From the International Medical Informatics Association

IMIA Yearbook on PubMed Central

CoverYearbook2014_c0957c1f3aOn behalf of the Editorial Team, IMIA and the publishers, Prof. Christoph Lehmann, IMIA VP Services, is pleased to announce that the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics is available on PubMed Central.

See for the link to contents. Currently, only the 2014 edition of the IMIA Yearbook is available via this route.

The Yearbook 2014 is also available directly from our publishers, Schattauer, at

Work is currently underway on publication of the 2015 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.


January 26, 2015 Posted by | IMIA, journals, research, Yearbook | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Athabasca University (Canada) Seeking Translational Nursing Research Chair in eHealth Literacy

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) is sponsoring a Translational Research Chair position at Athabasca University that will bridge interests in health information technology, electronic communication and knowledge translation to the public and help create a systematic approach to the study of eHealth literacy.

The Nursing Research Chair in eHealth Literacy will advance understanding of all facets of eHealth literacy with particular focus on the public’s actions related to procuring, evaluating and using eHealth information and electronically generated self-health data, and the health care professionals’ role in communicating, educating and empowering the use of eHealth information and self-health data. As a researcher in eHealth literacy, the Chair will build an integrated research team that will make an impact on the health of Canadians and on global health knowledge. Working in collaboration with other institutional partners in related fields, there is potential for developing synergies related to areas such as health promotion, disease prevention and analytics and personalized medicine. There is also potential for synergy with Athabasca University’s Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management.

The appointment will be made at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level, depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

Athabasca University develops and maintains an environment that supports equitable working conditions for individuals traditionally unrepresented in universities and is committed to employment equity, encouraging applications from women, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

For more information, please contact Khaleeda Jamal or Cameron Geldart at (604) 926-0005 or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names of three referees, in confidence, to khaleeda[at]

Note: IMIA is not able to answer any queries in relation to this, and provides the above information as a service to members. The above information is also in the attached files – DOCUMENT  PDF

November 28, 2014 Posted by | Canada, nursing, research | , , | Leave a comment

Virtual Physiological Human Conference 2014 – Abstract Submission Deadline May 15

vph-ntnuThe Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is pleased to host the 3rd VPH conference by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute.  See for full information about the event. The VPH2014 event will be held in Trondheim, Norway at the Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim, on 9-12 September, 2014,

The abstract submission deadline is May 15, 2014 –
Early bird registration deadline is June 1, 2014 –

This biannual conference series grew out of the FP7 Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence. It has become one of the major instruments for maintaining the coherence and momentum of the highly multidisciplinary VPH community. The members of the VPH community subscribe to the view that a substantially improved healthcare can only be achieved through converged efforts of the life sciences, the mathematical sciences and engineering.



April 18, 2014 Posted by | conference, Europe, Norway, research | , | 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

International Symposium on Clinical and Translational Research Informatics – Melbourne, Australia; 27-28 March 2014

Our colleague Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Chair of Health Informatics and Director, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC), The University of Melbourne is pleased to announce that on 27-28 March 2014 a joint symposium between BioGrid Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre will be held at the Davis Auditorium, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. For full information, including registration (which is free and a first registered, first confirmed basis) is available at  (information also on the attached PDF)

The University of Melbourne has been active in Health Informatics over the past ten years. These activities have recently crystallised in the creation of HaBIC, the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre. HaBIC is a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society. The Centre will be officially launched on 28th March 2014. In celebration of the launch we will be bringing together international and local experts in the field of Health and Biomedical Informatics who will be contributing to the symposium.

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC), The University of Melbourne is an Academic Institutional member of IMIA.

Please contact:,au   – enquiries[at]     +61 3 9342 3167



December 19, 2013 Posted by | Australia, bioinformatics, clinical informatics, conference, research | , , , , , | 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

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

University Oldenburg seeking Professor in Medical Informatics, Department of Health Services Research

oldenburgThe School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg invites applications for the following tenured faculty position:  Professor (W3) in Medical Informatics.

An der Fakultät für Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen in Kooperation mit der Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine  W3-Professur für Medizinische Informatik zu besetzen.

The professor should actively participate in establishing the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen (EMS), the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the department of health services research.

The School seek an internationally renowned person with an outstanding profile in teaching, research, and acquisition of research funds. Special experience in one or more topics of medical informatics is expected. Engagement in acquisition of research funds, especially for new collaborative research funds, is particularly welcome.

Full information is available at (English) or (German)

Applications should be sent to dekan.medizin[at] until September 20, 2013. (Please direct all queries here, not to IMIA).

August 15, 2013 Posted by | education, research, vacancy | , , , | Leave a comment

Research project in social media for chronic disease management: Survey Open to 30 June

Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, at the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC) @ The University of Melbourne, invites people to participate in an online survey.

The survey will be open until June 30th and further information can be found here:

Fernando writes: At the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne, we have been conducting innovative research aimed at bringing increased rigor to the way in which evidence of improved health outcomes can be achieved using social media in various chronic conditions. Especially given the rise of health-related Internet use by patients. Our literature review on social media use in chronic disease management has been recently published in the the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

As part of his PhD research project, Mark Merolli, one of our PhD candidates has developed an online survey to better understand how social media is used to manage chronic pain as a result of various chronic diseases. In particular, individual perceptions regarding how different social media influence health outcomes. He explains the survey in a short video so please watch for further information. Click here:

We invite people to complete this survey, and share with members, colleagues, patients, and others via your channels: website, news, blog, facebook, twitter, other social media, etc (however you feel appropriate) and contact him to let him know you have done so. As a research team, we strongly believe this research fills a pivotal gap in knowledge and hope culminates in improved evidence-based decision making about social media use for the self-management of a variety of chronic conditions. Should you have any questions, Mark is contactable on email ­mmerolli[at] or phone: +61408 513 984

June 4, 2013 Posted by | research | , , | 1 Comment

GMDS 2013 Conference – Lubeck, Germany; 01-05 September

GMDS2013 conferenceThe 58th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Medical Computer Science, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) eV  will be held on 01 – 05 September 2013 in Lübeck, Germany. The focus of the conference will be on the methodological and applied research in medical computer science, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Medical Documentation. The theme of GMDS Annual Meeting 2013 is: “In Focus life – Interdisciplinary research for patient care in the future.”

Full information (in German) is at The submission deadline (except for workshops) has been extended to 15 April, 2013, and full Call details are on the website. (Google Translate English version >>)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie (GMDS) e.V. (the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology – GMDS) is an IMIA Member Society, and we are pleased to help publicise and support the event.

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

sehr herzlich laden wir Sie vom 01. bis 05. September 2013 zur 58. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie (GMDS) e.V. nach Lübeck ein. Im Mittelpunkt der Tagung steht die methodische und anwendungsorientierte Forschung in der Medizinischen Informatik, Biometrie, Epidemiologie sowie der Medizinischen Dokumentation. Das Leitthema der GMDS-Jahrestagung 2013 lautet: „Im Focus das Leben – Interdisziplinäre Forschung für die Patientenversorgung der Zukunft“.

March 27, 2013 Posted by | conference, Europe, Germany, research | , , | 2 Comments

IFHIMA Survey on Health Information and Medical Records

On behalf of IFHIMA, the International Federation of Health Information Management (, an IMIA Affiliate member, we are pleased to invite colleagues to complete a survey about health information and medical records.

The request is outlined below – the survey is available at The closing date for responses is 05 April, 2013.

Marsha Dolan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO, USA and Julie Wolter, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO USA write: Do you work with health information and medical records? If so, do you ever get asked by a family member or friends to help them understand a medical term, take care of an important medical document, or make a decision involving their medical care.
The authors of this presentation believe that the skills and qualifications of health information management professionals help make us uniquely qualified to help others. As a result, we would like you to consider responding to our survey and let us know if you have helped someone. If you have, then would you share an example of how you provided assistance.
The results will be presented at the IFHIMA conference in May:


March 14, 2013 Posted by | AHIMA, IFHIMA, research | , | Leave a comment