From the International Medical Informatics Association

CBIS’14 Conference – Santos, Brasil; 07-10 December, 2014

Our colleague Marcelo Lúcio da Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Sociedade Brasileira de Informática em Saúde (SBIS – the Brazilian Health Informatics Association) writes that the city of Santos, on the São Paulo coast, will host the CBIS 2014 conference – the XIV Brazilian Congress of Informatics in Health – on 07-10 December, 2014.

Submission of papers (oral and poster sessions) is now open and will close on 25 July 2014. Registration for the congress is also open, with promotional rates available until 30 June.

Visit the event website at (in Portuguese). Contact sbis[at]

There is also a Facebook event page at


A cidade de Santos, no litoral paulista, sediará de 07 a 10 de dezembro o CBIS 2014 – XIV Congresso Brasileiro de Informática em Saúde.
As submissões de trabalhos (sessões orais e posters) e já estão abertas e encerram-se em 25/07.
Também já encontram-se abertas as inscrições para o congresso, com valores promocionais até 30/06.
Acesse o site do evento em:


May 13, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, Latin America | , , , | Leave a comment

Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries (JHIDC); Vol 8 No 1

jhidcThe latest issue (volume 8:1, 2014) of the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries [JHIDC] is available at

It has the following article:
Adoption of Free Open Source Geographic Information System Solution for Health Sector in Zanzibar Tanzania – BAKAR Abubakar, KIMARO Honest, SULTAN Abu Bakar, HAMIAR Sleiman
and further articles will be added.

Focus and Scope: Knowledge on health and medical informatics in developing countries is scarce. This health informatics journal has therefore been launched to focus on and promote research, experience and discussions related to health informatics in developing countries. Authors from developing countries are particularly encouraged to contribute in this area.

Articles from the previous issues (including volume 7:1 and 7:2, 2013 and the full archives) are available at

For further information, contact the Editor-in-chief, Dr. Mowafa Househ, Assistant Professor – Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science, Saudi Arabia , or the editorial team –

February 18, 2014 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, journals, Latin America, research | , , | Leave a comment

INFOLAC 2014 Conference – Montevideo, Uruguay, 16-17 October 2014

The next INFOLAC conference will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on 16-17 October, 2014. INFOLAC 2014, the Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics (Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informática Médica) is organised by the Sociedad Uruguaya de Informática en Salud (SUIS – the Uruguayan Society of Health Informatics –, an IMIA Member Society, and Sociedad  Uruguaya  de  Estandarización,  Intercambio e Integración  de Datos  e  Información  de  Servicios  de  Salud (SUEIIDISS –

Information will be provided via when it becomes available. A downloadable PDF flyer is available.


October 7, 2013 Posted by | conference, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries (JHIDC); Vol 7 No 2

The latest issue (volume 7:2, 2013) of the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries [JHIDC] is available at

Focus and Scope: Knowledge on health and medical informatics in developing countries is scarce. This health informatics journal has therefore been launched to focus on and promote research, experience and discussions related to health informatics in developing countries. Authors from developing countries are particularly encouraged to contribute in this area.

The current issue contains articles on notifiable diseases in Sri Lanka and data collection and reporting tools in Ethiopia. Articles from the previous issue (volume 7:1, 2013) are available at

July 23, 2013 Posted by | Africa, Asia-Pacific, journals, Latin America | , , | Leave a comment

Mapping of Telemedicine Health Programs in Latin America

lac-mapThe PAHO website (Equity, Health and Human Development area) has some interesting resources relating to the “Mapping of Telemedicine Health Programs in Latin America”. See

They include the draft working document “Mapping use of ‘Educative-Telemedicine’ in Latin-America”, which “describes the development of two primary deliverables for PAHO’s Knowledge Management and Communications Unit that included a rapid web-based environmental scan (mapping) of the use of ‘educative-telemedicine’ in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).” This mapping found 159 ‘educative telemedicine’ programs and initiatives that are providing support to health care professionals. Brazil is leading the region with the largest number of institutions and programs, closely followed by Colombia. The design of ‘educative telemedicine’ programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama, assisted by existing and emerging technologies, is supporting networks of health professionals to improve access, reduce isolation and facilitate the integration of care across silos and geographical regions. Tele-education programs in LAC are thematically varied between medical specialties, public health, and child and maternal health. They also seem to be deployed so that they can evolve and respond in real-time to the most prevalent public health problems.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | education, Latin America, PAHO | , | Leave a comment

Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries [JHIDC]

The latest issue (volume 7:1, 2013) of the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries [JHIDC] is available at

Focus and Scope: JHIDC publishes submissions on health informatics that relate to developing countries. The submissions have to be original articles. The objective of this journal is to share and promote academic knowledge in the field. One of its aims is also to encourage writers from developing countries to contribute their writings.

The current issue contains:

  • Investigating Ways in Which Open Educational Resources and Open Source Software can improve Productivity & Quality in the Health & Social Care Sector in the Island of Mauritius: A Concept Paper  – Smita GOORAH, Vimi GOORAH, Satish RAMCHURN
  • Design, Development and Implementation of a Touch-Screen Health Information Kiosk for Patients at the Outpatient Waiting Area in a Large Tertiary Care Hospital in India: An Evaluation of User Satisfaction  – Tony RAJ, Tinku SARAH, Dhinagaran D, Allen P. UGARGOL
  • Global standards and Local Applications: Case of Implementing ICD-10 Standard in HMIS Tajikistan  –  Murodillo Latifov ABDUSAMADOVICH

January 23, 2013 Posted by | Africa, journals, Latin America | , , | Leave a comment

PAHO/WHO Launches “eHealth Conversations” in the Americas

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is launching a series of “eHealth Conversations”, which will be virtual dialogues addressing the present and future of eHealth in the Americas, and calls on professionals to participate in this project. Professionals working in the field of eHealth are invited to brainstorm, discuss and reflect on the present and future of the use and application of information and communication technologies in public health in the Americas. The virtual dialogues will be part of a project titled “eHealth Conversations: Information management, dialogue and knowledge exchange to approach universal access to health”.

Further information on the initiative, and how to participate, is available on the PAHO/WHO website at

Based on the components of the eHealth regional strategy, PAHO/WHO will implement a series of virtual dialogues with key stakeholders, networks and experts in the following topics: 1) Infrastructure, 2) Information Systems, 3) Telemedicine, 4) Access to information, 5) Policies, 6) Education, 7) Patient Safety, 8) Electronic Medical Records, 9) Standards for interoperability, 10) Legal issues, 11) Relationship with projects and initiatives of e-Government, and 12) eHealth Management.

Each virtual dialogue will begin during the week of October 15, 2012, and will last 120 days. The main goal of each conversation is to develop a situation analysis, identify national and international experts and networks in each topic, and produce conclusions and recommendations for PAHO/WHO and its member countries to consider when implementing eHealth projects.

To participate in the virtual dialogues, professionals should send an email to with the subject: “eHealth Conversations – registration” and the following contact information: full name, institution and country. Participants will then receive instructions to complete their registration. For more information about the project, contact Myrna Marti, general coordinator, via email martimyr@paho.or

October 2, 2012 Posted by | Latin America, PAHO, region | , , , , | Leave a comment

Informática en Salud 2013 – Havana, Cuba: 18-22 March, 2013

Submissions of abstracts and papers are open until October 30th, 2012 for Informática en Salud 2013.

The IX International Congress on Informatics for Health (el IX Congreso Internacional de Informática en Salud) will be held from March 18 -22, 2013 in Havana, Cuba. The conference will be part of the XV edition of the 2013 International Informatics Convention and Fair, which will be held at the Palace of Conventions in Havana and at the fairgrounds PABEXPO. There will also be a virtual congress from March 18th to April 18th, 2013.

See for further information – you are able to toggle between Spanish and English versions of the page.

In addition, follow on Twitter @InfoSaludCuba and ‘like’ the Facebook page atática-Salud-2013/291085964319142

Convention Deadlines:
Submissions of abstracts and papers: October 30th , 2012
Notification of acceptance of the papers: December 3rd, 2012

Under the central motto of “ICT for Health, a reality today, a chance for the future” this meeting of Informatics in Havana is open to all those interested to participate in technical scientific debates, exposition of projects and initiatives of the main topics in this congress. 2013 Informatics for Health will be space for scientific and academic exchange between professionals, scientists, engineers, businessmen, government representatives, international organizations, and general public interested in research, promote, analyze and learn about the progress of information technology, the telecommunications, electronics, medical equipment and automation in Cuba health sector and in the world.

The Cuban Society for Medical Informatics (SOCIM –  – is a long-standing IMIA Member Society.

August 31, 2012 Posted by | conference, Cuba, education, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIREME International Community of Practice: PAHO/WHO

The BIREME International Community of Practice, a virtual forum dedicated to strengthening the management of scientific and technical information in health sciences, was launched in August 2012 during a virtual seminar jointly organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Brazil. Full information is available on the PAH/WHO website at (Comunidade de Prática Internacional para apoiar o fortalecimento institucional da BIREME – in Spanish)

This International Community of Practice, led by the Area of Knowledge Management and Communications PAHO/WHO (KMC), BIREME, and the Ministry of Health of Brazil, host country of the Center, seeks, among other things, to support the production, dissemination, and use of scientific and technical information for the strengthening of primary health care systems in the Americas, bringing together the individual and collective knowledge in the countries and in specialized information networks.

This year, BIREME celebrates 46 years of existence and PAHO celebrates 110 years and is the oldest public health organization of the world. BIREME works with all of the countries of the American hemisphere to improve the health and the quality of the life of the people of the Americas and it acts as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.

Source: Thanks to Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAH/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing listserv.

August 29, 2012 Posted by | Brazil, IMIA-LAC, Latin America, PAHO | , | Leave a comment

VII Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires Conference of Health Informatics: 28-30 November, 2012

The Department of Health Informatics at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires in Argentina is organizing the Seventh Conference of Health Information Systems (VII Jornadas Universitarias de Sistemas de Información en Salud). This will be held on November 28 – 30th, 2012.

Information on the event can be found on their newsletter at

Keynote speakers will include Charles Friedman, Director of the health informatics program at University of Michigan, USA; William Tierney, CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, USA; Lincoln de Assis Moura Jr, IMIA President-elect; Patricia Abbott, Associate Professor at University of Michigan’s School of Nursing. (More speaker information) The conference is organized together with HL7 Argentina.

Topics include:
• Security in Health Information Systems
• Digital Agendas in Latin America
• HL7 and its relationship with the National Digital Agendas
• Education in Health Informatics
• Clinical terminologies
• Implementations of Health Information Systems
• Open Source Tools in Clinical Information Systems
• Tracking of drugs in hospitals
• Mobile devices in Health care

The Conference is free, but will require registration (information will be available in the website). Participants from all over the world will have the possibility of joining the conference using the elluminate teleconference system. See also for further information on the event and on other activities.

Follow the conference on Twitter with hashtag #HIBA2012. For more information about previous conference (available in Spanish). Click here 

August 9, 2012 Posted by | Argentina, conference, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , | Leave a comment