From the International Medical Informatics Association

3rd Annual Innovations in Healthcare Management and Informatics Conference – Bangkok, Thailand, March 2012

The 3rd Annual Innovations in Healthcare Management and Informatics Conference, organised by IQPC Worldwide Pte. Ltd., will take place on 13-15 March 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Full information is available on the event website at– there is also a downloadable pdf version of the information.

The 3rd HIT 2012 brings together an international gathering of over 30 healthcare leaders and informatics experts to present latest case studies and implementation experience from Europe, US, Australia and Asia. One focus will be on gaining insights on the Thai government’s National Public Health Information Reform experience.

Among the many speakers who will be known to IMIA members are:

  • Professor Michael Legg, Professorial Fellow, Centre for Health Informatics and e-Health Research, University of Wollongong
  • Mike Bainbridge, Clinical Architect, NHS Connecting for Health, UK
  • Prof. Jim Warren, Professor and Chair in Health Informatics, University of Auckland
  • Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li, Professor and Dean, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University
  • Dr. Chun Por Wong, Chief of Integrated Medical Services, Ruttonjee Hospital of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, & International Council, International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Pekka Ruotsalainen, Research Professor, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Adjunct Professor, University of Tampere
  • Prof. Michio Kimura, Professor of Radiology, Hamamatsu Medical University, Japan
  • Dr. S.B. Gogia, President, Society of Administration of Telemedicine and Healthcare Informatics, India

IMIA members can enjoy an exclusive 15% discount when they register for the conference. A special pricing for hospitals is also available through contacting the organisers directly to find out more at +65 6722 9388 or · Contact: +65 6722 9388 /

October 7, 2011 Posted by | APAMI, conference | , , , | Leave a comment

Establishing an evidence base for e-health: WHO Bulletin – Call Closes 20 November

The open call for contributions to a Special Theme Issue of the Bulletin, on the theme “Establishing an evidence base for e-health” closes on 20 November, 2011. We encourage 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 Editorial/Call can be found at (HTML version) or downloadable PDF file at Manuscripts should respect the Guidelines for contributors and mention the call for papers in a covering letter. All submissions will go through the Bulletin’s peer review process. Please submit to:

IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and Najeeb Al Shorbaji (WHO Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing) published the Editorial and Call for Papers in the 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. 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, commissioned papers on specific topics from within IMIA and from among the wider global health informatics community are being developed.

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 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. 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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Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health – PAHO/WHO Webinar, Nov. 3

The latest in the series of PAHO/WHO monthly live webinars on Equity and Health – Access to Information, titled “Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health”, will be offered on Thursday, 3rd November 2011, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM WDC time (check the local time in your own town at

With a hands-on approach, this two-hour online workshop will train participants on how to use the online tools available through the Virtual Health Library (VHL), as well as from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Online Databases, effectively. Furthermore, this online workshop will highlight other Web resources tailored to the public health workforce.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify resources to support public health programs and activities
  • Retrieve information in support of evidence-based public health
  • Obtain data sets and statistics relevant to public health on state, local, national, regional and world levels
  • Identify resources available to stay informed of developments related to public health and environmental health

Instructor: Lorely Ambriz Irigoyen, M.S.I.S , PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office Knowledge Management & Communications

The event is free, and no prior registration is required. To log in, simply type your name and organization) of participants at

PAHO/WHO Webinars are free and open to interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. In addition to  watching live presentations, you will have the option to ask questions and  provide comments. You just need a computer, internet connection, speakers and  a mic/headphone. You will also be able to write comments and continue the discussion after the webinar.

For additional information, please contact AnaLucia Ruggiero

October 7, 2011 Posted by | education, PAHO, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

HIMSS12 Keynote Speakers

HIMSS12, the Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, (HIMSS – will be held on February 20-24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Monday to Friday – note, this is a change from the schedule of previous years). HIMSS12 will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, adjacent to the Venetian and the Palazzo hotels, Las Vegas. Full information about the event is at and will be updated in coming months.

Symposia and Pre-Conference Workshops are being held on Monday, a day later than usual; the Exhibits will be open on Tuesday – Thursday, and the Education Sessions will be on Tuesday – Friday. HIMSS12 expects to offer more than 400 educational opportunities on hot topics and in excess of 1,000 exhibits with cutting edge product solutions.

Keynote presenters announced so far include:

  • Biz Stone – co-founder, Twitter
  • Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM – National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Donna Brazile – Political Strategist and Commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation, Democratic National Committee
  • Dana Perino – Political Commentator and Former White House Press Secretary
  • Dan Buettner – Founder of Blue Zones and World Renowned Explorer.

IMIA is pleased to be a Conference Collaborator, supporting the event (see and will have a booth at HIMSS12.


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