From the International Medical Informatics Association

eHealth Week 2013 (May 13 – 15) in Dublin, Ireland

eHealth Week 2013 (May 13 – 15) will be held at the Convention Centre Dublin, and bring together global decision makers from European public and private healthcare, to join High Level European Ministers and EU Commissioners and over 2,500 international delegates and 100 exhibitors. eHealth Week is co-organised by the European Commission, the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and HIMSS Europe.

UPDATE (27 March): early bird registration rate closes on 01 April – see

Full information on the event is available at – or in the pre-conference brochure. There is also a YouTube video about the event – and the LinkedIn group for discussions at

The programme is available at

The Irish Department of Health will host several Presidency events attended by EU Commissioners and officials, Ministers of Health and government officials from Member States, Accession, Candidate and EFTA countries. Department of Health tracks, open to all eHealth Week attendees, will feature discussion on the high economic and societal value of eHealth, reforming health systems, business modelling in the “ecosystem”, empowering patients, legal issues and education and skills to support eHealth deployment and implementation. Further detail on other sessions (including WoHIT sessions, European Innovation Partnership, and the mhealth Symposium) is in the recent media release, and on the event website.

HISI (Health Informatics Society of Ireland –, IMIA’s Member Society in Ireland, is pleased to be an active partner in eHealth week – especially as it is during the period of the Irish Presidency.

IMIA is pleased to be a Supporting Partner (

March 27, 2013 Posted by | conference, ehealth, Europe, HIMSS | , , , | 1 Comment

WHO and IMIA Industry Stakeholders Consultation on Health Data Reuse

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), a Non-Governmental Organization in Official Relations with WHO, will hold an Industry Stakeholder Consultation on 27 February 2013, at WHO headquarters in Geneva (see This Consultation is part of the Transnational Health Data Reuse Initiative leading up to the 2013 European Summit on the Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data to be held on 3-4 June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium (

The objective of the consultation is to share perspectives of industry stakeholders on the use of health data obtained from electronic medical records. Participation is open to representatives of European health-related companies, including health information technology and information technology companies, data aggregators, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and others. Expressions of interest to participate in the Industry Stakeholder’s Consultation will be collected until 7 February 2013 via the link on Please note that an expression of interest to participate does not guarantee a place. Formal invitations will be issued, on a space available basis, by 11 February 2013. Due to space limitations, organizations will be limited to one representative. For additional information, please contact

February 5, 2013 Posted by | ehealth, IMIA, miscellany, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

WHO: eHealth standardization and interoperability

As reported on the PAHO/WHO Equity ( email list and Twitter feed (, and by the WHO Twitter feed ( ), the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva has “considered the report on eHealth and health Internet domain names ( and recommends to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly the adoption of the following resolution: “

IMIA, as an NGO in official relations with the WHO attended in the meeting, and IMIA President Prof. Antoine Geissbuhler presented a statement by IMIA on the issues addressed.

January 30, 2013 Posted by | ehealth, PAHO, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment

Nominations Open for 2013 HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership

HIMSS Europe ( has launched the nomination process for the 2013 HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership. This award recognises an individual who, in the judgment of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council, has demonstrated significant leadership in promoting the use of information technology in healthcare in Europe (as defined in accordance with the current definition of European by the World Health Organisation).

To be eligible for the HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership, candidates must:

  • be a resident of Europe
  • be professionally active in Europe.

In addition, the specific criteria are:

  • the HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership is given in recognition of European level leadership in the field of eHealth.
  • the award may be made for leadership in eHealth deployment, innovation, policy development, advocacy or training at a European level towards the transformation of healthcare.
  • it may be made to an exceptional contribution, for a sustained engagement, or for a lifetime of exceptional leadership, which has had an impact across Europe.

Nominations can be submitted by a third party, whether a member of HIMSS or not, and must be submitted at HIMSS Europe is accepting nominations until Friday 8th February 2013.

The HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership will be presented at the 2013 eHealth week / World of Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday 15 May, 2013 at 15.45 – 16.00.

If you have any questions regarding the HIMSS Europe Award for eHealth Leadership nomination process, please contact Cynthia Stern (cstern[at]

January 23, 2013 Posted by | ehealth, Europe, HIMSS | , , | Leave a comment

eHealth Week 2013 (World of Health IT) – Dublin, Ireland: 13-15 May

UPDATED: 01 February

eHealth Week 2013 will bring together two main events: the High Level eHealth Conference co-organised by the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition) organised by HIMSS Europe. The event not only brings industry partners and providers from across Europe, but also important government and regional decision makers. Full information on the event is available at – there is also a YouTube video about the event –

The 2013  event is the latest in the series of World of Health IT events, latterly linked with the High Level eHealth Conference; it will be held at the Dublin Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

HISI (Health Informatics Society of Ireland –, IMIA’s Member Society in Ireland, is pleased to be an active partner in eHealth week – especially as it is during the period of the Irish Presidency.

IMIA is pleased to be a Supporting Partner (

January 21, 2013 Posted by | conference, ehealth, Europe | , , , , | Leave a comment

WHO: Call for Innovative Health Technologies for Low-resource Settings Compendium 2013

WHO are seeking input to develop the 2013 edition of their Compendium of innovative health technologies: medical devices and eHealth solutions. The Compendium series was initiated to encourage a dialogue between stakeholders and stimulate further development and technology dissemination. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2013, and submissions are invited from all sectors.

An important and unique feature of this publication is that the health technologies included are particularly suitable for use in low-resource settings. Medical devices and eHealth solutions have the potential to improve lives. However, too many people worldwide suffer because they don’t have access to the appropriate health technologies. This call highlights the importance of these innovative technologies towards improved health outcomes and the quality of life. WHO aims to raise awareness of the pressing need for appropriate design solutions.

Please note that submissions are invited from all sectors and that the closing date this year will be 15 March 2013.

Full details including the submission forms are available at There is a PDF file describing the context and what information is requested ( – in addition, there are separate forms for the two categories of submission (eHealth solutions and medical devices).

The previous compendium can be found at:

January 15, 2013 Posted by | ehealth, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

Health Informatics Scotland 2013; Edinburgh Global Health MSc Survey

Our colleague Dr Paul Woolman, from BCS Health Informatics Scotland, has provided information on two important activities:

Health Informatics Scotland 2013 Conference – this event will be held on 18-19 September, 2013 at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh, Scotland. Further information on the event will be available at or

MSc in Global eHealth by online distance learning – The University of Edinburgh, through their Global Health Academy, are exploring the potential for “a new postgraduate online … interdisciplinary course which would allow students to acquire in depth knowledge on topics in eHealth and Health Systems with a global context of international health challenges.” Paul writes: “Anyone interested in an exciting new online programme of courses leading to a Masters in Global eHealth by the prestigious Edinburgh University should complete the online survey at:

November 29, 2012 Posted by | conference, ehealth, UK | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Invitation to participate in a Delphi study to define “eHealth”

Christian Nøhr and Chris Showell write:
Following a presentation at MIE2012 in August (Showell, C., & Nøhr, C. (2012). How Should We Define eHealth, and Does the Definition Matter? Studies in health technology and informatics, 180, 881–884.), we are setting up a Delphi study to discover whether there is a good consensus definition of “eHealth”. We would like to involve as many people as possible, from academia (researchers, teachers and students) the healthcare industry (practitioners, support staff and administrators), health IT (vendors, developers, implementers) as well as patients and citizens.

If you are interested in participating, you can view details of the project at, and register if you would like to be a part of the study. The organisers of the study would also like the invitation and the link to be passed on to anyone else you think might be interested.

Christian Nøhr is a Professor (with special responsibilities) in the Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University, Denmark. Chris Showell is an eHealth researcher and PhD student with the eHealth Services Research Group in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

September 3, 2012 Posted by | ehealth, Europe, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | Leave a comment

eHealth in the Americas: PAHO/WHO KMC Seminar, 05 October

Seminar Nº1: eHealth and The Rockefeller Foundation Experience and Vision – Karl Brown, Associate Director, Applied Technology at Rockefeller Foundation. Friday October 5, 2012, at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT (Washington, DC USA).

This is the first in the KMC Seminar series, which will happen every two months. All Seminars will be life-streamed, and opened for participation via Elluminate, or via telephone. For those who cannot follow the live seminar, the recordings and presentations will be available at PAHO ICT4health at:

Virtual room:


2:00: Welcome Remarks – Marcelo D’Agostino KMC Area Manager PAHO/WHO
2:05 eHealth and The Rockefeller Foundation Experience and Vision – Karl Brown, Associate Director, Applied Technology at Rockefeller Foundation
2:30 Comments, Questions & Answers  Moderator: PAHO/WHO
3:00 Concluding Remarks: Marcelo D’Agostino KMC Area Manager PAHO/WHO

To participate online: To login to the Virtual session, go to and type your name on the sign in page.

Related material:

PAHO/WHO eHealth portal:
CD51/13 — PAHO/WHO Strategy and Plan of Action on eHealth
CD51/13 — OPS/OMS Estrategia y Plan de acción sobre eSalud
CD51/13— OPAS/OMS Estratégia e Plano de Ação para eSaúde
CD51/13– OPS/OMS Stratégie et Plan d’action sur la cybersanté

August 30, 2012 Posted by | ehealth, region, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment

Perspectives On Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data: Videos on EUSTRHD YouTube Channel

Twenty five videos, covering all aspects of the May 2012 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data (held in Brussels, Belgium, and hosted by IMIA) are now available on the Summit’s YouTube channel – see

The currently featured video, ‘Perspectives: what we need to do to use health data’, features comments from, among others, IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler, IMIA VP Riccardo Bellazzi, Dipak Kalra (University College, London), Georges De Moor (European Institute for Health Records), Matic Meglic (National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia) and Lene Vistisen (National Board of e-Health, Denmark). Other videos provide views on benefits and challenges of trustworthy reuse of health data (including from Charles Safran, Harvard Medical School; Steve Labkoff, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Iain Buchan, University of Manchester; Julian Remnant, Deloitte R&D; Don Detmer, University of Virginia; and Sabine Koch, Karolinska Institute).

The welcome from Antoine Geissbuhler is at

Other videos include keynote from Robert Madelin, Director General Information Society and Media, European Commission; keynote from Professor Nigel Shadbolt; and keynote from Petra Wilson, Continua Health Alliance.

Full information on the Summit, including presentation materials, is on the website at

August 29, 2012 Posted by | conference, education, ehealth, Europe, IMIA | , , , | Leave a comment