From the International Medical Informatics Association

HIMSS11 Starts in Five Weeks

HIMSS11 logoHIMSS11 – the Annual Conference and Exhibition of HIMSS, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, begins in under 5 weeks time. HIMSS11 will be held on February 20-24, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL – full information is available at

Keynote speakers will be Robert B. Reich, Economist and Former Secretary of Labor; David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services; Canadian born actor Michael J. Fox; and Richard Boyd, Chief Architect Lockheed Martin Virtual World Labs.

HIMSS11 will feature over 300 education sessions, networking opportunities, the HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase™, with two nursing profiles to be demonstrated (the Patient Plan of Care (PPOC) and the eNursing Summary (eNS)). The new “Physician Executive Forum: In Pursuit of Meaningful Use of Health IT” is designed for practicing physician executives, and will examine the fiscal impact of meaningful use from three perspectives: clinical, financial and administrative. The social media center will help attendees explore how social technologies are applied in healthcare.

HIMSS is a Corporate Institutional member of IMIA and IMIA is pleased to be a Conference Collaborator.

HIMSS12 will be in Las Vegas (Feb. 20 – 24, 2012 at the Sands Expo Convention Center) and HIMSS13 will be in New Orleans.

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WHO Global Observatory for eHealth Series Publication on Telemedicine

Telemedicine – Opportunities and developments in Member States is the latest publication in the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth ( series.

Published in January 2011, this 96 page document is part of a series of reports based on the second Global Observatory on eHealth (GOe) Survey, and is the result of a productive collaboration between the GOe and the University of British Columbia, eHealth Policy Unit.. Available for download as a PDF file ( – 3.5MB). WHO ISBN 978 92 4 156414 4 – 13 January 2011.

This second volume of the Global Observatory for eHealth series examines trends in the uptake of telemedicine, from the well established to newly emerging telemedicine applications, with an emphasis on the needs of developing countries. The publication is targeted at telemedicine practitioners and policymakers in health and information technology, as well as health care practitioners interested in adopting telemedicine services. The data and information would be useful for planning and evaluation of telemedicine services.

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At its 16th Congress, held in Milan, Italy in November 2010, IFHRO, the International Federation of Health Records Organizations, changed its name from IFHRO to IFHIMA – The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations. The Constitution of the organization was updated in Milan by the country representatives, and the name change was a part of that updating. In her first presidential message, released just before Christmas, 2010, the new President of IFHIMA, Margaret Skurka from Indiana University Northwest, College of Health and Human Services, Indiana, USA noted that there “is consistency now worldwide in using the terminology Health Information Management (HIM) to name our profession. The member countries present and the Board of Directors thought it was time to align the name of the organization with the international trend. So, IFHRO was retired after many successful years, and the name IFHIMA was born.”

The new web site will be at

The next IFHIMA Congress meeting will be held in Montreal, Canada, from May 11-15, 2013.

IFHIMA is an Affiliate Member of IMIA.

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