NET, Trento, Italy; (2) German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Kaiserslautern, Germany; (3) Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 380-381   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-10-0004   [Free PDF]

Automatic Heart Rate Normalization for Accurate Energy Expenditure Estimation   An Analysis of Activities of Daily Living and Heart Rate Features
Focus Theme – Pervasive Intelligent Technologies for Health
M. Altini (1, 2), J. Penders (1), R. Vullers (1), O. Amft (2, 3)
(1) Holst Centre/imec The Netherlands, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; (2) Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; (3) ACTLab, University of Passau, Passau, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 382-388   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0031

Real-time Feedback on Nonverbal Clinical Communication   Theoretical Framework and Clinician Acceptance of Ambient Visual Design
Focus Theme – Pervasive Intelligent Technologies for Health
A. L. Hartzler (1), R. A. Patel (2), M. Czerwinski (3), W. Pratt (1, 2), A. Roseway (3), N. Chandrasekaran (3), A. Back (4)
(1) The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA; (2) Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA; (3) Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, USA; (4) Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 389-405   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0033

Adaptable Healing Patient Room for Stroke Patients   A Staff Evaluation
Focus Theme – Pervasive Intelligent Technologies for Health
E. M. L. Daemen (1), I. C. M. Flinsenberg (1), E. J. Van Loenen (1), R. P. G. Cuppen (1), R. J. E. Rajae-Joordens (1)
(1) Philips Research, Philips Electronics Netherlands, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 5: 406-415   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0032

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October 20, 2014 Posted by | journals | , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Months to Medinfo2015 Paper/Poster Submission Deadline – 15 December 2014

medinfo15-jul14MEDINFO2015: eHealth-enabled Health

Now less than two months to submission deadline for full papers and posters – 15 December 2014

The 15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics will be held in São Paulo city, Brazil, from 19 to 23 August, 2015. It will be the first time that Latin America will host this important and prestigious international medical informatics conference. MEDINFO is the main conference of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and its 15th edition will be organized by the Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS).

Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairs Beatriz de Faria Leão and Claudio Giulliano Alves da Costa, from Brazil, invite you to attend and look forward to welcoming everyone. Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) Chairs Fernando Martin Sanchez (Australia) and Kaija Saranto (Finland), and Editorial Committee Chair Indra Neil Sarkar (USA) and their teams look forward to receiving your scientific submissions.

Information will be continuously updated on the Medinfo2015 website – www.medinfo2015.org – and through IMIA’s website and social media channels. We ask all IMIA members and colleagues to help promote the event and encourage them to submit materials and attend.

For submissions, go to: https://medinfo2015.online-registry.net In addition to submitting your work, we encourage you to sign up as a reviewer.

Important deadlines:

Deadline for Full Paper, Student Paper, Vision Paper and Poster submissions 15 December 2014
Deadline for Panel, Tutorial, Workshop and Demo submissions 15 January 2015

MEDINFO 2015: ¡Participe en el XV Congreso Mundial de Informática Biomedica y de la Salud! Bajo el lema “La Salud, facilitada por la eSalud”, la comunidad internacional se reunirá entre el 19 y el 23 de agosto en São Paulo, Brasil, para compartir conocimientos y discutir cómo las innovaciones en Salud digital y en Informática biomédica están ayudando a resolver los principales problemas en atención sanitaria, Salud Pública, Salud del consumidor e Investigación biomédica. ¡Súmese y aporte sus conocimientos, conectándose con colegas de todo el mundo, y disfrutando de la cosmopolita ciudad de São Paulo!

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October 16, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Medinfo2015 | , , , | Leave a comment

Dr Morris Collen Passed Away, Aged 100

We regret to inform colleagues that Dr Morris F Collen, a pioneer of informatics and founding members of AMIA and ACMI, has passed away at the age of 100. Tributes have been paid by many colleagues; Dr Marion Ball, a past President of IMIA and close friend and colleague of Dr Collen, said that “We have lost a giant in our field”.  Tributes to his life, work and influence are on the AMIA website (http://www.amia.org/about-amia/leadership/acmi-fellow/morris-f-collen-md-facmi); current ACMI President Alexa T. McCray, PhD, reflected that “there is no question that Morris Collen will be remembered for his seminal and significant contributions to our field. And for those who had the great pleasure of knowing him during his rich and productive career, he will be recalled fondly as one who always had a kind and generous word to say whenever there was an opportunity to do so. His was a life well lived.”  An obituary in the Los Angeles Times (thanks to Marion Ball for the link) provides further background and tributes (http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-morris-collen-20141001-story.html) as does the Kaiser Permante website (http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/kaiser-permanente-medical-pioneer-morris-f-collen-md-passes-at-age-100/)

UPDATE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/us/morris-collen-computerized-medicine-pioneer-dies-at-100.html

October 2, 2014 Posted by | AMIA | , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 Published

The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 has been published, and is available from the website of Schattauer, our publisher. See http://www.schattauer.de/de/magazine/uebersicht/zeitschriften-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-2014.html

This is the 23rd year of continuous publication of the IMIA Yearbook since it was first published in 1992. It has been though many changes, and this year, for the first time, it is available fully and only online, but also open access and free of charge to everyone.

Among the contents (downloadable as 59 items) are:

  • Big³ – Editorial by C. U. Lehmann, B. Séroussi, M.-C. Jaulent;
  • The Other Side(s) of Health Informatics – IMIA President’s Statement by Lincoln de Assis Moura Jr;
  • Obituary of François Grémy, a Humanist and Information Sciences Pioneer, by P. Degoulet, M. Fieschi, M. Goldberg, R. Salamon;
  • Big Data and Biomedical Informatics: A Challenging Opportunity – Keynote by R. Bellazzi;
  • contributions authored by IMIA Working Groups, and much more.

Our thanks go to everyone who has made the IMIA Yearbook possible and available – to the editorial team lead by Marie-Christine Jaulent, Chris Lehmann and Brigitte Séroussi, to all the authors and contributors, to our publishers Schattauer GmbH, and especially to Martina Hutter in the Editorial Office for all her hard work and herding of cats.

 

August 15, 2014 Posted by | IMIA, Yearbook | , , , | Leave a comment

Methods of Information in Medicine: eTOC 2014; 53(4)

methods533METHODS of Information in Medicine is an IMIA Official Journal. The Impact Factors for 2013 have been published, and Methods of Information in Medicine is happy to report a new value of 1.083

Volume 53, Issue 4 is now available at: http://www.methods-online.com This latest issue of METHODS has 18 articles, including two free downloads. Upgrade your subscription now to Methods Premium and gain online access to the complete Methods of Information in Medicine Archive dating back to 1962!

Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology
Recent Developments and Advances
Editorial
H. Handels (1), J. Ingenerf (1)
(1) Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 235-237   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-10-0005

Quantitative Conjunctival Provocation Test for Controlled Clinical Trials
Original Article
I. Sárándi (1), D. P. Claßen (2), A. Astvatsatourov (3), O. Pfaar (2), L. Klimek (2), R. Mösges (4), T. M. Deserno (1)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany; (2) Center of Rhinology and Allergology, Wiesbaden, Germany; (3) Institute of Medical Statistics, Informatics and Epidemiology, Cologne Ophthalmological Reading and Image Analysis Center, Experimental Ophthalmology, University Hospital Cologne, Cologne, Germany; (4) Institute of Medical Statistics, Informatics and Epidemiology, University Hospital Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 238-244   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-12-0142

Investigating Recurrent Neural Networks for OCT A-scan Based Tissue Analysis
Original Article
C. Otte (1), S. Otte (2), L. Wittig (3), G. Hüttmann (4), C. Kugler (5), D. Drömann (3), A. Zell (2), A. Schlaefer (1)
(1) Institute of Medical Technology, Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany; (2) Cognitive Systems Group, Computer Science Department, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany; (3) Medical Clinic III, University Hospital Schleswig Holstein, Luebeck, Germany; (4) Institute of Biomedical Optics, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany; (5) Medical Clinic III, Department of Thoracic Surgery, LungenClinic Grosshansdorf, Grosshansdorf, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 245-249   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0135

Lung Registration Using Automatically Detected Landmarks
Original Article
T. Polzin (1), J. Rühaak (2), R. Werner (3), H. Handels (4), J. Modersitzki (1, 2)
(1) Institute of Mathematics and Image Computing, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany; (2) Fraunhofer MEVIS Project Group Image Registration, Lübeck, Germany; (3) Department of Computational Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany; (4) Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 250-256   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0125

Simulation of Range Imaging-based Estimation of Respiratory Lung Motion
Influence of Noise, Signal Dimensionality and Sampling Patterns
Original Article
M. Wilms (1), R. Werner (2), M. Blendowski (1), J. Ortmüller (1), H. Handels (1)
(1) Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany; (2) Department of Computational Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 257-263   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0137

Piloting the EHR4CR Feasibility Platform across Europe
Original Article
J. Doods (1), R. Bache (2, 3), M. McGilchrist (4), C. Daniel (5, 6), M. Dugas (1), F. Fritz (1), on behalf of Work Package 7
(1) University of Münster, Münster, Germany; (2) Department of Informatics, School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, King’s College London, London, UK; (3) Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London, London, UK; (4) Health Informatics Centre, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK; (5) INSERM, UMR_S 1142, LIMICS, Paris, France; (6) CCS SI Patient, AP-HP, Paris, France
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 264-268   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0134

Evaluating Methods for Intersectoral Comparison of Quality of Care
A Routine Data Analysis of Elective Percutaneous Coronary Interventions
Original Article
Online Supplementary Material
C. Ohlmeier (1), R. Linder (2), D. Enders (1), R. Mikolajczyk (3, 4), W. Haverkamp (5), D. Horenkamp-Sonntag (2), E. Garbe (1, 6)
(1) Leibniz-Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, Bremen, Germany; (2) Scientific Institute of TK for Benefit and Efficiency in Health Care, Köln, Germany; (3) Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany; (4) Hannover Medical School Hannover, Germany; (5) Charité University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany; (6) University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 269-277   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0132

Informative Simultaneous Confidence Intervals in Hierarchical Testing
Original Article
S. Schmidt (1), W. Brannath (1)
(1) University of Bremen, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Bremen, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 278-283   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-01-0140

Biosignal Interpretation I
Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
Focus Theme – Editorial
K. Yana (1), S. Cerutti (2), L. Mainardi (2), Y. Yamamoto (3)
(1) Department of Applied Informatics, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan; (2) Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy; (3) Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 284-285   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-10-0006

Coupling of Heart Rate and Systolic Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Pregnancy
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
A. Voss (1), C. Fischer (1), R. Schroeder (1)
(1) Department of Medical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 286-290   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0045

Computerized Diagnosis of Respiratory Disorders
SVM Based Classification of VAR Model Parameters of Respiratory Sounds
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
I. Sen (1), M. Saraclar (1), Y. P. Kahya (1)
(1) Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 291-295   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0041

Point-process Nonlinear Autonomic Assessment of Depressive States in Bipolar Patients
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
G. Valenza (1, 2), L. Citi (1, 3), C. Gentili (4), A. Lanatá (2), E. P. Scilingo (2), R. Barbieri (1)
(1) Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA; (2) Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; (3) School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester, UK; (4) Department of Psychiatry, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biotechnology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 296-302   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0036

Robust Detection of Sleep Apnea from Holter ECGs
Joint Assessment of Modulations in QRS Amplitude and Respiratory Myogram Interference
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
C. Maier (1, 2), H. Wenz (3), H. Dickhaus (1)
(1) Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany; (2) Department of Medical Informatics, Heilbronn University, Heilbronn, Germany; (3) Thoraxklinik, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 303-307   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0043

Monitoring Nocturnal Heart Rate with Bed Sensor
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
M. Migliorini (1), J. M. Kortelainen (2), J. Pärkkä (2), M. Tenhunen (3), S. L. Himanen (3), A. M. Bianchi (1)
(1) Department of Electronics, Informatics and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy; (2) VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Tampere, Finland; (3) Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Tampere, Finland
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 308-313   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0053

Surface and Intramural Reentrant Patterns during Atrial Fibrillation in the Sheep
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
O. Berenfeld (1), M. Yamazaki (1), D. Filgueiras-Rama (1), J. Kalifa (1)
(1) Center for Arrhythmia Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 314-319   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0047

Slow Adaptation of Ventricular Repolarization as a Cause of Arrhythmia?
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
A. Bueno-Orovio (1), B. M. Hanson (2), J. S. Gill (3), P. Taggart (4), B. Rodriguez (1)
(1) Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; (2) Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College of London, London, UK; (3) Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK; (4) The Neurocardiology Research Unit, University College Hospital, London, UK
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 320-323   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0039

Modeling and Quantification of Repolarization Feature Dependency on Heart Rate
Focus Theme – Biosignal Interpretation I – Advanced Methods for Studying Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
A. Minchole (1, 2, 3), E. Zacur (3), E. Pueyo (2, 3), P. Laguna (3, 2)
(1) Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; (2) Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), Zaragoza, Spain; (3) I3A, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 324-328   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME13-02-0040

Reporting of Medical Research Costs
Improving Transparency and Reproducibility of Medical Research
Letter to the Editor
B. J. Visser (1), A. W. G. Buijink (2), M. P. Grobusch (1)
(1) Center of Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Internal Medicine, Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; (2) Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Methods Inf Med 2014 53 4: 329-331   dx.doi.org/10.3414/ME14-04-0004

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You may also find interesting information in our eJournal ACI – Applied Medical Informatics and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

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August 13, 2014 Posted by | journals | , , , , | Leave a comment

AMIA 2015 Joint Summits on Translational Science – Submissions Deadline Sept. 25

amialogoAMIA is pleased to announce that the sixth annual Joint Summits on Translational Science will be held at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, with the Summit on Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) on March 23-25 followed by the Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) on March 25-27. See http://www.amia.org/jointsummits2015 for full information.

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT

The Joint Summits serve as the primary forum to connect with leaders in the field of informatics who are advancing translational science at the nexus of bioinformatics and clinical research. The theme of the 2015 Joint Summits is accelerating precision medicine and patient-centered outcomes research through discovery, development and delivery. This meeting will bring together translational scientists and informatics researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, government and non-profit sectors to share knowledge and best practices, and to forge collaborations across boundaries. Lewis J. Frey, PhD is Chair of the 2015 TBI Scientific Program Committee and Chunhua Weng, PhD, MS is Chair of the 2015 CRI Scientific Program Committee.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

eTOC for ACI eJournal: 2014 Volume 5 (3), New Articles Available

New articles of ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics (2014, Volume 5 (3)) are available.cover-aci

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The Table of Contents below is online at www.aci-journal.org.

Remember, to submit your next manuscript online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acij

Estimation of severe drug-drug interaction warnings by medical specialist groups for Austrian nationwide eMedication
Research Article
Special Topic: eHealth2014
C. Rinner (1), S. K. Sauter (1), L. M. Neuhofer (1), D. Edlinger (1), W. Grossmann (2), M. Wolzt (3), G. Endel (4), W. Gall (1)
(1) Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems, Medical University of Vienna; (2) Research Group Scientific Computing, University of Vienna; (3) Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University of Vienna; (4) Main Association of Austrian Social Security Organizations, Vienna, Austria
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 603-611 dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-04-RA-0030
In advance of the implementation of a nationwide eMedication system in Australia, this study sought to estimate the number of severe drug-drug interactions by medical specialist groups. Their findings suggest that different medical specialist groups will require support that’s customized to their workflows and practice needs.

The impact of adherence on costs and effectiveness of telemedical patient management in heart failure  – A systematic review
Research Article
Special Topic: eHealth2014
A. S. Hameed (1, 2), S. Sauermann (3), G. Schreier (2)
(1) Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic; (2) Assistive Healthcare Information Technology, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Graz, Austria; (3) Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna, Austria
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 612-620 dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-04-RA-0037
The cost-saving promises of telehealth depend on the system working adequately at all levels, including among patients. In this systematic review, the authors attempted to understand the impacts of adherence to recommended treatment on the costs and effectiveness of telemedicine. However, their findings suggest that little research has been done in the area and more will be needed.

JADE: A tool for medical researchers to explore adverse drug events using health claims data
Research Article
Special Topic: eHealth2014
D. Edlinger (1), S. K. Sauter (1), C. Rinner (1), L. M. Neuhofer (1), M. Wolzt (2), W. Grossmann (3), G. Endel (4), W. Gall (1)
(1) Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems, Medical University of Vienna, Austria; (2) Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria; (3) Research Group Scientific Computing, University of Vienna, Austria; (4) Main Association of Austrian Social Security Organizations, Vienna, Austria
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 621-629 dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-04-RA-0036
Adverse drug events cause unnecessary harm to patients and costs to the medical system. In order to improve learning about adverse drug events, the authors designed a system to use medical claims data to identify and understand adverse drug events. They recommend their tool for researchers attempting to better capture adverse events.

Information needs for the OR and PACU electronic medical record
Research Article
V. Herasevich (1, 2), M. A. Ellsworth (3), J. R. Hebl (1), M. J. Brown (1), B. W. Pickering (1, 2)
(1) Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN; (2) Multidisciplinary Epidemiology and Translation Research in Intensive Care (METRIC), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN; (3) Division of Neonatal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN.
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 630-641 dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-02-RA-0015
Information overload can be a substantial barrier to appropriate utilization of electronic health records. In this study, the authors sought to understand the needs anesthesia providers through surveys. Their findings suggest areas where anesthesia providers have varying requirements that will need to be met adequately by EHRs.

A Case Report in Health Information Exchange for Inter-organizational Patient Transfers
Case Report
Online Supplementary Material
J. E. Richardson (1), S. Malhotra (2), R. Kaushal (1), with the HITEC Investigators
(1) Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Centerfor Healthcare Informatics and Policy, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC), New York, USA; (2) Weill Cornell Physicians Organization, New York, NY
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 642-650 dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-02-CR-0016
In this paper, the authors describe barriers and promoters to implementation of a health information exchange. Using interviews with key informants and providers, the authors identified barriers and promoters related to organizational, technical, and user-oriented issues. Their findings are instructive for others considering a similar process.

Actionable Recommendations in the Bright Futures Child Health Supervision Guidelines
Online Supplementary Material
S. M. E. Finnell (1, 2), J. L. Stanton (1), S. M. Downs (1, 2)
(1) Children’s Health Services Research, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana; (2) Regenstrief Institute Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 651-659 dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-02-RA-0012
Recently, there has been a push to include the Bright Futures Child Health guidelines in electronic health records. However, computer implementation requires that guidelines be actionable. Therefore, in this study, the authors reviewed the Bright Futures guidelines to determine which, if any, are applicable.

Ontology Content Patterns as Bridge for the Semantic Representation of Clinical Information
Research Article
Special Topic: eHealth2014
C. Martínez-Costa (1), S. Schulz (1, 2)
(1) Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Medical University of Graz, Austria; (2) Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, Freiburg University Medical Center, Germany
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 660-669
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-04-RA-0031
Interoperability of electronic health records depends on common semantics based on rigorous and precise modelling of clinical information. In this study, the authors apply ontology content patterns to and example of tobacco use. They show how ontology content patterns can be helpful, and also where open questions still remain on improving system interoperability.

Comprehensive electronic medical record implementation levels not associated with 30-day all-cause readmissions within Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure.
Research Article
M. E. Patterson (1), P. Marken (1), Y. Zhong (2), S. D. Simon (3), W. Ketcherside (4)
(1) Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, Kansas City, Missouri; (2) Department of Biostatistics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas; (3) Department of Informatics Medicine and Personalized Health, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri; (4) Ketcherside Group, L.L.C., Kansas City, Missouri
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 670-684
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-01-RA-0008
In this study, the authors examined whether a comprehensive EHR helped reduce 30-day hospital readmission among heart failure patients. Though the aim of an EHR is to improve care and hopefully reduce re-admissions, the authors found that there was virtually no difference in re-admission rates between hospitals with and without comprehensive EHRs. Their findings demonstrate the need to devise mechanisms other than EHRs to reduce re-admission rates.

Computerized Provider Order Entry Reduces Length of Stay in a Community Hospital
Research Article
R. Schreiber (1), K. Peters (1, 2), S. H. Shaha (3, 4)
(1) Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA; (2) Vibra Healthcare, Mechanicsburg, PA; (3) Center for Public Policy & Admin, Salt Lake City, UT; (4) Allscripts, Chicago, IL
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 3: 685-698
dx.doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2014-04-RA-0029
Seeking to expand knowledge on how computerized provider order entry (CPOE) affects hospital length of stay and cost, literature for which has focused largely on university hospitals, these authors examined the effects of a CPOE system in a community hospital. Their findings suggest that a CPOE system can result in length of stay reductions and cost reductions for care.

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to www.aci-journal.org.

You may also find interesting information in our journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

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July 31, 2014 Posted by | ACI eJournal, journals | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Informatics in Primary Care Journal – Now Full Open Access

Our colleague Prof. Simon de Lusignan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Informatics in Primary Care, is pleased to announce that the journal is now available fully free-text and open access (a print version will also be available). For further information, see http://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/article/view/60/76 This move is being made possible through the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the UK.

As noted in the May 2014 IMIA monthly newsletter (http://eepurl.com/Sj141), Simon seeks papers from anyone interested in publishing in the journal. In addition to being a journal of the Health Informatics Specialist Group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the UK, it has for many years been recognised as an official journal of the IMIA Primary Health Care Informatics Working Group (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/149). It publishes high-quality research papers, literature reviews and letters from both researchers and practitioners in the fields of health and clinical informatics and its focus is on informatics research from the front lines of health care. However, contributions need not be limited to these areas if they would be of interest; interested authors should contact the editorial team.

Further information and links to articles are available at http://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/index

Simon is also chair of the IMIA Primary Health Care Informatics Working Group (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/149), and the Academic Representative to IMIA of the Department of Health Care Management and Policy, University of Surrey, UK (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/327), an IMIA Academic Member.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | journals, primary care | , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook 2014 – First Papers Available Online, Free, Open Access

On behalf of the IMIA Yearbook editorial team, we are pleased to announce that the first papers of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 are now available – see http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-first.html

All papers will be online, free to anyone, and open access. This change in the model for the IMIA Yearbook was approved by the IMIA General Assembly in 2013, and is being funded fully by IMIA. The first set of papers includes the keynote delivered by Prof. Reinhold Haux at MedInfo2013, on the occasion of the receipt of the IMIA Award of Excellence as well as commentary on the keynote, two history of informatics articles and other contribution. Selected links are as follows – see http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-first.html for full contents and links

On Determining Factors for Good Research in Biomedical and Health Informatics. Some Lessons Learned
R. Haux (1)
(1) Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Germany
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0025   [Free PDF]

Reinhold concludes that “Medical Informatics is an inter- and multidisciplinary discipline “avant la lettre”. Compared to monodisciplinary research, inter- and multidisciplinary research does not only provide significant opportunities for solving major problems in science and in society. It also faces considerable additional challenges for medical informatics as a scientific field. The determining factors, presented here, are in my opinion crucial for conducting successful research and for developing a research career. Since medical informatics as a field has today become an important driving force for research progress, especially in biomedicine and health care, but also in fields like computer science, it may be helpful to consider such factors in relation with research and education in our discipline.”

Commentaries on the IMIA Award of Excellence Lecture by Reinhold Haux
A. Hasman (1), W. Hersh (2), N. M. Lorenzi (3), E. H. Shortliffe (4), J. H. van Bemmel (5)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center – University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (2) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA; (3) Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee USA; (4) College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ; Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY; Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; (5) Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0026   [Free PDF]

Five internationally renowned biomedical informaticians were invited to respond to Prof. Haux’s editorial. This paper summarizes their thoughts and responses.

Big³. Editorial
C. U. Lehmann (1), B. Séroussi (2, 3), M.-C. Jaulent (3)
(1) Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA; (2) Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université Paris 06, UMR_S 1142, LIMICS, Paris, France; AP-HP, Hôpital Tenon, DSP, Paris, France; (3) INSERM, UMR_S1142, LIMICS, Paris, France
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0030   [Free PDF]

The IMIA Yearbook editors provide a brief overview of the 2014 special topic, Big Data – Smart Health Strategies, and an outline of the novel publishing model is provided in conjunction with a call for proposals to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Yearbook. ‘Big Data’ has become the latest buzzword in informatics and promises new approaches and interventions that can improve health, well-being, and quality of life. This edition of the Yearbook acknowledges the fact that we just started to explore the opportunities that ‘Big Data’ will bring. It was our goal to provide a comprehensive view at the state of ‘Big Data’ today, explore its strengths and weaknesses, as well as its risks, discuss emerging trends, tools, and applications, and stimulate the development of the field through the aggregation of excellent survey papers and working group contributions to the topic.

Big Data and Biomedical Informatics: A Challenging Opportunity
R. Bellazzi (1)
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0024   [Free PDF]

We encourage IMIA members and colleagues from the wider community to download and read the papers – and provide their feedback, which can be sent to imia[at]imia-services.org IMIA is grateful to our publishers, Schattauer, for their co-operation and support in developing this new direction for the IMIA Yearbook.

IMIA believes that making the Yearbook available to everyone will increase readership and will increase interest of potential authors to participate in the Yearbook. “IMIA has fundamentally changed the way the IMIA Yearbook can be accessed – by eliminating the fee-for-access model, IMIA members in resource poor countries now have for the first time unfettered access to the high quality surveys and synopsis as well as the working group contributions” said VP for services Dr. Christoph U. Lehmann. Brigitte Seroussi, one of the editors of the Yearbook, stated “Making the Yearbook open-access will greatly improve the dissemination of its scientific content to worldwide researchers making them able to build on the findings, connect together and become the actors of innovation and scientific discoveries.” Marie-Christine Jaulent, also an editor of the IMIA yearbook, notes that “Bringing the IMIA yearbook content to a wide audience, permitting any user to access the full texts freely, immediately will increase the visibility of its contributors, the availability of its high value content as well as its impact”.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | history, IMIA, journals, Yearbook | , , , | Leave a comment