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Second Call – Health Informatics South Africa (HISA) 2013 Conference: Submissions Close 22 April

HISA 2013 Scientific Programme Committee Chair, Dr Nicky Mostert-Phipps (nicky.mostert[at]nmmu.ac.za), announces that the South African Computer Journal, the official journal of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists and accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training, will invite submission of the best papers from the conference, based on recommendations from the scientific programme committee. These papers will be reviewed to the journal’s standards, and must contain at least 30% additional material. Reviewing for the journal will be expedited to ensure publication of papers that do not require substantial changes in a special edition of SACJ in July 2013. SACJ is an open access journal with no cost for readers, enhancing your chances of being read and cited. To cover publication costs, the journal levies an open access charge, which can be waived for authors unable to fund such charges (usually met by university research offices, based on expected income from subsidized publications).

HISA 2013The South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA – http://www.sahia.org.za) are pleased to announce their HISA 2013 conference. Full information is on the conference website – http://hisa.nmmu.ac.za  Or download the PDF file : [Second Call PDF, 528kb]

The closing date for submissions is 22 April, 2013. (Notification of acceptance/rejection by end of May.)

Registration dates:
Early bird registration closes on 31 March 2013
Standard registration: 1 April 2013 – 31 May 2013
Late registration: 1 June 2013 – 2 July 2013

HISA 2013 will be held on 03-05 July 2013 at the NMMU North Campus Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The School of ICT from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will host the conference, which will take place at the University’s conference center facilities in Summerstrand.

The conference theme will be “Empowering patients and healthcare professionals with information and technologies”. The conference website (http://hisa.nmmu.ac.za) has full information.

The conference will be organized around the following major tracks:

  • Health Information, Systems and Technologies
  • e-Health in Africa
  • Medical Imaging Informatics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Telemedicine and m-Health

Submissions will be welcome in the form of peer-reviewed research papers, case studies, panels and workshops. Details of the Call and submission templates are at http://hisa.nmmu.ac.za/Call-for-Submissions

For more information, contact Prof Dalenca Pottas , Chair: Local Organizing Committee (dalenca.pottas[at]nmmu.ac.za) or Dr Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Chair: Scientific Programme Committee (nicky.mostert[at]nmmu.ac.za).

March 15, 2013 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA, IMIA | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Health Informatics South Africa (HISA) 2013 Conference: Submissions Close 22 April

HISA 2013The South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA – http://www.sahia.org.za) are pleased to announce that their HISA 2013 conference.

Full information is on the conference website – http://hisa.nmmu.ac.za The closing date for submissions is 22 April, 2013. [Call PDF; 57kb]

HISA 2013 will be held on 03-05 July 2013 at the NMMU North Campus Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The School of ICT from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will host the conference, which will take place at the University’s conference center facilities in Summerstrand.

The conference theme will be “Empowering patients and healthcare professionals with information and technologies”. The conference website (http://hisa.nmmu.ac.za) has full information.

The conference will be organized around the following major tracks:

  • Health Information, Systems and Technologies
  • e-Health in Africa
  • Medical Imaging Informatics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Telemedicine and m-Health

Submissions will be welcome in the form of peer-reviewed research papers, case studies, panels and workshops. Details of the Call and submission templates are at http://hisa.nmmu.ac.za/Call-for-Submissions

For more information, contact Prof Dalenca Pottas , Chair: Local Organizing Committee (dalenca.pottas[at]nmmu.ac.za) or Dr Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Chair: Scientific Programme Committee (nicky.mostert[at]nmmu.ac.za).

January 24, 2013 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sedick Isaacs Has Passed Away (Update)

It is with deep regret that we inform you that Sedick Isaacs passed away on October 18th, at the age of 72 after a short illness.

Many of you will remember Sedick well, and that we awarded him IMIA Honorary fellowship at the Cape Town GA in recognition of all his contributions. Sedick was a driving force behind the development of health informatics in South Africa, in Africa though HELINA, and internationally – in addition to the contributions and sacrifices he made for the freedom of his country, especially during the time he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

Dr. Ghislain Kouematchoua, IMIA Vice President for HELINA, writes that “Dr. Isaacs was HELINA’s founding President and very strongly contributed to the development of Health Informatics in Africa. His work for the development of Health Informatics in Africa is highly acknowledged by the International Medical Informatics Association and many African Societies for Health Informatics.”

HELINA have opened an online condolences book via their website, which also contains a short biography of Sedick – see http://www.helina-online.org/

See also http://www.vocfm.co.za/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=tag&tag=Prof+Dr+Sedick+Isaacs&Itemid=131 for information about Sedick.

Also: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/tributes-pour-in-for-struggle-veteran-1.1406807

If you have personal memories of Sedick that you wish us to add here, or to add to formal condolences we send to his family on behalf of IMIA and the international community, please send them to imia@imia-services.org

L: Sedick with Ghislain at Medinfo2010 in Cape Town – R: Sedick at Robben Island Gateway, Sept, 2010.

October 19, 2012 Posted by | Africa, HELINA | , , | Leave a comment

HELINA 2011: Conference Presentations Available

HELINA 2011, the 7th Health Informatics in Africa Conference, was held on  28th – 30th November 2011 in Yaounde, Cameroon, with the theme “Health Information Systems: Scaling up solutions to transform healthcare delivery in Africa”.

PDF versions of the conference presentations are available for download at the HELINA website – see http://www.helina-online.org or direct at http://www.helina-online.org/en/conferences/handouts.html

Among the presentations available, which address health informatics experiences from a wide range of African countries, are:

  • Ethical issues in telemedicine – Dr Walinjom FT Muna, Cameroon Association for Telemedicine
  • National roll out of District Health Information Software (DHIS 2), central server and cloud based infrastructure in Kenya, 2011 – Ayub Manya, Ministry of Health, Kenya
  • Interoperability and Standards – Dr Christopher Seebregts, Medical Research Council, South Africa
  • Integrated HIS architecture of interoperable systems: Sierra Leone and West Africa- Johan Saebo, Edem Kossi, Jorn Braa
  • Health Informatics Capacity Development through South-South, North-South and South-North Collaboration: The INDEHELA Experience – Mikko Korpela (Finland), Retha de la Harpe (South Africa), Emilio Mosse (Mozambique) and Abimbola Soriyan (Nigeria).

December 9, 2011 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA | , , , , , | 1 Comment

HELINA Conference 2011 Update – Yaoundé, Cameroon

The HELINA 2011 conference “Health Information Systems: Scaling up solutions to transform healthcare delivery in Africa” – the 7th Health Informatics in Africa Conference – will take place on 28th – 30th November 2011 at Hôtel Aurelia Palace, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Updated information is available on the conference website at http://www.helina-online.org

Full papers of accepted abstracts can be uploaded on the conference management tool available at www.helina-online.org until November 4th 2011.

The website also has information on the tentative programme, hotels close to the conference venue, and other practical information for participants.

A tutorial in Health Information System and Electronic Health Records is planned on the second day of the conference (Tuesday 29th November 2011) with:
– Dr. Rosemary Foster,
– Dr. Ghislain Kouematchoua,
– Dr. Christopher Seebregts and
– Dr. Sven Abraham.

During the tutorial, a live demonstration of the Open Medical records system OpenMRS will be provided by:
– Pascal Brandt (Jembi Health Information System, South Africa) and
– Patrick Tchakounte (Koegni-eHealth Innovation for Development e.V. Germany).

For further information, see the HELINA wbsite or contact: helina2011@helina-online.org

November 1, 2011 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA, IMIA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

HELINA 2011 Conference: Final Call for Submissions

Final Call for Abstracts and Papers for “HELINA 2011: Health Information Systems: Scaling up solutions to transform healthcare delivery in Africa” – the 7th Health Informatics in Africa Conference 28th – 30th November 2011, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Deadline for abstracts and papers submission: 15 October 2011

For full information on the event, see http://www.helina-online.org or contact: helina2011@helina-online.org

HELINA 2011 Conference
The seventh Health Informatics in Africa Conference – HELINA 2011 Conference, planned to take place in Yaoundé Cameroon from the 28th to the 30th of November 2011, will be hosted by the Cameroonian Health Informatics Society (CAHIS). CAHIS is the national platform for health informatics activities in Cameroon with membership drawn from corporate bodies, professionals and researchers involved in Health and Medical Informatics in Cameroon from within and outside the country. The organization is a member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and the Pan African Health Informatics in Africa Association (HELINA).

HELINA and CAHIS aim with this year’s conference at:

• Promoting the development of an eHealth strategy for Africa and eHealth policies in African countries.
• Fostering the creation of networks between African countries as well as eHealth initiatives in Africa
• Establishing best practices guidelines for the implementation of Health Informatics applications in Africa
• Fostering the development of Health Informatics research and education in Africa.

October 3, 2011 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA, IMIA | , , , , | Leave a comment

HELINA 2011 Conference: Second Call for Submissions

HELINA 2011, the seventh HELINA conference, will be held at the Hotel Aurelia Palace, Yaoundé, Cameroon on 28-30 November.

The Call for Submissions is open and closes on 30 September, 2011 – full information is at http://www.helina-online.org/ Contact: helina2011@helina-online.org

It will be hosted by the Cameroonian Health Informatics Society (CAHIS). CAHIS is the national platform for health informatics activities in Cameroon, with membership drawn from corporate bodies, professionals and researchers involved in health and medical informatics in Cameroon, from within and outside the country. The organization is a member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and the Pan African Health Informatics in Africa Association (HELINA).

HELINA and CAHIS aim with this year’s conference at:

  • Promoting the development of an eHealth strategy for Africa and eHealth policies in African countries.
  • Fostering the creation of networks between African countries as well as eHealth initiatives in Africa
  • Establishing best practices guidelines for the implementation of Health Informatics applications in Africa
  • Fostering the development of Health Informatics research and education in Africa.

Full information on the event will be available at http://www.helina-online.org/en/conferences.html

The conference theme is “Health Information Systems: Scaling up solutions to transform healthcare delivery in Africa.”

Tracks will include:

  • Track A: Health Informatics and the Private Sector (collaborations, economics perspectives, case studies, etc.)
  • Track B: Health Informatics Research and Implementation
  • Track C: Health Informatics design and education
  • Track D: Health Informatics in the Public Sector – Policy, universal health coverage, finance, and insurance

Format:

The event will comprise keynote presentations, paper and poster presentations, and panels with international participation; tutorials; ‘meet the experts’ sessions; workshops

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • Call for Abstracts Deadline: 30 September 2011
  • Scholarship Deadline: 30 September 2011
  • Online Registration Opens: 1 August 2011
  • Abstract dispositions emailed: 17 October 2011
  • Scholarship dispositions emailed: 17 October 2011

Scientific Program Committee:
Chair: Prof. Samuel Kingue, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon
Co-Chair: Prof. Maurice Mars, Head of Telehealth Department, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Committees: http://www.helina-online.org/en/conferences/conference-committees.html

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA, IMIA | , , , , | Leave a comment

HELINA 2011 Conference – Yaoundé, Cameroon; November 28-30, 2011

HELINA 2011, the seventh HELINA conference, will be held at Aurelia Palace, Yaoundé, Cameroon on 28-30 November. It will be hosted by the Cameroonian Health Informatics Society (CAHIS). CAHIS is the national platform for health informatics activities in Cameroon, with membership drawn from corporate bodies, professionals and researchers involved in health and medical informatics in Cameroon, from within and outside the country. The organization is a member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and the Pan African Health Informatics in Africa Association (HELINA).

Full information on the event will be available at http://www.helina-online.org/en/conferences.html

The conference theme is “Health Information Systems: Scaling up solutions to transform healthcare delivery in Africa.” Call for Abstracts: 15 June 2011 – 30 September 2011. Submission website is at http://conf.helina-online.org/

Tracks will include:

  • Health Informatics and the Private Sector (collaborations, economics, case studies, etc.)
  • Health Informatics Research and Application (implementation research)
  • Health Informatics Science and education (core informatics research and design, education)
  • Health Informatics in the Public Sector (policy, universal health coverage, finance, insurance, case studies, etc.)

Conference Objectives:

  • Promote the development of an African eHealth strategy as well as the development of eHealth policies in each African country
  • Foster Network-creation between African Countries as well as eHealth initiatives in Africa
  • Promote best practices in health informatics and its application in Africa
  • Foster the development of Health Informatics Research and Education in Africa

Format:

The event will comprise keynote presentations, paper and poster presentations, and panels with international participation; tutorials; ‘meet the experts’ sessions; workshops

Intended Audience:

  • Healthcare Professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Midwifes, Lab specialist and technicians, Managers, Clerks), interested in health care technology
  • ICT, Telecommunications and Microelectronic professionals dedicated to develop applications for health care.
  • Decision makers, government officials, industry leaders, eHealth organizations
  • Researchers in health management, public health, biomedical/health informatics, medicine and professionals interested in ICT applications for health care

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • Call for Abstracts: 15 June 2011 – 30 September 2011
  • Scholarship Deadline: 30 September 2011
  • Online Registration Opens: 1 August 2011
  • Abstract dispositions emailed: 17 October 2011
  • Scholarship dispositions emailed: 17 October 2011

June 27, 2011 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA, IMIA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

HISA 2011 Conference; SAHIA on Twitter

HISA 2011, the conference of the South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA – www.sahia.org.za), will be held on 29-30 August, 2011 at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa. Full information is available through the conference website at http://www.hisa.co.za/

The theme of this year’s event is “Affordable information for quality health care – In search of sustainable innovation in Health Information Technology”. Registration for the event is now open.

Johann Odendaal, SAHIA President, invites your attendance. HISA2011, he says aims to “build on the huge success of Medinfo 2010 which was held in Cape Town in September 2010 … We invite all our colleagues in South Africa and across the African Continent in the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and (bio)medical research to join us at HISA 2011 and celebrate our successes and learn about the rapid advances in technology and the benefits to our industry.”

Twitter users can follow now SAHIA – @SAHIAssociation (http://twitter.com/SAHIAssociation)

May 30, 2011 Posted by | Africa, conference, HELINA, IMIA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HELINA Relaunches Website

HELINA, IMIA’s African region, has relaunched its website. The new site is at http://www.helina-online.org

HELINA – Health Informatics in Africa – has at present the objectives:

  • to get African countries to develop their National Health Informatics Societies so that they can qualify to join the World of Health Informatics by becoming a member of IMIA. This step will make them automatic members of HELINA.
  • to develop education and research programs adapted to the African context, fostering alliance with government and the private sector, and
  • to develop a strategic plan for the sustainable development of Health Informatics and e-health in Africa.

The following eight African Member Societies that are full members of IMIA:

  • AHIN, Association for Health Informatics of Nigeria
  • ATIM-TELEMED, Togolese Association of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine
  • CAHIS, Cameroonian Health Informatics Society
  • EHIA, Ethiopian Health informatics Association
  • ISBHI, Ivorian Society of Biosciences and Health Informatics
  • MIAM, Medical Informatics Association of Malawi
  • SAHIA, South African Health Informatics Association
  • SOMIBS, The Mali Society of Biomedical and Health Information

Corresponding members are also from Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The new HELINA website has information on HELINA membership, Board members, conferences, and other related activities. The Regional VP to IMIA for HELINA is Mr. Ghislain Kouematchoua Tchuithceu.

April 14, 2011 Posted by | Africa, HELINA, IMIA, region | , , , , , | Leave a comment