From the International Medical Informatics Association

NI2012 Congress Begins on June 23. Still Time to Register.

Time is running out to register for NI2012, the premier nursing informatics conference, to be held on June 23-27 in Montreal, Canada. See

NI2012 is a rare opportunity for nurses, midwives, community health workers and scientists to participate in a program built around the world’s most knowledgeable and highly-trained informatics professionals. The meeting will feature talks from all over the world showcasing evidence-based IT used to care for people through clinical and administrative information systems and mobile devices, with some sessions simultaneously interpreted in Spanish. Register today and browse the complete session detail

NI2012 papers, posters, demonstrations, and panels are featured in the congress proceedings. All congress registrants have access to the proceedings as part of their registration fees.  Webcast and other individuals may purchase a copy of the proceedings for $50.

Each day, select sessions will be broadcast live via Adobe Connect. Visit to see the list of sessions and to register.

June 6, 2012 Posted by | AMIA, Canada, conference, education, IMIA, IMIA-NI | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

e-Health Standards and Interoperability – Report on
 Joint ITU-WHO Workshop

A joint ITU-WHO workshop on “e-Health standards and Interoperability” was held at ITU headquarters in Geneva, 26-27 April. It gathered experts from the healthcare and ICT communities to discuss means of leveraging today’s advanced communications capabilities to achieve more efficient, cost-effective and equitable health services worldwide. IMIA participated in the workshop, and the IMIA CEO, Dr Peter Murray, chaired one of the discussion sessions.

A summary report on the workshop, together with links to presentations, is available via the ITU website – see

Actions were suggested to the various stakeholders, including:

Suggested ITU-WHO actions:
– Joint policy brief on the essentiality of standards and interoperability to the exchange of medical data, as well as outreach activities to educate policy-makers and business leaders on the relevance and application of e-health standards
– Creation of an e-health Working Group to advise ITU and WHO on steps to be taken in the future
– Collaborate with other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to create an information portal detailing all available healthcare standards and best practices in their application

SDO actions:
– Coordinate with the new HL7 initiative on mobile e-health
– ITU and HL7 to develop a specification for the use of ITU-T X.1303 CAP specification within HL7 to deliver health warning messages
– Consider effective cost models for e-health standards licensing
– Collaborate in the development of a common e-health standards roadmap; ensuring no work is duplicated, and encouraging a converged view on the structure of data and information in the e-health context.

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