From the International Medical Informatics Association

CSHI2013 Conference – Presentations Available

Prof. Christian Nohr and colleagues from Aalborg University in Denmark are pleased to announce that slides from the presentations of the pre-Medinfo2013 conference Context Sensitive Health Informatics, Human & Sociotechnical approaches are now available at the conference web site:  – click on the programme link, and you will find the presentations that are available (where permission for use has been given). Presentations available  include those of keynote speakers Enrico Coiera and Elizabeth Borycki,

There is also a new item on the menu bar: pictures where you can see photos of all the presenters and participants (and Ross’ birthday cake 😉 )

It is unclear exactly what is happening here (perhaps Paul and Enrico are auditioning for the Wallabies), but the presenters concerned can doubtless explain 😉 …

cshiozThe IMIA working groups behind the conference had business meetings during Medinfo and decided to aim at a new CSHI conference prior to Medinfo 2015 in Brazil. More information about call for papers, deadlines etc. will follow.

October 10, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, Europe, WG | , , , | 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

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
  • 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
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.


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

Slides from Medinfo2013 Available – Proceedings Available Open Access Online

Lene Vistisen, Chair of the Medinfo2013 LOC writes (via LinkedIn):

You can now download slides from the presentations. The links to the slides are embedded in a list of presentations (click at any column head to sort).

(Please note that some slides are not available at present as permission has not been given by the authors).

The Medinfo2013 proceedings are available freely, as an online open access publication, at the IOS Press website – directly here. The theme of the conference is “Conducting medical informatics by converging technologies, conveying sciences and connecting people”. The book contains 188 full papers, student papers and vision papers from the conference, as well as posters, tutorials, workshops, panels and demonstrations, selected after review from the 789 submissions received.

September 9, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA GA Meeting 2013


[Photo courtesy Antoine Geissbuhler]

The IMIA General Assembly meeting 2013 was held at the Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark on 20 August, 2013 in conjunction with Medinfo2013. Around 70 GA members were able to be present in person, including Board members, Member Society representatives, Honorary Fellows, Working Groups chairs and others. Thank you to all who participated.

As a result of decisions made at the GA, and general policy directions, there will be some major changes for IMIA in the next 12-18 months, including:

  • the GA approved a move to the IMIA Yearbook being open access and online-only. We need to finalise contractual issues and expect the new model from 2014;
  • the Nominating Committee will formalise an even wider consultation process than exists for proposals for IMIA Board members and membership of some key committees. We will be discussing the practical issues with members in the coming months.

Two new Member Societies were admitted to IMIA:

  • Colombian Association of Health Informatics (Asociación Colombiana de Informática en Salud – ACIESA)
  • Kenya Health Informatics Association (KeHIA)

In addition, the Centre for Health Informatics, City University, London, UK was reinstated as an Academic Institutional Member.

Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez and Prof. Kaija Saranto were approved as  SPC co-chairs for Medinfo2015. They have already started work on the processes and timelines for Medinfo2015, and will be consulting widely as they seek ideas and the additional SPC members.

GA2014 Meeting: New Delhi, India – 31 October, 2014 – in conjunction with the APAMI2014 Conference (01-02 November)
Watch for more information on the conference call for submissions.

The IMIA Board will also meet in Budapest, Hungary on 26 April, 2014 in conjunction with the EFMI STC2014 meeting.

August 29, 2013 Posted by | APAMI, conference, Denmark, EFMI, IMIA, Medinfo2013, miscellany | , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 – 20-23 August in Copenhagen, Denmark

medinfo2013logoThe 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. See for all information.

Important Dates:
19 August: Tutorials, IMIA Board meeting, Other meetings
20 August: Tutorials, IMIA General Assembly, Opening session
21 – 23 August: Medinfo2013 Congress

There is a full programme of peer-reviewed papers, posters, panels and workshops, plus a pre-conference programme of tutorials and the “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event (17-18 August, 2013, see In addition, a wide range of IMIA meetings will be held, including business meetings of IMIA Working Groups and Special Interest Groups, meetings of regional groups, the EFMI Board and Council meetings, and the IMIA Board and General Assembly meetings.

The printed program is complete and will be available in the congress bag for registered participants. The printed program is also available as dowloadable pdf-file: here  Corrections appearing after production of the printed program are/will be listed here

Many people have worked hard over the past 3-4 years, since DSMI won the bid to host Medinfo2013. Particular thanks must go to:

  • Lene Vistisen, Knut Bernstein, Pia Elberg, Niels Reichstein Larsen, Allan Kofoed Enevoldsen, Stig Kjær Andersen, Marianne Sørensen, Dorthe Skou Lassen in the Local Organising Committee, and all other Danish and regional colleagues who have assisted;
  • Dominik Aronsky and Tze­‐Yun Leong as co-chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee, as well as all other SPC members, especially the track chairs James Cimino, Andre Kushniruk, Fernando Martin‐Sanchez, Niels Peek and Student Poster Competition Chair Ameen Abu­‐Hanna; and not forgetting all who reviewed the submissions;
  • Christoph U. Lehmann as editorial committee chair for producing the proceedings, together with committee members Christian Nøhr and Elske Ammenwerth, all those who helped in profreading and correcting the proceedings, and IOS Press for production;
  • and last, but not least, IMIA VP Medinfo Riccardo Bellazzi.

An important innovation at this Medinfo is that the proceedings have been made open access (and are Medline-indexed) – they are available for free download at the IOS Press website ( –  and direct here). We welcome your feedback on this.

Whether you can be at Medinfo2013 or not, please interact:

Twitter – @medinfo2013 and hashtag #medinfo2013

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August 13, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 3 – IMIA Social Media Working Group Meeting and Activity

The IMIA Social Media Working Group (SMWG) will be holding a business meeting at Medinfo2013. The meeting will be on Wednesday, 21 August from 08:00-09:30am in Meeting Room 17, the Bella center, Copenhagen. Further information on the meeting, agenda, etc. is at – those intending to participate are asked to register through this site. Further information will also be available through the IMIA SMWG website at

The IMIA SMWG will be presenting a panel titled “New Trends in Health Social Media: Hype or Evidence-based medicine?” – “The use of social media in the health domain is growing continuously in the terms of use and also complexity. This panel will provide and overview of the current situation and the challenges ahead. The presenters will provide an engaging discussion rooted in the evidence of the emerging field of Health Social Media. Among other topics the following aspects will be addressed: gamification, personalized medicine, patient safety and other topics that will be discussed in the panel.” Presenters include Luis Fernandez-Luque (Norut, Tromsø, Norway), Kerstin Denecke (University Medical Center of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany) and Fernando José Martín-Sanchez (Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Unit, The University of Melbourne, Australia). See more information at

There will also be other relevant presentations throughout Medinfo2013, which will be itemised in the final programme.

July 31, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Context Sensitive Health Informatics: a pre-Medinfo 2013 conference

The “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event, a pre-Medinfo conference, will be held on 17-18 August, 2013. The event is  jointly organized/supported by several IMIA WG (Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics, Organizational and Social Issues, Health Informatics for Patient Safety).

Registration is open; see For more information about the conference and registration please see the conference web site:  or

The conference is endorsed by IMIA, EFMI and AMIA and organized/supported by the IMIA Working Groups Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics, Organizational and Social Issues, Health Informatics for Patient Safety and by the EFMI WG on Human and Organizational Factors of Medical Informatics.

Keynote speakers include Enrico Coiera, Australian Institute for Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (title: Stasis and adaptation – the paradox of health systems that resist large-scale change but can embrace local variation) and Elizabeth M. Borycki, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, BC, Canada (title: Technology-Induced Errors: Where Do They Come From and What Can We Do About Them?)

The event will be held on 17 and 18 August, 2013 at the Danish Institute for Medical Simulation at Herlev Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark (NOTE: not at the Bella Center).

This is an official event of several IMIA WGs and is supported by IMIA, AMIA, EFMI and other organisations.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 – Regular Registration Rate Extended to 01 July; Final Programme Available

The LOC and SPC for Medinfo2013 are pleased to announce that the final detailed programme for Medinfo2013 is now available on the website – see

If you have not already registered for Medinfo2013, we urge you to do so as soon as possible. The deadline for REGULAR registration has been extended to 01 July – so register as soon as possible to save money.

See for the latest updates – we will also distribute information here and through IMIA channels as soon as possible after it becomes available.


June 19, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, Europe, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013: Student paper Finalists Announced; Regular Registration Rate Closes 15 June

One announcement and one reminder from the Medinfo2013 SPC and LOC.

The Student Paper Finalists have been selected and details are on the Medinfo2013 website:  We hope that everyone will support the work of these and other students, and help to nurture the next generation.  Results of the competition will be decided after presentations at Medinfo2013.

The ‘Regular Rate’ for Medinfo2013 closes on 15 June – see for information on registration and rates. If you have not already registered, we encourage you to do so soon, to avoid higher rates as the event gets nearer.

We look forward to seeing all colleagues at Medinfo2013 – please encourage your friends and colleagues to attend.

Full information on Medinfo2013 is on the website at – this will be frequently updated in the coming weeks with other announcements. Additionally, follow the Twitter feed, which will become more active as we get nearer to August – @medinfo2013


May 30, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

111 days to Medinfo2013 – Visa Letters and Other Issues

According to the IMIA office iPad, there are now just 111 days until the official opening of Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark on 20 August, 2013.

The 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics – Medinfo2013 – will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is hosted by the Danish Society of Medical Informatics. We look forward to seeing as many colleagues as possible there, and encourage you to register as soon as possible and ‘spread the word’ among your friends, colleagues and organisations.

The LOC and PCO ask that we draw your attention to a couple of issues – making sure yo apply for visa letters if needed, and that if you wish a paper/hard copy of the proceedings, you will need to order it at additional cost. See the Medinfo2013 website for these updates and further updates in the coming weeks: (we will also mirror updates here as quickly as possible).

Visa and Letter of invitation
Delegates from specific countries need a visa to visit Denmark. Please follow this link for further information and for the list of the countries from where you need a visa. (Please note that you cannot apply for a visa earlier than three months before expected date of departure from your home country). Link to Letter of Invitation.

Paper Copy of the Proceedings
IOS Press offers a paper copy of the Proceedings to conference participants for the discount price of Euros 99. Read more.

May 1, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment