From the International Medical Informatics Association

Establishing an evidence base for e-health: a call for papers, Bulletin of the World Health Organization

IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and Najeeb Al Shorbaji (WHO Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing) have published an Editorial and Call for Papers in the current (June 2011) edition of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Titled “Establishing an evidence base for e-health: a call for papers”, the editorial is an open call for contributions to a Special Theme Issue of the Bulletin. The Editorial/Call can be found at (HTML version) or downloadable PDF file at

This is part of a joint project between IMIA and, among others, a range of US government agencies (including PEPFAR, CDC, and USAID), IDRC, as well as the Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP). In addition to the open call, a project team will also be commissioning papers on specific topics from within IMIA and from among the wider global health informatics community.

As Antoine and Najeeb note: “Evidence is needed to promote equity of access to information and health services, and to strengthen activities and programmes that support local, regional, national and global health communities. There is a critical need to communicate evidence and to provide examples of best practice in the development of effective and efficient solutions to major health challenges.” The objectives of the theme issue of the Bulletin are [1] to provide an authoritative, critical and independent overview of knowledge about the appropriate, transdisciplinary methods and applications in e-health; [2] to include contributors from developing countries who typically do not have the opportunity to publish in international journals; and [3] to disseminate the key findings of this theme issue to high-level decision-makers, to promote a stronger commitment on e-health interoperability issues and its wider application.

The International Medical Informatics Association will provide quality control and mentoring to ensure that these contributors get the appropriate level of support, if required. Review papers will be commissioned to teams of authors, with a mix of internationally-recognized senior scientists and contributors who may have valid experiences and perspectives without writing practice. An important goal of this project is to develop writing capacities through a joint authorship and mentoring process.

The deadline for submissions is 20 November 2011. Manuscripts should respect the Guidelines for contributors and mention this call for papers in a covering letter.
NOTE: All submissions will go through the Bulletin’s peer review process. Please submit to:

We ask all IMIA members and colleagues to publicise this as widely as possible to their members, contacts, networks, etc. We also ask all IMIA members and friends, especially those in low and middle income countries, to consider contributing to this call.

The Bulletin, one of the world’s leading public health journals, is a peer-reviewed monthly with a special focus on developing countries. The Bulletin is one of the top 10 public and environmental health journals with an impact factor of 5.4, according to the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). It is essential reading for all public health decision-makers and researchers who require its special blend of research, well-informed opinion and news.

IMIA is a Non Government Organization (NGO) in special relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics 2011;2 (2) eTOC

New articles are available for the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS. The FOUR articles of Volume 2(2) of 2011 are now available at – the first article (Healthy Gaming – Video Game Design to promote Health – with free download) has already been advised (

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday.  All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010) and some from other issues are available as free downloads.

Use of Headings and Classifications by Physicians in Medical Narratives of EHRs 
An evaluation study in a Finnish hospital
Research Article
K. Häyrinen (1), K. Harno (1), P. Nykänen (2)
(1) University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio Campus), Department of Health and Social Management; (2) University of Tampere, Department of Computer Sciences, Tampere, Finland
ACI 2011 2 2: 143-157
Standardization of EHR is a focus of research and work in development of EHR technologies. This study examines the use of headings in the EHR entries of physicians in a Finnish hospital. The findings suggest there is additional need for structure in the narrative data input to EHRs.

AMDIS Case Conference 
Implementing Electronic Health Records in a Small Subspecialty Practice

Case Report
M. Terpenning (1), A. Berlin (2), J. Graham (3)
(1) Santa Monica Hematology-Oncology Consultants, Santa Monica, CA, USA; (2) Independent Consultant, San Francisco, CA, USA; (3) NorthBay Health System, Fairfield, CA, USA
ACI 2011 2 2: 158-164
This case report describes the decision to adopt an EHR system for a Hematology-Oncology medical group. The authors describe the decision-making process around adopting the EHR, including the practice readiness analysis and the implementation planning. A key point in the discussion of the process is the emotional reaction members of the practice had to the transition to an EHR.

Adoption of Electronic Health Records 
A Qualitative Study of Academic and Private Physicians and Health Administrators
Research Article
L. Grabenbauer (1), R. Fraser (2), J. McClay (1), N. Woelfl (1), C. B. Thompson (1), J. Cambell (1), J. Windle (1)
(1) University of Nebraska Medical Center; (2) University of Missouri
ACI 2011 2 2: 165-176
EHR adoption in the US has been increasing, but still only 20% of US hospitals have comprehensive EHR systems linking inpatient and outpatient data. The authors in this study interviewed academic and private physicians about their use and expectations of an EHR system. Their findings identified six themes in the physicians’ responses: workflow, patient care, communication, research/outcomes/billing, education/learning and culture. The authors conclude that the multiple themes challenge the assumption that financial incentives will be enough alone to promote adoption of EHRs.

How Online Crowds Influence the Way Individual Consumers Answer Health Questions 
An Online Prospective Study
Research Article – MedInfo Special Topic
A. Y .S. Lau (1), T. M. Y. Kwok (2), E. Coiera (1)
(1) Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; (2) Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
ACI 2011 2 2: 177-189
Greater numbers of patients are seeking health information online, including through their peers via social media. This study aimed to determine the relationship between crowd opinion and individual responses to health survey questions. The findings show that respondents were more likely to change their answers when the majority opinion differed from their own and the chances of changing increased as the percentage of opinions opposed to their own increased in the response population.

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to

Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

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International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 80, Issue 7 (July 2011) – eTOC

International Journal of Medical Informatics is an official journal of IMIA.

Volume 80, Issue 7, Pages 455-540 (July 2011) is available at:

1. Going paperless at the emergency department: A socio-technical study of an information system for patient tracking
Original Research Article – Pages 455-465
Paraskevas Vezyridis, Stephen Timmons, Heather Wharrad

2. Paper persistence, workarounds, and communication breakdowns in computerized consultation management
Original Research Article – Pages 466-479
Jason J. Saleem, Alissa L. Russ, Adam Neddo, Paul T. Blades, Bradley N. Doebbeling, Brian H. Foresman

3. Evaluating the success of an emergency response medical information system
Original Research Article – Pages 480-489
Stacie Petter, Ann Fruhling

4. Evaluating the medication process in the context of CPOE use: The significance of working around the system
Original Research Article – Pages 490-506
Zahra Niazkhani, Habibollah Pirnejad, Heleen van der Sijs, Jos Aarts

5. Using ORA to explore the relationship of nursing unit communication to patient safety and quality outcomes
Original Research Article – Pages 507-517
Judith A. Effken, Kathleen M. Carley, Sheila Gephart, Joyce A. Verran, Denise Bianchi, Jeff Reminga, Barbara B. Brewer

6. Online health consultation: Examining uses of an interactive cancer communication tool by low-income women with breast cancer
Original Research Article – Pages 518-528
Hsueh-Yi Lu, Bret R. Shaw, David H. Gustafson

7. Variations in faculty assessment of NICU flowsheet data: Implications for electronic data display
Original Research Article – Pages 529-532
Patrick Brown, Stephanie Guerlain, Phillip Gordon, David Bauer

8. Using electronic medical records to determine the diagnosis of clinical depression
Original Research Article – Pages 533-540
Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, Soo Jeong Youn, Jessica Sousa, Susan Regan, C. Andres Bedoya, Trina E. Chang, Maurizio Fava, Albert Yeung

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