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IMIA News – 2012 Usage Summary from WordPress.com

As in the past two years, wordpress.com has provided a useful summary of usage stats for the IMIA News site for the previous 12 months.

In 2012, the IMIA News site:

  • provided 184 new posts (more than 3 per week, or 15 per month, and a 6% increase on 2011); also had more than 100 images and graphics uploaded within posts;
  • now has an archive of 630 news items;
  • was viewed more than 41,000 times (an increase of more than 17% on 2011). (Today we pass 65,000 all-time views)

The busiest single day for traffic (not only for 2012, but since IMIA News was created) was November 27th; the most popular post that day was UPDATE: Medinfo2013 Submission Deadlines; Reviewers Invited.

Among the posts and pages with the most views in 2012 were:

1. Call for Papers: ITCH 2013 – February 21 – 23, 2013, Victoria, BC, Canada (written April 2012)
2. Medical Informatics Journals: 2010 Impact Factors (written July 2011)
3. Medical informatics journals impact factors; JMIR now no. 1 (written June 2009)
4. APAMI-2012 – 7th Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics Conference – Call for Papers Extended to 10 July (written April 2012)
5. Medinfo2013 – First Call for Papers, Posters (written May 2012)

This demonstrates the longevity and continuing interest in, and relevance of, some of the items we have produced.

The top referring sites in 2012 were (once again) the IMIA website, facebook.com and twitter.com – although scoop.it also ranked highly. Among search strings that resulted in people visiting the site were “applied clinical informatics, methods of information in medicine” (also highly ranked in 2011), “tiger initiative”, and (interestingly, for an event that does not exist) “mie 2013”.

Most visitors came from the USA (by far the largest number), with Canada and the UK close behind. In Europe, most visitors were from the UK, Germany and Greece; in Asia from India, Japan and Australia; in Africa from South Africa and Nigeria; and in Latin America from Brazil and Argentina.

The full summary as provided by WordPress.com is also available, at https://imianews.wordpress.com/2012/annual-report/

January 2, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, miscellany | , , , | Leave a comment

Launch of The Social MEDia Course

The growth of social media is changing how medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. The ways in which patients, doctors, and all healthcare professionals communicate and manage their interactions is changing due to the growing use of common social media applications and the growth in use of increasingly powerful mobile communications devices.

However, Dr. Bertalan (Berci) Mesko believes that medical education is lagging, and needs a revolution (in his words). In 2008, Berci launched a course at the University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center in Hungary; this was the world’s first university accredited course for medical, dentistry and public health students abut social media and medicine. After several iterations of the course, which proved extremely popular with students, from February 2012, he began to teach the course at Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary (1769). The course is now an elective course that is part of the official medical curriculum at the two universities,  is taught to several hundred students and runs over 14 weeks.

As the next step, Berci has now launched The Social MEDia Course (http://thecourse.webicina.com/). This is a free online course, available to anyone to access. While the course was primarily designed for medical and public health students as well as medical professionals, the vast majority of the presentations can provide useful pieces of information for patients and basically for everyone interested in health and social media.

The Social MEDia Course uses a series of 16 ‘Prezi’ (prezi.com) presentations that run online, and each one is accompanied by a test that can be completed. On completion, a badge is added to the user profile which you can share on any social networks, and after finishing all 16 elements, a personalized certification is available to show successful completion of the course. An introductory Prezi gives an overview of the course.

Berci is a member of IMIA’s Social Media Working Group, and the course has been revised with, and will be monitored by, input from an international advisory board that includes members of the IMIA SMWG (http://thecourse.webicina.com/pages/advisory/).

March 23, 2012 Posted by | education, miscellany | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

IMIA News – 2011 in blogging

At the beginning of 2011, we gave a summary of usage stats for this IMIA News site for the previous 12 months (see http://wp.me/pvCUS-AB).

Thanks to the stats already provided by WordPress.com, we can give a summary of the highlights on 2011, and a comparison with the previous 12 months.

In 2011, the IMIA News site:

  • provided 174 new posts (more than 3 per week, or 14 per month, and a 24% increase on 2011);
  • now has an archive of almost 430 news items;
  • was viewed more than 35,000 times (an increase of more than 55% on 2010). (Today we pass 65,000 all-time views)

The busiest single day for traffic was October 20th; the most popular post that day was “3rd International eHealth Conference, Lahore, Pakistan; January 21-22, 2012 – Call for Papers” (http://wp.me/pvCUS-W9).

The posts and pages with the most views in 2011 were:

1. 3rd International eHealth Conference, Lahore, Pakistan; January 21-22, 2012 – Call for Papers (written October 2011)
2. AIME (Artificial Intelligence in Medicine) 2011: 2-6 July, 2011 – Bled, Slovenia (written December 2010)
3. Medical informatics journals impact factors; JMIR now no. 1 (written June 2009)
4. CDC 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference – Call for Abstracts  (written March 2011)
5. Medical Informatics Journals: 2010 Impact Factors (written July 2011)

The top referring sites in 2011 were the IMIA website, facebook.com and twitter.com. Among search strings that resulted in people visiting the site were “aime 2011”, “applied clinical informatics”, and “methods of information in medicine”.

Most visitors came from the USA, with Canada and the UK close behind. In Europe, most visitors were from the UK and Germany, in Asia from India and Japan, in Africa from South Africa and Nigeria, and in Latin America from Brazil and Argentina.

The full summary as provided by WordPress.com is also available, at https://imianews.wordpress.com/2011/annual-report/

January 1, 2012 Posted by | IMIA, miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Monthly News Bulletin and Melbourne HBIR Digest

The latest issue of the IMIA monthly email news bulletin has today been sent to all subscribers, primarily IMIA members and colleagues who are on our database. In the interests of distributing the information more widely, the bulletin is also available at http://t.co/9D8nZ98f for those wishing to read it, but who are not on our current contacts database. We welcome feedback from colleagues and other readers.

Many of our members and contacts use various forms of web content curation, digests, etc. to collate and manage material form a wide range of sources. One of the newest is the scoop.it digest produced by the Health & Biomedical Informatics Research Unit at University of Melbourne, Australia and the IBES – Institute for the Broadband-Enabled Society. This curates the topic from blogs, tweets, videos and many other sources. See http://www.scoop.it/t/health-and-biomedical-informatics/

December 1, 2011 Posted by | journals, miscellany | , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA News – 2010 in blogging

This IMIA News site is currently hosted at wordpress.com – who provide a useful end-of-year summary .

In 2010, the IMIA News site:

  • provided 140 new posts (nearly 3 per week), and now has an archive of over 250 news items;
  • was viewed approx. 23,000 times;
  • receives up to 150 hits per day (the busiest day was 26 November, 2010 – and November 2010 was our busiest month for traffic since the site was launched in May 2009).

The posts and pages that got the most views in 2010 were:

1. ACI – Applied Clinical Informatics 2010;1 (4) – New Articles (written November 2010)

2. Medical informatics journals impact factors; JMIR now no. 1 (written June 2009)

3. Saudi eHealth Conference 2010 – May 2-4, Riyadh (written April 2010)

4. Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI) ejournal launches (written October 2009)

The top referring sites in 2010 were the IMIA website, twitter.com, mail.yahoo.com, and google.com. Among search strings that resulted in people visiting the site were “applied clinical informatics”, “methods of information in medicine”, “medinfo 2013”, “nursing informatics in europe”, and “call for papers 2011”.

January 3, 2011 Posted by | miscellany | , , , | Leave a comment

New IMIA Working Groups (1) – Social Media

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.

A new Social Media WG has been established, with Dr Chris Paton (New Zealand) as Chair, Francisco J Grajales III (Canada) as Vice chair, and Luis Fernandez-Luque (Norway) as Secretary.

The Social Media Working Group (SMWG) aims to be IMIA’s vehicle for stakeholder engagement in Social Media. Its membership will be international, inclusive, and multidisciplinary. The Social Media Working Group (SMWG) will build on the work completed by the IMIA Web 2.0 (exploratory) Task Force. The term “Social Media” has entered regular usage and reflects the social nature of many modern web sites and web-based tools. Beyond the web, social applications such as Second Life are continuing to advance in both technological features and user uptake. Taskforce members have met regularly at a variety of informatics conferences over the past 2 years and continue to disseminate information about the field to the Health Informatics profession.

The IMIA SMWG will engage members from the international health informatics community, across sectors, to identify, explore, collaborate, and disseminate research on the use of social media for health. Of particular interest are the drivers of change, barriers, facilitators, and policies necessary for the application of the various social media categories in the health domain. These categories include: 1) Social Networks (e.g., Facebook); 2) Professional Networks (e.g., LinkedIn); 3) Thematic Networks (e.g., PatientsLikeMe, TuDiabetes); Microblogs; 4) Blogs; 5) Wikis; 6) Forums/Listserv’s; 7) Social Photo and Video Sharing Tools; 8 ) Collaborative Filtering Tools (e.g., RSS, recommender systems, tagging); and 9) Multi-User Virtual Environments (e.g., Second Life) 10) Social applications and games; 11) Integration of Social Media with Health Information Technologies (e.g. EHRs, PACS, SNOMED); 12) Other (e.g., FriendFeed).

The sectors that will be engaged and invited to participate in this group, include (but are not limited to): 1) IMIA Member Organizations; 2) Academic Bodies; 3) Industry; 4) Governmental research institutions (e.g, US CDC); and 4) Intergovernmental Organizations (e.g., WHO, PAHO, ITU, WMA). The applications of social media will be explored with particular applications to: 1) health care delivery, 2) health care professional education; 3) public health; 4) clinical and disaster medicine; and 5) research.

The WG has already had one meeting in Second Life (early October) and plans to meet at the forthcoming Medicine 2.0’10 conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands (http://www.medicine20congress.com).

The WG has set up the following channels for interaction and communication and invites interested people to become members:

Blog: http://imiasocialmedia.wordpress.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/imiasocialmedia
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3508923
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=153666904674185

October 5, 2010 Posted by | IMIA, WG | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social Media and Medinfo2010

As part of an initiative lead by Gil Kuperman, AMIA2010 Symposium SPC Chair, we have created a social media site to collate as much of the online social media interaction around Medinfo2010 as we can.

The site is at http://grou.ps/medinfo2amia2010 – it has several aims:
– to aggregate such tweets, blog posts, etc as we can locate or are informed of around Medinfo2010;
– to provide a forum for focused discussions (in the ‘Forum’ area) around some specific topics;
– to provide an opportunity for blog posts by people who don’t have their own blogs.

If you wish to actively contribute, you can sign up for an account via the site (please provide information on who you are, to deter spammers etc.); or you can just read the contributions of others. See the ‘How to use this site’ page for more information.

After Medinfo2010, we will be collating and analysing materials, as well as holding some more focused discussions, to feed into sessions at AMIA2010; we will discuss further developments after that.

Members of the IMIA Web 2.0 Taskforce are contributing to the site – if you are willing to help monitor, moderate, etc., then please let us know.

We recognise that many people will also use their own blog sites, Twitter streams, etc. – please contact us if you are willing to explore collaboration on this.

Other social media activities at Medinfo2010:
-Using Social Media to Build an Online Community: Learning By Doing – Workshop 904 at 17:15 – 18:45 on Monday 13 September – lead by Robert Hsiung and colleagues. See http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139533066063883 and http://medinfo-socmed.wikispaces.com for more details
-Social Media New Tools for Personal Health and Wellbeing – Panel 518 at 13:30 – 15:00 on Monday 13 September – lead by Pirkko Kouri and others

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Africa, AMIA, conference, IMIA, medinfo2010 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Health Informatics Forum

Health Informatics Forum (http://www.healthinformaticsforum.com) is a social network for health informatics professionals, students and academics.

Set up by Dr Chris Paton in New Zealand (http://chrispaton.org), the forum now has about 4,000 members from all around the world. While the forum is not an IMIA activity, many IMIA members are also members of the forum; Chris is also a member of the IMIA Web 2.0 Taskforce). Its members include many leading academics and researchers in the field of health informatics.

The forum provides opportunities for online discussion, features news and opinions via the blog posts, and features videos, categorised links, information on events, and many other features.

June 28, 2010 Posted by | miscellany | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some you may have missed – 21 February, 2010

The latest of our irregular round-ups of health and biomedical informatics news items culled from a range of sources.  The following is an idiosyncratic and serendipitous collections of items taken from recent weeks’ RSS feeds and Twitter streams dealing with various aspects of health and informatics. (All links are for information only, and do not imply any IMIA endorsement of any item or view expressed).

Rockefeller Foundation Supports Expansion, Training of E-Health Work Force in Developing World – AMIA reports that the Rockefeller Foundation has awarded them a US$630,100 project grant to support the initial implementation of a global e-Health training program in sub-Saharan Africa; this will be designed for primary care providers, technical staff and health policy-makers. The Rockefeller grant will support Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBs), a program developed by AMIA in which distance-learning supports clinical and health informatics training in low-resource countries; the aim is to provide greater understanding and use of informatics and databases to enable better support of community care and public health services. The full news release is at on the AMIA website >>> 19 February via AMIA News Releases RSS feeds.

Scienceroll.com: Medgadget Weblog Awards Winner! – for the second year in a row, Bertalan Meskó’s ScienceRoll is the Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog in the Medgadget Medical Weblog Awards. The full story is on scienceroll.com 20 February via Scienceroll, Twitter and multiple sources.

Trusts ‘ignore patient safety alerts’ – a patient safety charity has alleged that around three quarters of NHS trusts [in England] have failed to comply with at least one patient safety alert issued by the National Patient Safety Agency. In November, E-Health Insider showed that around 70% of trusts had not implemented standarised patient wristbands under an alert that required them to print demographic details on wristbands by July 2009. 17 February on E-Health Insider.

Australia to mandate health ID number – The Australian government has said it will mandate a new national e-health number for all citizens; this unique 16-digit health ID number, to be introduced from July, comes despite an earlier Government promise the new “e-health” system would be on an opt-in basis. 17 February on E-Health Europe.

SmartPersonalHealth a New European eHealth Project – a plethora of devices and applications, some converging from the consumer electronics world, are coming onto the market and are being recommended by doctors and health insurers to help monitor our health and wellness. These tools, called “personal health systems” (PHS), are a key element of the growth of eHealth in Europe. Their full benefit can only be realised if they are interoperable. SmartPersonalHealth is a project developed by Continua Alliance, the European Telecommunication Standards Institute, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, Empirica, coordinated by The Centre. For further information, visit: http://sph.continuaalliance.org 16 February via eHealthNews.eu

February 21, 2010 Posted by | miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

Some you may have missed – 07 February, 2010

The latest of our irregular round-ups of health and biomedical informatics news items culled from a range of sources.  The following is an idiosyncratic and serendipitous collections of items taken from recent weeks’ RSS feeds and Twitter streams dealing with various aspects of health and informatics. (All links are for information only, and do not imply any IMIA endorsement of any item or view expressed).

Fractal Electronic Health Records? – a blog post from Heather Leslie in Australia. She says that “identifying recurring patterns in clinical practice help to ensure our EHRs can record health information effectively. When we look closely, clinical medicine is fractal in nature”. The post discusses a range of issues arising from the implications of this statement, concluding that “content modeling for EHRs needs to reflect the fractal nature of clinical medicine accurately, both coarse and fine levels of granularity, and ensuring that the data capture is ‘fit for clinical purpose’”.  http://omowizard.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/fractal-ehrs/ – 05 February via Twitter (@omowizard).

$99 Wii Balance Board Outperforms $17,885 Medical Device – a link to the original stories that seem to show that the $100 device is clinically comparable to the $18k device in helping recovery of balance in stroke patients.  Some useful observations on thinking outside the box and the nature of medical device testing and pricing. 25 January on The Healthcare IT Guy.

Informatics Experts Contribute to Special Health Affairs Edition on E-Health in the Developing World – five articles, whose lead or senior authors are leaders and members of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), appear in the Feb. 2010 issue of Health Affairs. They provide a glimpse into the future of health care delivery in an increasingly information-driven era of health care in the developing world. These articles explain the critical role that information technology, and the health informatics work force will play in achieving overall health improvements globally. The full release is on the AMIA website. 05 February on AMIA News Releases RSS feed.

PeRSSonalized Midwifery: Dynamic Collection of Selected Resources – PeRSSonalized Midwifery contains a selection of quality news sites, blogs, peer-reviewed journals, Twitter users and Youtube channels. Sarah Stewart, a New Zealand based midwife and blogger with nearly 30 years of clinical and education experience provided the midwifery resources. 02 February on ScienceRoll.

February 7, 2010 Posted by | miscellany | , , | Leave a comment