From the International Medical Informatics Association

First International Health Information Management Conference for Africa

Our colleague Angelika Haendel, President of IFHIMA ( writes:

The Health Information Manager’s Association of Nigeria (HIMAN) and the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) are pleased to invite delegates from Africa and around the world to attend the 1st International Health Information Management Conference for Africa – to be held at the National Sickle Cell Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria – August 12th to 14th 2014

The conference theme of this important conference for the Africa region is “Knowing It Better” – this is a concept and process-oriented information system in the healthcare industry, which involves the implementation and adoption of EHR and developing standard procedures for categorizing diseases for morbidity and mortality reporting. The result of the integration of EHR would address specific characteristics in the healthcare processes, increase the quality and effectiveness of medical services including shared semantics of healthcare domain concepts designed to strengthen communications amongst healthcare providers.

The programme will feature eminent speakers from WHO, IFHIMA and other HIM/HIT/HI organizations; and topics will include:

  • Developing Human Resources for HIM Practice
  • A vision for Better Health for Africa enabled by Electronic Health Records
  • Improving the Quality of Health Information Systems in Africa
  • WHO’s ICD 10 Training Initiative for Africa
  • Ethical Issues Surrounding the Use of Health Information
  • Prospects and Challenges of Telemedicine

Registration form should be returned ASAP to: HIMAN President, Health Records Dept., LUTH, Lagos, Nigeria nhra009[at]

himan banner for Africa Regional Conference Knowing it Better 2014


June 6, 2014 Posted by | Africa, conference, IFHIMA | , , | Leave a comment

2014 Canadian Health Informatics Award winners

The recipients of the 2014 Canadian Health Informatics Awards and Steven Huesing Scholarship were announced at the 9th Annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) Gala, held during e-Health 2014 in Vancouver BC, Canada on June 3, 2014. The full list is at

Among the many recipients were:

Clinician Leadership (honouring a clinician who has shown outstanding leadership in Canada in advancing the use of health Information Communication Technology (ICT) and informatics or telehealth in clinical practice resulting in improved provider and patient experiences and outcomes):
Dr. Lynn Nagle – Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, & Founding President, Canadian Nursing Informatics Association.

Emerging Leader in Health Informatics (recognising individuals who are in the first five years of their HI or telehealth career and have clearly demonstrated leadership and achieved early success in HI or telehealth):
Dr. Manal Kleib – Faculty Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics (recognising a project team that has, through innovation and commitment, implemented an information technology (IT) project that has been successfully integrated or adopted into the health system at the community or regional level):
First Nations Panorama Implementation Project

Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics (recognizes an individual’s outstanding ongoing contributions as a thought leader, both nationally and internationally, to advance Canadian Health Informatics (HI) or Canadian Telehealth):
Richard Alvarez – President & CEO, Canada Health Infoway.

Steven Huesing Scholarship (reflecting the spirit, dedication and innovation that the late Steven Huesing, COACH Founding President, made to the field of health informatics):
Helen Monkman – PhD in Health Information Science candidate, University of Victoria.

COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association and ITAC Health co-host the CHIA Gala and Awards program. An impartial Adjudication Committee, comprised of leaders in the HI profession, evaluates all nominations and scholarship applications and chooses the award recipient(s).

June 6, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference | , | Leave a comment