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

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

AHIMA/IFHIMA Seeking Applications for Global Workforce Council (GHWC)

The U.S. Department of Commerce is supporting the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA – and its partner the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA – in an initiative to establish a global health information curricula and competency standard that provides a framework for healthcare and education systems worldwide to update and or build a workforce strategy.

The first step to advance a health information education and workforce training standard is establishing a Global Workforce Council (GHWC). The GHWC will oversee the development of an internationally applicable curricula and competency standard in HIM, HI and HIT. The standard will be developed in an open and transparent manner that engages countries and experts internationally.

The GHWC will consist of thirteen appointed members with a cross section of expertise from around the globe. Eleven representatives will be recruited from the six IFHIMA/WHO regions and from select target countries. AHIMA, the AHIMA Foundation and IFHIMA are seeking applicants for the GHWC positions. They are seeking council candidates who have demonstrated leadership in the healthcare and/or education system, and who possess recognition and influence within their country or region and the ability to gain support for the health information curricula standard with various stakeholder groups. Council members will participate in the development and dissemination of the curricula/competency standard through regular conference calls (e.g. monthly initially and then less frequently over time) and one face to face meeting per year. Council appointments are for 2-3 years.

IMIA has been involved in the planning team to bring the work to this stage, and we ask you to distribute this to your colleagues and others to help in identifying and inviting potential candidates for the Council from the six IFHIMA/WHO regions – Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South East Asia, and Western Pacific and from select target countries including Brazil, India and the GCC

The use of health information technology products and services is growing globally as countries innovate their healthcare system to improve care/outcomes and reduce costs. All healthcare systems, regardless of how well financed or organized, need sufficient numbers of well-trained and highly skilled workers to implement and manage long-term their health information and technology systems. To address the changing needs for a skilled workforce, a comprehensive education and workforce strategy is needed for health information management (HIM), health informatics (HI) and health information technology (HIT). Many of the technology requirements (e.g., electronic health records), standards (e.g., Health Level 7), and terminologies (e.g., SNOMED, ICD-10) are global in nature supporting the need for a defined set of competencies for HIM, HI and HIT workers globally.

The attached document [download] provides more information about the GHWC and an application form that can be used by applicants. Applications are due on April 4, 2014 and should be submitted by e-mail to info[at] Council applications will be reviewed by a multi-stakeholder nominating committee comprised of members from various associations and countries. Council members will be selected by mid April. If you have questions please contact Michelle Dougherty from the AHIMA Foundation at michelle.dougherty[at] (do NOT contact IMIA with queries or applications).

March 20, 2014 Posted by | AHIMA, education, IFHIMA, workforce | , , , | Leave a comment

EFMI STC2014 – Budapest, Hungary; 26-29 April

date_sThe European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) Special Topic Conference (STC) 2014 will take place on 26-29 April, 2014 at the Hotel Benczúr. Information on the event is available through the website at

The subject of the EFMI STC 2014 will be Cross-border challenges in informatics with a focus on disease surveillance and utilising big-data. The Patron is Dr. Szócska Miklós, minister of state responsible for health, and the LOC is lead by Dr György Surján and his colleagues from the Biomedical Section of the John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT), IMIA and EFMI’s Member Society in Hungary. The SPC chairs are Lacrimioara Stoicu-Tivadar (Romania) and Simon de Lusignan (UK).

The regular registration rate is available until 28 March, after which the on-site rate applies. Information on keynotes speakers and other sessions, including social options, is all available at


March 19, 2014 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe | , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Data 2014 – Melbourne, Australia; 03-04 April

Big Data 2014 ( will be held on 03-04 April, 2014 at Pullman Melbourne Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. The event, organised by HISA (Health Informatics Society of Australia – follows on from the success of the inaugural Big Data Conference held in 2013. The conference explores big data in biomedicine and healthcare. Big Data 2014 will introduce clinicians, healthcare executives and managers both clinical and non-clinical, data and information professionals, health and bio informaticians, health policy makers, and academics to the exploding world of BIG DATA. The theme for Big Data 2014 is Big insights: Harnessing the power of health data. The conference will focus on the big questions: big insights, health outcomes, data visualisation, workforce, data linkage and analytics, genomics and privacy.

Full information about the event is on the HISA website, including programme and registration details –


March 18, 2014 Posted by | Australia, conference | , , | Leave a comment

New TIGER Report, 2014 – Recommendations for the Innovative Nurse Leader

The TIGER Initiative Foundation has released a new leadership collaborative report, The Leadership Imperative: TIGER’s Recommendations for Integrating Technology to Transform Practice and Education (2014) [download]. This new report resulted from a continued recognition of how critical leadership is to fulfilling the TIGER vision and mission, and to providing transformational leadership that drives and executes the transformation of healthcare.

The report addresses the need to focus on both practice and technology, as well as providing valuable information, tools and resources for leaders to access and utilize as they integrate technology into practice and education. The foreword, by Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN notes that “The question for every nurse and every hospital board is how you go about promoting transformational change in which the emphasis is not on transitory, isolated performance improvements by individuals, but on sustained, assimilated, comprehensive change of the whole (Lukas et al., 2007) and this report offers one answer: nurse leaders knowledgeable about how information technology can help redesign practices so that they are standardized, evidence-based and clinically integrated, and reinforce the values of a caring culture.” Please download, read and share this new TIGER report.

Full information on the TIGER Initiative Foundation is at

TIGER Vision Statement: To enable nurses and interprofessional colleagues to use informatics and emerging technologies to make healthcare safer, more effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable by interweaving evidence and technology seamlessly into practice, education and research fostering a learning healthcare system.


March 17, 2014 Posted by | education, nursing | , , | Leave a comment


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