From the International Medical Informatics Association

Research project in social media for chronic disease management: Survey Open to 30 June

Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, at the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC) @ The University of Melbourne, invites people to participate in an online survey.

The survey will be open until June 30th and further information can be found here:

Fernando writes: At the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne, we have been conducting innovative research aimed at bringing increased rigor to the way in which evidence of improved health outcomes can be achieved using social media in various chronic conditions. Especially given the rise of health-related Internet use by patients. Our literature review on social media use in chronic disease management has been recently published in the the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

As part of his PhD research project, Mark Merolli, one of our PhD candidates has developed an online survey to better understand how social media is used to manage chronic pain as a result of various chronic diseases. In particular, individual perceptions regarding how different social media influence health outcomes. He explains the survey in a short video so please watch for further information. Click here:

We invite people to complete this survey, and share with members, colleagues, patients, and others via your channels: website, news, blog, facebook, twitter, other social media, etc (however you feel appropriate) and contact him to let him know you have done so. As a research team, we strongly believe this research fills a pivotal gap in knowledge and hope culminates in improved evidence-based decision making about social media use for the self-management of a variety of chronic conditions. Should you have any questions, Mark is contactable on email ­mmerolli[at] or phone: +61408 513 984

June 4, 2013 Posted by | research | , , | 1 Comment

NextMed/MMVR21 Conference: Call for Presentations Open Until 01 August

The NextMed / MMVR21 (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality) conference Call for Presentations is now open. Participation options include lectures, posters, panels, workshops, focus sessions, and tutorials. Exhibits are also invited. The submission deadline is August 1.

Information on the event is at NextMed/MMVR21 will be held on February 20 – 22, 2014 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott, Manhattan Beach, California, USA.

“Medicine Meets Virtual Reality” was conceived in 1991 to explore the healthcare utilization of rapidly evolving computing and communications technologies. Two decades later, the curriculum has expanded beyond virtual reality to encompass a broader range of healthcare topics. The rebranded “NextMed” continues to unite experienced researchers with tomorrow’s leaders while they share current breakthroughs and strategize new directions. Their multidisciplinary expertise generates a unique perspective on what’s now and what’s next in medicine.

The Organizing Committee welcomes innovative research in areas including (but not limited to): Medical simulation and modelling; Data visualization and fusion; Imaging devices and methods; Wearable and implantable electronics; Human-computer interfaces; Virtual and augmented reality; Simulator design and validation; Patient and public health monitoring and education.

Full information on the Call, conference, etc is at or via email: MMVR21-at-NextMed-dot-com

June 4, 2013 Posted by | conference, USA | , , | Leave a comment