From the International Medical Informatics Association

IMIA Website

The IMIA website ( may be intermittently unavailable at intervals over the next few days. We are having to undertake an emergency migration to the new upgraded site structure earlier than planned due to problems with the current service provider.

Please be patient to allow the migration to happen as smoothly as possible. Normal (hopefully improved) service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Dr. Peter J. Murray, IMIA CEO

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mario Stefanelli

Riccardo Bellazzi has informed us of the sad, and untimely death, of Mario Stefanelli, who many international colleagues knew well. Riccardo writes:

it is with great sorrow that I inform you that (on October 19, 2010) Prof. Mario Stefanelli died due to a hemorrhagic stroke. Prof. Mario Stefanelli was one of the world leader of Medical Informatics. He strongly supported IMIA activities and was Medinfo SPC chair in 2004. His main scientific contributions include mathematical modeling of biological systems, expert systems, automated reasoning, computerized guidelines and workflow systems.

Mario Stefanelli graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering in 1969 at the University of Pavia, Italy. He soon became Full Professor of Automatic Control and later of Bioengineering, Medical Informatics and Artificial intelligence in medicine. His great passion for bioengineering made him a founding member of the Master’s Degree and PhD Program in Bioengineering at the University of Pavia.  Students cherished him for his dedication and mentorship.

He directed the Department of Computer and Systems Science, where he established the Laboratory for Biomedical Informatics, which thanks to his dedicated work increased to the curren size of fourty people, including professors, PhD students, and young researchers. Prof. Stefanelli has been one of the most influential researchers in medical informatics. He collaborated with IMIA, EFMI and AMIA and he was SPC chair of Medinfo 2004. He participated to the foundation of the European Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and has been the first Italian to be elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He coordinated several research projects funded by the European commission and actively collaborated with many medical informatics laboratories in the world. He has been a member of the editorial Board of prestigious international journals, comprising the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Methods of Information in Medicine. He contributed fundamental results to the fields of modeling of physiological systems, expert systems, decision support and health care information systems, including computerized guidelines and workflow systems.

He was a lively, energetic and optimistic person, who loved research and people. We’ll always miss his intelligence, energy and generosity The medical informatics community has lost one of its main researchers and a great man. His memories will remain in our hearth.

Riccardo Bellazzi, PhD

October 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Read IMIA News on Your Smartphone With QR Code

You can now read IMIA News on your smartphone, if it has a QR Code Reader or software that allows you to use them (eg BeeTagg on Blackberry, which is the one we have tested it with so far).

A QR Code is a two-dimensional barcode, or matrix barcode, that can be read by QR scanners, smartphones, and mobile phones with a camera. The code is made up of a pattern of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background (see Wikipedia and other sources for descriptions).

October 13, 2010 Posted by | miscellany, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

World Bank Apps for Development Competition

The Apps for Development Competition challenges participants to develop software apps related to one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) It aims to bring together software developers and development practitioners to use World Bank data in the creation of innovative software applications.

The apps created could serve to raise awareness, measure progress, or help achieve the MDGs. The app should also use one or more datasets from the World Bank Data Catalog, found at

Who can enter? Entries may be made by any individuals or teams, including researchers, academics, policy makers, non-profit or civil society organizations, private sector companies, statisticians, software developers, social entrepreneurs, etc.

What kind of “apps” or applications are eligible, and how will they be assessed? Any software application–whether web-based, mobile, SMS, smart phone, desktop, or tablet–that includes World Bank data will be qualified, as long as it meets the eligibility requirements set forth on the official Competition website.

When are the deadlines? The Competition opens on October 7, 2010 and the deadline for submissions is January 10, 2011.

The MDGs represent a collective ambition for our world; they express a vision of a world where extreme poverty and hunger have been eliminated, and the economic and human welfare of poor people worldwide has been tangibly improved. The MDGs lay out specific targets related to poverty–such as hunger, universal education, and child health–to be reached by 2015.

For more information, rules, and submission guidelines, go to

(Release sourced from PAHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC list).

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New IMIA Working Groups (2) – Telehealth, Critical Care, Sensors

At the recent 2010 IMIA General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa (Sept. 12), IMIA approved the formation of several new Working Groups (WG), and sanctioned work aimed at the re-activation and reconstitution of several others. In addition to the new Social Media WG (

– a new Wearable Sensors in Healthcare WG was established, with Prof. Dr. med. Dr.-Ing. Michael Marschollek, of the Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Hannover Medical School and University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology, Germany as Chair. The WG aims to promote medical informatics research in the area of wearable sensor technology in healthcare by providing a joint comprehensive platform for information exchange and scientific collaboration. The proposed group aims to attract experts from different areas of expertise, such as medical informatics, biomedical engineering, nursing and medicine.

– a new Critical Care Informatics WG was established, with Reza Shahpori, Clinical Informatics Leader, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Alberta Critical Care Network, Canada as Chair. The WG will focus on the promotion of applied Clinical Informatics in Critical Care for the purpose of increased patient safety and improved quality of care.

– Dr Kannan Subramaniam, New Zealand, has taken on the role of Chair of the Mental Health Informatics WG, to reconstitute and reactivate the WG.

– the former Telematics in Healthcare WG is being reconstituted as a Telehealth WG, with Dr S B Gogia (India) as Chair and Prof. Anthony Maeder (Australia) as Vice chair. The WG held a first meeting at refocus the WG in Cape Town, South Africa at Medinfo2010.

Further information on all WGs is available on the IMIA website >>> and the Chair and Vice chair of each WG/SIG is the primary contact for any queries.

October 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

100 days to Medinfo2010

Medinfo2010, the 13th International Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, starts in just 100 days time, on 12th September 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Lyn Hanmer, Chair of the Local Organising Committee, and all her South African colleagues look forward to welcoming everyone to the first ever Medinfo on African soil, with the conference theme of ‘Partnerships for effective eHealth solutions’. The Scientific Programme Committee is completing preparations for an exciting and challenging programme.

Full details of speakers, the outline programme, and other information are on the Medinfo2010 website –

A range of other events and activities will take place at and around Medinfo2010 – the IMIA Board and General Assembly meetings, meetings of many of IMIA’s Working Groups and of the Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group, the IMIA Health Information System Working Group 30th Anniversary Event (, meetings of several of IMIA’s regions, and much more.

June 4, 2010 Posted by | conference, IMIA, medinfo2010, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

METHODS of Information in Medicine, Volume 49, Issue 3 – eTOC

METHODS of Information in Medicine is an official journal of IMIA.

Volume 49, Issue 3 is available at:


A. Ziegler
On Novel Approaches for Classification – A Proposal for an Interdisciplinary Debate (free download)


A. Luneski, E. Konstantinidis, P. D. Bamidis
Affective Medicine – A Review of Affective Computing Efforts in Medical Informatics


R. Stollhoff, W. Sauerbrei, M. Schumacher
An Experimental Evaluation of Boosting Methods for Classification

L. Fraiwan, K. Lweesy, N. Khasawneh, M. Fraiwan, H. Wenz, H. Dickhaus
Classification of Sleep Stages Using Multi-wavelet Time Frequency Entropy and LDA

E. C. Karvounis, M. G. Tsipouras, C. Papaloukas, D. G. Tsalikakis, K. K. Naka, D. I. Fotiadis
A Non-invasive Methodology for Fetal Monitoring during Pregnancy

L.-Y. Chuang, C.-S. Yang, K.-C. Wu, C.-H. Yang
Correlation-based Gene Selection and Classification Using Taguchi-BPSO


E. Ammenwerth, G. Schreier, D. Hayn
Health Informatics Meets eHealth (free download)


C. Rinner, S. Janzek-Hawlat, S. Sibinovic, G. Duftschmid
Semantic Validation of Standard-based Electronic Health Record Documents with W3C XML Schema

T. Namli, A. Dogac
Testing Conformance and Interoperability of eHealth Applications

B. Pfeifer, M. Wurz, F. Hanser, M. Seger, M. Netzer, M. Osl, R. Modre-Osprian, G. Schreier, C. Baumgartner
An Epidemiological Modeling and Data Integration Framework


P. Otero, F. Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros, W. Hersh
Competencies for a Well-trained Biomedical and Health Informatics Workforce (free download)


G. Lopez-Campos, V. Lopez-Alonso, F. Martin-Sanchez
Training Health Professionals in Bioinformatics – Experiences and Lessons Learned

R. Haux, P. J. Murray
On IMIA‘s International Activities in Health and Biomedical Informatics Education

P. Otero, W. Hersh, D. Luna, F. Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros
A Medical Informatics Distance-learning Course for Latin America – Translation, Implementation and Evaluation

Methods of Information in Medicine is official journal of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).

Now available: free full text online access for all subscribers of the print edition: >>>

IMIA members please link to <> to order your subscription online


Copyright (c) 2010 by Schattauer GmbH Verlag für Naturwissenschaften

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

IMIA-EFMI open source groups activity

Thomas Karopka, vice chair of the IMIA Open Source Health Informatics Working Group and Chair of the EFMI LIFOSS WG, announces that the two groups are co-organising a track that is dedicated specifically to Free/Libre Open Source Software in Health Care (FLOSS-HC) at the 8th annual Med-e-Tel conference (14-16 April 2010) (see

The FLOSS-HC track will be split over the three days of the Med-e-Tel conference. The program consists of over 20 paper presentations, one keynote talk (by Joseph DalMolin), a panel discussion and several discussion sessions. The first day (April 14th) features an introductory presentation on “Open Source Solutions in Healthcare”. The second day (April 15th), features a session on “Communities, Collaboration, Development Issues, Technology Transfer”. The third day (April 16th) has another four thematic sessions on “Sustainability and Community Building”, “Open Source for Mobile Home Healthcare”, “Collaborative Development, Social Networking, Services” and “Open Source in eHealth Infrastructure”.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Methods of Information in Medicine seeks high-quality review articles

Submit your high-quality review articles to Methods of Information in Medicine.

In a recent editorial [1] the journal Methods of Information in Medicine ( revised its structure and announced that it will publish the following types of articles:

  • original articles;
  • original articles devoted to a special topic;
  • review articles;
  • white papers, and
  • editorials.

Methods of Information in Medicine is an official journal of IMIA. Members of IMIA societies and organisations are in particular invited to submit high-quality review articles to the journal. The Editor and the Associate Editors of Methods will be pleased to answer any questions.

Please direct all questions to: ed[at]

[1] Haux R, Aronsky D, Leong TY, McCray AT. Methods extends free access to papers and offers optional open access model: new services and opportunities for authors and readers. Methods Inf Med. 2010; 49(1): 1-2.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Medinfo2010 – 200 days to go and other updates

There are now only 200 days to go the start of Medinfo2010 in Cape Town, South Africa ( – at least, that is what the app on my iPod Touch tells me, and Wolfram Alpha concurs.

Many of you will have been receiving emails in the last 7-10 days about the outcomes of your submissions to the scientific programme. Congratulations to those who have had their submissions accepted, and commiserations to those who have not been as successful. We hope that, whatever the outcome, many of you will now be making your plans to attend, and IMIA look forward to welcoming many friends and colleagues, old and new, to this, the first African Medinfo.

Remember that the closing date for early bird registration is 28 February.

You can follow all the latest news updates on the Medinfo2010 website; you can also follow on Twitter – @medinfo2010

We have also set up a Medinfo2010 event page for those who use Facebook >>> – sign up to the event page and let us know you plans, and what you want to get out of, and will be putting into, Medinfo2010. Hopefully, the event page, and other forms of virtual interaction that we and others will be developing, will allow those who cannot be in Cape Town to have some interaction.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Africa, conference, IMIA, medinfo2010, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment