From the International Medical Informatics Association

METHODS of Information in Medicine, 2011, Volume 50, Issue 6 – eTOC

METHODS of Information in Medicine is an official journal of IMIA.

Volume 50, Issue 6 is available at:

This issue of METHODS has six articles (including a free to download editorial), all based in the scientific symposium held in Heidelberg, Germany in June 2011.

As Reinhold Haux notes in his editorial:

“This issue of Methods of Information in Medicine celebrates the journal‘s first 50 years. As the oldest journal in biomedical and health informatics … the journal publications during the last five decades also reflect the formation of a scientific field that deals with information in biomedicine and health care. Five papers that arose from a scientific symposium on “biomedical informatics: confluence of multiple disciplines” held in Heidelberg, Germany, in June 2011 … reflect not only the broad interdisciplinary scope of the journal, but also the broad and evolving scope of the field itself. We can also recognise that there is an ongoing need for original and relevant research. As a discipline that has an impact on many other fields and is also influenced by them, scientific exchange and collaborative research continues to be needed.”

On the Methodology and Scientific Fundamentals of Organizing, Representing and Analysing Data, Information and Knowledge in Biomedicine and Health Care

R. Haux (1)
(1) University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Germany
Methods of Information in Medicine 2011 50 6: 487-490
[free download]

The Birth and Evolution of a Discipline Devoted to Information in Biomedicine and Health Care 
As Reflected in its Longest Running Journal
A. T. McCray (1), O. Gefeller (2), D. Aronsky (3), T. Y. Leong (4), I. N. Sarkar (5), D. Bergemann (6), D. A. B. Lindberg (7), J. H. van Bemmel (8), R. Haux (9)
(1) Harvard Medical School, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; (2) University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Germany; (3) Vanderbilt University, Department of Biomedical Informatics & Emergency Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA; (4) National University of Singapore, Department of Computer Science, Singapore; (5) University of Vermont, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Department of Computer Science, Burlington, Vermont, USA; (6) Schattauer Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany; (7) National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, USA; (8) Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Medical Informatics, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; (9) University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Germany
Methods of Information in Medicine 2011 50 6: 491-507

Biomedical Informatics – A Confluence of Disciplines?
A. Hasman (1), E. Ammenwerth (2), H. Dickhaus (3), P. Knaup (3), C. Lovis (4), J. Mantas (5), V. Maojo (6), F. J. Martin-Sanchez (7), M. Musen (8), V. L. Patel (9), G. Surján (10), J. L. Talmon (11), I. N. Sarkar (12)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics, AMC-University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (2) UMIT – University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall in Tirol. Austria; (3) Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; (4) Division of Medical information sciences, University hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; (5) Health Informatics Laboratory, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece; (6) Biomedical Informatics Group, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain; (7) Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne, Australia; (8) Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA; (9) Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health, New York Academy ofMedicine, New York, USA; (10) National Institute for Strategic Health Research, Budapest, Hungary; (11) Center for Research, Innovation, Support and Policy, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands; (12) Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Methods of Information in Medicine 2011 50 6: 508-524

50 Years of Informatics Research on Decision Support: What’s Next
J. A. Mitchell (1), U. Gerdin (2), D. A. B. Lindberg (3), C. Lovis (4), F. J. Martin-Sanchez (5), R. A. Miller (6), E. H. Shortliffe (7), T.-Y. Leong (8)
(1) The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; (2) National Board of Health and Welfare, Regulations and Licenses, Terminology, Classifications and Informatics, Stockholm, Sweden; (3) National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, USA; (4) University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; (5) The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; (6) Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA; (7) The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX, USA; (8) National University of Singapore, Singapore
Methods of Information in Medicine 2011 50 6: 525-535

Data Analysis and Data Mining: Current Issues in Biomedical Informatics
R. Bellazzi (1), M. Diomidous (2), I. N. Sarkar (3), K. Takabayashi (4), A. Ziegler (5), A. T. McCray (6)
(1) Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy; (2) Department of Public Health, Faculty of Nursing, University of Athens, Athens, Greece; (3) Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Department of Computer Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA; (4) Division of Medical Informatics and Management, Chiba University Hospital, Chiba, Japan; (5) Institut für Medizinische Biometrie und Statistik, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany; (6) Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Methods of Information in Medicine 2011 50 6: 536-544

Confluence of Disciplines in Health Informatics: an International Perspective

A. Geissbuhler (1), M. Kimura (2), C. A. Kulikowski (3), P. J. Murray (4), L. Ohno-Machado (5), H.-A. Park (6), R. Haux (7)
(1) Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland; (2) Hamamatsu University, School of Medicine, Department of Medical Informatics, Hamamatsu, Japan; (3) Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA; (4) International Medical Informatics Association; (5) University of California, San Diego, CA, USA; (6) Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea; (7) University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Braunschweig, Germany
Methods of Information in Medicine 2011 50 6: 545-555

You may also be interested in the eJournal ACI – Applied Medical Informatics and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

Methods of Information in Medicine is an official journal of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

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IFHIMA Global News, December 2011 Issue

The latest issue of the IFHIMA Global News newsletter is now available on the IFHIMA website.

IFHIMA Global News is available at and the December 2011 newsletter directly here >>> The latest articles include information on Health Information Management in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a report from the 67th National Congress of the Korean Medical Record Association, and news from the Jamaican Medical Record Association.

The International Federation of Health Information Management (IFHIMA), formerly known as IFHRO, supports national associations and health record professionals to implement and improve health records and the systems, which support them. IFHIMA was established in 1968 as a forum to bring together national organizations committed to improvement in the use of health records in their countries. The founding organizations recognized the need for an international organization to serve as a forum for the exchange of information relating to health records, health information management and information technology.

The next IFHIMA Congress will be held on 13-15 May, 2013 in Montreal, Canada – see The Call for Abstracts will open in March 2012.

IFHIMA is an Affiliate member of IMIA and we are pleased to support and promote their activities.

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HIMSS AsiaPac12 Call for Papers: Closes 31 January, 2012

The HIMSS AsiaPac12 Health IT Conference will be held on 17-19 September, 2012 in Singapore   HIMSS AsiaPac 12 is calling for submissions to present papers on IT development in the Asia Pacific regions. Proposals are sought from top industry leaders and experts that will specifically address the educational needs of professionals in various sectors of healthcare, regarding enterprise solutions and practical approaches to today’s healthcare IT issues. Information is available at the HIMSS AsiaPac12 website.

Closing Deadline: Tuesday, 31 January 2012 – follow link to submission site >>>

Topics should stimulate discussions and offer practical information and solutions, including a case study. It should represent the diverse healthcare needs in Asia Pacific. The event will feature “Four Conferences in One”, with topic categories including:

  • HIT X.0 –  for healthcare IT leaders who want to be on the forefront of innovative ideas, gain exposure to cutting-edge scientific advances, and explore emerging technologies for the future of patient care.
  • mHIMSS (Mobile Health) – sessions will explore, examine, and debate the ways mobile technology will transform health care delivery, research, business and policy for the 21st Century in healthcare delivery.
  • Home Care (Chronic Disease Management and Independent Living for the Aged) – exploring the support of patients with chronic diseases to take an active role in their own care and of health professionals to better assist their patients in managing their illness. This track also provides a global, cross cultural understanding of the reality of ageing in countries undergoing marked demographic changes, and the myriad social and cultural differences in people’s experiences of ageing and health.
  • Standards and Interoperability – this track will provide opportunities to learn more about standards and interoperability as industry thought leaders, health IT developers and clinician end-users converge and share their rich experiences and knowledge to these important issues during the sessions.

If you have any question regarding HIMSS AsiaPac 2012 submissions, please contact, Education Manager for HIMSS Asia Pacific.

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