From the International Medical Informatics Association

Free Public Forum, Live Webcast: “Social Media for health”

A public forum on “Social Media for Health: The Good, The Bad, and The Possible”, organized by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and sponsored by UBC Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies will be held on February 4th, 2013 (Monday) at 7:00 – 9:00 pm Pacific Standard Time at UBC Robson Square Room C300, Downtown Vancouver.

The live webcast link is: (also see Twitter: #HCSMForum

Opening remarks: The Honorable Minister of Advanced Education, Province of British Columbia, Mr. John Yap and Ms. Bernadette Mah, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies.
Introduction: Dr. Kendall Ho, Professor and Director, eHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Moderator: Ms. Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun Digital Life writer.

Keynote Speakers:

  • “Social Media in Health: history, movements, and current practice”, Mr. Dean Giustini, Reference Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library, UBC
  • “Medicine 2.0 and beyond: where are we going with social media in health and medicine?” Dr. Gunther Eysenbach, Professor & Senior Scientist, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University of Toronto, Editor/Publisher of Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • “Analyzing the advantages of digital tools and dissemination technologies: The Experience of the Network on Equity, Health and Human Development PAHO/WHO”, Ms. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Knowledge Management and Communication, Pan American Health Organization Regional Office of the World Health Organization
  • “Huge Help: The Role of Social Media in Healthcare”, Ms. Ashley Brooks, Customer Marketing Manager, Enterprise, HootSuite


  • Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Professor & Director, the iSchool at UBC
  • Dr. Leanne Currie, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing
  • Dr. Helen Novak Lauscher, Assistant Director of Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine eHealth Strategy Office
  • Mr. Francisco Grajales III, PhD Candidate, UBC Interdisciplinary studies (IMIA Social Media WG vice chair)

This event is funded by a research grant from the University of British Columbia Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies,
and is a collaboration between 5 Faculties and schools in UBC: Medicine, iSchool at UBC, Nursing, Engineering, and Sauder School of Business.

Thanks to Mrs. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAHO/WHO Equity List ( for the information.

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WHO: eHealth standardization and interoperability

As reported on the PAHO/WHO Equity ( email list and Twitter feed (, and by the WHO Twitter feed ( ), the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva has “considered the report on eHealth and health Internet domain names ( and recommends to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly the adoption of the following resolution: “

IMIA, as an NGO in official relations with the WHO attended in the meeting, and IMIA President Prof. Antoine Geissbuhler presented a statement by IMIA on the issues addressed.

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ACI eJournal: 2013 Volume 4 (1): New Articles

Volume 4(1) of the eJournal ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics – an official eJournal of IMIA and AMDIS – has now started, with FOUR new items – see

Volume 3(4) is now complete and has 11 articles ( It and previous issues are all available on the ACI website.

Applied Clinical Informatics has been selected to be indexed and included in MEDLINE/PubMed. The publishers and editorial team will work with the NLM to have past and future papers indexed as soon as possible.

The new editorial board has been announced: the list of current and past members is at

ACI makes active use of social media tools and can be found at:, and

Volume 4(1) – four new articles:

Developing a Tool to Assess the Quality of Socio-Demographic Data in Community Health Centres
Case Report
M. Laberge (1), A. Shachak (1, 2)
(1) Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; (2) Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
ACI 2013 4 1: 1-11

Predictors of success for electronic health record implementation in small physician practices
Research Article
J. S. Ancker (1, 2), M. P. Singh (3), R. Thomas (1, 2), A. Edwards (1, 2), A. Snyder (3), A. Kashyap (4), R. Kaushal (1, 2)
(1) Weill Cornell Medical College, Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy, Departments of Pediatrics and of Public Health, New York, NY 10034; (2) Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC); (3) New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY; (4) eClinicalWorks, New York, NY
ACI 2013 4 1: 12-24

An e-Health Decision Support System for Improving Compliance of Health Workers to the Maternity Care Protocols in South Africa
Research Article
V. Horner (1, 2), P. Rautenbach (2), N. Mbananga (3), T. Mashamba (4), H. Kwinda (5)
(1) South African Medical Research Council, Research Capacity Development, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa; (2) University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, Community Medicine and Primary Health Care, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa; (3) University of the Witwatersrand, LINK Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa; (4) University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa; (5) Elim Hospital, Elim, Limpopo, South Africa
ACI 2013 4 1: 25-36

A Smartphone-based Medication Self-management System with Real-time Medication Monitoring
Research Article
M. Hayakawa (1), Y. Uchimura (2), K. Omae (3), K. Waki (2), H. Fujita (2), K. Ohe (1)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics and Economics, Division of Social Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; (2) Department of Ubiquitous Health Informatics, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; (3) Frontier Services Department, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
ACI 2013 4 1: 37-52

For further information on this peer-reviewed eJournal, go to

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.

If you have any questions or feedback do not hesitate to contact Schattauer by sending an e-mail to claudia.boehm[at]

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