From the International Medical Informatics Association

Sedick Isaacs Award – 2014 Call for Nominations Open Until 15 August

sedick2010The Sedick Isaacs Award is a newly-inaugurated IMIA Award that recognises the lasting contribution made to health and medical informatics in Africa by Dr Sedick Isaacs [1]. It is an IMIA award, funded by IMIA and administered jointly by IMIA and HELINA. The primary criterion for a potential recipient of the Sedick Isaacs Award is to recognise “an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare within Africa, through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics.” The secondary criterion is that the recipient should be a person living and working in Africa.

Nominations are invited for the 2014 Sedick Isaacs Award. Nominations have no specific format, but must include sufficient information and supporting details about the nominee to both demonstrate how they meet the criteria and allow their nomination to be judged against others. They should contain, at a minimum:
– a one page summary of the nominee’s most important accomplishments/contributions as applicable to the Award;
– a short current CV; and
– 2-3 letters of support from named referees, or nominator and seconders.

They should be sent to the IMIA Office (by email: ) no later than 15 August, 2014.

The Award will be presented at the HELINA2014 conference (Accra, Ghana; 11-15 October 2014). The recipient of the award will be invited to make a keynote/plenary presentation at the HELINA conference and to publish a version of the presentation in the “Journal of Health Informatics in Africa”. The award itself will not have an monetary value, but IMIA will budget a sum to cover costs of travel within Africa to the HELINA2014 conference and up to 3 nights accommodation at the conference.

The Sedick Isaacs Award 2014 Committee will comprise:

  • IMIA President – Chair
  • HELINA President – Vice chair
  • HELINA VP to IMIA Board – Member
  • Representative of IMIA Member Society in Africa hosting the HELINA conference – Member
  • IMIA CEO – Member

The Call document is available to download. Any questions should be directed to the IMIA Office in the first instance – by email:

[1] Hanmer, L (2013) Sedick Isaacs Obituary. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

June 18, 2014 Posted by | Africa, award, HELINA, IMIA | , , | Leave a comment

GMDS-IMIA HIS WG Workshop (Göttingen, Germany) – Call Extended to 30 June

Our collegaue Prof. Stéphane Meystre, chair of the IMIA Working Group on Health Information Systems, draws your attention to the extended deadline of the Call for Papers for this workshop, to be held in Göttingen, Germany on 11 September 2014, in conjunction with the annual GMDS conference:

The GMDS Workshop “Research Databases“ (German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) “EHR data reuse for clinical research” work group) combined with the 2nd European i2b2 AUG meeting and a workshop of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Health Information Systems workgroup.

We already have an excellent group of international keynote speakers coming from Boston, New York, Paris and Pavia:

  • Shawn Murphy (Boston) i2b2 Roadmap
  • George Hripcsak (New York) The Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) Project and Aspects of EHR Data Quality
  • Paul Avillach (Paris) Integrating Exome sequencing & Clinical notes in tranSMART/i2b2
  • Riccardo Bellazzi (Pavia) Intersections between exposomics and i2b2

We already have a set of very interesting abstracts. However, some colleagues who were planning to send an abstract have asked for a short extension. Thus we have decided to keep the call for papers open until the end of June. See the attached flyer.
Abstracts are welcome until June 30th 2014 – e-mail to ulli.prokosch[at]

June 18, 2014 Posted by | conference, IMIA, WG | , , | Leave a comment

Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries (JHIDC); Vol 8 No 2

The first content of the latest issue (volume 8:2, 2014) of the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries [JHIDC] is now available at

It has the following article:
Can Informatics Transform Public Health Practice, Research and Learning in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)? – Ali M. AL-SHEHRI  and further articles will be added.

Focus and Scope: Knowledge on health and medical informatics in developing countries is scarce. This health informatics journal has therefore been launched to focus on and promote research, experience and discussions related to health informatics in developing countries. Authors from developing countries are particularly encouraged to contribute in this area.

Volume 8(1) is now complete with 15 articles – see

For further information, contact the Editor-in-chief, Dr. Mowafa Househ, Assistant Professor – Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science, Saudi Arabia , or the editorial team –

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AHIMA Convention 2014; San Diego, 27 Dept. to 02 Oct.

The 2014 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit will take place on 27 September to 02 October in San Diego, CA, USA. Information will be continuously updated at (and see attached flyer – PDF 1.9MB)

The 86th AHIMA Convention and Exhibit is aimed at health information management (HIM) thought leaders and professionals and healthcare executives from every area of health informatics and information management; this week-long event provides comprehensive updates, education, and information on current and emerging healthcare industry issues.



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HINZ 2014 Call for Papers – Closes 31 July

HINZHINZ 2014 – the annual conference of Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) – will take place on 10-12 November, 2014 at Skycity, Auckland (see The call for submissions is open – full details are at Closing date for submissions is 31 July.

HINZ 2014 will focus on both the research and the innovative developments that make good use of ICT for transformational change in health care. Registration is open, and the Super Saver rates expire on 31st July 2014.


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