From the International Medical Informatics Association

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics Vacancy: University of Manchester, UK

The University of Manchester in the UK have pleasure in confirming the following position is now live for applicants: M&HS-01371/Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics [Clinical Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics]. The vacancy will close on 24 July, 2012, and all applications should be made as per the information and process given on the university website at

The vacancy is in the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences, School of Community Based Medicine. Applicants will be required to deliver high quality Health Informatics research related to the reuse of health and health-related data, leading several programmes of research within the group; and to provide input to teaching modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. They will have a PhD or MD (or equivalent) in a science or engineering subject relevant to Health Informatics, plus significant demonstrable research experience, or a higher degree in a science or engineering subject relevant to Health Informatics plus significant and relevant industrial/healthcare experience.

All enquiries should be directed to the university, not to IMIA, via Amanda Lamb (email: Amanda.Lamb[at]

July 11, 2012 Posted by | UK, vacancy | | Leave a comment

Reminder: NextMed/MMVR20 (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality) Conference Submissions Close 15 July

The NextMed / MMVR20 (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality) conference Call for Presentations is now open. The Organizing Committee invites papers, posters, and independent sessions such as workshops and panels. The submission deadline is Sunday, July 15, 2012.

Submission guidelines are at Please contact [mmvr20-at-nextmed-dot-com] with any questions.

The NextMed / MMVR20 conference will be held on February 20-23, 2013 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Hotel, CA, USA – see For 2013, the conference returns to San Diego, where “Medicine Meets Virtual Reality” began in June 1992. Participants in NextMed / MMVR20 can look forward to a special gathering that acknowledges two decades of vision and innovation.

Further information is also available in the IMIA News item at

July 11, 2012 Posted by | conference, USA | , , | Leave a comment

New COACH Privacy and Security Guidelines Focus on Patient Portals 

COACH has announced the publication of new Privacy and Security for Patient Portals 2012 Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information Special Edition, addressing the increasingly important issues of the emergence of patient portals, secure controlled computerized pathways between a patient and his/her personal health information, which present privacy and security issues that are distinct from other clinical information systems. Covering design, implementation and management, this new publication is a resource for healthcare organizations and professionals that have existing patient portal systems, as well as those that are considering introducing them. All sizes of organizations, from single-physician offices to large, complex enterprises, will find it beneficial.

“The Special Edition is a much-needed resource for addressing the unique privacy and security issues associated with patient portals,” says Wendy Robillard, Director, HIA Policy Unit, Alberta Health and Wellness. “These portals are becoming increasingly important to build trust and collaboration between patient and providers, which is key to good healthcare. When they are properly developed and responsibly implemented, patient portals can increase transparency, accountability, support and secure access to information and services.”

The content includes:

  • the healthcare context for privacy and security;
  • functional models of portals, stratifying them by use cases and functionality;
  • participative care plans, complex scheduling, financial management;
  • Canadian privacy legislation, including legislative variations by jurisdiction;
  • the 10 principals of the Canadian Standards Association Model Code.

The publication is designed to be a provider-focused, vendor-neutral Special Edition, and is not intended for technical professionals involved with patient portals. Written by privacy and security experts from across Canada, it is the newest publication in the COACH Privacy and Security Series, including the 2011 main edition, Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information. The Patient Portals Special Edition is available as a 107-page book, ideal for educational and reference needs in academic and professional settings, or as the e-Guidelines PDF from (COACH members enjoy preferred rates.) Note: Healthcare organizations and providers in Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan can obtain the e-Guidelines version at no charge. Please visit the COACH website for details  – see or directly at

COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association is the voice of health informatics (HI) in Canada, promoting the adoption, practice and professionalism of health informatics. COACH is an IMIA Member Society.

July 11, 2012 Posted by | Canada, profession | , , | 1 Comment