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ITCH2015: February 26 – March 01, Victoria BC, Canada. Call for Workshop Proposals

itch2015The organisers of the ITCH2015 conference seek proposals for workshops to be held at the conference. The call for proposals (one page outlines) related to the conference themes is available [attached]. Deadline for submission of workshop proposals is 01 October, 2014.

The ITCH2015 conference (International Conference on Information Technology & Communications in Health), organised by the University of Victoria School of Health Information Science (http://www.uvic.ca/hsd/itch/index.php) will be held on February 26 – March 01, 2015 at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada.

The theme of ITCH2015 is Driving quality in informatics: Fulfilling the Promise, and national and international papers are invited under three strands:

  • Patients talking
  • The profession listening
  • Services unleashing imagination

Reminder: The deadline for submission of complete papers is September 15, 2014. The Call for Papers [attached] gives further information. The deadline for professional posters is 01 November [call]. All correspondence and requests for information can be sent to itch[at]uvic.ca

You can get further updates via Twitter – @ITCH2015 and #ITCH2015.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference | , , , | Leave a comment

Informatics in Primary Care Journal – Now Full Open Access

Our colleague Prof. Simon de Lusignan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Informatics in Primary Care, is pleased to announce that the journal is now available fully free-text and open access (a print version will also be available). For further information, see http://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/article/view/60/76 This move is being made possible through the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the UK.

As noted in the May 2014 IMIA monthly newsletter (http://eepurl.com/Sj141), Simon seeks papers from anyone interested in publishing in the journal. In addition to being a journal of the Health Informatics Specialist Group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the UK, it has for many years been recognised as an official journal of the IMIA Primary Health Care Informatics Working Group (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/149). It publishes high-quality research papers, literature reviews and letters from both researchers and practitioners in the fields of health and clinical informatics and its focus is on informatics research from the front lines of health care. However, contributions need not be limited to these areas if they would be of interest; interested authors should contact the editorial team.

Further information and links to articles are available at http://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/index

Simon is also chair of the IMIA Primary Health Care Informatics Working Group (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/149), and the Academic Representative to IMIA of the Department of Health Care Management and Policy, University of Surrey, UK (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/327), an IMIA Academic Member.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | journals, primary care | , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook 2014 – First Papers Available Online, Free, Open Access

On behalf of the IMIA Yearbook editorial team, we are pleased to announce that the first papers of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 are now available – see http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-first.html

All papers will be online, free to anyone, and open access. This change in the model for the IMIA Yearbook was approved by the IMIA General Assembly in 2013, and is being funded fully by IMIA. The first set of papers includes the keynote delivered by Prof. Reinhold Haux at MedInfo2013, on the occasion of the receipt of the IMIA Award of Excellence as well as commentary on the keynote, two history of informatics articles and other contribution. Selected links are as follows – see http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-first.html for full contents and links

On Determining Factors for Good Research in Biomedical and Health Informatics. Some Lessons Learned
R. Haux (1)
(1) Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Germany
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0025   [Free PDF]

Reinhold concludes that “Medical Informatics is an inter- and multidisciplinary discipline “avant la lettre”. Compared to monodisciplinary research, inter- and multidisciplinary research does not only provide significant opportunities for solving major problems in science and in society. It also faces considerable additional challenges for medical informatics as a scientific field. The determining factors, presented here, are in my opinion crucial for conducting successful research and for developing a research career. Since medical informatics as a field has today become an important driving force for research progress, especially in biomedicine and health care, but also in fields like computer science, it may be helpful to consider such factors in relation with research and education in our discipline.”

Commentaries on the IMIA Award of Excellence Lecture by Reinhold Haux
A. Hasman (1), W. Hersh (2), N. M. Lorenzi (3), E. H. Shortliffe (4), J. H. van Bemmel (5)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center – University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (2) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA; (3) Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee USA; (4) College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ; Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY; Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; (5) Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0026   [Free PDF]

Five internationally renowned biomedical informaticians were invited to respond to Prof. Haux’s editorial. This paper summarizes their thoughts and responses.

Big³. Editorial
C. U. Lehmann (1), B. Séroussi (2, 3), M.-C. Jaulent (3)
(1) Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA; (2) Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université Paris 06, UMR_S 1142, LIMICS, Paris, France; AP-HP, Hôpital Tenon, DSP, Paris, France; (3) INSERM, UMR_S1142, LIMICS, Paris, France
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0030   [Free PDF]

The IMIA Yearbook editors provide a brief overview of the 2014 special topic, Big Data – Smart Health Strategies, and an outline of the novel publishing model is provided in conjunction with a call for proposals to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Yearbook. ‘Big Data’ has become the latest buzzword in informatics and promises new approaches and interventions that can improve health, well-being, and quality of life. This edition of the Yearbook acknowledges the fact that we just started to explore the opportunities that ‘Big Data’ will bring. It was our goal to provide a comprehensive view at the state of ‘Big Data’ today, explore its strengths and weaknesses, as well as its risks, discuss emerging trends, tools, and applications, and stimulate the development of the field through the aggregation of excellent survey papers and working group contributions to the topic.

Big Data and Biomedical Informatics: A Challenging Opportunity
R. Bellazzi (1)
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   http://dx.doi.org/10.15265/IY-2014-0024   [Free PDF]

We encourage IMIA members and colleagues from the wider community to download and read the papers – and provide their feedback, which can be sent to imia[at]imia-services.org IMIA is grateful to our publishers, Schattauer, for their co-operation and support in developing this new direction for the IMIA Yearbook.

IMIA believes that making the Yearbook available to everyone will increase readership and will increase interest of potential authors to participate in the Yearbook. “IMIA has fundamentally changed the way the IMIA Yearbook can be accessed – by eliminating the fee-for-access model, IMIA members in resource poor countries now have for the first time unfettered access to the high quality surveys and synopsis as well as the working group contributions” said VP for services Dr. Christoph U. Lehmann. Brigitte Seroussi, one of the editors of the Yearbook, stated “Making the Yearbook open-access will greatly improve the dissemination of its scientific content to worldwide researchers making them able to build on the findings, connect together and become the actors of innovation and scientific discoveries.” Marie-Christine Jaulent, also an editor of the IMIA yearbook, notes that “Bringing the IMIA yearbook content to a wide audience, permitting any user to access the full texts freely, immediately will increase the visibility of its contributors, the availability of its high value content as well as its impact”.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | history, IMIA, journals, Yearbook | , , , | Leave a comment