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Dr Lyn Hanmer Receives Inaugural Sedick Isaacs Award

Dr Lyn Hanmer received the inaugural Sedick Isaacs Award at a ceremony on 09 March 2015, at the recent HELINA conference in Accra, Ghana. As part of the award, she gave a keynote presentation “The importance of partnerships for Health Informatics development in HELINA and other low-resource settings” at the HELINA conference, and her presentation will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Health Informatics in Africa (http://www.jhia-online.org/index.php/jhia).sedick2010

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The Sedick Isaacs Award is a newly-inaugurated IMIA Award that recognises the lasting contribution made to health and medical informatics in Africa by Dr Sedick Isaacs [1]. It is an IMIA award, funded by IMIA and administered jointly by IMIA and HELINA. The primary criterion for a recipient of the Sedick Isaacs Award is to recognise “an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare within Africa, through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics.” The secondary criterion is that the recipient should be a person living and working in Africa.

Several very high quality nominations were received. The aim is to present the Sedick Isaacs Award at each HELINA conference.

[1] Hanmer, L (2013) Sedick Isaacs Obituary. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics. http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-2013/issue/special/manuscript/20004/download.html

March 12, 2015 Posted by | Africa, award, HELINA, IMIA | , , | Leave a comment

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  http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/index/ 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]helina-online.org), not to IMIA.
Contact: hcs[at]helina-online.org

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

Notice of HELINA Conference: 7 – 11 March 2015; Accra, Ghana

HELINA, and the organisers of the delayed HELINA2014 conference, are pleased to confirm that the event will be held in Accra, Ghana at the University of Ghana, ISSER Conference Centre from March 7 – 11, 2015. See http://www.helina-online.org/en/conferences/helina-2014 for further updates.

They write, in the latest HELINA newsletter: “With regard to the notice of postponement of the HELINA 2014 conference due to the ban on international conference in Ghana as part of measures to prevent the outbreak of Ebola in Ghana, we are happy to announce to the community that the ban has come to an end. In view of this, the HELINA and GHIA Council would like to announce that the HELINA 2014 conference will be held in Accra, Ghana at the University of Ghana, ISSER Conference Centre from March 7 – 11, 2015. With regard to this new development the organizers of HELINA 2014 are pleased to announce that the conference fees remain unchanged. We are looking forward to seeing you in Accra.”

Please direct all questions to HELINA (hcs[at]helina-online.org), not to IMIA.

Conference Fees

IMIA / HELINA / GHIA members 150.00 USD
NON-MEMBERS 200.00 USD
Students (Excluding PhD Students) 30.00 USD
Package (IMIA/HELINA/GHIA members)* 750.00 USD
Package (NON-MEMBERS)* 800.00 USD

*Package includes conference fee, accommodation and meals.

Important dates

Registration Opened Until February 27, 2015
Notification of acceptance of submissions January 9, 2015
Camera-ready paper deadline February 16, 2015
Conference March 7 – 11, 2015

Contact: hcs[at]helina-online.org

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January 2, 2015 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA | , , , | Leave a comment

HELINA Conference – Extended Call for Participation Closes 16 November

helinaThe organisers of the HELINA2014 conference announced a postponement of the event, due to circumstances beyond their control. See http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/oct2014/announcement/view/17 for information.

They write: “Due to the outbreak of Ebola in the West Africa region, and as part of measures to prevent the outbreak of Ebola in Ghana, the Government of Ghana on Thursday August 14, 2014 placed a three month ban on all international conferences and gatherings in the Country. In view of this uncontrollable circumstance HELINA and GHIA Council announce the postponement of this year conference, initially scheduled from 11-15 October 2014, to 7-11 March 2015.

The organizers of HELINA 2014 are pleased to extend the invitation for original submissions that address the use of informatics or computer sciences for universal health coverage in Africa in the following categories:

  • Full research papers (completed research with mature results) with 5 to 8 pages
  • Work in progress papers with 5 to 8 pages
  • Experience presentations or “case studies” (reports of health informatics or e-Health implementations and lessons learned) (1 page abstract)

Conference theme: Informatics for Universal Health Coverage in Africa: From Point of Care Systems to National Strategies

Submissions can be prepared either in English or French and must not have been proposed to other symposia or journals. An online submission system and a submission template available on the conference web site http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/index/ must be used.  The template contains more detailed instructions following the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals http://www.icmje.org/manuscript_1prepare.html. In case of difficulties while using the submission platform, please contact the conference technical team directly at technical@helina-online.org.

Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer reviewing process. Accepted full research papers will be published in the journal of Health Informatics in Africa (http://www.jhia-online.org) and accepted work in progress papers will be published in an electronic conference proceedings on the website of HELINA with an ISBN. At least one author must register to attend the conference.

The submission deadline for this extended call for participation is 16 November 2014.

Any new developments will be advised at http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/index/

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission deadline: 16 November 2014 (NO further extensions will be allowed)
Notification of acceptance of submissions: 9 January 2015
Camera-ready paper deadline: 16 February 2015
Conference: 7 – 11 March 2015

 

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA | , , , | Leave a comment

Postponement of HELINA2014 Conference (Ghana)

helinaThe organisers of the HELINA2014 conference have announced a postponement of the event, due to circumstances beyond their control. See http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/oct2014/announcement/view/17 for information.

They write:

“Due to the outbreak of Ebola in the West Africa region, and as part of measures to prevent the outbreak of Ebola in Ghana, the Government of Ghana on Thursday August 14, 2014 placed a three month ban on all international conferences and gatherings in the Country. In view of this uncontrollable circumstance HELINA and GHIA Council announce the postponement of this year conference, initially scheduled from 11-15 October 2014, to 7-11 March 2015.

With regard to this new development the organizers of HELINA 2014 are pleased to extend the invitation for original submissions that address the use of informatics or computer sciences for universal health coverage in Africa in the following categories:

  • Full research papers (completed research with mature results) with 5 to 8 pages
  • Work in progress papers with 5 to 8 pages
  • Experience presentations or “case studies” (reports of health informatics or e-Health implementations and lessons learned) (1 page abstract)

Submissions can be prepared either in English or French and must not have been proposed to other symposia or journals. The submission deadline is therefore extended to 16 November 2014.

We are sincerely apologise if this change might affect your plan; we will immediately inform you of any new development for your prompt action and participation.”

Further updates will be provided on the HELINA website, and will be distributed through IMIA channels.

August 26, 2014 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA | , , , | Leave a comment

Sedick Isaacs Award – 2014 Call for Nominations Open Until 15 August

sedick2010The Sedick Isaacs Award is a newly-inaugurated IMIA Award that recognises the lasting contribution made to health and medical informatics in Africa by Dr Sedick Isaacs [1]. It is an IMIA award, funded by IMIA and administered jointly by IMIA and HELINA. The primary criterion for a potential recipient of the Sedick Isaacs Award is to recognise “an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare within Africa, through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics.” The secondary criterion is that the recipient should be a person living and working in Africa.

Nominations are invited for the 2014 Sedick Isaacs Award. Nominations have no specific format, but must include sufficient information and supporting details about the nominee to both demonstrate how they meet the criteria and allow their nomination to be judged against others. They should contain, at a minimum:
– a one page summary of the nominee’s most important accomplishments/contributions as applicable to the Award;
– a short current CV; and
– 2-3 letters of support from named referees, or nominator and seconders.

They should be sent to the IMIA Office (by email: imia@imia-services.org ) no later than 15 August, 2014.

The Award will be presented at the HELINA2014 conference (Accra, Ghana; 11-15 October 2014). The recipient of the award will be invited to make a keynote/plenary presentation at the HELINA conference and to publish a version of the presentation in the “Journal of Health Informatics in Africa”. The award itself will not have an monetary value, but IMIA will budget a sum to cover costs of travel within Africa to the HELINA2014 conference and up to 3 nights accommodation at the conference.

The Sedick Isaacs Award 2014 Committee will comprise:

  • IMIA President – Chair
  • HELINA President – Vice chair
  • HELINA VP to IMIA Board – Member
  • Representative of IMIA Member Society in Africa hosting the HELINA conference – Member
  • IMIA CEO – Member

The Call document is available to download. Any questions should be directed to the IMIA Office in the first instance – by email: imia@imia-services.org

[1] Hanmer, L (2013) Sedick Isaacs Obituary. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics. http://www.schattauer.de/en/magazine/subject-areas/journals-a-z/imia-yearbook/imia-yearbook-2013/issue/special/manuscript/20004/download.html

June 18, 2014 Posted by | Africa, award, HELINA, IMIA | , , | Leave a comment

Post No. 800 – HELINA2014, Call for Participation

UPDATED 17 June – call for submissions extended to 30 June.

The 9th Health Informatics in Africa Conference – HELINA 2014 – will take place in Accra, Ghana from the 11 – 15th October 2014. This year’s conference is hosted by the Ghana Health Informatics Association (GHIA). HELINA, the Pan African Health Informatics Association, is the African Region of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

Full information will be available at http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/index/

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

The organizers of HELINA 2014 invite original submissions that address the use of informatics or computer sciences for universal health coverage in Africa in the following categories:

  • Full research papers (completed research with mature results) with 5 to 8 pages
  • Work in progress papers  with 5 to 8 pages
  • Experience presentations or “case studies” (reports of health informatics or e-Health implementations and lessons learned) (1 page abstract)

Submissions can be prepared either in English or French and must not have been proposed to other symposia or journals.

An online submission system and a submission template available on the conference web site http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/index/ must be used.  The template contains more detailed instructions following the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals http://www.icmje.org/manuscript_1prepare.html. In case of difficulties while using the submission platform, please contact the conference technical team directly at technical@helina-online.org.

Submission deadline: extended to 30 June 2014 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
General Chair of the Conference:                Ghislain Kouematchoua, hcs[at]helina-online.org
Local organizing Committee Chair:               Nutefe E. Achoribo, hcs[at]helina-online.org
Scientific Programme Committee Chair:           Nicky Mostert-Phipps, spc[at]helina-online.org
Scientific Programme Committee Co-Chair:        Samuel Bosomprah, spc[at]helina-online.org
Scientific Programme Committee Co-Chair:        Frank Verbeke, spc[at]helina-online.org

 

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June 10, 2014 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA | , , | Leave a comment

2nd Medical Informatics Conference in DR Congo / 2ième Conférence d’informatique médicale en RD Congo,

Our colleague Eustache Muteba Ayumba, IMIA Corresponding Member in the DR Congo, is pleased to announce CINFOMED, the 2nd Medical Informatics Conference in DR Congo.

CINFOMED the 2014 conference will be held in the meeting room of the Petit Trianon restaurant at the French Circle of Kinshasa January 15, 2014, under the main theme “Ensuring Health for all through New Technologies”. Information is available on the website of the conference at http://cinfomed.asso-web.com

CINFOMED 2014 offers an update on the state of the art Medical Informatics in DR Congo and to outline future trends. The conference will focus on the proper use of new information technologies and communication to the services of patients and caregivers.

2ième Conférence d’informatique médicale en RD Congo, CINFOMED 2014 le 15 Janvier 2014 – “Garantir la Santé pour tous grâce aux Nouvelles Technologies”

Salle de réunion du restaurant le petit Trianon au Cercle au Cercle Français de Kinshasa

December 23, 2013 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA | , , , | Leave a comment

HELINA2013 Conference: 07-08 October 2013 in Eldoret, Kenya

helinaThe HELINA 2013 Conference – the 8th Health Informatics in Africa Conference – will be held on 7-8 October 2013 at the Noble Conference Centre, Eldoret, Kenya. The conference theme will be “Evidence based Informatics for eHealth in Africa”.

Information on the conference is at http://conf13.helina-online.org (and http://www.helina-online.org/en/conferences/helina-2013); queries can be directed to helina-conference[at]helina-online.org  The latest HELINA newsletter gives updated information – see http://www.helina-online.org/en/archives/latest-newsletter – and the conference program will be launched on the conference website http://conf13.helina-online.org on September 30, 2013 at the latest.

HELINA2013 will be hosted by the Kenyan Health Informatics Association (KeHIA – http://www.kehia.org), one of IMIA’s newest Member Societies. KeHIA is the national platform for health informatics activities in Kenya with membership drawn from corporate bodies, professionals and researchers involved in Health, Medical Informatics and Computer Science in Kenya from within and outside the country.

On related activities around the HELINA2013 conference – OpenMRS is supporting this year’s HELINA Conference. Details on this year’s OpenMRS Implementers Meeting (8-11 October) are available at: http://events.openmrs.org/  
  The Africa Build consortium is organizing a Symposium on capacity building on the second day of the conference (8 October, 2013) Registration for this symposium can be made at http://africabuild.eu/symposium-kenya 
  A pre-conference workshop focused on standardization and Open Source systems interoperability and health indicator extraction of information systems used in Africa is planned on Saturday 5 October, 2013 from 09:00 to 14:00 H. Semantic and technical interoperability will be discussed with regard to systems used in Africa: DHIS, GNU Health, MEDIBOARD, Openclinic, and OpenMRS. If you would like to attend this meeting, please send an e-mail to hcs[at]helina-online.org

UPDATE: Participant information is available at http://helina-online.org/images/conferences/helina-2013/HELINA-participant-Information.pdf

September 18, 2013 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA, IMIA | , , , , | Leave a comment

HELINA2013 Conference (Kenya, 07-08 October): Submissions Close 31 July

helinaThe HELINA 2013 Conference – the 8th Health Informatics in Africa Conference – will be held on 7-8 October 2013 at the Noble Conference Centre, Eldoret, Kenya. The conference theme will be “HELINA 2013: Evidence based Informatics for eHealth in Africa”.

Information on the conference and on submissions is at http://conf13.helina-online.org (and http://www.helina-online.org/en/conferences/helina-2013); queries can be directed to helina-conference[at]helina-online.org

The deadline for submission of papers and abstracts is 31 July 2013.

HELINA2013 will be hosted by the Kenyan Health Informatics Association (KeHIA – http://www.kehia.org). KeHIA is the national platform for health informatics activities in Kenya with membership drawn from corporate bodies, professionals and researchers involved in Health, Medical Informatics and Computer Science in Kenya from within and outside the country. HELINA and KeHIA aim with this year’s conference at:

  • Promoting the development of an African eHealth strategy as well as the development of eHealth policies in each African country
  • Showcasing best practices in Health Informatics and its application in Africa
  • Highlighting the role of Health Informatics applications for the millennium development goals in Africa
  • Translating research and innovations into improved healthcare delivery system
  • Fostering the creation of networks between African Countries as well as eHealth initiatives in Africa
  • Fostering the development of Health Informatics research and education in Africa.

July 29, 2013 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA | , , , , | Leave a comment