From the International Medical Informatics Association

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 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 (, 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 ( 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

Simon is also chair of the IMIA Primary Health Care Informatics Working Group (, and the Academic Representative to IMIA of the Department of Health Care Management and Policy, University of Surrey, UK (, 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

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 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: -   [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: -   [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: -   [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: -   [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 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

Medinfo2015 Website Launched –

medinfo2015logoOur colleagues from the Medinfo2015 Local Organising Committee and the Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS – Sociedade Brasileira de Informática em Saúde) are pleased to announce the launch of the Medinfo2015 website –

MEDINFO 2015: eHealth enabled Health – The 15th World Congress on Medical Informatics will be held in São Paulo city, Brazil, from 19th to 23th August, 2015. It will be the first time that Latin America will host a Medinfo conference.

Please note the event dates and venue, and the important 2014 dates relating to submissions for Medinfo2015. The website will be updated with further information in the coming weeks and months.

The SPC co-chairs Fernando Martin Sanchez (Australia) and Kaija Saranto (Finland) look forward to receiving your submissions in due course.

You can also follow/interact via Twitter (@MedInfo2015) and on Facebook (  Other social media interaction channels will be announced in due course.

March 13, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, education, medinfo, Medinfo2015 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Acta Informatica Medica Journal – Latest Issue

acta6The latest issue of Acta Informatica Medica: journal of the Society for Medical Informatics of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Academy of Medical Sciences in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now available - 2014, Volume 22, Issue 1.

It is available directly at

Information on the journal is at The Editor-in-Chief is Prof. Izet Masic. An archive of Acta is also available on PubMed.

The latest issue has a Special Tribute on Morris F. Collen from Marion Ball, Donald Lindberg, Izet Masic, and a series of articles on the history of medical informatics in Europe.

February 5, 2014 Posted by | EFMI, Europe, history, IMIA, journals | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

eTOC for ACI eJournal: 2014 Volume 5 (1): Five New Articles

The New Year sees the start of a new volume of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – see

Volume 5(1) has FIVE new articles. In addition, note that all papers from the first 13 issues of ACI (up to and including Vol 3, Issue 3, and so totaling almost 120 articles) are now free and openly available for download. They are available via the Journal Archive.

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.

Volume 5(1) – five new articles:

An Exploratory, Population-Based, Mixed-Methods Program Evaluation of User Satisfaction of Services Provided by a Regional Extension Center (REC)
Research Article
 – Supplementary Material
D. Tang (1), M. Rutala (2), C. Ihde (2), A. Bills (2), L. Mollon (1), T. Warholak (1) (1) The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson, Arizona, United States; (2) Arizona Health-e Connection, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 1-24

Analysis Of Electronic Medication Orders With Large Overdoses 
Opportunities For Mitigating Dosing Errors
Research Article

E. S. Kirkendall (1, 2, 3, 4), M. Kouril (1), T. Minich (2, 5), S. A. Spooner (1, 2, 3)
(1) Division of Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; (2) Department of Information Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; (3) Division of Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; (4) James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital MedicalCenter, Cincinnati, Ohio; (5) Division of Pharmacy, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 25-45

Burden on university hospitals of handling Portable Data for Imaging (PDI) media
Research Article
H. Hagiwara (1), A. Nemoto (2), T. Inoue (3)
(1) Department of Radiology, Yokohama City University Hospital, Yokohama, Japan; (2) Department of Medical Informatics, Yokohama City University Hospital, Yokohama, Japan; (3) Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama City University, Yokohama, Japan
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 46-57

Towards Prevention of Acute Syndromes – 
Electronic Identification of At-Risk Patients During Hospital Admission
Research Article
A. Ahmed (1, 2, 3), C. Thongprayoon (1, 3), B. W. Pickering (1, 4), A. Akhoundi (1), G. Wilson (1, 4), D. Pieczkiewicz (2), V. Herasevich (1, 4)
(1) Multidisciplinary Epidemiology and Translational Research in Intensive Care (M.E.T.R.I.C.), Mayo Clinic, Rochester; (2) Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; (3) Department of Medicine, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic; (4) Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 58-72

Generating Sensor Data Summaries to Communicate Change in Elder’s Health Status
Research Article
G. L. Alexander (1, 2), A. Wilbik (3, 4), J. M. Keller (1, 5), K. Musterman (1, 2)
(1) University of Missouri, USA; (2) Sinclair School of Nursing; (3) Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland; (4) Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands; (5) Electrical and Computer Engineering
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 73-84

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]

January 30, 2014 Posted by | ACI eJournal, clinical informatics, IMIA, journals | , , , , , | Leave a comment

UPDATED: EFMI STC 2014 Submission Deadline Extended – 06 January, 2014

EFMI_logo100UPDATE of 03 January, 2014:

The submission deadline for the EFMI STC 2014 has been extended – the deadline for all submissions (full papers, posters and workshops) is now 06 January, 2014. See for information.

Information is continually being updated on the website as it becomes available, including details of the conference venue, accommodation, and other relevant dates in respect of the scientific submissions. The deadline for early bird registration will be 21 February.

date_sThe European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) Special Topic Conference (STC) 2014 Conference has the subject: Cross-border challenges in informatics with a focus on disease surveillance and utilising big-data. The event will be held on 26-29 April, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. See for more information as it becomes available. The IMIA Board and the EFMI Board and Council will both meet in Budapest in conjunction with the conference. We encourage all IMIA and EFMI colleagues to submit to and participate in this event.

For MIE2014, the deadline for submission of papers and posters is 31 January, 2014 – see

mie201403MIE2014 – the 25th European Medical Informatics Conference – will be held on 31 August to 03 September, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey – watch for more information as it becomes available . Also follow on Twitter (@MIE2014) and there is an MIE2014 group on LinkedIn ( and a Facebook page (

January 2, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, EFMI, Europe | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Student Editorial Board of Methods of Information in Medicine, 2014-15 – Applications Invited

The time of year has again come quickly round when the journal Methods of Information in Medicine invites applications from trainees who wish to be considered for the Student Editorial Board for the period 2014-15. The goal of the Student Editorial Board is to learn, understand, and participate in the peer review process of submitted manuscripts that are considered for publication. The Student Editorial Board will provide outstanding trainees with a mentored opportunity to learn and experience the various aspects of the peer review process. During the appointment period members of the Student Editorial Board will receive educational material, instruction, and feedback about peer review, and actively participate in the review of 3-5 manuscripts per year.

Applicants from all countries are eligible to apply if they are enrolled as a trainee in a graduate degree granting or post-doctoral training program. Full information is available in the PDF file available for download here (MIMSEB) or in a zip file via the Methods website >>> The closing date for applications is 18 December, 2013.

If you have any questions please direct them to Ms. Ina Hoffmann, email: ed[at]

Members of the Student Editorial Boards are expected to

  • demonstrate critical thinking,
  • have experience in a biomedical/health informatics-related field (in a broad sense),
  • have experience in aspects of scientific writing and communication,
  • understand research design and basic concepts of biostatistics, and
  • have a good mastery of the written English language.

Current members of the Student Editorial Board are listed on the Methods website, and come from 10 countries in different parts of the world.

Methods of Information in Medicine is an official journal of IMIA.

November 19, 2013 Posted by | journals | , , , | Leave a comment

Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care (Harvard School of Public Health)

Harvard School of Public Health offers Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care, a two week, executive education program designed to provide participants with the skills and strategies necessary to improve quality, safety, and efficiency through health IT. IMIA members or colleagues may be interested in this offering; please feel free to forward the information to others.

Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care
January 2-7,2014 and June 2-6, 2014 in Boston, MA, USA
Improve quality, safety, and efficiency through health information technology and gain the leadership skills you need to drive results. You will learn to design an effective health IT strategy and gain the tools to implement this strategy effectively. Topics explored during this program include IT strategy and governance, electronic health records, patient safety and quality of care, and clinical informatics. Leadership for Health IT is designed for mid- to senior-level health care leaders in clinical or administrative positions who have responsibilities for health information technology. Executives from EHR vendors, health plans, and consulting firms will also benefit.

All communications should be directed to the Harvard School of Public Health, not to IMIA – see

November 12, 2013 Posted by | education, profession, USA | , , | Leave a comment

METHODS of Information in Medicine, 2013, Volume 52, Issue 5 – eTOC

METHODS of Information in Medicine is an official journal of IMIA.

Volume 52, Issue 5 is available at: This issue of METHODS has TEN articles. The main editorial, Morris F. Collen at 100: A Tribute to “The Father of Medical Informatics”, written by Don Lindberg and Marion Ball, is available as a free download.

The archive of METHODS, dating back until 1962, is also available online; most of this material is available for free download.

Morris F. Collen at 100: A Tribute to “The Father of Medical Informatics”
D. A. B. Lindberg (1), M. J. Ball (2)
(1) National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, USA; (2) IBM Research, Baltimore, MD, USA
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 371-373
[free download]

A Probabilistic Method for Computing Quantitative Risk Indexes from Medical Injuries Compensation Claims
Original Article

S. Dalle Carbonare (1), F. Folli (2), E. Patrini (3), P. Giudici (4), R. Bellazzi (1)
(1) Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy; (2) Risk Manager, Azienda Ospedaliera di Lodi, Lodi, Italy; (3) MARSH S.p.A., Milano, Italy; (4) Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche ed Aziendali, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 374-381

Feasibility of Feature-based Indexing, Clustering, and Search of Clinical Trials. A Case Study of Breast Cancer Trials from
Original Article – Online Supplementary Material
M. R. Boland (1), R. Miotto (1), J. Gao (1), C. Weng (1, 2)
(1) Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA; (2) The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 382-394

Developing Topic-specific Search Filters for PubMed with Click-through Data
Original Article
J. Li (1, 2), Z. Lu (2)
(1) Institute of Medical Information and Library, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China; (2) National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 395-402

Caregivers’ Time Utilization before and after the Introduction of an Electronic Nursing Documentation System in a Residential Aged Care Facility
Original Article
E. N. Munyisia (1), P. Yu (1), D. Hailey (1)
(1) University of Wollongong, School of Information Systems and Technology, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 403-410

Automated Selection of Relevant Information for Notification of Incident Cancer Cases within a Multisource Cancer Registry
Original Article
V. Jouhet (1, 2), G. Defossez (1), CRISAP (3), CoRIM (4), P. Ingrand (1, 5)
(1) Registre général des cancers de Poitou-Charentes, Faculté de médecine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Poitiers, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France; (2) CHU de Bordeaux, Pole de santé publique, Service d’information medicale, Bordeaux, France; (3) Centre de Regroupement Informatique et Statistique en Anatomie Pathologique, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France; (4) Collège Régional de l’Information Médicale de Poitou-Charentes, Centre Hospitalier Général Georges Renon, Niort, France; (5) INSERM, CIC 802, Poitiers, France
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 411-421

Distance Measures for Surgical Process Models

Original Article
S. Schumann (1), U. Bühligen (2), T. Neumuth (1)
(1) Universität Leipzig, Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery, Leipzig, Germany; (2) University Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Leipzig, Germany
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 422-431

Reliability of In-hospital Mortality as a Quality Indicator in Clinical Quality Registries. A Case Study in an Intensive Care Quality Register
Original Article
A. Koetsier (1), N. Peek (1), E. de Jonge (2), D. Dongelmans (3), G. van Berkel (4), N. de Keizer (1)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (2) Department of Intensive Care, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands; (3) Department of Intensive Care, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (4) Department of Intensive Care, Rivierenland, Gorinchem, The Netherlands
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 432-440

Generating Reference Models for Structurally Complex Data. Application to the Stabilometry Medical Domain
Original Article
F. Alonso (1), J. A. Lara (2), L. Martinez (1), A. Pérez (1), J. P. Valente (1)
(1) CETTICO Research Group, Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingenieria del Software, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; (2) Facultad de Enseñanzas Técnicas, Universidad a Distancia de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 441-453

Patient Empowerment by Increasing the Understanding of Medical Language for Lay Users
Original Article – Online Supplementary Material
V. Topac (1), V. Stoicu-Tivadar (1)
(1) Department of Automation and Applied Informatics, ”Politehnica” University of Timişoara, Timişoara, Romania
Methods Inf Med 2013 52 5: 454-462

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October 18, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, journals | , , , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) Conference: Submission Deadline 18 November, 2013

The Call for Participation for the e-Health 2014 conference, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada on 01-04 June, 2014 is now open. See for full information on submitting abstracts, including the various categories.

The submission site is now open, and the deadline for Abstract Submissions is Monday, November 18 at 5:00 PM PST.

e-Health 2014 is hosted by COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association (and IMIA Member Society –, Canada Health Infoway and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. All information will be on the conference website at


October 14, 2013 Posted by | Canada, conference, education | , , , , , | Leave a comment