From the International Medical Informatics Association

Medinfo2015 – Starts 19 August 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

medinfo15-jul14MEDINFO2015: eHealth-enabled Health

The 15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics will be held in São Paulo city, Brazil, from 19 to 23 August, 2015. It will be the first time that Latin America will host this important and prestigious international medical informatics conference. MEDINFO is the main conference promoted by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and its 15th edition will be organized by the Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS).

Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairs Beatriz de Faria Leão and Claudio Giulliano Alves da Costa, from Brazil, invite you to attend and look forward to welcoming everyone. Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) Chairs Fernando Martin Sanchez (Australia) and Kaija Saranto (Finland), and Editorial Committee Chair Indra Neil Sarkar (USA) and their teams look forward to receiving your scientific submissions.

Information will be continuously updated on the Medinfo2015 website – – and through IMIA’s website and social media channels. We ask all IMIA members and colleagues to help promote the event and encourage them to submit materials and attend.

For submissions, go to:  In addition to submitting your work, we encourage you to sign up as a reviewer.

Important deadlines:

Deadline for Full Paper, Student Paper, Vision Paper and Poster submissions     15 December 2014
Deadline for Panel, Tutorial, Workshop and Demo submissions                                 15 January 2015

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, medinfo, Medinfo2015 | , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 Published

The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 has been published, and is available from the website of Schattauer, our publisher. See

This is the 23rd year of continuous publication of the IMIA Yearbook since it was first published in 1992. It has been though many changes, and this year, for the first time, it is available fully and only online, but also open access and free of charge to everyone.

Among the contents (downloadable as 59 items) are:

  • Big³ – Editorial by C. U. Lehmann, B. Séroussi, M.-C. Jaulent;
  • The Other Side(s) of Health Informatics – IMIA President’s Statement by Lincoln de Assis Moura Jr;
  • Obituary of François Grémy, a Humanist and Information Sciences Pioneer, by P. Degoulet, M. Fieschi, M. Goldberg, R. Salamon;
  • Big Data and Biomedical Informatics: A Challenging Opportunity – Keynote by R. Bellazzi;
  • contributions authored by IMIA Working Groups, and much more.

Our thanks go to everyone who has made the IMIA Yearbook possible and available – to the editorial team lead by Marie-Christine Jaulent, Chris Lehmann and Brigitte Séroussi, to all the authors and contributors, to our publishers Schattauer GmbH, and especially to Martina Hutter in the Editorial Office for all her hard work and herding of cats.


August 15, 2014 Posted by | IMIA, Yearbook | , , , | Leave a comment

GMDS-IMIA HIS WG Workshop on “Research Databases” (Göttingen, Germany – 11 September 2014)

A satellite workshop on the topic of Research Databases will be held following the annual meeting of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) on Thursday, 11 September 2014. The workshop is organised by the GMDS “EHR data reuse for clinical research” working group in cooperation with the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Health Information Systems working group and the “Infrastructure for Translational Research” working group of the Department of Medical Informatics at the Göttingen University Medical Center. The workshop will also include the 2nd European i2b2 Academic User Group Meeting in conjunction with a workshop of the i2b2 enhancing IDRT project sponsored by the TMF.

All interested researchers are invited to to participate in this international workshop, directly following the annual German Medical Informatics Conference held at the Göttingen University from September 8-10, 2014. Please send a registration mail by 31 August to Prof. Dr. H.U. Prokosch – ulli.prokosch[at] – if you want to attend this free workshop.

The program will include presentations on projects using i2b2 or tranSMART and SHRINE as foundations for research projects (such as EHR4CR, Cloud4Health, IDRT), as well as presentations on projects employing other research database software, to support collaborative hospital-wide and even trans-institutional research projects.

Further information (in English and German) is at  Information on the main GMDS2014 conference is at

The workshop programme (English version) is available as a PDF download (1.1Mb) – also available online (English)

Die nächste Sitzung der AG findet unmittelbar im Anschluss an die GMDS Jahrestagung 2014 in Göttingen (Donnerstag, 11. September 2014) als Satelliten-Workshop zum Thema “Forschungsdatenbanken” statt. Der zweite europäische i2b2 Academic User Group Workshop ist in dieses Veranstaltung integriert.

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July 30, 2014 Posted by | conference, Europe, IMIA, WG | , , | Leave a comment

François Grémy, First IMIA President, Passed Away

gremyWe regret to inform colleagues that Prof. François Grémy, one of the founders of IMIA and its first President, has passed away.  His close colleague Prof. Patrice Degoulet writes: “It is with a great emotion and sadness that I inform you that François Grémy passed on July 22, 2014 at the age of 86. François was a physician with a specialty in neurophysiology. But he also got degrees in mathematics, biophysics, and more recently philosophy. He created the first laboratory for medical informatics in the mid-60s at the Pitié-Salpêtrière School of Medicine in Paris. As founder of IFIP TC4 that gave rise to IMIA he is considered to be the IMIA father and a key European figure in the field. All those that have the chance to meet him recognize his kindness, his deep humanism and his brilliant character and brain.”

Messages of sympathy can be transmitted to his daughter Isabelle Grémy-Trouillet at the following email address : gremy.trouillet[at]

francoisgremy-1993-imianewsletter-august1993François was the recipient of the first IMIA/UMIT Medical Informatics Award of Excellence, which was given in 2004 during a ceremony at MedInfo 2004 in San Francisco CA, USA.  The Nomination Committee unanimously selected Prof. François Grémy, Uzes, France, in recognition of his work as one of the founders of IMIA and an outstanding pioneer of the field of medical informatics. The award celebration took place on September 11, 2004 at MedInfo 2004 in San Francisco, CA culminating with Prof. Grémy’s Medical Informatics Award of Excellence Lecture, entitled “Hardware, Software, Peopleware, Subjectivity: A Philosophical Promenade“ which was published jointly with other papers on his work in one of the 2005 issues of Methods of Information in Medicine.

Photo above: Reinhold Haux, KC Lun, François Grémy, Casimir Kulikowski; Photo left from IMIA Newsletter 1993 and IMIA Archive.


UPDATE (30 July):  The published paper based on Prof. Grémy’s Medical Informatics Award of Excellence Lecture, entitled “Hardware, Software, Peopleware, Subjectivity: A Philosophical Promenade”, and the associated Editorial by Degoulet et al, have both been made freely available. Our grateful thanks go to Methods of Information in Medicine, Schattauer as the publisher, and to the editorial team, lead by Prof. Reinhold Haux, for facilitating this. In “Hardware, Software, Peopleware, Subjectivity: A Philosophical Promenade” (Methods Inf Med 2005; 44: 352 – 8 – free PDF download), François Grémy deals “with evaluation of health information systems, where he was involved, [and] describes the evolution of his personal ideas  … he proposes the main distinction between systems where the user(s) remain(s) external from the running program, from the ones where the user(s) interacting with the program become(s) the main component of the system.” He addresses conventional methods of evaluation used in Medical Technology Assessment, how the whole knowledge in anthropology may contribute strongly to evaluation, and and how the subjectivity of the user(s), how he (or they) react(s) with the computing machinery, is a main key to the success or failure of the whole system. He asserts that the temptation of the eradication of subjectivity as a condition for progress “is deleterious for our civilization threatened by a comeback of barbarity, and is scientifically wrong.” In the Editorial “François Grémy and the Birth of IMIA 1st IMIA/UMIT Medical Informatics Award of Excellence Given to Professor Grémy”, Patrice Degoulet, Reinhold Haux, Casimir Kulikowski and K. C. Lun describe the life and work of Prof. Grémy, the establishment of the IMIA Award of Excellence, and the selection of Prof. Grémy as the first recipient (Methods Inf Med 2005 44 3: 349-351 – free PDF download).

Other tributes include:

Prof. KC Lun from Singapore,  IMIA President (2001-2004), writes:
I had the honor of meeting François Grémy in person at MEDINFO 2004 in San Francisco when, in my capacity as the then IMIA President, I presented him with the first IMIA Award of Excellence for his outstanding contributions to IMIA and to health informatics. François was one of the founders of IMIA and his extensive research especially during his time at the University of Montpellier had left a lasting impression on his colleagues, students and friends in Europe and many other parts of the world. My wife and I send our deepest condolences to the family of the late Professeur François Grémy.



July 25, 2014 Posted by | IMIA | | 1 Comment

APAMI2014, New Delhi, India – IMIA General Assembly Meeting

Our colleagues in APAMI, and IAMI (the Indian Association for Medical Informatics –, who are hosts and local organisers of the event, are pleased to invite you to participate in the APAMI2014 conference. See for full information and updates, including registration information, accommodation options, etc.

A flyer and brochure are available about the events – flyer (2MB PDF) brochure (2MB PDF)

Registration is also open for the conference – see

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 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.


July 9, 2014 Posted by | APAMI, conference, IMIA, India | , , , | 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: ) 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:

[1] Hanmer, L (2013) Sedick Isaacs Obituary. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.

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

GMDS-IMIA HIS WG Workshop (Göttingen, Germany) – Call Extended to 30 June

Our collegaue Prof. Stéphane Meystre, chair of the IMIA Working Group on Health Information Systems, draws your attention to the extended deadline of the Call for Papers for this workshop, to be held in Göttingen, Germany on 11 September 2014, in conjunction with the annual GMDS conference:

The GMDS Workshop “Research Databases“ (German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) “EHR data reuse for clinical research” work group) combined with the 2nd European i2b2 AUG meeting and a workshop of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Health Information Systems workgroup.

We already have an excellent group of international keynote speakers coming from Boston, New York, Paris and Pavia:

  • Shawn Murphy (Boston) i2b2 Roadmap
  • George Hripcsak (New York) The Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) Project and Aspects of EHR Data Quality
  • Paul Avillach (Paris) Integrating Exome sequencing & Clinical notes in tranSMART/i2b2
  • Riccardo Bellazzi (Pavia) Intersections between exposomics and i2b2

We already have a set of very interesting abstracts. However, some colleagues who were planning to send an abstract have asked for a short extension. Thus we have decided to keep the call for papers open until the end of June. See the attached flyer.
Abstracts are welcome until June 30th 2014 – e-mail to ulli.prokosch[at]

June 18, 2014 Posted by | conference, IMIA, WG | , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook 2014 – First Papers Available Online, Free, Open Access

On behalf of the IMIA Yearbook editorial team, we are pleased to announce that the first papers of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 are now available – see

All papers will be online, free to anyone, and open access. This change in the model for the IMIA Yearbook was approved by the IMIA General Assembly in 2013, and is being funded fully by IMIA. The first set of papers includes the keynote delivered by Prof. Reinhold Haux at MedInfo2013, on the occasion of the receipt of the IMIA Award of Excellence as well as commentary on the keynote, two history of informatics articles and other contribution. Selected links are as follows – see for full contents and links

On Determining Factors for Good Research in Biomedical and Health Informatics. Some Lessons Learned
R. Haux (1)
(1) Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Germany
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

Reinhold concludes that “Medical Informatics is an inter- and multidisciplinary discipline “avant la lettre”. Compared to monodisciplinary research, inter- and multidisciplinary research does not only provide significant opportunities for solving major problems in science and in society. It also faces considerable additional challenges for medical informatics as a scientific field. The determining factors, presented here, are in my opinion crucial for conducting successful research and for developing a research career. Since medical informatics as a field has today become an important driving force for research progress, especially in biomedicine and health care, but also in fields like computer science, it may be helpful to consider such factors in relation with research and education in our discipline.”

Commentaries on the IMIA Award of Excellence Lecture by Reinhold Haux
A. Hasman (1), W. Hersh (2), N. M. Lorenzi (3), E. H. Shortliffe (4), J. H. van Bemmel (5)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center – University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (2) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA; (3) Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee USA; (4) College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ; Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY; Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; (5) Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

Five internationally renowned biomedical informaticians were invited to respond to Prof. Haux’s editorial. This paper summarizes their thoughts and responses.

Big³. Editorial
C. U. Lehmann (1), B. Séroussi (2, 3), M.-C. Jaulent (3)
(1) Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA; (2) Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université Paris 06, UMR_S 1142, LIMICS, Paris, France; AP-HP, Hôpital Tenon, DSP, Paris, France; (3) INSERM, UMR_S1142, LIMICS, Paris, France
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

The IMIA Yearbook editors provide a brief overview of the 2014 special topic, Big Data – Smart Health Strategies, and an outline of the novel publishing model is provided in conjunction with a call for proposals to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Yearbook. ‘Big Data’ has become the latest buzzword in informatics and promises new approaches and interventions that can improve health, well-being, and quality of life. This edition of the Yearbook acknowledges the fact that we just started to explore the opportunities that ‘Big Data’ will bring. It was our goal to provide a comprehensive view at the state of ‘Big Data’ today, explore its strengths and weaknesses, as well as its risks, discuss emerging trends, tools, and applications, and stimulate the development of the field through the aggregation of excellent survey papers and working group contributions to the topic.

Big Data and Biomedical Informatics: A Challenging Opportunity
R. Bellazzi (1)
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

We encourage IMIA members and colleagues from the wider community to download and read the papers – and provide their feedback, which can be sent to imia[at] IMIA is grateful to our publishers, Schattauer, for their co-operation and support in developing this new direction for the IMIA Yearbook.

IMIA believes that making the Yearbook available to everyone will increase readership and will increase interest of potential authors to participate in the Yearbook. “IMIA has fundamentally changed the way the IMIA Yearbook can be accessed – by eliminating the fee-for-access model, IMIA members in resource poor countries now have for the first time unfettered access to the high quality surveys and synopsis as well as the working group contributions” said VP for services Dr. Christoph U. Lehmann. Brigitte Seroussi, one of the editors of the Yearbook, stated “Making the Yearbook open-access will greatly improve the dissemination of its scientific content to worldwide researchers making them able to build on the findings, connect together and become the actors of innovation and scientific discoveries.” Marie-Christine Jaulent, also an editor of the IMIA yearbook, notes that “Bringing the IMIA yearbook content to a wide audience, permitting any user to access the full texts freely, immediately will increase the visibility of its contributors, the availability of its high value content as well as its impact”.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | history, IMIA, journals, Yearbook | , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Board Meeting, Budapest

The IMIA Board met in Budapest on 26 April, 2014 in conjunction with the EFMI Special Topic Conference 2014 ( In addition, members of the IMIA Board participated in  a joint meeting with the EFMI Board on 25 April, and were pleased to be able to join the EFMI Council for their dinner in the evening of 25 April.

The next IMIA Board meeting will be on 30 October, 2014 and the next IMIA General Assembly meeting will be on 31 October 2014. The meetings will be held in New Delhi, India in conjunction with the APAMI2014 conference (


April 28, 2014 Posted by | APAMI, conference, EFMI, Europe, IMIA | , , , | Leave a comment

Acta Informatica Medica Journal – Latest Issue

acta6The latest issue of Acta Informatica Medica: journal of the Society for Medical Informatics of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Academy of Medical Sciences in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now available – 2014, Volume 22, Issue 1.

It is available directly at

Information on the journal is at The Editor-in-Chief is Prof. Izet Masic. An archive of Acta is also available on PubMed.

The latest issue has a Special Tribute on Morris F. Collen from Marion Ball, Donald Lindberg, Izet Masic, and a series of articles on the history of medical informatics in Europe.

February 5, 2014 Posted by | EFMI, Europe, history, IMIA, journals | , , , , , , | Leave a comment