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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

eHealth standardization and interoperability: New WHA Resolution

The recent sixty-sixth World Health Assembly, meeting in Geneva on 27 May, 2013, adopted a new resolution on eHealth standardization and interoperability, which also addressed the .health generic top level domain name (gTLD). The full text of the resolution (WHA 66.24) is now available through the World Health Organization (WHO) website at

Among other issues, the resolution urges Member States “to consider … options to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including national authorities, relevant ministries, health care providers, and academic institutions, in order to draw up a road map for implementation of ehealth and health data standards at national and subnational levels; to consider developing … policies and legislative mechanisms linked to an overall national eHealth strategy, in order to ensure compliance in the adoption of ehealth and health data standards by the public and private sectors, as appropriate, and the donor community, as well as to ensure the privacy of personal clinical data; and to consider ways for ministries of health and public health authorities to work with their national representatives on the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee in order to coordinate national positions towards the delegation, governance and operation of health-related global top-level domain names in all languages, including “.health”, in the interest of public health.”

Our thanks to Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, from WHO, for his tweet on the availability of this full text.

June 8, 2013 Posted by | standards, WHO | , , , | 3 Comments

e-Health Standards and Interoperability – Report on
 Joint ITU-WHO Workshop

A joint ITU-WHO workshop on “e-Health standards and Interoperability” was held at ITU headquarters in Geneva, 26-27 April. It gathered experts from the healthcare and ICT communities to discuss means of leveraging today’s advanced communications capabilities to achieve more efficient, cost-effective and equitable health services worldwide. IMIA participated in the workshop, and the IMIA CEO, Dr Peter Murray, chaired one of the discussion sessions.

A summary report on the workshop, together with links to presentations, is available via the ITU website – see

Actions were suggested to the various stakeholders, including:

Suggested ITU-WHO actions:
– Joint policy brief on the essentiality of standards and interoperability to the exchange of medical data, as well as outreach activities to educate policy-makers and business leaders on the relevance and application of e-health standards
– Creation of an e-health Working Group to advise ITU and WHO on steps to be taken in the future
– Collaborate with other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to create an information portal detailing all available healthcare standards and best practices in their application

SDO actions:
– Coordinate with the new HL7 initiative on mobile e-health
– ITU and HL7 to develop a specification for the use of ITU-T X.1303 CAP specification within HL7 to deliver health warning messages
– Consider effective cost models for e-health standards licensing
– Collaborate in the development of a common e-health standards roadmap; ensuring no work is duplicated, and encouraging a converged view on the structure of data and information in the e-health context.

June 6, 2012 Posted by | conference, ehealth, standards, WHO | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joint ITU-WHO Workshop on e-Health Standards and Interoperability

IMIA participated last week (April 26-27, 2012) in the Joint ITU-WHO Workshop on e-Health Standards and Interoperability held at ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Documents from the workshop, including presentations, are publicly available on the event website.

The key workshop objective was to start a dialogue towards a comprehensive roadmap on global standards development, interoperability, and adoption for enabling the sustainable development of e health services. The resulting programs could leverage resources from regions, countries, industry, and research institutions, and provide a solid platform for harnessing future innovations within specific national e-health roadmaps.

The background paper: ITU TechWatch Report “E-health Standards and Interoperability“, by Laura DeNardis, American University in Washington, DC, USA, will be of particular interest.

Reports and other outputs from the meeting will be produced.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | conference, ehealth, standards | , , , , | Leave a comment

Standards and Solutions for eHealth Interoperability: EJBI Call for Papers

The European Journal for Biomedical Informatics (EJBI –, an official journal of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), seeks papers for a special issue on Standards and Solutions for eHealth Interoperability. Full information and instructions about this Call are in the attached PDF file (365kb).

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Instructions for Authors ( ) and sent electronically to manuscripts[at] EJBI asks for papers in English version, which will be reviewed, and simultaneously the same manuscript translated in at least one other official European language. The deadline for submissions is June 15 , 2012.

The editors of the special issue are (Head, German eHealth Competence Center, University Hospital Regensburg, Germany; Chair, CEN/ISSS eHealth Standardisation Focus Group) and Robert Stegwee (Capgemini Consulting; Professor of eHealth at University of Twente, Chair of CEN TC251 on Health Informatics.

Prof. Jana Zvárová is Editor-in-Chief of EJBI.

March 5, 2012 Posted by | EFMI, ehealth, Europe, journals, standards | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Standards Standard (AMIA): Winter 2011-12 Issue Available

The latest issue of AMIA’s The Standards Standard newsletter (Winter 2011-12, Vol. 2, No. 2) is now available – at and previous issues are also available. It is published by AMIA twice a year, in May and December.  The Standard’s mission is to enable the widely dispersed and diverse members of the global health informatics community to understand the importance of health information interoperability, the contribution of health informatics standards, the identities of the key standards development organizations and their contributions, and the challenges of developing good standards that work well together.

The current issue (Winter 2011-12, Vol. 2, No. 2) has:

  • Letters from the Editor in Chief, Dipak Kalra;
  • Interoperability review: Don E. Detmer and Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li, and R.D Kush;
  • Community updates on a range of standards developments involving CEN TC251, DICOM, ISO TC/215, and others.

February 8, 2012 Posted by | AMIA, standards, USA | , , , , , | 1 Comment

IMIA Code of Ethics – Final Call for Updates

The IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Informatics Professionals was endorsed at the IMIA General Assembly meeting in 2002. Dr. Eike-Henner W. Kluge is currently leading an IMIA taskforce (including B. Barber (UK), P. Croll (Australia), K. Ishikawa (Japan) and L. Moura (Brazil)) considering whether the Code of Ethics requires up-dating and if so, in what regard.

The ad hoc committee is making a final request, inviting comments and/or suggestions from IMIA members. Comments and/or suggestions should be addressed to the Committee Chair at by 31 May 2011 at the latest

If anyone requires a PDF copy of the Code, please email

May 9, 2011 Posted by | IMIA, profession, standards | , , | Leave a comment

HL7 International Standards and Education Meeting – Sydney Australia, January 2011

The January Meeting of the HL7 International Working Group takes place on January 9-14, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

The Australian e-Health community will host this HL7 International Working Group Meeting, which will provide the forum for more than 50 Work Groups, Committees and Task Forces to progress the HL7 V2.x, CDA, V3 and EHR Standards. An extensive range of Courses, Tutorials and Workshops will offer opportunities to hear and learn the very latest developments in EHRs, clinical messaging, terminology, etc. from the global experts and leaders in e-health.

HL7 Australia has partnered with the Dept of Health and Ageing, NEHTA, Standards Australia, HL7 New Zealand and Business Events Sydney (NSW Govt.) to host the meeting in Sydney.

Full details are on the website at

The HL7 Meetings are open to anyone interested in e-Health, Health Informatics and Healthcare IT Standards.  The education program of the meeting includes free introductory sessions as well as tutorials at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

August 24, 2010 Posted by | Australia, conference, standards | , , , , | Leave a comment