From the International Medical Informatics Association

Call for Papers: Enabling Technologies in Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation – Deadline 01 March 2013

Dr Michael Marschollek (Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Germany and IMIA Wearable Sensors WG) invites submission of papers to Joint Focus Theme Issues of Methods of Information in Medicine (MIM) and Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie – European Journal of Geriatrics (ZGG) on the theme of  Enabling Technologies in Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation. Guest Editors: Michael Marschollek (MIM), Clemens Becker (ZGG).

The deadline for electronic submission of contributions is 01 March, 2013. The full details are in the downloadable PDF version of the Call (CfP Enabling Technologies 2013 MIM ZGG). Please submit your paper electronically (as an email attachment) to the Guest Editor at Michael.marschollek[at] In accordance with the submitting authors he will allocate your manuscript to one of the two journals and provide details on the review process. Submissions of full papers should be limited to about 4,000 words (25,000 characters for ZGG). Papers must not have appeared in, nor be under consideration by other journals.

Demographic change with rising numbers in co-morbidity leads to an increased demand in clinical geriatric expertise as well as in geriatric research. In order to alleviate the effects that aging will have on our societies in terms of increased functional deficits, waning possibilities for participation and communication and a potential risk of emergencies, supportive technical solutions are frequently proposed. Such technologies may comprise a wide range of solutions including e.g. wearable sensor-based systems, ambient assisted living systems for personal environments or communication support tools. To make sure that the rapidly advancing field of research in technologies for the elderly meets the demands of the persons in need, research efforts should be interdisciplinary. Evaluation in controlled clinical trials or field experiments is extremely valuable and therefore highly commended.

January 10, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, journals, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment

Loss of Three UK Health Informatics Colleagues in 2012

We regret to report that three UK health informatics colleagues passed away in 2012 – John Bryden, Derek Hoy and Denis Barnett.

Dr John S Bryden passed away a few months before his 80th birthday. He was well-known in the UK, and especially Scottish, health informatics communities, as well as contributing to many international activities, especially at the European level. EFMI have a tribute to his work on the EFMI website; he was their Executive Officer for 10 years, and helped make many EFMI events a success. He was, for many years, a key member of the British Computer Society health groups, and was closely involved in the organisation of Medinfo2001. An appreciation also appears in the The Herald (Scotland) news site. The BCS Health Forum will be compiling a reflection on his and Derek’s life and work; please contact Dr Paul Woolman (paul.woolman[at] is you wish to contribute.

Derek Hoy passed away in November 2012 after a short illness. He was well-known in the international nursing informatics community, and was active for many years. Colleagues have developed a crowdsourced chronology of his life and activities at Derek was actively involved in the European Summer School s in Nursing Informatics, in work on nursing information systems, and was involved in the EU-funded NIGHTINGALE project. Derek was also an accomplished musician, and a member of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. Graham Wright wrote, on LinkedIn: Whilst many of us know him through his work in Nursing Informatics and in particular Standards and Nursing Language he is well-known as a fiddler in Jock Tamson’s Bairns and the Bella McNab Dance Band. web:

Denise Barnett was  long-standing and active member of the BCS Nursing Specialist Group; she passed away in November 2012, after being ill for some time. She was the Editor of ITIN, the journal of the BCS Nursing Group for many years., participated in many international nursing informatics events, and edited the ‘Intwernational Nursing Informatics’ 40 year history, published in 2000 and authored by Maureen Scholes, Marianne Tallberg and Elly Pluyter-Wenting.  In recent years, together with Glyn Hayes, she edited the BCS Health Informatics History Book.

January 10, 2013 Posted by | miscellany, UK | , , | Leave a comment