From the International Medical Informatics Association

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.

October 7, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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