From the International Medical Informatics Association

Roy Alger, SAHIA

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of another of our health informatics colleagues. Roy Alger, past President of SAHIA, the South African Health Informatics Association, passed away on 09 January, 2011 after a short illness.

Many colleagues who attended the recent Medinfo2010 event in cape Town, South Africa, will have met Roy. He was one of the driving forces behind South Africa’s successful bid the host the event, and worked tirelessly up to and during the event to ensure its success. He will be missed by all his colleagues and friends in the health informatics community in Africa and globally.

Anyone who is on Facebook can leave a message on the page of Roy’s partner, Val Lewis, at

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WHO Atlas – eHealth Country Profiles

The World Health Organization (WHO) publication “Atlas – ehealth Country Profiles” is available for download from the WHO’s Global Observatory for eHealth website.

This 240 page publication (available as a PDF file, 5MB at or via is intended as a reference to the state of eHealth development, presenting data on the 114 WHO Member States that participated in the 2009 global survey on eHealth. Individual country profiles feature 50 key indicators in eHealth foundation actions as well as specific eHealth applications.

The objectives of the individual country profiles (available via are to:
• describe the current status of the use of ICT for health in Member States; and
• provide information concerning the progress of eHealth applications in these countries.

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IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Information Professionals

IMIA is currently considering whether its Code of Ethics (available via in English and some other languages) requires up-dating and if so, in what regard.

To this end, it has struck an ad hoc committee consisting of B. Barber (UK), P. Croll (Australia), K. Ishikawa (Japan) and L. Moura (Brazil), with E-H Kluge (Canada) as Chair. The ad hoc committee herewith invites comments and/or suggestions from IMIA members in this regard, with a deadline of March 31, 2011. Comments and/or suggestions should be addressed to the Committee Chair at

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EFMI Events for 2011

EFMI President John Mantas has his end of 2010 and 2011 New Year message on the EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics) web portal (

He notes, in particular, the two major EFMI scientific events for 2011, and encourages everyone to attend to make them successful:

“Our first EFMI event will be the STC2011 in Laško, Slovenia during spring 2011. Both LOC and SPC are working very hard to organise the best ever STC. The programme is ready and will be distributed early 2011.

The same goes also for the MIE2011 in Oslo, Norway. LOC and SPC are working for almost two years to organise our major EFMI annual event. As we missed this year our MIE conference everyone is eager to participate in the next MIE Conference in Oslo at the last days of summer 2011.”

The websites of the two events are: and

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IMIA President’s Message for 2011

Dear members of the IMIA Community,

Please receive my personal wishes and those of the IMIA Board for a healthy, peaceful, happy, and productive Year 2011.

This year is going to be full of challenges and opportunities for IMIA. We have returned from an inspiring Cape Town MEDINFO 2010 conference, full of energy and ideas, ready to bring forward, at the global level, IMIA’s agenda and strategic plan. We have realized how much health and biomedical informatics are now strategic in most aspects of health, healthcare and biomedical research worldwide. This gives us an increased responsibility, as well as a sense of urgency to realize IMIA’s vision, to bring forward our values, and to make sure that our voice is heard in the growing and ever-noisier choir of health informatics and eHealth.

This year, we will develop and strengthen our partnerships and synergies, within IMIA’s community, and by reaching out to other organizations, in particular in the fields of standards and global health. We will also leverage the capacity and diversity of our members and of our regions, which represent the true richness of IMIA.

During 2011, we will particularly ask our working groups and special interest groups to demonstrate their dynamism: many of them will be commissioned to produce reviews and white papers in their fields of expertise, helping to establish IMIA as a leading voice to inform the various stakeholders and decision-makers with quality information, knowledge and advice.

These are exciting times for our field, with loads of challenges and opportunities. Nevertheless, I am sure that, with IMIA’s wide-ranging community, we can truly strengthen the research, education, dissemination and impact of our field globally, and thus better serve the professionals, and, ultimately, patients and citizens.

Happy New Year!
Antoine Geissbuhler

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