From the International Medical Informatics Association

HELINA Conference: Accra, Ghana on 7 – 11 March 2015

The delayed HELINA2014 conference will be held in Accra, Ghana at the University of Ghana, ISSER Conference Centre from March 7 – 11, 2015. See for latest updates.

The conference theme is Informatics for Universal Health Coverage in Africa: From Point of Care Systems to National Strategies.

This year’s conference is supported by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), the Ghana Ministry of Health, the Ghana National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana Ministry of Communication, Ghana Medical Association, Christian Health Association, Ghana Health Service, Ghana AIDS Commission, the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO), and Koegni-eHealth Innovation for Development.

Programme Highlights include:

– Current Innovations in Heath Informatics research and practice from Africa
– Dedicated session on Health Informatics Education in Africa
– Keynote Speech : “The emergence of clinical terminology in healthcare” Don Sweete, CEO, International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO)
– Gala and networking night on 9th March, 2015

Final conference programme will be available on Tuesday 17 February 2015. Information will be posted on the conference website

Pre-conference Events:

– Big Data and Data Mining Tutorial on 7th March, 2015
– Health Information System and Interoperability – Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) tutorial on 8th March, 2015

Please direct all questions to HELINA (hcs[at], not to IMIA.
Contact: hcs[at]


February 19, 2015 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA | , , | Leave a comment

HIC 2015 Call for Submissions – Deadline 16 March

hic2015_logoHISA ( 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 for the HIC 2015 Call for Papers, and for the NIA (Nursing Informatics Australia) Call for Papers.

HISA 2015 will be held in Brisbane, Australia on 03-05 August, 2015 – see 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.



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

Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology: Italy, June 2015

The 2015 Edition of the Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology ( will be held on June 7 to June 20, 2015 at Castello Brandolini Colomban, Cison di Valmarino – Treviso – Italy.

Registration is now open and the deadline for early registration is March 31st 2015. Please visit the course homepage for more information on the courses and for details on registration:

The School aims to provide introductory and advanced courses in medical statistics and epidemiology, and their application in etiology research and public health. The School is aimed at physicians, clinicians and public health professionals from public and private institutions who are looking for systematic training in the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics, or epidemiology applied to health care planning and evaluation. They will acquire familiarity with epidemiological and biostatistical principles and techniques and with the computational tools needed to solve practical problems.

The course teachers come from Harvard School of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Bocconi University and University of Milano-Bicocca. Funding is kindly provided by Bocconi University and Stata®. Limited student tuition scholarships are available for current university students.; all queries should be addressed to the Summer School organisers, not to IMIA.

Please visit the course homepage for more information about the course: or send an email to bioepiedu[at]

Enrollment application forms and other contact and query information is on the Summer School website at

January 15, 2015 Posted by | education, miscellany | | Leave a comment

Medinfo2015 – Register as Reviewer; Panel, Tutorial, Workshop and Demo Deadline – 22 January 2015 (Revised)

medinfo15-jul14MEDINFO2015: eHealth-enabled Health

Revised submission deadline for panels, tutorials, workshops, demos, etc  – 22 January, 2015 (see  Please also register as a reviewer.

The holiday season may be here, but the work for Medinfo2015 goes on. Whether you are making submissions or not, we ask you to consider signing up as a reviewer, and contributing your professional expertise for ensuring the best materials are selected. Reviewers are acknowledged by name in the Medinfo2015 Proceedings and outstanding reviewers will be recognized by name at the opening session of the conference. Please see the PDF instructions for the process and how to sign up (if you have already got an account at, then log-in and select “Apply as Reviewer”, or update your profile).

The 15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics will be held in São Paulo city, Brazil, from 19 to 23 August, 2015. It will be the first time that Latin America will host this important and prestigious international medical informatics conference. MEDINFO is the main conference of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and its 15th edition will be organized by the Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS).

Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairs Beatriz de Faria Leão and Claudio Giulliano Alves da Costa, from Brazil, invite you to attend and look forward to welcoming everyone. Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) Chairs Fernando Martin Sanchez (Australia) and Kaija Saranto (Finland), and Editorial Committee Chair Indra Neil Sarkar (USA) and their teams look forward to receiving your scientific submissions.

Information will be continuously updated on the Medinfo2015 website – – and through IMIA’s website and social media channels. We ask all IMIA members and colleagues to help promote the event and encourage them to submit materials and attend.

For submissions and reviews, go to:

Important deadlines:
Deadline for Panel, Tutorial, Workshop and Demo submissions 22 January 2015

MEDINFO 2015: ¡Participe en el XV Congreso Mundial de Informática Biomedica y de la Salud! Bajo el lema “La Salud, facilitada por la eSalud”, la comunidad internacional se reunirá entre el 19 y el 23 de agosto en São Paulo, Brasil, para compartir conocimientos y discutir cómo las innovaciones en Salud digital y en Informática biomédica están ayudando a resolver los principales problemas en atención sanitaria, Salud Pública, Salud del consumidor e Investigación biomédica. ¡Súmese y aporte sus conocimientos, conectándose con colegas de todo el mundo, y disfrutando de la cosmopolita ciudad de São Paulo!

January 13, 2015 Posted by | Brazil, conference, education, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, medinfo, Medinfo2015 | , , , | Leave a comment

SINI 2015 (Nursing Informatics) Call for Abstracts is Open

SINI 2015 (Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics) is the 25th anniversary event of this long-running series, hosted by the University of Maryland School of Nursing. See for information on attending, submission, registration, etc. SINI 2015 will be held on 22-24 July, 2015.

The Call for Abstracts is open, and will close on 01 March, 2015 – see  All abstracts are to be submitted using the online submission form.  Be sure to review the submission and abstract guidelines before you submit. If you have questions during this process, contact Sonia Smith at pe[at] or call 410-706-3767






December 19, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, nursing, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2015 in Toronto, Canada: 31 May – 03 June, 2015

COACH (, IMIA’s Member Society in Canada, together with Canada Health Infoway and CIHI-ICIS, will be hosting the forthcoming e-Health 2015 Conference, to be held from 31 May to 03 June, 2015 at the at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto ON, Canada. e-Health 2015 is Canada’s only national e-health conference and tradeshow, and provides education and networking opportunities for the telehealth and informatics communities.

Registration will open in January 2015. Full information on keynote speakers, registration, hotels, etc. is available at


December 5, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, education, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment

Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care (Harvard School of Public Health) – 2015 Course

Harvard School of Public Health once again offers its Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care course, for two weeks in 2015. This two week, executive education program designed to provide participants with the skills and strategies necessary to improve quality, safety, and efficiency through health IT. IMIA members or colleagues may be interested in this offering; please feel free to forward the information to others.

Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care
February 2-6, 2015 (Part 1) & June 1-5, 2015 (Part 2) in Boston, MA
Improve quality, safety, and efficiency through health information technology and gain the leadership skills you need to drive results. You will learn to design an effective health IT strategy and gain the tools to implement this strategy effectively. Topics explored in this course include IT strategy and governance, EHRs, improving quality and safety through health IT, and clinical informatics strategy and innovation. This program is designed for mid- to senior-level health care leaders in clinical or administrative positions who have responsibilities for health information technology. Executives from EHR vendors, health plans, and consulting firms will also benefit. Typical participant titles include, but are not limited to: Chief executive officer; Chief information officer; Chief medical informatics officer; Chief medical officer; Medical director; Vice presidents of information technology, information systems, or informatics; Directors of information technology, information systems, or informatics.

All communications should be directed to the Harvard School of Public Health, not to IMIA – see

December 4, 2014 Posted by | education, profession, USA | , , | Leave a comment

MIE2015 (Madrid, Spain) – Call for Submissions – Extended Deadlines

efmi-smThe European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the Spanish Society of Health Informatics (SEIS), Spain invite you to submit your contributions to the 26th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE2015, which will be held from 27 to 29 May 2015 in Madrid, Spain. The theme of MIE2015 is “Digital healthcare empowering Europeans”.

UPDATE: – extended deadlines:
Deadline for Papers and Posters (indexed)  is extended to November 17th, 2014 [now closed]
Deadline for Workshops, Panels, Special events (nonindexed) proposals is December 22nd.

Visit the conference website for further information and keynotes preview.

On behalf of the SPC MIE 2015
Lacramioara Stoicu-Tivadar (Chair), Ronald Cornet (Co-Chair), Alexander Hoerbst (Co-Chair), Stig Kjær Andersen (EFMI Liaison)

Full information on MIE2015 is at and the call information is also on the EFMI website at

December 1, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, EFMI, Europe, Spain | , , , , , | Leave a comment

HINZ 2014 (Auckland, New Zealand) Call for Submissions – 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 on the types of submission sought (scientific papers, posters, ‘innovation in practice’ abstracts) are at Closing date for submissions is 31 July. Further information can also be sought by email – admin[at]

The outline conference programme is available at

Speakers will include Enrico Coiera, Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW, Australia on “How health analytics is changing the way we understand and manage healthcare” and Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK (Via Video Conference) on “Managing multi-morbidity in an ageing population: Why is technology so often part of the problem and how can we make it part of the solution?”

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.


July 11, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, New Zealand | , , , | Leave a comment

GMDS-IMIA HIS WG Workshop (Göttingen, Germany) – Call for Papers Closes 15 June

Our collegaue Prof. Stéphane Meystre, chair of the IMIA Working Group on Health Information Systems, announces the Call for Papers for a workshop to be held in Göttingen, Germany on 11 September 2014, in conjunction with the annual GMDS conference.

A satellite workshop on the topic of Research Databases will be held following the annual meeting of the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) on Thursday, 11 September 2014. The workshop is organised by the GMDS “EHR data reuse for clinical research” working group in cooperation with the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Health Information Systems Working Group and the “Infrastructure for Translational Research” working group of the Department of Medical Informatics at the Göttingen University Medical Center. The workshop will also include the 2nd European i2b2 Academic User Group Meeting.

The Announcement and Call for Papers document is downloadable [PDF, 200kb] and has full information. Deadline for submissions is 15 June, 2014.

Research groups working in the aforementioned areas and interested in presenting their work at this workshop are invited to submit a one page abstract by June 15th by e-mail to ulli.prokosch[at] The organization team will select the most interesting manuscripts for presentation from submitted national and international abstract submissions. We invite all interested researchers to participate in this international workshop, directly following the annual German Medical Informatics Conference held at the Göttingen University from September 8th to 10th 2014. Registration for this workshop is free and should be made by e-mail to ulli.prokosch[at]


May 21, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, Europe, WG | , , , | Leave a comment