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Dr Lyn Hanmer Receives Inaugural Sedick Isaacs Award

Dr Lyn Hanmer received the inaugural Sedick Isaacs Award at a ceremony on 09 March 2015, at the recent HELINA conference in Accra, Ghana. As part of the award, she gave a keynote presentation “The importance of partnerships for Health Informatics development in HELINA and other low-resource settings” at the HELINA conference, and her presentation will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Health Informatics in Africa (http://www.jhia-online.org/index.php/jhia).sedick2010

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The 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 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.

Several very high quality nominations were received. The aim is to present the Sedick Isaacs Award at each HELINA conference.

[1] Hanmer, L (2013) Sedick Isaacs Obituary. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics. http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-2013/issue/special/manuscript/20004/download.html

March 12, 2015 Posted by | Africa, award, HELINA, IMIA | , , | Leave a comment

HIC 2015 Call for Submissions – Deadline 16 March

hic2015_logoHISA (http://www.hisa.org.au) is pleased to invite you to respond to the Call for Submissions for HIC 2015, Australia’s premier digital health and health informatics conference – see https://hisa.site-ym.com/page/hic2015papers for the HIC 2015 Call for Papers, and https://hisa.site-ym.com/page/hic2015nia for the NIA (Nursing Informatics Australia) Call for Papers.

HISA 2015 will be held in Brisbane, Australia on 03-05 August, 2015 – see http://www.hisa.org.au/page/hic2015 for full information.

You have an opportunity to put forward your contribution to science, research and the business of healthcare and play a role in the collaborative nature of HIC as we work together to drive reform. In an innovative move, this year for the first time the presentations will be allocated based on theme rather than in separate streams for academic/scientific and industry/clinical.

Themes for 2015 – authors are encouraged to submit under the following themes and health informatics specialty areas:

  • System and workforce change management
  • Integrated care
  • Participatory medicine
  • Value of dataDigital health/advancement in technology
  • Aged Care informatics
  • Indigenous informatics
  • Innovations/latest research

Submissions close on Monday 16 March 2015.

Please refer to the following guidelines:

Scientific/Academic papers (full papers, 4-6 pages, 2000-3000 words)

Industry/Clinical case study abstracts (650 word abstract)

moya_logoAll NIA submissions will be given automatic entry to NIA’s Moya Conrick Prize. The Moya Conrick Prize is presented in recognition of the valuable work by the late Dr Moya Conrick via the best submitted paper and presentation at NIA. The prize is based specifically on nursing informatics, including the quality, originality, contributions, subject matter and timeliness of the submission. The Moya Conrick Prize is shared amongst all authors of the submission and shall be announced by a member of the NIA executive.

 

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January 28, 2015 Posted by | Australia, award, conference, education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Call for Nominations: IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence 2015

The IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence committee is pleased to announce that the call for nominations  is open. The closing date for receipt of nominations and all supporting materials is February 28, 2015. The committee will consider all nominations and  reach a decision by March 15, 2015, for report to the IMIA Board meeting of March 22, 2015.

The primary criterion for a potential recipient of the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence is “an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics.”

Nominations have no specific format, but must include sufficient information and supporting details about the nominee to both demonstrate how they meet the primary criterion 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;
  • a current CV; and
  • 2-3 letters of support from named referees, or nominator and seconders.

Nominations should be sent to the IMIA Office via email: imia@imia-services.org

As agreed by the IMIA General Assembly at its 2014 meeting in New Delhi, India, the IMIA Award of Excellence will now be known as the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence. The process for nominations and selection of the award winner will be essentially the same as in previous award years – see http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/35 IMIA gratefully acknowledges the input and support from the Association Française d’Informatique Médicale (French Medical Informatics Association – AIM) in the changes to the award.

The award winner will be invited to give a presentation lecture at Medinfo2015. AIM will work with IMIA on the format of the ceremony, and will provide an introduction to the work of Dr. François Grémy. Financial support for the award winner to participate will be provided by AIM and IMIA.

January 5, 2015 Posted by | award, IMIA, Medinfo2015 | , | Leave a comment

Joan Edgecumbe Continuing Professional Development Scholarship – Closing Date 08 July

joanHISA (http://www.hisa.org.au) is pleased to announce the Joan Edgecumbe Scholarship, which is designed to encourage undergraduate, graduate certificate, diploma, masters and PhD students who demonstrate commitment and promise in the field of health informatics to attend HISA’s annual Health Informatics Conference 2014. This conference scholarship is in recognition of the continued service and passion to the health informatics sector by Mrs. Joan Edgecumbe – “Joan is one of HISA’s founding members and over HISA’s 20 year history occupied the role of Executive Officer, committee member and Board member, until her retirement in 2011.”

Applications are open to current undergraduate, graduate certificate, diploma, masters and PhD students who demonstrate commitment and promise in the field of health informatics. Full details are at http://www.hisa.org.au/page/awardsJoan – the closing date for receipt of applications is 08 July 2014, as per the application details and online form.

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June 30, 2014 Posted by | Australia, award | | Leave a comment

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: imia@imia-services.org ) 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: imia@imia-services.org

[1] Hanmer, L (2013) Sedick Isaacs Obituary. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics. http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-2013/issue/special/manuscript/20004/download.html

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

Medinfo2013 Student Paper Awards

The Student Paper Competition and Awards was one of many important parts of Medinfo2013. This showcases the important work being done by students in our field, who will hopefully become the next generation of researchers, practitioners and leaders. Full details of the award finalists and winners is provided at http://www.medinfo2013.dk/program/student-paper-awards

The Award Committee, under the auspices of the Medinfo2013 Scientific Programme Committee,  was chaired by Prof. Ameen Abu­‐Hanna (Netherlands), and additionally comprised Hyeoun-Ae Park (Korea), Vimla Patel (USA), and Fernando Martín Sánchez (Australia). The winners of the awards were:

  • First place: Finding Meaning in Social Media: Content-based Social Network Analysis of QuitNet to Identify New Opportunities for Health Promotion, Sahiti Myneni, Nathan Cobb, Trevor Cohen. (UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) – see also media release at https://sbmi.uth.edu/home/story.htm?id=34800590-ba3d-416d-a7ea-3af072feca8b
  • Second Place: A Formal Representation for Numerical Data Presented in Published Clinical Trial Reports, Maurine Tong, William Hsu, Ricky Taira. (Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Third place: Improving Patients’ Electronic Health Record Comprehension with NoteAid, Balaji Polepalli Ramesh, Thomas Houston, Hong Yu. (Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA)

Other finalists are listed at http://www.medinfo2013.dk/program/student-paper-awards
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IMIA and the Medinfo2013 committees are grateful to IBM Research (Sharam Ebadollahi, Senior Manager, Health Informatics Research, IBM Watson Research Center) for their generous financial support for these Awards.

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Medinfo2013 Student Award winners, with committee members (Photo courtesy Medinfo2013 LOC)

October 3, 2013 Posted by | award, conference, Denmark, education, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, research | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joan Edgecumbe Scholarship; HISA Apps Challenge

HISA (Health Informatics Society of Australia – www.hisa.org.au) is proud to introduce the Joan Edgecumbe Continued Professional Development Scholarship into their repertoire of annual Awards and scholarships. See full information on the HISA website: http://www.hisa.org.au/?page=edu_joan

joan1074This scholarship is in recognition of the continued service and passion to the health informatics sector by Mrs. Joan Edgecumbe. Joan is one of HISA’s founding members and over HISA’s 20 year history has occupied the role of Executive Officer, committee member and Board member, until her retirement in 2011. The Joan Edgecumbe Scholarship is designed to encourage undergraduate, graduate certificate, diploma, masters and PhD students who demonstrate commitment and promise in the field of health informatics to attend the annual Health Informatics Conference 2013.

To be considered for the Joan Edgecumbe Continuing Professional Development Scholarship, please fill out the form on http://www.hisa.org.au/?page=edu_joan Please note that this scholarship is only available to HISA members. Application close on 31 May.

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HISA Apps Challenge 2013: HISA’s Health Apps Challenge invites budding app developers to come up with an idea for an app to assist and improve health and health outcomes. Participants are required to design* an innovative e-health related mobile application that facilitates and improves the way individuals experience or receive healthcare or access and use information that can improve health outcomes.

apps2013hisaThis year participants may enter an app that addresses any healthcare topic, but we encourage you to consider focusing on one of the following four areas, in keeping with the themes of HIC 2013:

  • Mental health
  • Oncology
  • Indigenous health
  • Chronic disease management

Full information is at http://www.hisa.org.au/?page=app_challenge_2013 Monday 3 June – Submission deadline (9.00 AM EST)

* Applicants to HISA’s Health Apps Challenge 2013 are not required to actually develop their app prior to entry in the competition. Submissions involve a video presentation of the app concept.

May 7, 2013 Posted by | APAMI, Australia, award | , , | Leave a comment

Nursing Informatics Australia Conference 2013: CFP Closes 22 March

nia-logoNursing Informatics Australia (NIA), a special interest group of HISA, is pleased to invite participation in NIA 2013, Australia’s Nursing Informatics Conference, to be held on 15 July 2013 at the Adelaide Convention Centre (in conjunction with HISA’s HIC 2013 conference). Full information is at http://www.hisa.org.au/page/hic2013nursing

The primary theme of NIA 2013 (Australia’s only dedicated one day national nursing informatics conference) is New Age Workforce: Blending Professional and Digital Behaviours.

Topic themes include Governance, Legal & Ethical, Professionalism, Mobile Apps, Social Media, Work/Life Balance & technology, Patient Centred Care/Self Management, and Making it easy for the patient. The best paper will be awarded the prestigious Moya Conrick Prize.

Details for submissions for NIA 2013: First page author(s) demographic details. Second page the Abstract Submission – Introduction, body and conclusion. Maximum 600 words. All submissions to be emailed to Joanne Foster, NIA Secretary – j.foster[at]qut.edu.au Closing date 22 March.

February 4, 2013 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, Australia, award, conference, education, nursing | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2013 Apps Challenge (Canada): Enter by March 27

168COACH and the organisers of the e-health 2013 conference announce the return of the Apps Challenge. This innovation challenge will engage students in health informatics and other related academic programs, as well as other emerging professionals (defined as having worked for less than 5 years in the e-Heath industry), in:

  • Undertaking real life design and development projects
  • Engaging with a top level network of HI professionals leading e-Health in Canada
  • Building a community and future generation of innovators.

Full details of the challenge – how to enter, who is eligible, and what you need to do – are at http://www.e-healthconference.com/apps-challenge2013.html

The e-Health 2013 Apps Challenge Theme is “Healthcare Apps Today: Putting the Future in the Hands of Consumers!” Applications are to be provided by email with accompanying paper and application form, to be sent to the e-Health 2013 Conference Manager by March 27, 2013.

The “Battle of the Apps” will take place on 28 May at the e-Health 2013 conference (www.e-healthconference.com/) in Ottawa, Canada – winners will be announced on 29 May at the closing plenary.

January 17, 2013 Posted by | award, Canada, conference | , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Award of Excellence 2013 – Nominations Invited

IMIA invites nominations for the fourth IMIA Award of Excellence, to be presented at Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The closing date will be 10 March, 2013, and nominations must be received by the IMIA CEO (by email to imia[at]imia-services.org) by that date. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The primary criterion for a potential recipient of the IMIA Award of Excellence is “an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics.”

Nominations have no specific format, but must include sufficient information and supporting details about the nominee to both demonstrate how they meet the primary criterion 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;
  • a current CV; and
  • 2-3 letters of support from named referees, or nominator and seconders.

The IMIA Award of Excellence committee for 2013 (as approved by the 2012 IMIA GA meeting in Beijing):

  • IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler (chair, Switzerland)
  • IMIA VP Medinfo Riccardo Bellazzi (Italy)
  • R Brian Haynes (Canada)
  • Hyeoun-Ae Park (South Korea)

The IMIA Award of Excellence Committee will consider nominations and make a recommendation on the Award winner(s), and submit this to the IMIA Board for ratification at its April 2013 meeting. The recommendation of the IMIA Board will be final. As part of the Award, IMIA will provide funding support to the recipient(s) to attend Medinfo2013 to receive the Award.

Any queries should be directed to imia[at]imia-services.org Further information about the history of the Award, and previous recipients, is at http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/35

January 4, 2013 Posted by | award, IMIA, Medinfo2013 | , | Leave a comment