From the International Medical Informatics Association

Some you may have missed – 10 August 2009

Today’s post in our irregular round-ups of health and biomedical informatics news items culled from a range of sources.  (All links are for information only, and do not imply any IMIA endorsement of any item or view expressed)

Conservatives to ‘dismantle’ NPfIT – Following the publication of an independent review of NHS IT the Conservative party pledged to abolish the NHS national database of electronic patient records, but then say firms – including Google and Microsoft – be allowed to host patient controlled records accessed online. 10 August, on E-Health Insider

Conservatives publish NHS IT policy pledges – The Conservatives have published their policy commitments on the NHS IT scheme, as a response to a review of the NPfIT, led by Glyn Hayes, former chairman of the BCS’s Health Informatics Forum. 10 August, on Tony Collins’ Computer Weekly blog

Conference for EHTEL anniversary – The European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) has announced it will hold a two day conference on the association’s tenth anniversary that will address the accomplishments and challenges of e-health over the past ten years. The conference, titled: “Joining for visions of person-centric health” will be held in Brussels on the 21-22 October 2009. 07 August, on E-Health Europe.

AHIMA opens Brussels Office – The American Health Information Management Association has announced the official opening of a global services office in Brussels. AHIMA says the move will enable it to establish itself as “the first multinational membership association serving health information management professionals on a global scale”. 29 July, on E-Health Europe.

The impact of informatics on nursing education: a review of the literature – J Contin Educ Nurs. 2009 May;40(5):228-32. Authors: Ainsley B, Brown A. 08 August, on Nursing Informatics Online.

Privacy and the Electronic Health Record. What is the Right Model? – Are we developing the right models for Electronic Health Records in terms of privacy protection? Podcast by Micheal Vonn, Policy Director for the BC Civil Liberties Association and a strong critic of the current EHR models. 07 August, on Canadian EMR.

MedlineRanker – The MedlineRanker webserver allows a flexible ranking of Medline for a topic of interest without expert knowledge. Given some abstracts related to a topic, the program deduces automatically the most discriminative words, which are used to score abstracts, which can be then ranked by relevance. MedlineRanker is free for use and is available at 03 August, on (via Scienceroll).

EuroRec 2009 Annual Conference – The EuroRec Conference 2009 is embedded in MIE2009 (Medical Informatics Europe) Conference. Attendees to the MIE2009 Conference can attend the EuroRec Conference as part of their conference fee. 10 August, on

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