From the International Medical Informatics Association

Perspectives On Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data: Videos on EUSTRHD YouTube Channel

Twenty five videos, covering all aspects of the May 2012 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data (held in Brussels, Belgium, and hosted by IMIA) are now available on the Summit’s YouTube channel – see

The currently featured video, ‘Perspectives: what we need to do to use health data’, features comments from, among others, IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler, IMIA VP Riccardo Bellazzi, Dipak Kalra (University College, London), Georges De Moor (European Institute for Health Records), Matic Meglic (National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia) and Lene Vistisen (National Board of e-Health, Denmark). Other videos provide views on benefits and challenges of trustworthy reuse of health data (including from Charles Safran, Harvard Medical School; Steve Labkoff, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Iain Buchan, University of Manchester; Julian Remnant, Deloitte R&D; Don Detmer, University of Virginia; and Sabine Koch, Karolinska Institute).

The welcome from Antoine Geissbuhler is at

Other videos include keynote from Robert Madelin, Director General Information Society and Media, European Commission; keynote from Professor Nigel Shadbolt; and keynote from Petra Wilson, Continua Health Alliance.

Full information on the Summit, including presentation materials, is on the website at

August 29, 2012 Posted by | conference, education, ehealth, Europe, IMIA | , , , | Leave a comment

BIREME International Community of Practice: PAHO/WHO

The BIREME International Community of Practice, a virtual forum dedicated to strengthening the management of scientific and technical information in health sciences, was launched in August 2012 during a virtual seminar jointly organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Brazil. Full information is available on the PAH/WHO website at (Comunidade de Prática Internacional para apoiar o fortalecimento institucional da BIREME – in Spanish)

This International Community of Practice, led by the Area of Knowledge Management and Communications PAHO/WHO (KMC), BIREME, and the Ministry of Health of Brazil, host country of the Center, seeks, among other things, to support the production, dissemination, and use of scientific and technical information for the strengthening of primary health care systems in the Americas, bringing together the individual and collective knowledge in the countries and in specialized information networks.

This year, BIREME celebrates 46 years of existence and PAHO celebrates 110 years and is the oldest public health organization of the world. BIREME works with all of the countries of the American hemisphere to improve the health and the quality of the life of the people of the Americas and it acts as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.

Source: Thanks to Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAH/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing listserv.

August 29, 2012 Posted by | Brazil, IMIA-LAC, Latin America, PAHO | , | Leave a comment

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 2013: First Call for Papers

The First Call for Papers for the AIME13 conference (Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 2013 – has been published. Important dates for submissions of papers, tutorials, and other categories, are listed below. The AIME13 conference will be held in Murcia, Spain on May 29 – June 1, 2013.

The AIME 2013 conference will be a unique opportunity to present and improve the international state of the art of AI in Medicine from perspectives of theory, methodology, and application. AIME 2013 will include invited lectures, full and short papers, tutorials, workshops, and a doctoral consortium. Specific attention will be given in the main conference to the theme “AI in Telemedicine and eHealth”. We invite you to submit original contributions regarding the development of theory, methods, systems, and applications of AI in BioMedicine, including the application of AI approaches in biomedical informatics, healthcare organization and molecular medicine.

The European Society for Artificial Intelligence in MEdicine (AIME), was established in 1986 with two main goals:
1. To foster fundamental and applied research in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to medical care and medical research, and
2. To provide a forum for reporting significant results achieved at biennial conferences.

A major activity of this society has been a series of international conferences, from Marseille, France, in 1987 to Bled, Slovenia, in 2011, held biennially over the last 24 years.

Full information on the scope of the conference and submission processes is on the conference website –

Paper submission:

The conference features regular papers, in two categories:
1. Full research papers (up to 10 pages)
2. Short papers (up to 5 pages) describing brief research projects, demonstrations of implemented systems, or late-breaking results (work-in-progress).

Papers should be formatted according to Springer’s LNCS format (see or and submitted through the EasyChair conference system. Authors are asked to submit an abstract first, and upload the full paper one week later. The paper submission web page is available at

Submission of proposals for workshops and tutorials:

As in previous AIME conferences, proposals for the organization of tutorials and satellite workshops are sought regarding any of the above topic areas. Proposals for tutorials and workshops should be sent by email to Niels Peek (n.b.peek[at]


Proposals for Tutorials: December 13, 2012
Proposals for Workshops: December 13, 2012
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 13, 2012
Submission Deadline: December 20, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: February 26, 2013


Program Committee Chair: Niels Peek, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Local Organization Chair: Roque Marin Morales, University of Murcia, Spain
Doctoral Consortium Chair: Nada Lavrac, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Thanks to Dr. Niels Peek, University of Amsterdam, for notification of this event.

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