From the International Medical Informatics Association

AMIA News Updates

The AMIA2010 Annual Symposium ( takes place on 13-17 November, 2010 in Washington DC, USA.  The advance registration deadline is 28 October, and the closing date for booking hotel accommodation at the AMIA rate is 13 October (or after AMIA block is filled, whichever comes first). Keynote speakers include David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, and Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs.

AMIA’s Spring Meeting 2011 will be on the topic of Public Health Informatics. Marking the tenth anniversary of a landmark meeting focused on Public Health Informatics, AMIA has begun planning an education event to spotlight PHI and to construct a consensus conference that revisits and charts the future of public health informatics. The meeting, PHI 2011: Setting the Next Informatics Agenda for Public Health, will be held May 25-27, 2011 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando FL, USA.

AMIA staff and members participated in the third workshop of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) series: “Electronic Infrastructure for the Learning Health System.” The series seeks to identify and explore strategy options to accelerate the evolution of an electronic infrastructure to support and drive continuous improvement in health and health care, and workshop presentations will be compiled into an IOM publication, available in 2011. For more information on the workshop, visit

AMIA President & CEO Ted Shortliffe has been invited to speak at the World Health Summit, taking place on October 9-13, 2010, in Berlin. AMIA and the Gates Foundation are co-hosting a session on “IT and New Horizons in Health Care.” The conference is being convened for the second time and attracts health ministers and other health officials in Europe, plus researchers, physicians, political figures, and stakeholders in the healthcare system from around the world.

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New IMIA Working Groups (2) – Telehealth, Critical Care, Sensors

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. In addition to the new Social Media WG (

– a new Wearable Sensors in Healthcare WG was established, with Prof. Dr. med. Dr.-Ing. Michael Marschollek, of the Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Hannover Medical School and University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology, Germany as Chair. The WG aims to promote medical informatics research in the area of wearable sensor technology in healthcare by providing a joint comprehensive platform for information exchange and scientific collaboration. The proposed group aims to attract experts from different areas of expertise, such as medical informatics, biomedical engineering, nursing and medicine.

– a new Critical Care Informatics WG was established, with Reza Shahpori, Clinical Informatics Leader, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Alberta Critical Care Network, Canada as Chair. The WG will focus on the promotion of applied Clinical Informatics in Critical Care for the purpose of increased patient safety and improved quality of care.

– Dr Kannan Subramaniam, New Zealand, has taken on the role of Chair of the Mental Health Informatics WG, to reconstitute and reactivate the WG.

– the former Telematics in Healthcare WG is being reconstituted as a Telehealth WG, with Dr S B Gogia (India) as Chair and Prof. Anthony Maeder (Australia) as Vice chair. The WG held a first meeting at refocus the WG in Cape Town, South Africa at Medinfo2010.

Further information on all WGs is available on the IMIA website >>> and the Chair and Vice chair of each WG/SIG is the primary contact for any queries.

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IMIA Award of Excellence 2010

The IMIA Award of Excellence 2010, presented at Medinfo2010 in Cape Town, South Africa, was jointly awarded to Marion Ball (USA) and Hans Peterson (Sweden).

The Award is IMIA’s highest honour, and is given (currently) every three years in conjunction with Medinfo. The recipient of the IMIA Award of Excellence is an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics. Previous recipients have been Francois Gremy (France) in 2004 and Jan van Bemmel (Netherlands) in 2007.

The formal Award presentation was made at the closing plenary of Medinfo2010 by IMIA President Reinhold Haux. While Marion was present to receive her award, Hans was unfortunately unable to be present due to family illness and his need to act as a carer at home. Both Marion and Hans are well known in their own countries and internationally for their contributions to IMIA and to the development of health and medical informatics globally. Both have previously held the post of IMIA President, as well as holding many other influential positions and receiving many recognitions for their contributions.

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NTNU Norway Seeks Health Informatics Professor

The Faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for Professor/Associate Professor in medicine (health informatics). The professorship is attached to The Norwegian EHR Research Centre (NSEP –, NTNU’s programme for health informatics. The vacancy has place of employment at NSEP which is located at the University Hospital campus and is attached to the Department of Neuroscience.

Full information is available at and the closing date for applications is 05 November, 2010. Further details about the position can be obtained from Arild Faxvaag, Manager NSEP. Tel. + 47 73551533, e-mail

Please note: ALL communications should be directed to NSEP/NTNU, and not to IMIA.

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e-Health 2011: Toronto ON, Canada 29 May – 01 June, 2011

e-Health 2011: Enabling Healthy Outcomes will take place at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, Toronto ON, Canada on 29 May to 01 June, 2011. This is Canada’s National e-Health Conference, organised by COACH (

Full information will be available on the conference website at or via the COACH website >>>

Key dates include:
– 01 November 2010 – Call for Abstracts Opens
– 15 December, 2010 – Abstract Submission Closes

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