From the International Medical Informatics Association

New IMIA Working Groups (1) – Social Media

At the recent 2010 IMIA General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa (Sept. 12), IMIA approved the formation of several new Working Groups (WG), and sanctioned work aimed at the re-activation and reconstitution of several others.

A new Social Media WG has been established, with Dr Chris Paton (New Zealand) as Chair, Francisco J Grajales III (Canada) as Vice chair, and Luis Fernandez-Luque (Norway) as Secretary.

The Social Media Working Group (SMWG) aims to be IMIA’s vehicle for stakeholder engagement in Social Media. Its membership will be international, inclusive, and multidisciplinary. The Social Media Working Group (SMWG) will build on the work completed by the IMIA Web 2.0 (exploratory) Task Force. The term “Social Media” has entered regular usage and reflects the social nature of many modern web sites and web-based tools. Beyond the web, social applications such as Second Life are continuing to advance in both technological features and user uptake. Taskforce members have met regularly at a variety of informatics conferences over the past 2 years and continue to disseminate information about the field to the Health Informatics profession.

The IMIA SMWG will engage members from the international health informatics community, across sectors, to identify, explore, collaborate, and disseminate research on the use of social media for health. Of particular interest are the drivers of change, barriers, facilitators, and policies necessary for the application of the various social media categories in the health domain. These categories include: 1) Social Networks (e.g., Facebook); 2) Professional Networks (e.g., LinkedIn); 3) Thematic Networks (e.g., PatientsLikeMe, TuDiabetes); Microblogs; 4) Blogs; 5) Wikis; 6) Forums/Listserv’s; 7) Social Photo and Video Sharing Tools; 8 ) Collaborative Filtering Tools (e.g., RSS, recommender systems, tagging); and 9) Multi-User Virtual Environments (e.g., Second Life) 10) Social applications and games; 11) Integration of Social Media with Health Information Technologies (e.g. EHRs, PACS, SNOMED); 12) Other (e.g., FriendFeed).

The sectors that will be engaged and invited to participate in this group, include (but are not limited to): 1) IMIA Member Organizations; 2) Academic Bodies; 3) Industry; 4) Governmental research institutions (e.g, US CDC); and 4) Intergovernmental Organizations (e.g., WHO, PAHO, ITU, WMA). The applications of social media will be explored with particular applications to: 1) health care delivery, 2) health care professional education; 3) public health; 4) clinical and disaster medicine; and 5) research.

The WG has already had one meeting in Second Life (early October) and plans to meet at the forthcoming Medicine 2.0’10 conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands (

The WG has set up the following channels for interaction and communication and invites interested people to become members:


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PAHO/WHO Seek Managing Editor for Pan American Journal of Public Health

While perhaps not centrally within our members’ interests in health and biomedial informatics, the following vacancy may be of interest to some of our members/readers or their colleagues. Please note that all queries should be directed to PAHO/WHO, and not to IMIA.

Vacant post for the Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health – Application Deadline: 5 November 2010

The Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO, is announcing a vacancy for managing editor. The principal functions of this post will be to manage, in close collaboration with the editor-in-chief, the flow of manuscripts and the peer review process, in order to ensure quality control and compliance with editorial policies. The chief requirements for the position are: a university degree in the health sciences or a related field, preferably in public health; good knowledge of English and Spanish; and experience in scientific journal editing and publishing.

Post description available at:

Vacante en la Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health

La Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health, publicada por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, OPS/OMS anuncia la vacante de editor ejecutivo. La principal función de esa posición es administrar, en estrecha colaboración con el editor en jefe, el proceso de revisión por pares y el flujo de de los manuscritos, desde la recepción hasta la aceptación o rechazo, para mantener el control de calidad y cumplir con las políticas editoriales. Los principales requisitos para la posición son: grado universitario en ciencias de la salud o áreas afines, preferentemente en salud pública; buen conocimiento de inglés y español; y experiencia editorial en revistas científicas.

La descripción completa de ese puesto está disponible en:

Vaga na equipe da Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health

A Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health, publicada pela Organização Pan-americana da Saúde, anuncia vaga para editor executivo. A função principal do cargo será gerenciar, em estreita colaboração com o editor chefe, o fluxo de recebimento e aprovação de artigos e o processo de revisão por pares, para manter o controle de qualidade e dar cumprimento às políticas editoriais. Os principais requisitos para o cargo são: título universitário em ciências da saúde ou áreas correlatas, preferencialmente na área de saúde pública, bom conhecimento de inglês e espanhol, e experiência em edição de revistas científicas.

A descrição completa do cargo está disponível em:

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