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MIE2014 and EFMI STC 2014 Submission Deadlines Announced – UPDATE

EFMI_logo100The submission deadlines have been announced for two important European events in 2014 – the EFMI STC 2014 and MIE2014.

NOTE: For the EFMI STC 2014, the deadline for submissions (full papers and posters) is 15 November, 2013.

The deadline for workshop submissions is 02 January, 2014. See http://www.stc2014.org for this and more information as it becomes available.

For MIE2014, the call for submissions opens on 01 November 2013, and the deadline for submissions is 31 January, 2014 – see http://www.mie2014.org/?page=Call_for_Submissions

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The 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 http://www.stc2014.org 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.

mie201403MIE2014 – the 25th European Medical Informatics Conference – will be held on 31 August to 03 September, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey – watch www.mie2014.org for more information as it becomes available . Also follow http://twitter.com/MIE2014 on Twitter (@MIE2014) and there is an MIE2014 group on LinkedIn (http://lnkd.in/EvxTt9) and a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Mie2014)

October 14, 2013 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe, IMIA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA GA Meeting 2013

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[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 http://www.apami2014.com 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

New IMIA Board Members; President-elect Prof. Hyeoun-Ae Park

The end of each Medinfo conference is a traditional period of transition at IMIA as new Board members, elected the previous year, take up their posts. In addition, new members are often elected at the General Assembly meeting held in conjunction with each Medinfo.

SONY DSCThe main election that, from now, will be held at each Medinfo GA is that of the President-elect, who takes office with immediate effect. The GA approved the nomination of Prof. Hyeoun-Ae Park (Korea) as the new President-elect. She holds this post until Medinfo2015. She then becomes IMIA President for the period from Medinfo2015 to Medinfo2017. She will be the third IMIA President from the Asia-Pacific region (following Prof. Shigekoto Kaihara and Prof. K C Lun), the third woman to be IMIA President (following Dr Marion Ball and Prof. Nancy Lorenzi), and the first nurse to be IMIA President. She will also currently continue in her role as Chair of the IMIA-NI (Nursing Informatics) Special Interest Group.

The IMIA President is now Dr. Lincoln de Assis Moura Jr. (Brazil) for the period 2013 – 2015. Past President Prof. Dr. Antoine Geissbuhler (Switzerland) will chair the Nominating Committee and continues as WHO Liaison Officer

Other key changes are:

  • VP Medinfo: Dr Alvaro Margolis (Uruguay) 2013 – 2016 (succeeding Prof. Riccardo Bellazzi)
  • VP Special Affairs: Dr Monique Jaspers (The Netherlands) 2013 – 2016 (succeeding Prof. Arie Hasman)
  • VP WGs and SIGs: Dr Tze-Yun Leong (Singapore) 2013 – 2016 (succeeding Dr. Hyeoun-Ae Park)

In addition, Dr. Amado Espinosa (Mexico) succeeds Dr Carol Hullin (Chile) as IMIA-LAC President and so as VP for IMIA-LAC to the IMIA Board.

The full list is on the IMIA website.

IMIA and EFMI Board memebers following their successful joint meeting on 18 August, 2013. Photo courtesy Antoine Geissbuhler.

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August 29, 2013 Posted by | EFMI, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 4 – Panel on Trustworthy Use of Health Data

One of IMIA’s major new activities in the past two years has been the activity focused around the 2013 Transnational Summit on Trustworthy Use of Data for Health, held in Brussels, Belgium in June 2013 and the 2012 Summit. The Summits focused on stimulating robust discussions about the use of data for health at the global level, although with a specific focus on the European level.

A panel on Wednesday 21 August, from 13:45-15:15, and titled “The IMIA Initiatives on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data: A Report” will summarise the activities and outputs from these two events, and a number of linked meetings including a stakeholder consultation meeting held with the WHO. Lead by Prof. Riccado Bellazzi, the panel will include presentations from Iain E. Buchan, Steve E. Labkoff, Antoine Geissbuhler and Charles Safran, and will provide opportunity to hear about the meetings and discuss what is needed for ongoing activity.

Details about the Summits and links to outputs are at http://www.dataforhealth.imia.info and http://www.euhealthdata2012.imia.info

August 6, 2013 Posted by | conference, EFMI, IMIA | | Leave a comment

Videos on YouTube from 2013 Transnational Summit on Trustworthy Use of Data for Health

2013summit-antoineIMIA, and our colleagues involved in the delivery and support of the event, are pleased to announce that all presentations from the 2013 Transnational Summit on Trustworthy Use of Data for Health have been uploaded to our YouTube channel and are available for viewing –  see http://www.youtube.com/user/DataforHealth/ Videos from the 2013 Summit, and all videos from the 2012 Summit, are available.

In addition, presentation materials from the event are available  at the Transnational Summit on Trustworthy Use of Data for Health website, http://dataforhealth.wordpress.com/agenda-and-materials/

If you have information that may be relevant to this topic and you would like to share it with us, please send either through twitter (@dataforhealth) or send to our email address (dataforhealth[at]imia-services.org).

We are grateful to the sponsors (listed at http://dataforhealth.wordpress.com/our-sponsors/) for making the event possible, to all the presenters and participants, and to our colleagues Lodestone Logic (http://www.lodestonelogic.com/) and 27plus (http://27plus.eu/) for their work. We thank, in particular, Charles Safran and Steve Labkoff for their ongoing efforts to support this activity and wider efforts of relevance.

July 19, 2013 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe, IMIA | , , , | Leave a comment

Major Events for 2014: NI2014 and MIE2014

Initial announcements have been made about two important events on the global health, nursing and biomedical informatics calendar for 2014. Further information will be given soon on important timelines, so please keep an eye on the relevant websites; IMIA will also be helping to promote both events.

ni2014NI2014 – the 12th International Congress of Nursing Informatics will take place in Taipei (at the Taipei International Convention Center, near to the famous Taipei 101) on 21-25 June, 2014. Initial information is available on the conference website – see http://www.ni2014.org We encourage all nursing and nursing informatics colleagues (and others) to participate.

MIE2014 – the 25th European Medical Informatics Conference – will be held in Istanbul on 31 August – 03 September, 2014. Information will be available on the conference website at http://www.mie2014.org and on the EFMI web portal at http://www.efmi.org We look forward to seeing many colleagues from Europe and further afield at this event.

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April 18, 2013 Posted by | APAMI, Asia-Pacific, conference, EFMI, Europe, IMIA, IMIA-NI, MIE, nursing | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

April Events Highlights – MEAHI and EFMI Conferences

Two important regional conferences take place in April, 2013 – the 4th Middle East Conference on Healthcare Informatics, to be held in Dubai, UAE on 22-24 April – and the EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC), to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 17-19 April. Please watch for further updates here, or on the event websites, as they draw closer. We encourage colleagues to attend these events.

The 4th Middle East Conference on Healthcare Informatics – Dubai, UAE: The conference theme is “Applied Health Informatics: A Regional Trend or a Priority?” and this event will be held on 22 – 24 April 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event is being organised by the Middle East Association for Health Informatics (MEAHI – www.meahi.org), which brings together IMIA members in the region. In addition to the conference itself, which features keynote talks, peer-reviewed papers, workshops and other activity, there will be the MEAHI General Assembly meeting and the launch of the MEAHI Nursing Informatics group. Registration for the event is still open.

Information on the conference and associated activities is on the MEAHI website, and there will be important updates in the next week or two. A Facebook event page is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/236490406484455/

UPDATE, 15 APRIL: The MEAHI General Assembly meeting will be held on 23 April (4.20-6pm) at the Crowne Plaza Deira Hotel, Dubai, UAE. The conference programme is available on the MEAHI website – http://www.meahi.org/#!conference-program/clhv

The EFMI STC 2013 – Prague, Czech Republic: The Czech Society of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics and the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) are pleased to invite you to participate in the next EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC) “Data and Knowledge for Medical Decision Support”. It will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 17 – 19, 2013. Keynote speakers are Prof. Marion Ball and Prof. Jan van Bemmel.

Conference registration is open, and the preliminary programme is available on the conference website – see http://www.stc2013.org

April 2, 2013 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe, IMIA, MEAHI | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Regional Events, April 2013: EFMI in Prague, and MEAHI in Dubai

EFMI STC 2013 – Prague, Czech Republic:  The Czech Society of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics and the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) are pleased to invite you to participate at the next EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC) “Data and Knowledge for Medical Decision Support”. It will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 17 – 19, 2013. The EFMI STC 2013 is continuing the series of successful EFMI STC conferences. It is one of the most important European events in the domains of biomedicine including health care and informatics covering information science and technology. Conference registration is open.

More information is available at the website: http://www.stc2013.org

UPDATE: the scientific programme is now available on the conference website: http://stc2013.org/conference/scientific-program

The 4th Middle East Conference on Healthcare Informatics – Dubai, UAE:  With the theme “Applied Health Informatics: A Regional Trend or a Priority?” this event will be held on 22 – 24 April 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event is being organised by the Middle East Association for Health Informatics (MEAHI – www.meahi.org), which brings together IMIA members in the region.

Information on the Call for Submissions is on the MEAHI website.

NOTE: The deadline for submissions is now 15 March, 2013. See http://www.meahi.org/#!news2/c15wm A Facebook event page is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/236490406484455/

January 7, 2013 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe, IMIA, MEAHI | , , , , | 1 Comment

New EFMI Board, Honorary Fellows

Following the recent successful MIE2012 conference in Pisa, Italy, the new membership of the EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics) Board has been announced. See the website at www.efmi.org for full information.

Patrick Weber (Switzerland) is now EFMI President, Lacramioara Stoicu-Tividar (Romania) is EFMI Secretary and Etienne De Clercq (Belgium) is EFMI Treasurer. Anne Moen (Norway) is EFMI Vice President and John Mantas (Greece), as EFMI and IMIA Vice President for Europe, will represent EFMI at the IMIA Board.

Other Board members are:

  • Alexander Hörbst – EFMI Press and Information Officer
  • György Surjan – EFMI Publication Officer
  • Stig Kjaer Andersen – EFMI Executive Officer
  • Christian Lovis – EFMI Institutions Liaison Officer

In a news item on the EFMI website, John Mantas also writes that:
“George Mihalas, Rolf Engelbrecht, and Jacob Hofdijk to be elected as Honorary Fellows, the highest honour of our Federation … Being Fellows in EFMI means that their presence in the Council meetings will continue to assist EFMI in future.”

He notes, among other achievements and contributions, that George Mihalas has in many positions, including that of President, and well-known for  extending EFMI relations with all other regions outside Europe; Rolf Engelbrecht has worked for many years in EFMI, as well as being coordinator of many European projects and initiatives, and initiator of the STC conferences; Jacob Hofdijk is well-known for his innovative ideas and support for more professional organisation of EFMI to provide services to its members.

The next EFMI STC will be in Prague on April 17-19, 2013. See http://www.stc2013.org/ for full information, Closing date for full papers submissions is October 15, 2012. MIE2014 will be in Istanbul, Turkey.

September 5, 2012 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe, region | , | Leave a comment

Final Countdown to MIE2012 in Pisa, Italy: 26-29 August

MIE2012, the XXIV Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) is now only a few days away. Full information on the event – on 26-29 August, 2012 – is on the MIE2012 website at www.mie2012.it

MIE2012 will be organised by the Italian Association for Medical Informatics (AIIM), the Italian eHealth Community, and EFMI. The theme is “Quality of Life through Quality of Information”, offering the challenge to contributors to share experiences in the field of Medical and Health Informatics.

The final programme, including tutorials, social and satellite events, is now available through the conference website. Keynote speakers include Edward H. Shortliffe, Columbia University and New York Academy of Medicine, USA; Finn Kensing, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Francesco Pinciroli, Politecnico of Milano, Italy; Roberta Annicchiarico, Fondazione Santa lucia, Rome, Italy; and Sabine Koch, Karolinska Institute, Stockolm, Sweden.

August 20, 2012 Posted by | conference, EFMI, Europe | , , , , , | 1 Comment