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New Trends in Health Social Media: Hype or Evidence-based Medicine? (Medinfo Panel)

Members of the IMIA Social Media Working Group seek input and interaction form all those interested in addressing the title/topic of their Medinfo2013 panel – “New Trends in Health Social Media: Hype or Evidence-based Medicine?” Luis Fernandez-Luque, IMIA Social Media WG Secretary, writes:

In order to allow interaction with the health social media community we will post a series of blog entries about the different topics addressed in our panel. What do you think? Is Social media Hype or Evidence-based Medicine? Where do you think the research is going? What are your thoughts?
See the blog post on the SMWG site for further information: http://imiasocialmedia.wordpress.com/

The panel summary states: “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.”

Panellists include heterogenous researchers from the WG:

  • Luis Fernandez-Luque, MS (Norut, Tromsø, Norway);
  • Annie Lau, PhD (Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia);
  • Carol S Bond, Dr (Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom);
  • Kerstin Denecke, PhD (University Medical Center of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany) ; and
  • Fernando José Martín-Sanchez, Professor (Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Unit. The University of Melbourne, Australia).

Medinfo2013, the 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 20-23 August, 2013 – see www.medinfo2013.dk

April 14, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Context Sensitive Health Informatics Pre-Medinfo2013 Conference: Submissions Now Due 08 February

Prof. Marie-Catherine Beuscart-Zéphir (Past Vice Chair), and Prof. Christian Nøhr (Chair of the IMIA Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics Working Group) wish to announce that the Call for Papers is available for the “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event, a pre-Medinfo conference jointly organized/supported by several IMIA WG (Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics, Organizational and Social Issues, Health Informatics for Patient Safety).

The event will be held on 17 and 18 August, 2013 at the Danish Institute for Medical Simulation at Herlev Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Call for papers – deadline EXTENDED TO 08 FEBRUARY
Context Sensitive Health Informatics is about health information technologies and their environments. Environments may be people in different roles such as users, designers, and evaluators, but also nonhuman constructs such as organizations, work practices, guidelines and protocols, buildings and markets. We invite original contributions addressing the conference topic.

For more information about the conference and the call please see the conference web site:  www.cshi2013.org and the attached downloadable document: IMIA Context Sensitive Health Informatics Call for Papers

Submission of paper: 8 February 2013
Notification of acceptance: 2 April 2013
Submission of final papers: 22 April 2013

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

January 23, 2013 Posted by | conference, education, Europe, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment

Call for Papers: Enabling Technologies in Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation – Deadline 01 March 2013

Dr Michael Marschollek (Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Germany and IMIA Wearable Sensors WG) invites submission of papers to Joint Focus Theme Issues of Methods of Information in Medicine (MIM) and Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie – European Journal of Geriatrics (ZGG) on the theme of  Enabling Technologies in Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation. Guest Editors: Michael Marschollek (MIM), Clemens Becker (ZGG).

The deadline for electronic submission of contributions is 01 March, 2013. The full details are in the downloadable PDF version of the Call (CfP Enabling Technologies 2013 MIM ZGG). Please submit your paper electronically (as an email attachment) to the Guest Editor at Michael.marschollek[at]plri.de. In accordance with the submitting authors he will allocate your manuscript to one of the two journals and provide details on the review process. Submissions of full papers should be limited to about 4,000 words (25,000 characters for ZGG). Papers must not have appeared in, nor be under consideration by other journals.

Demographic change with rising numbers in co-morbidity leads to an increased demand in clinical geriatric expertise as well as in geriatric research. In order to alleviate the effects that aging will have on our societies in terms of increased functional deficits, waning possibilities for participation and communication and a potential risk of emergencies, supportive technical solutions are frequently proposed. Such technologies may comprise a wide range of solutions including e.g. wearable sensor-based systems, ambient assisted living systems for personal environments or communication support tools. To make sure that the rapidly advancing field of research in technologies for the elderly meets the demands of the persons in need, research efforts should be interdisciplinary. Evaluation in controlled clinical trials or field experiments is extremely valuable and therefore highly commended.

January 10, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, journals, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment

Inventory of Health IT Evaluation Studies

The IMIA WG Health Technology and Quality Assessment and EFMI WG Assessment of Health Information Systems provide and maintain the Inventory of Health IT Evaluation Studies and Systematic Reviews, available for free at: http://evaldb.umit.at

Dr Nicolette de Keizer, Chair of the IMIA Working Group (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/154) writes:

This repository was created to help researchers to identify evaluation studies that have been conducted in defined settings. It now contains more than 1700 references to published evaluation studies and reviews of evaluation studies of health information systems.

A health information system in this context comprises all computer-based components that are used to enter, store, process, communicate, and present health related or patient related information, and which are used by health care professionals or the patient themselves in the context of inpatient or outpatient patient care. Each entry is indexed according to, among others, type of evaluation information system, clinical domain, evaluation method, and evaluation criteria. All entries are searchable based on a combination of parameters and thereby it allows much more specific searches than, for example, the MeSh-terms in PubMed. For each entry, the abstract can be reviewed, and a direct link to PubMed is provided.

The repository is the result of a systematic literature search in PubMed, conducted in 2003 [1] and updated in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Since 2009, the repository is also updated based on input from researchers from all over the world. To support this, the repository website offers the possibility to propose studies that should be entered into the database. Since 2010, between 150 and 200 distinct visitors visit http://evaldb.umit.at each month.

References
[1] Ammenwerth E, de Keizer N. An inventory of evaluation studies of information technology in health care trends in evaluation research 1982-2002. Methods Inf Med. 2005;44(1):44-56. Erratum in: Methods Inf Med. 2005;44(3):III.

December 10, 2012 Posted by | IMIA, WG | , | Leave a comment

Context Sensitive Health Informatics Pre-Medinfo2013 Conference: Call for Papers

Prof. Marie-Catherine Beuscart-Zéphir, outgoing Vice Chair of the IMIA Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics Working Group wishes to announce that the Call for Papers is available for the “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event, a pre-Medinfo conference jointly organized/supported by several IMIA WG (Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics, Organizational and Social Issues, Health Informatics for Patient Safety).

The event will be held on 17 and 18 August, 2013 at the ITX Lab at Herlev Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Call for papers
Context Sensitive Health Informatics is about health information technologies and their environments. Environments may be people in different roles such as users, designers, and evaluators, but also nonhuman constructs such as organizations, work practices, guidelines and protocols, buildings and markets. We invite original contributions addressing the conference topic.

For more information about the conference and the call please see the conference web site:  www.cshi2013.org (under construction)

Submission of paper: 1 February 2013
Notification of acceptance: 2 April 2013
Submission of final papers: 22 April 2013

This is an official event of several IMIA WGs and is supported by IMIA.

October 14, 2012 Posted by | conference, Europe, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

May Meetings and Events

The following events will take place in May, many of which are organised by IMIA Member Societies, and we encourage colleagues to support them.

May 10-11, 2012   ehealth2012: Health Informatics meets eHealth
http://www.ehealth2012.at

Location: Vienna, Austria
Organisers: Working Group Medical Informatics and eHealth of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and the Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT)

May 14-15, 2012  2012 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data (invitational event)
http://euhealthdata2012.imia.info

Location: Hotel Metropole, Brussels, Belgium.
Hosted by IMIA, in conjunction with supporting and sponsoring organisations.

May 21, 2012   PERVASENSE2012 workshop: Situation recognition and medical data analysis in Pervasive Health environments
http://www.pervasense.org

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Organised in conjunction with with IMIA Wearable Sensors WG – http://www.wearable-sensors.org

Dates: May 27-30, 2012  eHealth 2012: Innovating Health e-care
http://www.e-healthconference.com

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada
Organisers: COACH, Canadian Institute for Health Informatics, Canada Health Infoway

May 9, 2012 Posted by | conference, IMIA, WG | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Working Group ‘Security in Health Information Systems (SiHIS) Event: 03-05 August, Australia

The next meeting/event of the IMIA Working Group ‘Security in Health Information Systems (SiHIS) will be held on 03-05 August, 2012 in the Gold Coast, Australia. This will immediately follow the HISA (Health Informatics Society of Australia) conference, which is being held on 30 July to 02 August in Sydney – http://www.hisa.org.au/page/hic2012

The theme of the SiHIS meeting will be: Global Citizens – Accessing and Sharing Health Data Across International Borders. The meeting topics will include, but not be limited to:

  • Medical Tourism
  • Education of global technologies – e.g. cloud computing for health
  • Collaborative medical/bio research data linkages across borders
  • Novel technical solutions to support global Privacy and Security
  • Personal Control of Health Records – e.g. obsolescence, removing data, data location
  • De-identification for international sharing – i.e. is it strong enough for each country?
  • Privacy protection technologies
  • International health data standards
  • International Policy Framework – update on effectiveness.

SiHIS WG members may contact the WG Chair and Vice Chair for further information – see http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/150

Some information is included in the downloadable announcement document (485kb, PDF) and further information will be provided nearer the event.

The most recent SiHIS meeting was held in Hiroshima, Japan in November 2009.

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Asia-Pacific, Australia, conference, IMIA, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment

PervaSense Workshop; IMIA ‘Wearable Sensors’ WG Activity

The IMIA Working Group “Wearable sensors in healthcare” (http://www.wearable-sensors.org) will co-host the 4th international workshop PervaSense “Situation recognition and medical data analysis in Pervasive Health environments” (PERVASENSE2012, http://www.pervasense.org), reports Prof. Dr. med. Dr.-Ing. Michael Marschollek, Working Group chair.

It will be held in San Diego, USA on May 21, 2012,  in conjunction with the 6th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing
Technologies for Healthcare 2012 (Pervasive Health). The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2012.

The Call for Papers (download, 98kb PDF) is available, and information is on the workshop website.

In recent years, pervasive systems in healthcare have reached a high degree of maturity. However, the interpretation of large amounts of medical sensor data with regard to a person’s individual situation still remains a great challenge for the research community. Advanced medical data analysis is one important prerequisite for providing individualized health services in Pervasive Health or Ambient Assisted Living environments. Situation recognition, in turn, is a key factor for individualization and adaptivity.

The aim of this workshop is to attract the presentation of state-of-the-art research in the three areas of situation recognition (i.e., detection of falls, Activities of Daily Living, contextaware situation recognition), medical data analysis (vital signs data analysis, short- and longterm deviations in the state of health, decision support), and behavior monitoring (trend analysis for the detection of long-term deviations in a person’s behavior for detecting age-related diseases such as dementia) in Pervasive Health or Ambient Assisted Living environments.

January 23, 2012 Posted by | conference, USA, WG | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Launches “Working Group of the Year” Award

New for 2012, IMIA is launching an “IMIA Working Group of the Year” Award. The Award will recognise and reward the IMIA Working Group (WG) that has been the most successful in the previous year, since the last IMIA General Assembly meeting, in its the efforts and achievements in support of IMIA’s mission. It will specifically recognise both outstanding accomplishments and team effort.

All IMIA Working Groups will be eligible to receive the award under the IMIA Working Group of the Year Award Program, and one award will be given every year. The Award will be made by the IMIA Board, on the recommendation of the Award Selection Committee, and the announcement and presentation made at the IMIA General Assembly meeting in a non-Medinfo year, and otherwise at the close of each Medinfo conference. The first Award, for 2012, will therefore be made at the 2012 IMIA General Assembly meeting.

The Award Selection Committee decides the Award winner on the basis of the Working Group Annual Reports, which will be revised to show how WG activities have matched the plan of activity produced by each WG. The current members of the Award Selection Committee are Hyeoun-Ae Park (VP for WGs/SIG), Peter Murray (CEO), Nancy Lorenzi (Past President of IMIA and Past VP for WGs/SIG), Reinhold Haux (Past President of IMIA), Elizabeth Borycki (VP for IMIA North America), and Jacob Hofdijk (VP for EFMI).

The launching of this new initiative was approved by the IMIA General Assembly at its meeting in Oslo, Norway on August 28, 2011. IMIA Vice President for Working Groups and Special Interest Groups, Dr Hyeoun-Ae Park, has lead this initiative, and has written to all IMIA Working Group Chairs and Vice chairs. In parallel, the 2011 IMIA General Assembly meeting approved new performance measurements for WGs, which formalise and bring up to date the traditions of the operation of WGs. Full details of the Award and the Performance Measurements are available for WGs on the IMIA website, via the WG/SIG section.

January 13, 2012 Posted by | IMIA, WG | , | 1 Comment

Seventh International Workshop on Biosignal Interpretation – Como, Italy, July 2-4th 2012: Call for Submissions

The seventh International Workshop on Biosignal Interpretation which will be held in Como, Italy on July 2-4th 2012. The workshop aims at exploring the fields of biosignal interpretation including model based signal analysis, data interpretation and integration, medical decision making extending the existing signal processing methods and technologies for the effective utilization of biosignals in a clinical environment as well as for a deeper understanding of biological functions from the whole organism, system, to cellular, protein and gene scales. This Workshop was held basically every three years with a site rotation among Europe, Asia and America. The first one was held in Denmark in 1993 and the last one was in New Haven CT, USA, in 2009.

This event is being supported by, among others, IMIA through its Working Group on Biomedical Pattern Recognition (http://www.imia-medinfo.org/new2/node/136); WG Chair Dr Luca Mainardi, from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy is the Conference Chair.

The first announcement of the event is now available via the conference website (http://www.biomed.polimi.it/BSI2012/home.php) and with a downloadable PDF file.

The deadline for submission of papers (up to 4 pages) is 01 March, 2012 (http://www.biomed.polimi.it/BSI2012/deadlines.php).

January 3, 2012 Posted by | conference, Europe, IMIA, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment