From the International Medical Informatics Association

Some you may have missed – 05 January, 2010

These irregular round-ups of health and biomedical informatics news items culled from a range of sources are becoming less regular than had been intended.  However, the following is an idiosyncratic and serendipitous collections of items taken from recent weeks’ RSS feeds dealing with health and informatics. (All links are for information only, and do not imply any IMIA endorsement of any item or view expressed).

HLWIKI Canada – A wiki for health librarians – Dean Giustini has published a list of educational guides that will help those framing and undertaking research-related activities. The resource is intended for librarians, but many other health professionals, especially novice researchers and students, will find what they are looking for. The material can be found directly on HLWiki Canada. The collections include:

  • Applying for grants;
  • Bibliographic citation software;
  • Impact factor;
  • Major clinical studies & trial types; and
  • Submitting to an academic journal.

04 January on Berci Mesko’s Scienceroll.

Nurses Claim Their Seat at the Health IT Decision-Making Table – an article on the importance of having nurses, as well as physicians, involved in health IT policy at all levels. Includes quotes from Patti Abbott and Mary Anne Rizzolo. 15 December on iHealthBeat.

IHTSDO Open Sources Health Terminology Workbench – The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) has announced that it is making source code for the IHTSDO Workbench, including tools to develop, maintain, and facilitate the use of SNOMED CT, freely available under an Apache2 open source agreement. IHTSDO will also make a number of seats on the collaborative web-based environment used to host the Workbench available free of charge to open source developers. IHTSDO also offers free access to SNOMED CT in countries that are not yet members for qualifying research projects and on humanitarian or charitable grounds, as well as in countries with low income economies. Further information is also available at From Ruslan David; 18 December on

EHRs for a Small Planet – an interesting opinion piece on how health IT could/should develop, including suggestions for using existing technologies versus custom-built health IT. 05 January on The Health Care Blog

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