From the International Medical Informatics Association

Some you may have missed – 21 February, 2010

The latest of our irregular round-ups of health and biomedical informatics news items culled from a range of sources.  The following is an idiosyncratic and serendipitous collections of items taken from recent weeks’ RSS feeds and Twitter streams dealing with various aspects of health and informatics. (All links are for information only, and do not imply any IMIA endorsement of any item or view expressed).

Rockefeller Foundation Supports Expansion, Training of E-Health Work Force in Developing World – AMIA reports that the Rockefeller Foundation has awarded them a US$630,100 project grant to support the initial implementation of a global e-Health training program in sub-Saharan Africa; this will be designed for primary care providers, technical staff and health policy-makers. The Rockefeller grant will support Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBs), a program developed by AMIA in which distance-learning supports clinical and health informatics training in low-resource countries; the aim is to provide greater understanding and use of informatics and databases to enable better support of community care and public health services. The full news release is at on the AMIA website >>> 19 February via AMIA News Releases RSS feeds. Medgadget Weblog Awards Winner! – for the second year in a row, Bertalan Meskó’s ScienceRoll is the Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog in the Medgadget Medical Weblog Awards. The full story is on 20 February via Scienceroll, Twitter and multiple sources.

Trusts ‘ignore patient safety alerts’ – a patient safety charity has alleged that around three quarters of NHS trusts [in England] have failed to comply with at least one patient safety alert issued by the National Patient Safety Agency. In November, E-Health Insider showed that around 70% of trusts had not implemented standarised patient wristbands under an alert that required them to print demographic details on wristbands by July 2009. 17 February on E-Health Insider.

Australia to mandate health ID number – The Australian government has said it will mandate a new national e-health number for all citizens; this unique 16-digit health ID number, to be introduced from July, comes despite an earlier Government promise the new “e-health” system would be on an opt-in basis. 17 February on E-Health Europe.

SmartPersonalHealth a New European eHealth Project – a plethora of devices and applications, some converging from the consumer electronics world, are coming onto the market and are being recommended by doctors and health insurers to help monitor our health and wellness. These tools, called “personal health systems” (PHS), are a key element of the growth of eHealth in Europe. Their full benefit can only be realised if they are interoperable. SmartPersonalHealth is a project developed by Continua Alliance, the European Telecommunication Standards Institute, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, Empirica, coordinated by The Centre. For further information, visit: 16 February via

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