From the International Medical Informatics Association

Dr Morris Collen Passed Away, Aged 100

We regret to inform colleagues that Dr Morris F Collen, a pioneer of informatics and founding members of AMIA and ACMI, has passed away at the age of 100. Tributes have been paid by many colleagues; Dr Marion Ball, a past President of IMIA and close friend and colleague of Dr Collen, said that “We have lost a giant in our field”.  Tributes to his life, work and influence are on the AMIA website (; current ACMI President Alexa T. McCray, PhD, reflected that “there is no question that Morris Collen will be remembered for his seminal and significant contributions to our field. And for those who had the great pleasure of knowing him during his rich and productive career, he will be recalled fondly as one who always had a kind and generous word to say whenever there was an opportunity to do so. His was a life well lived.”  An obituary in the Los Angeles Times (thanks to Marion Ball for the link) provides further background and tributes ( as does the Kaiser Permante website (


October 2, 2014 Posted by | AMIA | , | Leave a comment

New EFMI Board and Website

The new Board of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI – has been announced, with new officers taking up their positions effective of the closing of MIE2014.

The new EFMI Executive Board from 03 September,2014 is:

President – Anne Moen (Norway)
Vice President – Lacramioara Stoicu-Tivadar (Romania)
Past President – Patrick Weber (Switzerland) – also EFMI representative to the IMIA Board
Secretary – Alfred Winter (Germany)
Treasurer – Ragnar Nordberg (Sweden)
Executive Officer – Mira Hercigonja-Szekeres (Croatia)
Publications Officer – Simon De Lusignan (UK)
Institutional Membership Officer – Christian Lovis (Switzerland)
Press and Information Officer – Alexander Hoerbst (Austria)

The position of Executive Officer and Treasurer will have transition periods until the next MIE event (MIE2015) and the closing of the current financial year, respectively.

The EFMI website is also being updated, and has new design and layout.


October 2, 2014 Posted by | EFMI, Europe | , | Leave a comment