From the International Medical Informatics Association

APAMI2014 Conference: Submissions Extended to 30 April, Registration Open

iamiUPDATE: Submissions deadline is extended to 30 April.

Our colleagues in APAMI, and IAMI (the Indian Association for Medical Informatics), who are hosts and local organisers of the event, are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the APAMI2014 conference. See for full information and updates.

Information on abstract submission is available at and the page for submission of the abstracts is at (note that you will need to set up an account). The deadline for Abstract Submission is extended to 30th April 2014.

Registration is also open for the conference – see – and the deadline for early bird registration is 15 May, 2014.

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 the new 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.


March 30, 2014 Posted by | APAMI, conference, education, India | , , , , | Leave a comment

SEIS Journal, Latest Issue (in Spanish)

seis104Our colleagues in SEIS (Sociedad Española de Informática de la Salud – the Spanish Society of Health Informatics – are pleased to announce that the latest issue of their journal is now available via their website.

Revista I+S, No. 104 (April 2014) is available; it is downloadable as a 76 page,  3MB PDF file [download]. Previous issues of the journal are also available via the SEIS Publications webpage.

Revista I+S is published in Spanish.

April 22, 2014 Posted by | journals | , , | Leave a comment

Virtual Physiological Human Conference 2014 – Abstract Submission Deadline May 15

vph-ntnuThe Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is pleased to host the 3rd VPH conference by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute.  See for full information about the event. The VPH2014 event will be held in Trondheim, Norway at the Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim, on 9-12 September, 2014,

The abstract submission deadline is May 15, 2014 –
Early bird registration deadline is June 1, 2014 –

This biannual conference series grew out of the FP7 Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence. It has become one of the major instruments for maintaining the coherence and momentum of the highly multidisciplinary VPH community. The members of the VPH community subscribe to the view that a substantially improved healthcare can only be achieved through converged efforts of the life sciences, the mathematical sciences and engineering.



April 18, 2014 Posted by | conference, Europe, Norway, research | , | Leave a comment

NI2014 (Nursing Informatics) – Advance Registration Closes 15 May

NI2014 – the 12th International Congress on Nursing Informatics – will be held on 21-25 June, 2014 in the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). NI2014 is organised by the Taiwan Nursing Informatics Association (TNIA) and other associations, on behalf of the IMIA Special Interest Group in Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI).

The deadline for advance registration is May 15, 2014 – see

Full information about the event is available on the conference website, at

The theme of the conference is “eSmart + ” where “e” stands for eHealth, “S” implies simplicity, “m” represents mobility and meaningful use, “a” denotes advanced leadership, “r” indicates revolution, “t” means translational technologies, and “+” symbolizes People Leading uCare Safely. The acronym is also used to convey the idea of adopting smart technology to help health providers deliver higher quality care.


April 17, 2014 Posted by | conference, nursing, SIG | , , , | Leave a comment

Post No. 800 – HELINA2014, First Call for Participation

The 9th Health Informatics in Africa Conference – HELINA 2014 – will take place in Accra, Ghana from the 11 – 15th October 2014. This year’s conference is hosted by the Ghana Health Informatics Association (GHIA). HELINA, the Pan African Health Informatics Association, is the African Region of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

Full information will be available at

The conference theme is: Informatics for Universal Health Coverage in Africa: From Point of Care Systems to National Strategies

The organizers of HELINA 2014 invite original submissions that address the use of informatics or computer sciences for universal health coverage in Africa in the following categories:

  • Full research papers (completed research with mature results) with 5 to 8 pages
  • Work in progress papers  with 5 to 8 pages
  • Experience presentations or “case studies” (reports of health informatics or e-Health implementations and lessons learned) (1 page abstract)

Submission deadline: 16 June 2014 


April 17, 2014 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA | , , | Leave a comment

ITCH2015: February 26 – March 01, Victoria BC, Canada

itch2015The ITCH2015 conference (International Conference on Information Technology & Communications in Health), organised by the University of Victoria School of Health Information Science ( will be held on February 26 – March 01, 2015 at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada.

The theme of ITCH2015 is Driving quality in informatics: Fulfilling the Promise, and national and international papers are invited under three strands:

  • Patients talking
  • The profession listening
  • Services unleashing imagination

The deadline for submission of complete papers is September 15, 2014. The Call for Papers [attached] gives further information. All correspondence and requests for information can be sent to

You can get further updates via Twitter – @ITCH2015 and #ITCH2015.

April 17, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference | , , | Leave a comment

HIC 2014 – Melbourne, 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 will be at and will be frequently updated.

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.

Early bird registration is open now until 16 June 2014 – see

Associated conference events will include aged care informatics, indigenous informatics and nursing informatics.



April 10, 2014 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, Australia, conference, education | , , | Leave a comment

Surrey Informatics Summer School (UK), 6-11 July 2014

clininfeuThe Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes Research Group of the Department of Health Care Management & Policy at the University of Surrey invite you to attend their third annual 6 day intensive short course for health care professionals and analysts wanting to work with routine health data to measure quality and improve outcomes. This health informatics short course is aimed at clinicians, researchers, managers and analysts within the health care sector, and is being organised and delivered by the University of Surrey on 6-11 July, 2014. See for more information about fees, booking, and other materials; or download the flyer and information leaflet.

The course is taught by leading informatics academics and practitioners with international reputations, including Professor Simon de Lusignan, Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics at the University of Surrey; Medical Director of the RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre; practicing GP; and Professor Simon Jones, Chair in Health Care Management & Policy at the University of Surrey; previously Chief Statistician at Dr Foster Intelligence. The course is intensive and primarily designed for residential students. There are no entry requirements and the course is suitable and flexible enough to accommodate those with little or no statistical experience looking to find pragmatic ways of using data as well as those advanced in analytics seeking to enhance their technical skills. The venue will be the Faculty of Business Economics and Law University of Surrey, Guildford, GU 2 7XH, United Kingdom.

6-11 July 2014 – Surrey Informatics Summer School (SISS)
7-9 January 2015 – Surrey WinteR Statistics School (SWISS)
Contact: fbelevents[at] Find more here :


The University of Surrey Department of Health Care Management and Policy is an Academic Institutional member of IMIA.

April 9, 2014 Posted by | clinical informatics, education, UK | , | Leave a comment

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

New articles of ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics (2014 Volume 5 (1)) are available; these complete this volume. The Table of Contents is online at  In addition, note that all papers from the first 13 issues of ACI (up to and including Vol 3, Issue 4) are now free and openly available for download. They are available via the Journal Archive.

Volume 5(1) – new articles:

An information retrieval system for computerized patient records in the context of a daily hospital practice: the example of the Léon Bérard Cancer Center (France)
Case Report
P. Biron (1), M. H. Metzger (2), C. Pezet (1), C. Sebban (1), E. Barthuet (3), T. Durand (1)
(1) Léon Bérard Cancer Center, Lyon, France; (2) Université Lyon I – CNRS-UMR 5558, Lyon, France; (3) SWORD, Saint Didier au Mont d’Or, France
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 191-205

Simulating adverse event spontaneous reporting systems as preferential attachment networks. Application to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
Research Article
J. Scott (1), T. Botsis (1, 2), R. Ball (1)
(1) Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U. S. Food and Drug Administration; (2) Department of Computer Science, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 206-218

Association between use of a health information exchange system and hospital admissions
Research Article
J. R. Vest (1, 2, 6), L. M. Kern (1, 2, 3, 6), T. R. Campion Jr. (1, 2, 4, 6), M. D. Silver (1, 4, 6), R. Kaushal (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, §)
(1) Center for Healthcare Informatics & 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) Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; (5) NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY; (6) Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative, New York, NY; (§) for the HITEC Investigators
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 219-231

Home blood pressure monitoring, secure electronic messaging and medication intensification for improving hypertension control. 
A mediation analysis
Research Article
J. D. Ralston (1), A. J. Cook (1), M.L. Anderson (1), S.L. Catz (1), P. A. Fishman (1), J. Carlson (1), R. Johnson (1), B. B. Green (1)
(1) Group Health Research Institute 1730 Minor Ave, Suite 1600, Seattle, WA 98101–1448
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 232-248

Text Prediction on Structured Data Entry in Healthcare. 
A Two-group Randomized Usability Study Measuring the Prediction Impact on User Performance
Research Article
L. Hua (1, 2), S. Wang (3), Y. Gong (1)
(1) School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, USA; (2) Informatics Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA; (3) Department of Nursing, Tianjin First Central Hospital, Tianjin, China
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 249-263

Design and multicentric Implementation of a generic Software Architecture for Patient Recruitment Systems re-using existing HIS tools and Routine Patient Data
Research Article
B. Trinczek (1), F. Köpcke (2), T. Leusch (3), R. W. Majeed (4), B. Schreiweis (5), J. Wenk (6), B. Bergh (5), C. Ohmann (6), R. Röhrig (4), H. U. Prokosch (2), M. Dugas (1)
(1) Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Münster, Germany; (2) Chair of Medical Informatics, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; (3) Department of Information- and Communication-Technology, Düsseldorf University Hospital, Germany; (4) Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Justus-Liebig University Gießen, Germany; (5) Center for Information Technology and Medical Engineering, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany; (6) Coordination Centre for Clinical Trials, Faculty of Medicine, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 264-283

Using a Scripted Data Entry Process to Transfer Legacy Immunization Data While Transitioning Between Electronic Medical Record Systems
Research Article
J. Michel (1), A. Hsiao (2), A. Fenick (2)
(1) Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; (2) Yale School of Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 284-298

An Electronic Alert for HIV Screening in the Emergency Department Increases Screening but not the Diagnosis of HIV
Research Article
R. Schnall (1), N. Liu (2), J. Sperling (3), R. Green (4), S. Clark (3), D. Vawdrey (5)
(1) Columbia University, School of Nursing, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, United States; (2) Columbia University, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY, United States; (3) Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York, NY, United States; (4) Columbia University, Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, United States; (5) Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, United States
Appl Clin Inform 2014 5 1: 299-312

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.


April 8, 2014 Posted by | ACI eJournal, clinical informatics, journals | , , , , | Leave a comment

electronic Journal of Health Informatics (eJHI) – Vol. 8, No. 1 (2014)

ejhiThe latest issue (Vol. 8, No. 1 – 2014) of the electronic Journal of Health Informatics (eJHI) is available online at

It has nine papers, addressing areas such as Personal Health Records in Southeast Asia, Resources for Medication Management in the Aged, Evaluation of Physiotherapists’ Documentation, Uncovering Knowledge that Supports Malaria Prevention and Control Intervention Program in Ethiopia, and Experiences of Developing a Personally Controlled Health Management System. All papers are freely available and downloadable as PDF files.  eJHI is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

eJHI is an international journal committed to scholarly excellence and dedicated to the advancement of Health Informatics and information technology in healthcare. It is a journal for all health professions and informaticians of all levels. eJHI aims to publish original, high quality papers related to Health Informatics and health informatics technology in a timely fashion. eJHI is published primarily through the sterling efforts of Editor-in-Chief Evelyn JS Hovenga, Australia and Managing Editor Sebastian Garde, Germany.

April 7, 2014 Posted by | journals | , | 1 Comment

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) – Early Bird Registration Ends 04 April

The e-Health 2014 Conference will be taking place in Vancouver from June 1-4, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada – see for full information.

The early bird registration rate ends on 04 April, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Information on registration rates is at

Use the e-Health 2014 Conference hashtag: #ehealth14


April 4, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment


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