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Medinfo2015 – Register as Reviewer; Panel, Tutorial, Workshop and Demo Deadline – 22 January 2015 (Revised)

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Revised submission deadline for panels, tutorials, workshops, demos, etc  – 22 January, 2015 (see http://medinfo2015.com/#call-for-submissions)  Please also register as a reviewer.

The holiday season may be here, but the work for Medinfo2015 goes on. Whether you are making submissions or not, we ask you to consider signing up as a reviewer, and contributing your professional expertise for ensuring the best materials are selected. Reviewers are acknowledged by name in the Medinfo2015 Proceedings and outstanding reviewers will be recognized by name at the opening session of the conference. Please see the PDF instructions for the process and how to sign up (if you have already got an account at https://medinfo2015.online-registry.net/, then log-in and select “Apply as Reviewer”, or update your profile).

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 of 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 – www.medinfo2015.org – 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 and reviews, go to: https://medinfo2015.online-registry.net

Important deadlines:
Deadline for Panel, Tutorial, Workshop and Demo submissions 22 January 2015

MEDINFO 2015: ¡Participe en el XV Congreso Mundial de Informática Biomedica y de la Salud! Bajo el lema “La Salud, facilitada por la eSalud”, la comunidad internacional se reunirá entre el 19 y el 23 de agosto en São Paulo, Brasil, para compartir conocimientos y discutir cómo las innovaciones en Salud digital y en Informática biomédica están ayudando a resolver los principales problemas en atención sanitaria, Salud Pública, Salud del consumidor e Investigación biomédica. ¡Súmese y aporte sus conocimientos, conectándose con colegas de todo el mundo, y disfrutando de la cosmopolita ciudad de São Paulo!

https://twitter.com/MedInfo2015

https://www.facebook.com/events/713378355362712/

www.linkedin.com/groups/Medinfo-2015-7460920

January 13, 2015 Posted by | Brazil, conference, education, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, medinfo, Medinfo2015 | , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2015 Paper/Poster Submission Deadline – 22 December 2014 (revision)

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Submission deadline for full papers (including student papers and vision papers) and posters – 22 December 2014 (revised date – see http://medinfo2015.com/#call-for-submissions)

Please also register as a reviewer.

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 of 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 – www.medinfo2015.org – 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: https://medinfo2015.online-registry.net 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 22 December 2014
Deadline for Panel, Tutorial, Workshop and Demo submissions 15 January 2015

MEDINFO 2015: ¡Participe en el XV Congreso Mundial de Informática Biomedica y de la Salud! Bajo el lema “La Salud, facilitada por la eSalud”, la comunidad internacional se reunirá entre el 19 y el 23 de agosto en São Paulo, Brasil, para compartir conocimientos y discutir cómo las innovaciones en Salud digital y en Informática biomédica están ayudando a resolver los principales problemas en atención sanitaria, Salud Pública, Salud del consumidor e Investigación biomédica. ¡Súmese y aporte sus conocimientos, conectándose con colegas de todo el mundo, y disfrutando de la cosmopolita ciudad de São Paulo!

https://twitter.com/MedInfo2015

https://www.facebook.com/events/713378355362712/

www.linkedin.com/groups/Medinfo-2015-7460920

December 7, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, medinfo, Medinfo2015 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2015 – Starts 19 August 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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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 – www.medinfo2015.org – 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: https://medinfo2015.online-registry.net  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

 https://twitter.com/MedInfo2015   

https://www.facebook.com/events/713378355362712/

www.linkedin.com/groups/Medinfo-2015-7460920

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

Medinfo2015 Website Launched – www.medinfo2015.org

medinfo2015logoOur colleagues from the Medinfo2015 Local Organising Committee and the Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS – Sociedade Brasileira de Informática em Saúde) are pleased to announce the launch of the Medinfo2015 website – www.medinfo2015.org

MEDINFO 2015: eHealth enabled Health – The 15th World Congress on Medical Informatics will be held in São Paulo city, Brazil, from 19th to 23th August, 2015. It will be the first time that Latin America will host a Medinfo conference.

Please note the event dates and venue, and the important 2014 dates relating to submissions for Medinfo2015. The website will be updated with further information in the coming weeks and months.

The SPC co-chairs Fernando Martin Sanchez (Australia) and Kaija Saranto (Finland) look forward to receiving your submissions in due course.

You can also follow/interact via Twitter (@MedInfo2015) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/713378355362712/)  Other social media interaction channels will be announced in due course.

March 13, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, education, medinfo, Medinfo2015 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Student Paper Awards

The Student Paper Competition and Awards was one of many important parts of Medinfo2013. This showcases the important work being done by students in our field, who will hopefully become the next generation of researchers, practitioners and leaders. Full details of the award finalists and winners is provided at http://www.medinfo2013.dk/program/student-paper-awards

The Award Committee, under the auspices of the Medinfo2013 Scientific Programme Committee,  was chaired by Prof. Ameen Abu­‐Hanna (Netherlands), and additionally comprised Hyeoun-Ae Park (Korea), Vimla Patel (USA), and Fernando Martín Sánchez (Australia). The winners of the awards were:

  • First place: Finding Meaning in Social Media: Content-based Social Network Analysis of QuitNet to Identify New Opportunities for Health Promotion, Sahiti Myneni, Nathan Cobb, Trevor Cohen. (UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) – see also media release at https://sbmi.uth.edu/home/story.htm?id=34800590-ba3d-416d-a7ea-3af072feca8b
  • Second Place: A Formal Representation for Numerical Data Presented in Published Clinical Trial Reports, Maurine Tong, William Hsu, Ricky Taira. (Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Third place: Improving Patients’ Electronic Health Record Comprehension with NoteAid, Balaji Polepalli Ramesh, Thomas Houston, Hong Yu. (Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA)

Other finalists are listed at http://www.medinfo2013.dk/program/student-paper-awards
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IMIA and the Medinfo2013 committees are grateful to IBM Research (Sharam Ebadollahi, Senior Manager, Health Informatics Research, IBM Watson Research Center) for their generous financial support for these Awards.

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Medinfo2013 Student Award winners, with committee members (Photo courtesy Medinfo2013 LOC)

October 3, 2013 Posted by | award, conference, Denmark, education, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, research | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slides from Medinfo2013 Available – Proceedings Available Open Access Online

Lene Vistisen, Chair of the Medinfo2013 LOC writes (via LinkedIn):

You can now download slides from the presentations. The links to the slides are embedded in a list of presentations (click at any column head to sort). http://person.hst.aau.dk/ska/MEDINFO2013/Program/FullOralProgramV2.0.htm

(Please note that some slides are not available at present as permission has not been given by the authors).

The Medinfo2013 proceedings are available freely, as an online open access publication, at the IOS Press website – directly here. The theme of the conference is “Conducting medical informatics by converging technologies, conveying sciences and connecting people”. The book contains 188 full papers, student papers and vision papers from the conference, as well as posters, tutorials, workshops, panels and demonstrations, selected after review from the 789 submissions received.

September 9, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

New IMIA Board Members; President-elect Prof. Hyeoun-Ae Park

The end of each Medinfo conference is a traditional period of transition at IMIA as new Board members, elected the previous year, take up their posts. In addition, new members are often elected at the General Assembly meeting held in conjunction with each Medinfo.

SONY DSCThe main election that, from now, will be held at each Medinfo GA is that of the President-elect, who takes office with immediate effect. The GA approved the nomination of Prof. Hyeoun-Ae Park (Korea) as the new President-elect. She holds this post until Medinfo2015. She then becomes IMIA President for the period from Medinfo2015 to Medinfo2017. She will be the third IMIA President from the Asia-Pacific region (following Prof. Shigekoto Kaihara and Prof. K C Lun), the third woman to be IMIA President (following Dr Marion Ball and Prof. Nancy Lorenzi), and the first nurse to be IMIA President. She will also currently continue in her role as Chair of the IMIA-NI (Nursing Informatics) Special Interest Group.

The IMIA President is now Dr. Lincoln de Assis Moura Jr. (Brazil) for the period 2013 – 2015. Past President Prof. Dr. Antoine Geissbuhler (Switzerland) will chair the Nominating Committee and continues as WHO Liaison Officer

Other key changes are:

  • VP Medinfo: Dr Alvaro Margolis (Uruguay) 2013 – 2016 (succeeding Prof. Riccardo Bellazzi)
  • VP Special Affairs: Dr Monique Jaspers (The Netherlands) 2013 – 2016 (succeeding Prof. Arie Hasman)
  • VP WGs and SIGs: Dr Tze-Yun Leong (Singapore) 2013 – 2016 (succeeding Dr. Hyeoun-Ae Park)

In addition, Dr. Amado Espinosa (Mexico) succeeds Dr Carol Hullin (Chile) as IMIA-LAC President and so as VP for IMIA-LAC to the IMIA Board.

The full list is on the IMIA website.

IMIA and EFMI Board memebers following their successful joint meeting on 18 August, 2013. Photo courtesy Antoine Geissbuhler.

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August 29, 2013 Posted by | EFMI, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 5 – IMIA Standards in Health Care Informatics WG and Related Activity

The IMIA Standards in Health Care Informatics  Working Group will be holding a business meeting at Medinfo2013. The meeting will be on Friday, 23 August from 08:00-09:30am in Meeting Room 19, the Bella center, Copenhagen. Further information on the meeting, agenda, etc. can be obtained from the WG chair and vice chair – see http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/153

In addition, other activities relating to standards, directly and indirectly will take place at Medinfo2013, including:

  • Workshop for IMIA Standardization WG, Thursday 22 August, 13:45 – 15:15 in Session Room 5, organized  by Prof. Jun Nakaya;
  • Workshop on Standards in Clinical Decision Support: Activities in Health Level Seven and Beyond, Thursday 22 August, 15:45 – 17:15 in Session Room 5 – Robert Jenders, Guilherme Del Fiol.

Also of relevance, due to the 2013 WHA resolution on ehealth and interoperability, is the WHO Panel, A global perspective to strengthening health systems and accelerating universal health coverage through eHealth (Wednesday 21 August, 08:30 – 10:00).

August 15, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, standards, WG | , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 – 20-23 August in Copenhagen, Denmark

medinfo2013logoThe 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. See www.medinfo2013.dk for all information.

Important Dates:
19 August: Tutorials, IMIA Board meeting, Other meetings
20 August: Tutorials, IMIA General Assembly, Opening session
21 – 23 August: Medinfo2013 Congress

There is a full programme of peer-reviewed papers, posters, panels and workshops, plus a pre-conference programme of tutorials and the “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event (17-18 August, 2013, see http://www.cshi2013.org). In addition, a wide range of IMIA meetings will be held, including business meetings of IMIA Working Groups and Special Interest Groups, meetings of regional groups, the EFMI Board and Council meetings, and the IMIA Board and General Assembly meetings.

The printed program is complete and will be available in the congress bag for registered participants. The printed program is also available as dowloadable pdf-file: here  Corrections appearing after production of the printed program are/will be listed here

Many people have worked hard over the past 3-4 years, since DSMI won the bid to host Medinfo2013. Particular thanks must go to:

  • Lene Vistisen, Knut Bernstein, Pia Elberg, Niels Reichstein Larsen, Allan Kofoed Enevoldsen, Stig Kjær Andersen, Marianne Sørensen, Dorthe Skou Lassen in the Local Organising Committee, and all other Danish and regional colleagues who have assisted;
  • Dominik Aronsky and Tze­‐Yun Leong as co-chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee, as well as all other SPC members, especially the track chairs James Cimino, Andre Kushniruk, Fernando Martin‐Sanchez, Niels Peek and Student Poster Competition Chair Ameen Abu­‐Hanna; and not forgetting all who reviewed the submissions;
  • Christoph U. Lehmann as editorial committee chair for producing the proceedings, together with committee members Christian Nøhr and Elske Ammenwerth, all those who helped in profreading and correcting the proceedings, and IOS Press for production;
  • and last, but not least, IMIA VP Medinfo Riccardo Bellazzi.

An important innovation at this Medinfo is that the proceedings have been made open access (and are Medline-indexed) – they are available for free download at the IOS Press website (http://ebooks.iospress.nl –  and direct here). We welcome your feedback on this.

Whether you can be at Medinfo2013 or not, please interact:

Twitter – @medinfo2013 and hashtag #medinfo2013

LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/medinfo-2013-4432894

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/IMIA/191053744240749

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August 13, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 3 – IMIA Social Media Working Group Meeting and Activity

The IMIA Social Media Working Group (SMWG) will be holding a business meeting at Medinfo2013. The meeting will be on Wednesday, 21 August from 08:00-09:30am in Meeting Room 17, the Bella center, Copenhagen. Further information on the meeting, agenda, etc. is at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7667111537 – those intending to participate are asked to register through this site. Further information will also be available through the IMIA SMWG website at http://imiasocialmedia.wordpress.com

The IMIA SMWG will be presenting a panel titled “New Trends in Health Social Media: Hype or Evidence-based medicine?” – “The use of social media in the health domain is growing continuously in the terms of use and also complexity. This panel will provide and overview of the current situation and the challenges ahead. The presenters will provide an engaging discussion rooted in the evidence of the emerging field of Health Social Media. Among other topics the following aspects will be addressed: gamification, personalized medicine, patient safety and other topics that will be discussed in the panel.” Presenters include Luis Fernandez-Luque (Norut, Tromsø, Norway), Kerstin Denecke (University Medical Center of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany) and Fernando José Martín-Sanchez (Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Unit, The University of Melbourne, Australia). See more information at http://imiasocialmedia.wordpress.com

There will also be other relevant presentations throughout Medinfo2013, which will be itemised in the final programme.

July 31, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , , | Leave a comment