From the International Medical Informatics Association

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) – June 01-04, 2014

COACH, IMIA’s Member Society in Canada , and the other hosts of the event, have announced new developments for the forthcoming e-Health 2014 Conference, which will be taking place from June 1-4, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. e-Health 2014 is Canada’s only national e-health conference and tradeshow, and provides education and networking opportunities for the telehealth and informatics communities.

Full information on keynote speakers, registration, hotels, etc. is available at

The first Hackathon at an e-Health conference, presented in partnership with Hacking Health (, will bring hackers together with healthcare professionals who have a deep understanding of problems that need to be solved and strong connections to target users. Through collaboration, the aim is to rapidly build a prototype for games, apps, websites, web applications, services, etc. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) Gala. Further information is at

The 9th Annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) Gala, on 03 June, will recognise excellence, leadership and innovation (

Use the e-Health 2014 Conference hashtag: #ehealth14  The e-health 2014 blog will also cover important information about the various activities-


May 14, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, education | , , , , | Leave a comment

APAMI2014 Conference: Submissions Extended to 10 May, Registration Open

iamiUPDATE: Submissions deadline is extended to 10 May. (Other deadlines also amended)

Our colleagues in APAMI, and IAMI (the Indian Association for Medical Informatics), who are hosts and local organisers of the event, are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the APAMI2014 conference. See for full information and updates.

Information on abstract submission is available at and the page for submission of the abstracts is at (note that you will need to set up an account). The deadline for Abstract Submission is extended to 30th April 2014.

Registration is also open for the conference – see – and the deadline for early bird registration is 15 May, 2014.

APAMI2014 (the 8th Conference of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics) will be held on 01 and 02 November, 2014 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

IMIA is pleased to support the event, and the IMIA General Assembly meeting will be held on 31 October, in conjunction with the event, with the IMIA Board meeting on 30 October (IMIA Board and GA meetings are by invitation only; invitations will be sent nearer to the events). This will be the first IMIA GA to be held in India.

Our colleagues Dr Shashia B Gogia (Organising Chairman), Mr S K Meher (Organising Secretary, and the new IAMI President), and Dr Sanjay Bedi (Convener), together with their IAMI colleagues and organising partners) look forward to welcoming everyone to New Delhi for these important events.


April 30, 2014 Posted by | APAMI, conference, education, India | , , , , | Leave a comment

HIC 2014 – Melbourne, 11-14 August

hisa logoHISA’s annual Health Informatics Conference (HIC) will be held in Victoria, Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 11 – 14 August 2014. Full details will be at and will be frequently updated.

With the primary theme of Investing in e-health: People, knowledge and technology for a healthy future, the conference will focus on investing in e-health, improving the climate for investment and innovation in e-health, strategic opportunities and “where to for Australia?” Keynote speakers will include Dave de Bronkart (ePatientDave) and Dr Danny Sands, Regina Holliday and Dr Bertalan (Berci) Mesko.

Early bird registration is open now until 16 June 2014 – see

Associated conference events will include aged care informatics, indigenous informatics and nursing informatics.



April 10, 2014 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, Australia, conference, education | , , | Leave a comment

Surrey Informatics Summer School (UK), 6-11 July 2014

clininfeuThe Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes Research Group of the Department of Health Care Management & Policy at the University of Surrey invite you to attend their third annual 6 day intensive short course for health care professionals and analysts wanting to work with routine health data to measure quality and improve outcomes. This health informatics short course is aimed at clinicians, researchers, managers and analysts within the health care sector, and is being organised and delivered by the University of Surrey on 6-11 July, 2014. See for more information about fees, booking, and other materials; or download the flyer and information leaflet.

The course is taught by leading informatics academics and practitioners with international reputations, including Professor Simon de Lusignan, Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics at the University of Surrey; Medical Director of the RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre; practicing GP; and Professor Simon Jones, Chair in Health Care Management & Policy at the University of Surrey; previously Chief Statistician at Dr Foster Intelligence. The course is intensive and primarily designed for residential students. There are no entry requirements and the course is suitable and flexible enough to accommodate those with little or no statistical experience looking to find pragmatic ways of using data as well as those advanced in analytics seeking to enhance their technical skills. The venue will be the Faculty of Business Economics and Law University of Surrey, Guildford, GU 2 7XH, United Kingdom.

6-11 July 2014 – Surrey Informatics Summer School (SISS)
7-9 January 2015 – Surrey WinteR Statistics School (SWISS)
Contact: fbelevents[at] Find more here :


The University of Surrey Department of Health Care Management and Policy is an Academic Institutional member of IMIA.

April 9, 2014 Posted by | clinical informatics, education, UK | , | Leave a comment

AHIMA/IFHIMA Seeking Applications for Global Workforce Council (GHWC)

The U.S. Department of Commerce is supporting the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA – and its partner the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA – in an initiative to establish a global health information curricula and competency standard that provides a framework for healthcare and education systems worldwide to update and or build a workforce strategy.

The first step to advance a health information education and workforce training standard is establishing a Global Workforce Council (GHWC). The GHWC will oversee the development of an internationally applicable curricula and competency standard in HIM, HI and HIT. The standard will be developed in an open and transparent manner that engages countries and experts internationally.

The GHWC will consist of thirteen appointed members with a cross section of expertise from around the globe. Eleven representatives will be recruited from the six IFHIMA/WHO regions and from select target countries. AHIMA, the AHIMA Foundation and IFHIMA are seeking applicants for the GHWC positions. They are seeking council candidates who have demonstrated leadership in the healthcare and/or education system, and who possess recognition and influence within their country or region and the ability to gain support for the health information curricula standard with various stakeholder groups. Council members will participate in the development and dissemination of the curricula/competency standard through regular conference calls (e.g. monthly initially and then less frequently over time) and one face to face meeting per year. Council appointments are for 2-3 years.

IMIA has been involved in the planning team to bring the work to this stage, and we ask you to distribute this to your colleagues and others to help in identifying and inviting potential candidates for the Council from the six IFHIMA/WHO regions – Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South East Asia, and Western Pacific and from select target countries including Brazil, India and the GCC

The use of health information technology products and services is growing globally as countries innovate their healthcare system to improve care/outcomes and reduce costs. All healthcare systems, regardless of how well financed or organized, need sufficient numbers of well-trained and highly skilled workers to implement and manage long-term their health information and technology systems. To address the changing needs for a skilled workforce, a comprehensive education and workforce strategy is needed for health information management (HIM), health informatics (HI) and health information technology (HIT). Many of the technology requirements (e.g., electronic health records), standards (e.g., Health Level 7), and terminologies (e.g., SNOMED, ICD-10) are global in nature supporting the need for a defined set of competencies for HIM, HI and HIT workers globally.

The attached document [download] provides more information about the GHWC and an application form that can be used by applicants. Applications are due on April 4, 2014 and should be submitted by e-mail to info[at] Council applications will be reviewed by a multi-stakeholder nominating committee comprised of members from various associations and countries. Council members will be selected by mid April. If you have questions please contact Michelle Dougherty from the AHIMA Foundation at michelle.dougherty[at] (do NOT contact IMIA with queries or applications).

March 20, 2014 Posted by | AHIMA, education, IFHIMA, workforce | , , , | Leave a comment

New TIGER Report, 2014 – Recommendations for the Innovative Nurse Leader

The TIGER Initiative Foundation has released a new leadership collaborative report, The Leadership Imperative: TIGER’s Recommendations for Integrating Technology to Transform Practice and Education (2014) [download]. This new report resulted from a continued recognition of how critical leadership is to fulfilling the TIGER vision and mission, and to providing transformational leadership that drives and executes the transformation of healthcare.

The report addresses the need to focus on both practice and technology, as well as providing valuable information, tools and resources for leaders to access and utilize as they integrate technology into practice and education. The foreword, by Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN notes that “The question for every nurse and every hospital board is how you go about promoting transformational change in which the emphasis is not on transitory, isolated performance improvements by individuals, but on sustained, assimilated, comprehensive change of the whole (Lukas et al., 2007) and this report offers one answer: nurse leaders knowledgeable about how information technology can help redesign practices so that they are standardized, evidence-based and clinically integrated, and reinforce the values of a caring culture.” Please download, read and share this new TIGER report.

Full information on the TIGER Initiative Foundation is at

TIGER Vision Statement: To enable nurses and interprofessional colleagues to use informatics and emerging technologies to make healthcare safer, more effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable by interweaving evidence and technology seamlessly into practice, education and research fostering a learning healthcare system.


March 17, 2014 Posted by | education, nursing | , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2015 Website Launched –

medinfo2015logoOur colleagues from the Medinfo2015 Local Organising Committee and the Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS – Sociedade Brasileira de Informática em Saúde) are pleased to announce the launch of the Medinfo2015 website –

MEDINFO 2015: eHealth enabled Health – The 15th World Congress on Medical Informatics will be held in São Paulo city, Brazil, from 19th to 23th August, 2015. It will be the first time that Latin America will host a Medinfo conference.

Please note the event dates and venue, and the important 2014 dates relating to submissions for Medinfo2015. The website will be updated with further information in the coming weeks and months.

The SPC co-chairs Fernando Martin Sanchez (Australia) and Kaija Saranto (Finland) look forward to receiving your submissions in due course.

You can also follow/interact via Twitter (@MedInfo2015) and on Facebook (  Other social media interaction channels will be announced in due course.

March 13, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, education, medinfo, Medinfo2015 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UPDATED: EFMI STC 2014 Submission Deadline Extended – 06 January, 2014

EFMI_logo100UPDATE of 03 January, 2014:

The submission deadline for the EFMI STC 2014 has been extended – the deadline for all submissions (full papers, posters and workshops) is now 06 January, 2014. See for information.

Information is continually being updated on the website as it becomes available, including details of the conference venue, accommodation, and other relevant dates in respect of the scientific submissions. The deadline for early bird registration will be 21 February.

date_sThe European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) Special Topic Conference (STC) 2014 Conference has the subject: Cross-border challenges in informatics with a focus on disease surveillance and utilising big-data. The event will be held on 26-29 April, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. See for more information as it becomes available. The IMIA Board and the EFMI Board and Council will both meet in Budapest in conjunction with the conference. We encourage all IMIA and EFMI colleagues to submit to and participate in this event.

For MIE2014, the deadline for submission of papers and posters is 31 January, 2014 – see

mie201403MIE2014 – the 25th European Medical Informatics Conference – will be held on 31 August to 03 September, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey – watch for more information as it becomes available . Also follow on Twitter (@MIE2014) and there is an MIE2014 group on LinkedIn ( and a Facebook page (

January 2, 2014 Posted by | conference, education, EFMI, Europe | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Harvard School of Public Health offers Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care, a 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
January 2-7,2014 and June 2-6, 2014 in Boston, MA, USA
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 during this program include IT strategy and governance, electronic health records, patient safety and quality of care, and clinical informatics. Leadership for Health IT 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.

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

November 12, 2013 Posted by | education, profession, USA | , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) Conference: Submission Deadline 18 November, 2013

The Call for Participation for the e-Health 2014 conference, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada on 01-04 June, 2014 is now open. See for full information on submitting abstracts, including the various categories.

The submission site is now open, and the deadline for Abstract Submissions is Monday, November 18 at 5:00 PM PST.

e-Health 2014 is hosted by COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association (and IMIA Member Society –, Canada Health Infoway and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. All information will be on the conference website at


October 14, 2013 Posted by | Canada, conference, education | , , , , , | Leave a comment