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Medinfo2010 – Photos, Keynote Materials

Those who were not able to be at Medinfo2010 in Cape Town, South Africa in September can access some of the materials and memories from the conference website – and those who were there may wish to have them, too.

UPDATE 05 January, 2011: a historical archive of the website, with these materials, is at

Currently available are:

Keynote presentation from Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji (WHO, Geneva) PDF file (3.6MB)
Keynote presentation from Prof Nada Lavrac (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia) PDF file (1.6MB)

Electronic version of the Medinfo2010 Daily News which was distributed at the congress
13 September 2010 – Issue 1 (406kb)
14 September 2010 – Issue 2 (506kb)
15 September 2010 – Issue 3 (481kb)

A variety of photographs (photogallery)

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, IMIA, medinfo2010 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Board Changes; New CEO Role

At the end of each Medinfo, the Presidency of IMIA changes. New IMIA President Prof. Dr. Antoine Geissbuhler, from Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland, started his 3 year term (2010-13) during a formal handover from his predecessor, Prof. Dr. Reinhold Haux, during the closing session of Medinfo2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.

However, Reinhold has not finished his work with IMIA; as Past President, he now chairs the IMIA Nominating Committee for the next 3 years; other new members of the Nominating Committee (not Board members) are Ken Toyoda (Japan) and Elizabeth Borycki (Canada).

Other changes to the Board are that the IMIA VP Medinfo is Dr. Riccardo Bellazzi (Italy), replacing Prof. Enrico Coiera (Australia) and  IMIA VP Special Affairs is Prof. Arie Hasman (Netherlands), replacing Prof. Hiroshi Takeda (Japan).

Also changing during Medinfo, at the General Assembly meeting of IMIA-LAC (, Dr Carol Hullin replaces Dr Alvaro Margolis as the VP/Regional Liaison from IMIA-LAC.

IMIA expresses its thanks to retiring Board members for all their hard work during their terms of office: Prof. Enrico Coiera (past VP Medinfo) and Prof. Hiroshi Takeda (past VP Special Affairs), and to Alvaro for his work with IMIA-LAC.

The IMIA General Assembly meeting in Cape Town also approved the IMIA Board recommendation that Dr Peter Murray be appointed IMIA Executive Director for a 5 year term (2011-15), and that his title change to CEO, reflecting the changing nature of the role and responsibilities and IMIA develops its activities in coming years, as envisioned in the IMIA Strategic Plan.

From photo courtesy Jacob Hofdijk (back row, far left): Riccardo Bellazzi (back row, second from left); Enrico Coiera (back row, fourth from left); Antoine Geissbuhler (back row, third from right); Arie Hasman (back row, second from right); Peter Murray (back row, far right); Hiroshi Takeda (front row, far right).

October 4, 2010 Posted by | IMIA, medinfo2010 | | Leave a comment

IMIA General Assembly

The IMIA General Assembly meeting was held in Cape Town, South Africa on 12 September, 2010. It was a very successful event, and extremely well attended; many thanks to everyone who was there. The photo below is courtesy of Jacob Hofdjk. More of Jacob’s photos are available >>>

Among the highlights from the GA – Honorary Fellowship of IMIA was awarded to Reinhold Haux and Sedick Isaacs (the latter was formally presented at the Medinfo2010 Opening Ceremony); Hyeoun-Ae Park was confirmed for a second term as IMIA VP for WG/SIG; the new IMIA Statutes were approved; and four new IMIA Member Societies were accepted, ie Chilean Health Informatics Society (Asociación Chilena de Informática en Salud – ACHISA), Mexican Medical Informatics Association( Asociación Mexicana de Informática Médica), Thai Medical Informatics Association and Togolese Association of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine (ATIM-TELEMED). Further news items will follow.

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, IMIA, medinfo2010 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2010 Starts Today

Medinfo2010 starts properly today – delegates will shortly be gathering for the official opening ceremony, to be addressed by the South African Minister of Health, Dr A Motsoaledi, and with the opening keynote from Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, from WHO.

Tutorials and workshops have been held yesterday and today, as well as a series of overlapping meetings, including the IMIA Board and General Assembly, HELINA and IMIA-LAC GAs, and many other activities. Reports on many of these will follow.

For those unable to be there in person, there will be a raft of opportunities for interaction through social media; some of these are linked/grouped at while many other individuals will be blogging, tweeting and otherwise talking about the event. Medinfo2010 also has a Facebook event page – and a LinkedIn group – and is on Twitter @medinfo2010

September 12, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, IMIA, medinfo2010 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Board Meeting, Cape Town

The IMIA Board held a successful meeting in Cape Town, South Africa on 11 September, 2010.

The photo below records the event, courtesy of Jacob Hofdijk.

September 12, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, IMIA, medinfo2010 | , | Leave a comment

It’s Medinfo2010 Month: 200th Post

September 2010 is finally here, the month for Medinfo2010, IMIA’s triennial world congress. So, it is fitting that this, our 200th post on this particular news channel, should be about Medinfo2010, given the importance that Medinfo has in the IMIA calendar.

As all readers of this news blog should know by now, Cape Town, South Africa will host the 13th International Congress on Medical Informatics – Medinfo2010 – from the 12 – 15 of September 2010. This will be the first African Medinfo, and provides the opportunity for health informaticians from around the world – whether they are actively involved in IMIA and its member and associated organisations or not – to come together to exchange information, meet old friends, make new contacts and collaborations, and generally develop their own professional knowledge and the field of health informatics.

The Medinfo2010 programme is on the website; the event features keynotes, papers, posters, workshops, panels and tutorials. For those unable to be there in person, there will be a raft of opportunities for interaction through social media; some of these are linked/grouped at while many other individuals will be blogging, tweeting and otherwise talking about the event. Medinfo2010 also has a Facebook event page – and a LinkedIn group – and is on Twitter @medinfo2010

Medinfo events are not just about the conference, the learning and the networking. They also provide an opportunity for IMIA’s annual business meetings of its Board and General Assembly, for meetings of its Working Groups and Nursing Special Interest Group, and many other meetings associated with IMIA’s day-to-day activities.

We look forward to seeing many colleagues at Medinfo2010 – but if you cannot be there, then think about attending one of the other events related to IMIA and/or its WG/SIG, regional groups, member societies, etc. These include:

MIE2011 in Oslo, Norway: August 2011 –

NI2012 in Montreal, Canada: June, 2012 –

Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark: September 2013

September 1, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, IMIA, medinfo2010 | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social Media and Medinfo2010

As part of an initiative lead by Gil Kuperman, AMIA2010 Symposium SPC Chair, we have created a social media site to collate as much of the online social media interaction around Medinfo2010 as we can.

The site is at – it has several aims:
– to aggregate such tweets, blog posts, etc as we can locate or are informed of around Medinfo2010;
– to provide a forum for focused discussions (in the ‘Forum’ area) around some specific topics;
– to provide an opportunity for blog posts by people who don’t have their own blogs.

If you wish to actively contribute, you can sign up for an account via the site (please provide information on who you are, to deter spammers etc.); or you can just read the contributions of others. See the ‘How to use this site’ page for more information.

After Medinfo2010, we will be collating and analysing materials, as well as holding some more focused discussions, to feed into sessions at AMIA2010; we will discuss further developments after that.

Members of the IMIA Web 2.0 Taskforce are contributing to the site – if you are willing to help monitor, moderate, etc., then please let us know.

We recognise that many people will also use their own blog sites, Twitter streams, etc. – please contact us if you are willing to explore collaboration on this.

Other social media activities at Medinfo2010:
-Using Social Media to Build an Online Community: Learning By Doing – Workshop 904 at 17:15 – 18:45 on Monday 13 September – lead by Robert Hsiung and colleagues. See and for more details
-Social Media New Tools for Personal Health and Wellbeing – Panel 518 at 13:30 – 15:00 on Monday 13 September – lead by Pirkko Kouri and others

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Africa, AMIA, conference, IMIA, medinfo2010 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2010 – Tutorials and Special Offer

Half day and full day tutorials will be taking place at Medinfo2010 on Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 September, 2010.

Full information is available on the Medinfo2010 website >>>

Tutorial subjects include: EHR implementation tips, Change management, Evaluating patient-centred HI, Natural language processing, Evaluation of HI overview, Terminology, Usability evaluation, Writing for publication, Data mining, HL7 CDA + CDS, Clinical decision support, GRID computing, and OpenEHR.

Prices: Half day tutorials – R1700.00, Full day tutorials – R2200.00

Register for tutorials at and book online, or contact Ingrid Jacobs (ingrid[at] if you require any further assistance.

Special offer – Writing for Publication Tutorial

Elsevier and Schattauer publishers are offering free participation in this tutorial for a limited number of researchers from developing countries and young researchers under 35 years of age. This is their way of contributing towards the education of young researchers and working towards increasing the submission of papers from developing countries in their respective Medical Informatics journals – Methods of Information in Medicine, the International Journal of Medical Informatics, and Applied Clinical Informatics.

This tutorial is being presented by the editors of these prestigious official IMIA journals.

This offer is only open to colleagues who are registered to attend Medinfo 2010. Should you be from a developing nation and under 35 years of age please contact the Medinfo2010 LOC as above, and they will forward the applicable registration form, or see the information on the website. Successful applicants for free participation will be notified no later than Friday 27 August 2010.

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, journals, medinfo2010, research | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More IMIA WG Events at Medinfo2010

Thomas Karopka, vice chair of the IMIA Open Source Health Informatics Working Group OS WG), has announced that they have organized a workshop about Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in health care at MEDINFO 2010 (13/09/2010 17:15-18:45). The workshop is titled”Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) – Prospects, Challenges and Barriers in Healthcare IT”

The FLOSS workshop will cover general aspects of FLOSS in health care and in particular will elaborate on commonalities and differences between developed countries and the Global South. The workshop is open to all people interested in FLOSS in health care. There are no specific prerequisites although it is beneficial to know general aspects of FLOSS.

Other IMIA WGs will be holding similar business meetings and activities, including:

Monday 13 Ssptember – biomedical pattern recognition, dental informatics, informatics in genomic medicine, human factors engineering for health, and health informatics for development WGs.

As already mentioned in earlier posts, there is also:

  • IMIA Education Working Group Meeting – Monday 13 September, from 15:00 to 17:00 in Room 2.4.3 of the conference venue >>>;
  • IMIA Academic Members Workshop – Monday September 13th, from 19h to 20’30h in Room 2.6.6 at the MEDINFO 2010 Conference Venue >>>;
  • IMIA Health Information System Working Group – 30th Anniversary Event from Friday evening, September 10 to Sunday, September 12, 2010, just before MedInfo 2010 >>>.

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, IMIA, medinfo2010, WG | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2010 – Programmes on Website

The programme for Medinfo2010 is now available on the website conference website – It contains information on pre-conference tutorials, plenary sessions, major meetings, parallel sessions and social events.

Tutorial registration is open via the Medinfo2010 website; tutorials will take place 11 and 12 September.
Among tutorials are:

  • Open EHR – Clinician-driven EHRs – The open approach;
  • EHR Implementation Tips;
  • Change Management – Working in partnership to reduce conflicts in Health System Implementation;
  • Evaluating Patient Centered HI – Evaluating and designing Patient-centered Health Information Technologies;
  • Clinical Engagement– Clinical Transformation: Towards a Successful Clinical Implementation Tool Kit;
  • Grid Computing;
  • and much more.

Workshops will take place from 11 September.

The full conference programme outline is at

The detailed programme (day by day, including paper timings) is at

The schedule of meetings (s0me of which are open, some of which are by invitation only) is at

August 2, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, education, HELINA, IMIA, IMIA-NI, medinfo2010, WG | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment