From the International Medical Informatics Association

Call for Chapters: Social Media and Mobile Technologies in Healthcare – Deadline 25 March, 2013

Dr. Mowafa Househ (King Saud University for Health Sciences, Riyadh Saudi Arabia), Dr. Elizabeth Borycki (University of Victoria, BC, Canada) and Dr. Andre Kushniruk (University of Victoria, BC, Canada), as Editors, announce the Call for Chapters for the book “Social Media and Mobile Technologies in Healthcare”. Full information is available at

Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 25, 2013 a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 25, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 25, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Objective of the Book: The overall objective and mission of this book is to provide patients, clinicians, and healthcare organizations with the tools necessary to understand how to use and implement social media and mobile technologies within healthcare. Yet the benefits of social media and mobile technologies in improving patient care have not been well documented, and with over 80% of Americans seeking health information online (Eckler et al., 2010), the impacts of social media and mobile technologies on health cannot be ignored.

Target Audience: The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of health informatics and its related disciplines, e.g., medical and biomedical informatics, computing science, computer engineering, health sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support students, clinicians, academics, and practitioners to understand the role of mobile health and social media in healthcare.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to Dr. Mowafa Househ, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, KSAU-HS, NGHA, Saudi Arabia. E-mail: househmo[at]

February 27, 2013 Posted by | miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

WHO and IMIA Industry Stakeholders Consultation on Health Data Reuse

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), a Non-Governmental Organization in Official Relations with WHO, will hold an Industry Stakeholder Consultation on 27 February 2013, at WHO headquarters in Geneva (see This Consultation is part of the Transnational Health Data Reuse Initiative leading up to the 2013 European Summit on the Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data to be held on 3-4 June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium (

The objective of the consultation is to share perspectives of industry stakeholders on the use of health data obtained from electronic medical records. Participation is open to representatives of European health-related companies, including health information technology and information technology companies, data aggregators, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and others. Expressions of interest to participate in the Industry Stakeholder’s Consultation will be collected until 7 February 2013 via the link on Please note that an expression of interest to participate does not guarantee a place. Formal invitations will be issued, on a space available basis, by 11 February 2013. Due to space limitations, organizations will be limited to one representative. For additional information, please contact

February 5, 2013 Posted by | ehealth, IMIA, miscellany, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology: Italy, June 2013

The 2013 Edition of the Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology ( will be held on June 9 to June 22, 2013 at Castello Brandolini Colomban, Cison di Valmarino – Treviso – Italy.

Deadline for early registration is 31 March, 2013.

The School aims to provide introductory and advanced courses in medical statistics and epidemiology, and their application in etiology research and public health. The School is aimed at physicians, clinicians and public health professionals from public and private institutions who are looking for systematic training in the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics, or epidemiology applied to health care planning and evaluation. They will acquire familiarity with epidemiological and biostatistical principles and techniques and with the computational tools needed to solve practical problems.

Courses last one week (except for Stata courses, held on Sunday, which last one day). Students can attend for a day, one or two weeks. Both introductory and more advanced one-day courses on Stata will be offered. All courses offered during the regular course week will be using Stata. Teachers come from Harvard University and several European institutions, among whose Karolinska Institutet, Bocconi University and University of Milano-Bicocca. Funding is kindly provided by Bocconi University and Stata. Limited student tuition scholarships are available; all queries should be addressed to the Summer School organisers, not to IMIA.

Please visit the course homepage for more information about the course: or send an email to bioepiedu[at]

Enrollment application forms and other contact and query information is on the Summer School website at

January 31, 2013 Posted by | education, miscellany | | Leave a comment

Free Public Forum, Live Webcast: “Social Media for health”

A public forum on “Social Media for Health: The Good, The Bad, and The Possible”, organized by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and sponsored by UBC Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies will be held on February 4th, 2013 (Monday) at 7:00 – 9:00 pm Pacific Standard Time at UBC Robson Square Room C300, Downtown Vancouver.

The live webcast link is: (also see Twitter: #HCSMForum

Opening remarks: The Honorable Minister of Advanced Education, Province of British Columbia, Mr. John Yap and Ms. Bernadette Mah, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies.
Introduction: Dr. Kendall Ho, Professor and Director, eHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Moderator: Ms. Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun Digital Life writer.

Keynote Speakers:

  • “Social Media in Health: history, movements, and current practice”, Mr. Dean Giustini, Reference Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library, UBC
  • “Medicine 2.0 and beyond: where are we going with social media in health and medicine?” Dr. Gunther Eysenbach, Professor & Senior Scientist, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University of Toronto, Editor/Publisher of Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • “Analyzing the advantages of digital tools and dissemination technologies: The Experience of the Network on Equity, Health and Human Development PAHO/WHO”, Ms. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Knowledge Management and Communication, Pan American Health Organization Regional Office of the World Health Organization
  • “Huge Help: The Role of Social Media in Healthcare”, Ms. Ashley Brooks, Customer Marketing Manager, Enterprise, HootSuite


  • Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Professor & Director, the iSchool at UBC
  • Dr. Leanne Currie, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing
  • Dr. Helen Novak Lauscher, Assistant Director of Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine eHealth Strategy Office
  • Mr. Francisco Grajales III, PhD Candidate, UBC Interdisciplinary studies (IMIA Social Media WG vice chair)

This event is funded by a research grant from the University of British Columbia Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies,
and is a collaboration between 5 Faculties and schools in UBC: Medicine, iSchool at UBC, Nursing, Engineering, and Sauder School of Business.

Thanks to Mrs. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAHO/WHO Equity List ( for the information.

January 30, 2013 Posted by | Canada, miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

Loss of Three UK Health Informatics Colleagues in 2012

We regret to report that three UK health informatics colleagues passed away in 2012 – John Bryden, Derek Hoy and Denis Barnett.

Dr John S Bryden passed away a few months before his 80th birthday. He was well-known in the UK, and especially Scottish, health informatics communities, as well as contributing to many international activities, especially at the European level. EFMI have a tribute to his work on the EFMI website; he was their Executive Officer for 10 years, and helped make many EFMI events a success. He was, for many years, a key member of the British Computer Society health groups, and was closely involved in the organisation of Medinfo2001. An appreciation also appears in the The Herald (Scotland) news site. The BCS Health Forum will be compiling a reflection on his and Derek’s life and work; please contact Dr Paul Woolman (paul.woolman[at] is you wish to contribute.

Derek Hoy passed away in November 2012 after a short illness. He was well-known in the international nursing informatics community, and was active for many years. Colleagues have developed a crowdsourced chronology of his life and activities at Derek was actively involved in the European Summer School s in Nursing Informatics, in work on nursing information systems, and was involved in the EU-funded NIGHTINGALE project. Derek was also an accomplished musician, and a member of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. Graham Wright wrote, on LinkedIn: Whilst many of us know him through his work in Nursing Informatics and in particular Standards and Nursing Language he is well-known as a fiddler in Jock Tamson’s Bairns and the Bella McNab Dance Band. web:

Denise Barnett was  long-standing and active member of the BCS Nursing Specialist Group; she passed away in November 2012, after being ill for some time. She was the Editor of ITIN, the journal of the BCS Nursing Group for many years., participated in many international nursing informatics events, and edited the ‘Intwernational Nursing Informatics’ 40 year history, published in 2000 and authored by Maureen Scholes, Marianne Tallberg and Elly Pluyter-Wenting.  In recent years, together with Glyn Hayes, she edited the BCS Health Informatics History Book.

January 10, 2013 Posted by | miscellany, UK | , , | Leave a comment

IMIA News – 2012 Usage Summary from

As in the past two years, has provided a useful summary of usage stats for the IMIA News site for the previous 12 months.

In 2012, the IMIA News site:

  • provided 184 new posts (more than 3 per week, or 15 per month, and a 6% increase on 2011); also had more than 100 images and graphics uploaded within posts;
  • now has an archive of 630 news items;
  • was viewed more than 41,000 times (an increase of more than 17% on 2011). (Today we pass 65,000 all-time views)

The busiest single day for traffic (not only for 2012, but since IMIA News was created) was November 27th; the most popular post that day was UPDATE: Medinfo2013 Submission Deadlines; Reviewers Invited.

Among the posts and pages with the most views in 2012 were:

1. Call for Papers: ITCH 2013 – February 21 – 23, 2013, Victoria, BC, Canada (written April 2012)
2. Medical Informatics Journals: 2010 Impact Factors (written July 2011)
3. Medical informatics journals impact factors; JMIR now no. 1 (written June 2009)
4. APAMI-2012 – 7th Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics Conference – Call for Papers Extended to 10 July (written April 2012)
5. Medinfo2013 – First Call for Papers, Posters (written May 2012)

This demonstrates the longevity and continuing interest in, and relevance of, some of the items we have produced.

The top referring sites in 2012 were (once again) the IMIA website, and – although also ranked highly. Among search strings that resulted in people visiting the site were “applied clinical informatics, methods of information in medicine” (also highly ranked in 2011), “tiger initiative”, and (interestingly, for an event that does not exist) “mie 2013”.

Most visitors came from the USA (by far the largest number), with Canada and the UK close behind. In Europe, most visitors were from the UK, Germany and Greece; in Asia from India, Japan and Australia; in Africa from South Africa and Nigeria; and in Latin America from Brazil and Argentina.

The full summary as provided by is also available, at

January 2, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, miscellany | , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to New IMIA Members 2012; IMIA Board Changes

At the IMIA General Assembly held in Beijing, China on 23 October, 2012, IMIA formally welcomed several new members.

New IMIA Member Societies are the Burundi Health Informatics Association and the Ghana Health Informatics Association. New Academic Institutional Members are Claremont Graduate University – Kay Center for E-Health Research, School of Information Systems and Technology (USA); Saudi Electronic University, Department of Health Informatics (Saudi Arabia); University of Seville (Spain); and The University of Melbourne (Australia).

Several Academic members transferred their membership between departments within the organisation, and/or were reinstated in membership following changes. In addition, several academic organisations have ceased membership for a range of reasons. The full listing of IMIA members in all categories is on the IMIA website.

IMIA Board changes:

New IMIA Board members for the period 2012-15 are:

  • Treasurer, Prof Sabine Koch
  • VP Membership, Prof Michio Kimura
  • VP Services, Prof. Christoph Lehmann
  • VP for APAMI, Prof. Ying Wu

We also thank retiring Board members for their long service and contributions to IMIA: Prof Reinhold Haux, Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez and Prof Casimir Kulikowski.

November 4, 2012 Posted by | IMIA, miscellany | | Leave a comment

IMIA Supporting HIFA2015

Healthcare Information For All by 2015IMIA is pleased to have become one of the latest Supporting Organisations for HIFA2015 (, an international campaign with the goal “Healthcare Information for All by 2015”. The rationale for the formation of HIFA2015, ie the urgent need to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in developing countries, is congruent with IMIA’s vision “to enable the transformation of healthcare in accord with the world-wide vision of improving the health of the world population.” Among the other almost 150 Supporting Organisations are BioMed Central, British Medical Association, Cochrane Collaboration, International Council of Nurses, Joanna Briggs Institute, Public Library of Science, and WHO African Regional Office Library.

We will be exploring possibilities for IMIA to support HIFA2015’s work. HIFA2015 publications that may be of interest are listed at

Any IMIA members who are already actively involved with HIFA2015 are asked to contact the IMIA Office (email: imia[at] if they are willing to contribute to joint activity.
HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015) is a global campaign and knowledge network administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network, a non-profit organisation working to improve the quality of health care for low-income populations in developing countries. HIFA2015 brings together more than 5000 health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers and policymakers from 167 countries worldwide, all committed to a common goal: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed health care provider. One-third of members are based in Africa, one-third in Europe, and one-third in the rest of the world. Together we are working for a future where people are no longer dying for lack of basic healthcare knowledge. Membership is open to all and is free of charge:

August 30, 2012 Posted by | education, miscellany | , | Leave a comment

New Report on Open Data from Deloitte Analytics

Deloitte Analytics has announced the publication of the first white paper in their new series of research reports and white papers on the topic of ‘competing on insights’. Titled “Open data – Driving growth, ingenuity and innovation”, this white paper has been researched and written in collaboration with Professor Nigel Shadbolt (, head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton and co-director of the UK Government’s new Open Data Institute (

This publication presents Deloitte’s vision for open data, which is much more than just an initiative for improving government transparency. Deloitte’s view is that open data, and not simply ‘big data’, will drive growth, ingenuity and innovation in the UK economy. They believe that:

  1. every business will have a strategy to exploit the rapidly growing estate of open data
  2. businesses will increasingly open up their data to revolutionise the way they compete
  3. businesses will use open data to inspire customer engagement
  4. businesses will work with Government to establish a new paradigm in data responsibility and privacy.

Prof. Nigel Shadbolt’s keynote presentation, “The power of open: thinking outside the box”, given at the 2012 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data is also available and provides additional context. The Summit was hosted by IMIA and Deloitte was a Platinum Level Sponsor; see

Thanks to Dr. Anthony Leese, Manager, Consulting at Deloitte MCS Limited, for information on this report.

August 17, 2012 Posted by | conference, Europe, miscellany | , | Leave a comment

Prof. Chang Soon Koh, Korean Society of Medical Informatics

It is with regret that we inform colleagues that Prof. Dr. Chang Soon Koh passed away on Monday, August 7, 2012 at the age of 80. Founder and First President of the Korean Society of Medical Informatics in 1987, he had served as the president of KOSMI (Korean Society of Medical Informatics) for many years, and was the Organizing Committee chair of MEDINFO 1998 in Seoul.

Dr Koh was a professor of Internal Medicine at Seoul National University.

As reported by Prof. Hyeoun-Ae Park, College of Nursing Seoul National University (IMIA Vice President and current KOSMI representative to IMIA), Dr Koh “was a real survivor from three different types of cancer and from Parkinson’s disease”. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 7 at Seoul National University Hospital Funeral Parlour, Seoul, Korea.

August 10, 2012 Posted by | miscellany | Leave a comment