From the International Medical Informatics Association

UPDATED: EFMI STC 2014 Submission Deadline Extended – 06 January, 2014

EFMI_logo100UPDATE of 03 January, 2014:

The submission deadline for the EFMI STC 2014 has been extended – the deadline for all submissions (full papers, posters and workshops) is now 06 January, 2014. See for information.

Information is continually being updated on the website as it becomes available, including details of the conference venue, accommodation, and other relevant dates in respect of the scientific submissions. The deadline for early bird registration will be 21 February.

date_sThe European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) Special Topic Conference (STC) 2014 Conference has the subject: Cross-border challenges in informatics with a focus on disease surveillance and utilising big-data. The event will be held on 26-29 April, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. See for more information as it becomes available. The IMIA Board and the EFMI Board and Council will both meet in Budapest in conjunction with the conference. We encourage all IMIA and EFMI colleagues to submit to and participate in this event.

For MIE2014, the deadline for submission of papers and posters is 31 January, 2014 – see

mie201403MIE2014 – the 25th European Medical Informatics Conference – will be held on 31 August to 03 September, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey – watch for more information as it becomes available . Also follow on Twitter (@MIE2014) and there is an MIE2014 group on LinkedIn ( and a Facebook page (

January 2, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, EFMI, Europe | , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA News – 2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.


In 2013, the IMIA News site provided 139 new posts, so now has an archive of 765 news items.

The busiest single day of the year for traffic was October 24th; the most popular post that day was The Pioneer of Health Informatics in Saudi Arabia Moves On.

Among the posts and pages with the most views in 2013 were:

1. Medical Informatics Journals: 2010 Impact Factors (written July 2011)
2. eHealth Week 2013 (World of Health IT) – Dublin, Ireland: 13-15 May (written January 2013)
3. 4th Middle East Conference on Healthcare Informatics: Dubai, UAE – 22-24 April, 2013 (written December 2012)

This demonstrates the longevity and continuing interest in, and relevance of, some of the items we have produced.

The top referring sites in 2013 (after search engines) were (once again), and the IMIA website – and the WHO website ( was also ranked highly. Among search strings that resulted in people visiting the site were “applied clinical informatics, “tiger initiative”, and (again – interestingly, for an event that does not exist) “mie 2013”.

Most visitors came from the USA (by far the largest number), with Canada second, and Japan now third, above the UK close behind, and followed by Australia, and India. In Europe, most visitors were from the UK, Germany, Spain and Sweden; in the Asia-Pacific area from Japan, Australia, India, Singapore; in Africa from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya; in Latin America from Brazil, Argentina and Mexico; and in the Middle East region, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The full summary as provided by is also available, at

Thank you to all our members and readers – but we need your input to improve. Please send news items, interact, promote the site.

January 2, 2014 Posted by | miscellany | , | Leave a comment

Launch of Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) program

chiaCHIA (Certified Health Informatician Australasia) has been developed by the Health Informatics Society of Australia, the Health Information Management Association of Australia, and the Australasian College of Health Informatics to address the lack of formal recognition of health informatics knowledge and skills in Australia. The program has been developed with reference to global initiatives and competency standards by COACH, Canada’s health informatics association, the American Medical Informatics Association and the International Medical Informatics Association. CHIA builds on previous work done on health informatics competencies by the (now defunct) Australian Health Informatics Education Council.

Full information about this new initiative is available at

chia2Successful completion of CHIA requires the applicant to pass an online exam. Exam preparation is self-directed and you will be given all the information you need to prepare. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree plus experience working in some area of health, for example health informatics, health administration/management, clinical information systems, or e-health. Full information on eligibility, processes, requirements, etc. is at Competency areas are described at Many other questions are addressed through the FAQ –

January 2, 2014 Posted by | Australia | , , | Leave a comment

ICIMTH2014 Conference (Athens, Greece) July 10-14, 2014: Call for Submissions

Prof. John Mantas, University of Athens, Greece (on behalf of the Organizing Committee) and Prof. Arie Hasman, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (on behalf of the Scientific Program Committee) are pleased to invite submissions, and would like to welcome you to, ICIMTH, the International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare. The event will  be held in Athens, Greece on 10-14 July, 2014. As John and Arie note, the conference offers both an excellent scientific event and an outstanding occasion to enjoy the local hospitality, food and culture.

The submission deadline for full papers and posters is 24 March, 2014. For workshops, panels and tutorials, the deadline is 14 April, 2014. Full information is on the conference website – – Call for Papers at or download PDF [139kb] Queries by email to icimth2014[at]

The event is organised by the University of Athens and the Greek Health Informatics Association, and is supported by EFMI and IMIA.

All accepted full papers will be published by IOS Press and will be indexed in Medline, PubMed, Scopus.


January 2, 2014 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe, Greece | , , , | Leave a comment