From the International Medical Informatics Association

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

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
  • 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
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.


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).

(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

IMIA GA Meeting 2013


[Photo courtesy Antoine Geissbuhler]

The IMIA General Assembly meeting 2013 was held at the Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark on 20 August, 2013 in conjunction with Medinfo2013. Around 70 GA members were able to be present in person, including Board members, Member Society representatives, Honorary Fellows, Working Groups chairs and others. Thank you to all who participated.

As a result of decisions made at the GA, and general policy directions, there will be some major changes for IMIA in the next 12-18 months, including:

  • the GA approved a move to the IMIA Yearbook being open access and online-only. We need to finalise contractual issues and expect the new model from 2014;
  • the Nominating Committee will formalise an even wider consultation process than exists for proposals for IMIA Board members and membership of some key committees. We will be discussing the practical issues with members in the coming months.

Two new Member Societies were admitted to IMIA:

  • Colombian Association of Health Informatics (Asociación Colombiana de Informática en Salud – ACIESA)
  • Kenya Health Informatics Association (KeHIA)

In addition, the Centre for Health Informatics, City University, London, UK was reinstated as an Academic Institutional Member.

Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez and Prof. Kaija Saranto were approved as  SPC co-chairs for Medinfo2015. They have already started work on the processes and timelines for Medinfo2015, and will be consulting widely as they seek ideas and the additional SPC members.

GA2014 Meeting: New Delhi, India – 31 October, 2014 – in conjunction with the APAMI2014 Conference (01-02 November)
Watch for more information on the conference call for submissions.

The IMIA Board will also meet in Budapest, Hungary on 26 April, 2014 in conjunction with the EFMI STC2014 meeting.

August 29, 2013 Posted by | APAMI, conference, Denmark, EFMI, IMIA, Medinfo2013, miscellany | , , , | 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.


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

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 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 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 ( –  and direct here). We welcome your feedback on this.

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

Twitter – @medinfo2013 and hashtag #medinfo2013

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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 – those intending to participate are asked to register through this site. Further information will also be available through the IMIA SMWG website at

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

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

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 1 – free/libre open source activities

This is the first of a series of news items over the next 4 weeks, in which we will highlight Medinfo2013 activities. If you would like your event, activity, etc. to be featured, please send email to imia[at] (selection of items to be featured will be entirely at editorial discretion).

Thomas Karopka <tkaropka[at]> IMIA OS WG chair and EFMI LIFOSS WG chair writes about two free/libre and open source activities to be held.

The “Care for the World” mini-symposium with the title “Collaboration, Openness, transparency and trust as prerequisite for high quality, effective and efficient health care” will present and discuss different approaches to tackle the global challenges in health care. The main argument is that collaboration, openness, transparency and trust are the most powerful ingredients to develop high quality, sustainable solutions and maximize the impact that these tools might have in improving health outcomes. Two different but related approaches will be presented: The use of Free/Libre Open Source Software and Open User Driven Innovation. This mini-symposium is collaboratively organized by IMIA OS WG, EFMI LIFOSS WG, GNUSolidario, International Institute for Global Health of the United NationsUniversity (UNU-IIGH), and the EU project ScanBalt HealthPort. Thursday, 22 August, 08:30 – 10:00.

There will be a joint working group meeting of IMIA OS WG and EFMI LIFOSS WG,  on Wednesday 21st August, from 2pm-3.30pm. This is an open working group meeting and all people interested in free/libre open source software in health informatics are very welcome to attend this meeting. Suggested Agenda will include Short report about activities of the last year; Collaboration with other FLOSS working groups (inside and outside of IMIA); and Future work of IMIA OS WG and EFMI LIFOSS WG.

July 22, 2013 Posted by | conference, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Context Sensitive Health Informatics: a pre-Medinfo 2013 conference

The “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event, a pre-Medinfo conference, will be held on 17-18 August, 2013. The event is  jointly organized/supported by several IMIA WG (Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics, Organizational and Social Issues, Health Informatics for Patient Safety).

Registration is open; see For more information about the conference and registration please see the conference web site:  or

The conference is endorsed by IMIA, EFMI and AMIA and organized/supported by the IMIA Working Groups Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics, Organizational and Social Issues, Health Informatics for Patient Safety and by the EFMI WG on Human and Organizational Factors of Medical Informatics.

Keynote speakers include Enrico Coiera, Australian Institute for Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (title: Stasis and adaptation – the paradox of health systems that resist large-scale change but can embrace local variation) and Elizabeth M. Borycki, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, BC, Canada (title: Technology-Induced Errors: Where Do They Come From and What Can We Do About Them?)

The event will be held on 17 and 18 August, 2013 at the Danish Institute for Medical Simulation at Herlev Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark (NOTE: not at the Bella Center).

This is an official event of several IMIA WGs and is supported by IMIA, AMIA, EFMI and other organisations.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 – Regular Registration Rate Extended to 01 July; Final Programme Available

The LOC and SPC for Medinfo2013 are pleased to announce that the final detailed programme for Medinfo2013 is now available on the website – see

If you have not already registered for Medinfo2013, we urge you to do so as soon as possible. The deadline for REGULAR registration has been extended to 01 July – so register as soon as possible to save money.

See for the latest updates – we will also distribute information here and through IMIA channels as soon as possible after it becomes available.


June 19, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, Europe, medinfo, Medinfo2013 | , , , , , | Leave a comment