From the International Medical Informatics Association

AMIA 2015 Call for Participation and Reviewers

chrislChristoph U. Lehmann, MD, FAAP, FACMI, Chair of the AMIA2015 Scientific Program Committee, together with Vice Chairs Sarah Ingersoll, MS, MBA, and Riccardo Bellazzi, PhD, FACMI, invite all informatics researchers, practitioners, professionals, students, trainees, friends, and colleagues to participate in and attend the AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium fueled by the Power of Informatics!

The Call for Participation is open –  Deadline: March 12, 11:59 p.m. EDT

The AMIA Symposium is the premier event to present and hear the latest scientific discoveries, join your colleagues and peers in networking and fellowship, begin lasting collaboration and professional friendships, engage in spirited discussions and debates on controversial informatics topics, learn from others in your field, and connect to the mentors and leaders in informatics.

AMIA2015 will be held in San Francisco, on November 14 – 18. Please follow @AMIAinformatics and use the official hashtag #AMIA2015

The call for participation includes 2 tracks, 21 themes and the following submission categories.

Submission categories:

  • Papers
  • Student papers
  • Podium Abstract Presentations
  • Posters
  • Didactic Panels
  • Interactive Panels
  • Systems Demonstrations
  • Pre-symposium Tutorials
  • AMIA Working Group Pre-symposia

Call for Reviewers
AMIA invites all members to actively participate in the development of program content for AMIA 2015. Members and non-members may review and recommend submissions within their areas of expertise. Contact Dasha Cohen at with questions. Go to Note: Sign up to become a reviewer does not guarantee placement.
Early Bird Registration for AMIA 2015 is open –


January 23, 2015 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dr Morris Collen Passed Away, Aged 100

We regret to inform colleagues that Dr Morris F Collen, a pioneer of informatics and founding members of AMIA and ACMI, has passed away at the age of 100. Tributes have been paid by many colleagues; Dr Marion Ball, a past President of IMIA and close friend and colleague of Dr Collen, said that “We have lost a giant in our field”.  Tributes to his life, work and influence are on the AMIA website (; current ACMI President Alexa T. McCray, PhD, reflected that “there is no question that Morris Collen will be remembered for his seminal and significant contributions to our field. And for those who had the great pleasure of knowing him during his rich and productive career, he will be recalled fondly as one who always had a kind and generous word to say whenever there was an opportunity to do so. His was a life well lived.”  An obituary in the Los Angeles Times (thanks to Marion Ball for the link) provides further background and tributes ( as does the Kaiser Permante website (


October 2, 2014 Posted by | AMIA | , | Leave a comment

AMIA 2015 Joint Summits on Translational Science – Submissions Deadline Sept. 25

amialogoAMIA is pleased to announce that the sixth annual Joint Summits on Translational Science will be held at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, with the Summit on Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) on March 23-25 followed by the Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) on March 25-27. See for full information.

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT

The Joint Summits serve as the primary forum to connect with leaders in the field of informatics who are advancing translational science at the nexus of bioinformatics and clinical research. The theme of the 2015 Joint Summits is accelerating precision medicine and patient-centered outcomes research through discovery, development and delivery. This meeting will bring together translational scientists and informatics researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, government and non-profit sectors to share knowledge and best practices, and to forge collaborations across boundaries. Lewis J. Frey, PhD is Chair of the 2015 TBI Scientific Program Committee and Chunhua Weng, PhD, MS is Chair of the 2015 CRI Scientific Program Committee.


August 1, 2014 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

AMIA 2014 Call for Participation – Submissions Close 13 March 2014

AMIA announce the Call for participation for the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium. Full details are at The submission site is expected to be opened soon, and the submission deadline will be 13 March 2014 at 23:59 EDT.

Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, invites AMIA members, students, practitioners, informatics researchers, industry partners, and others interested in the rapidly emerging field of informatics to participate in the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium. Information on themes and tracks, categories of submission and information on the submission process are all available via

The AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium will be held at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. on 15-19 November, 2014.


January 29, 2014 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

January 2014 Events Reminder

January is often a quiet time for health informatics events. However, we start 2014 with two events.

CINFOMED, the 2nd Medical Informatics Conference in DR Congo will be held in the meeting room of the Petit Trianon restaurant at the French Circle of Kinshasa, DR Congo on January 15, 2014, under the main theme “Ensuring Health for all through New Technologies”. Information is available on the website of the conference at
2ième Conférence d’informatique médicale en RD Congo, CINFOMED 2014 le 15 Janvier 2014 – “Garantir la Santé pour tous grâce aux Nouvelles Technologies” – Salle de réunion du restaurant le petit Trianon au Cercle au Cercle Français de Kinshasa

iHealth-right-deadline-ADThe new iHealth 2014, to be held on 30 January-01 February, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida, USA. The event is convened by AMIA, and full information is at – advance registration rates are available until 09 January.

“iHealth is about what works. And what doesn’t. iHealth is about solutions created and refined in the real world that make health care better. iHealth is about the answers … capture iNFORMATION about the iNDIVIDUAL and apply iNFORMATICS to create iNTELLIGENCE that drives iNNOVATION to radically iMPROVE health care.”

For those planning ahead, remember the following deadlines for submissions to conferences later in the year:

06 January – submission deadline for EFMI STC 2014 (Hungary) –
27 January – submission deadline for scientific contributions to eHealth2014 (Austria) –
31 January – submission deadline for papers and posters to MIE2014 (Turkey) ; submission deadline for workshop proposals BDAH2014 (Singapore)

January 6, 2014 Posted by | Africa, AMIA, conference, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

iHealth 2014 Conference – Orlando, FL, USA; 30 January – 01 February, 2014

iHealth-right-deadline-ADThe first iHealth conference (iHealth 2014), convened by AMIA and co-hosted by AcademyHealth, will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida on 30 January to 01 February, 2014. Full information is at and advance registration rates are available until 09 January.

The event, addressing clinical and operational informatics, is designed to address the needs of  a wide range of clinicians, healthcare executives, including decision makers, strategic planners, physician/nurse executives,  CMIO/CNIOs. The event is described as:

“iHealth is about what works. And what doesn’t. iHealth is about solutions created and refined in the real world that make health care better. iHealth is about the answers … capture iNFORMATION about the iNDIVIDUAL and apply iNFORMATICS to create iNTELLIGENCE that drives iNNOVATION to radically iMPROVE health care.”

The programme includes a CMIO/CNIO Pre-Conference Workshop; a Plenary Panel with Four Past National Coordinators on HIT; a Closing Keynote Panel featuring nurse leaders; and sessions ranging across topics including Barriers and Solutions to HIT Governance, Patient Safety and Interoperable HIT, Academia, Industry, and Other Stakeholders Working Together to Achieve Widespread Quality and Safety Improvement through HIT, and Mobile Self-Monitoring and Health Behavior Change. The event will feature an “Ideas that Work” competition.

December 20, 2013 Posted by | AMIA, clinical informatics, conference | , , , | Leave a comment

Updates From IMIA Journals – ACI and Methods

ACI Editor Prof. Chris Lehmann and publishers Schattauer are pleased to announce that the all papers from the first 13 issues of ACI (up to and including Vol 3, Issue 3, totaling almost 120 articles) are now free and openly available for download. They are available via the Journal Archive at

The latest issue of Methods of Information in Medicine (Volume 52, Issue 6) contains several important freely available items for download. There is an Editorial titled “The World Health Assembly Resolutions on eHealth: eHealth in Support of Universal Health Coverage” authored by Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (download). The editorial reports that the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and three of the six WHO Regional Committees have adopted a number of resolutions on eHealth: the use of information and communication technology for health. It argues these resolutions have given legitimacy to eHealth as an area of work for WHO and its member states, and that their implementation will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Universal Health Coverage. eHealth has been perceived as reducing the cost of healthcare, improving quality and equitable access to health services, and several examples are cited.

The other three free downloads are linked: a discussion paper titled “Biomedical Informatics: We are what we publish” (Elkin, Brown and Wright – download), which is introduced by an editorial (Beuscart: “Know thyself”download), and followed by a commentary paper (Geissbuhler et al, with contributions from colleagues in Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Egypt, Argentina and Australia – download) which collates invited comments. Methods invites colleagues to continue the discussion in subsequent issues through letters to the editor.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | ACI eJournal, journals | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AMIA 2013 Annual Symposium: Washington DC, 16-20 November

John Holmes, AMIA 2013 SPC Chair, on behalf of the 2013 Scientific Program Committee, extends a warm welcome to informatics researchers, practitioners, students, and the curious to the 2013 AMIA Annual Symposium. The event will be held on November 16-20, 2013 at the Washington Hilton, Washington DC, USA. Full information is on the AMIA 2013 website at with the Schedule-at-a-Glance giving an overview.

John notes that the “AMIA Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field — translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics. But that’s not all: computer scientists, information scientists, computational biologists, social scientists, and any others who work with information in health domains are very much welcome to attend!”

Follow @AMIAinformatics for updates on Twitter, use the official hashtag  #AMIA2013 and follow on Twubs


September 18, 2013 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment

AMIA 2014 Joint Summits on Translational Science : Call for Participation Closes 03 Oct.

AMIA announces that the Call for Participation for the 2014 Joint Summits on Translational Science is open. The submission deadline is October 3, 2013. The 2014 Joint Summits on Translational Science will be held at the Hotel Parc 55, San Francisco, California on April 7 – 11, 2014. See for all information.

Joshua Denny, Chair, TBI Scientific Program Committee and Rachael Richesson, Chair, CRI Scientific Program Committee invite AMIA members and translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics professionals and students to submit proposals. There is a Translational Bioinformatics Call and a Clinical Research Informatics Call – full information on both are available via the website at

The TBI Scientific Program Committee and CRI Scientific Program Committee members are also pleased to introduce a new Student Paper Competition in 2014. Please review the TBI and CRI call descriptions for details.

The TBI and CRI Summits are the premier forums for interacting with leaders in informatics at the interface of biology and health care. Translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics are the informatics domains that support translational research in the context of human health and disease, and touch nearly all areas of biological, biomedical, and clinical research. Translational bioinformatics includes innovative methods and discoveries applied to biologic data, with special focus on human application, including personalized medicine. Clinical research informatics focuses on innovations related to the management of information related to clinical trials and includes informatics related to secondary research use of clinical data.


July 25, 2013 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , | Leave a comment

AMIA2013 – Early Bird Registration Open; Panels, Tutorials, Schedule-at-a-Glance

amialogoEarly bird registration is open for the AMIA2013 Annual Symposium, to be held in Washington DC, USA on November 16-20, 2013. Full information on all aspects of the symposium is at

Early bird registration closes on 29 August. See

The website also has information on panels, tutorials, keynote speakers, and links to booking hotels.

In addition, there is a Call for Late-Breaking Research Abstracts  – Deadline: July 31 – see and the Student Design Challenge: Reinventing Clinical Documentation – Deadline: July 31 –

Follow @AMIAinformatics for updates on Twitter, use the official hashtag  #AMIA2013 and follow on Twubs


July 22, 2013 Posted by | AMIA, conference, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment