From the International Medical Informatics Association

ACI eJournal: 2012 Volume 3 (3): Update on New Articles

Volume 3(3) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – continues with FOUR new items, bringing the current total to TEN items – see

In addition, the ACI News items are updated every Wednesday. All articles from Volume 0 (2009) and Volume 1(1) (2010), and some from other issues, are available as free downloads.

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Volume 3(3) – four new articles:

7. Usability of Selected Databases for Low-Resource Clinical Decision Support
Research Article
L. Sheets (1, 2), F. Callaghan (2), A. Gavino (2), F. Liu (2), P. Fontelo (2)
(1) University of Missouri Informatics Institute; (2) National Library of Medicine
ACI 2012 3 3: 326-333

8. Measuring the Impact of Health Information Technology
Letter to the Editor
D. Hanauer (1), K. Zheng (2, 3)
(1) Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI; (2) School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; (3) School of Public Health Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
ACI 2012 3 3: 334-336

9. Initial implementation and evaluation of a Hepatitis C treatment clinical decision support system (CDSS): A nurse practitioner-driven quality improvement initiative
Case Report
L. Fathauer (1), J. Meek (2)
(1) Southeastern Indiana Gastroenterology; (2) Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
ACI 2012 3 3: 337-348

10. Case Report Medical Eponyms: An Applied Clinical Informatics Opportunity
Case Report
L. N. Guptha Munugoor Baskaran (1, 2, 3), P. J. Greco (1, 2, 3), D. C. Kaelber (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
(1) Departments of Information Systems; (2) Internal Medicine; (3) Center for Clinical Informatics Research and Education; The MetroHealth System and School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH; (4) Pediatrics; (5) Epidemiology, and Biostatistics
ACI 2012 3 3: 349-355

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Further materials of interest from the same publishers are to be found in the journal Methods of Information on Medicine and in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

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PAHO/WHO Launches “eHealth Conversations” in the Americas

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is launching a series of “eHealth Conversations”, which will be virtual dialogues addressing the present and future of eHealth in the Americas, and calls on professionals to participate in this project. Professionals working in the field of eHealth are invited to brainstorm, discuss and reflect on the present and future of the use and application of information and communication technologies in public health in the Americas. The virtual dialogues will be part of a project titled “eHealth Conversations: Information management, dialogue and knowledge exchange to approach universal access to health”.

Further information on the initiative, and how to participate, is available on the PAHO/WHO website at

Based on the components of the eHealth regional strategy, PAHO/WHO will implement a series of virtual dialogues with key stakeholders, networks and experts in the following topics: 1) Infrastructure, 2) Information Systems, 3) Telemedicine, 4) Access to information, 5) Policies, 6) Education, 7) Patient Safety, 8) Electronic Medical Records, 9) Standards for interoperability, 10) Legal issues, 11) Relationship with projects and initiatives of e-Government, and 12) eHealth Management.

Each virtual dialogue will begin during the week of October 15, 2012, and will last 120 days. The main goal of each conversation is to develop a situation analysis, identify national and international experts and networks in each topic, and produce conclusions and recommendations for PAHO/WHO and its member countries to consider when implementing eHealth projects.

To participate in the virtual dialogues, professionals should send an email to with the subject: “eHealth Conversations – registration” and the following contact information: full name, institution and country. Participants will then receive instructions to complete their registration. For more information about the project, contact Myrna Marti, general coordinator, via email martimyr@paho.or

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