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Global Telehealth 2015 Conference – Call for Papers Extended to Monday 15 December


GT2015 Call for Papers: Deadline Extension to Monday, December 15, 2014

COACH is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for GT2015 (, the 4th such conference, open to all academic, healthcare, health informatics and telehealth professionals from Canada and around the world. The organisers encourage your research, study and leading papers to be submitted for acceptance and presentation at this international conference, to be held on May 29-30, 2015 in Toronto.

On behalf of Conference Co-Chairs Jennifer Zelmer and Kendall Ho, we would welcome you to Canada and to this special conference with the theme Serving the Underserved: Integrating Technology and Information for Better Healthcare. Bring your study and research findings, present and network with your Canadian and international colleagues, get published and Medline indexed in the IOS Press series Studies in Health Technology and Informatics and be a part of the innovation, evolution and development of telehealth, mobile health and virtual health, all for the betterment of our patient populations in every community and region.

We welcome your papers, your attendance and interest – and plan to stay for the eHealth 2015 conference ( starting the day after GT2015 (31 May – 03 June) , and also in Toronto.

gt2015-n24Full information on the GT2015 Call is at – submission deadline for Full and Short Papers is now December 15, 2014. Papers are invited under three guided themes: cultural and socio-economic factors; latest, cutting-edge technology; and extending access. Refer to the An Author’s Guide to Submitting a Paper to GT2015


The Applied Program track for GT2015 is also now open. The applied program track will feature a number of concurrent sessions on:

1. Telehealth in the Home, including technologies and services such as teleconsultation, telecollaboration, telehomecare and remote patient monitoring that enable and empower patients to work with healthcare professionals to manage their disease from their homes or communities.
2. eMental Health, and how this is being provided in new and different ways with digital technologies to augment service quantity and quality, enhance access, address diversity while reducing disparity, and improve outcomes.
3. National Programs, featuring profiles of small, medium and large countries and agencies and their approaches to governance and policy given different geographic, demographic and related challenges and issues.
4. Planning, Implementation & Management, including how care delivery services are being conceived, designed and delivered, as well as approaches to funding, measurement, monitoring and benefits evaluation.

The deadline for submissions to the Applied Program is January 16, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated as there are limited presentation opportunities.  Submissions will be reviewed and selections made by the CTF Education Committee, which is responsible for the organization of the applied program committee component of GT2015. Those submitters whose presentations have been selected being notified by February 16th.

Presentation submissions can be directed here. Questions about making a presentation submission can be directed to Grant Gillis, Executive Director, Forums & Practices at ggillis[at]


December 4, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference | , , | Leave a comment

2014 Canadian Health Informatics Award winners

The recipients of the 2014 Canadian Health Informatics Awards and Steven Huesing Scholarship were announced at the 9th Annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) Gala, held during e-Health 2014 in Vancouver BC, Canada on June 3, 2014. The full list is at

Among the many recipients were:

Clinician Leadership (honouring a clinician who has shown outstanding leadership in Canada in advancing the use of health Information Communication Technology (ICT) and informatics or telehealth in clinical practice resulting in improved provider and patient experiences and outcomes):
Dr. Lynn Nagle – Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, & Founding President, Canadian Nursing Informatics Association.

Emerging Leader in Health Informatics (recognising individuals who are in the first five years of their HI or telehealth career and have clearly demonstrated leadership and achieved early success in HI or telehealth):
Dr. Manal Kleib – Faculty Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics (recognising a project team that has, through innovation and commitment, implemented an information technology (IT) project that has been successfully integrated or adopted into the health system at the community or regional level):
First Nations Panorama Implementation Project

Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics (recognizes an individual’s outstanding ongoing contributions as a thought leader, both nationally and internationally, to advance Canadian Health Informatics (HI) or Canadian Telehealth):
Richard Alvarez – President & CEO, Canada Health Infoway.

Steven Huesing Scholarship (reflecting the spirit, dedication and innovation that the late Steven Huesing, COACH Founding President, made to the field of health informatics):
Helen Monkman – PhD in Health Information Science candidate, University of Victoria.

COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association and ITAC Health co-host the CHIA Gala and Awards program. An impartial Adjudication Committee, comprised of leaders in the HI profession, evaluates all nominations and scholarship applications and chooses the award recipient(s).

June 6, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference | , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) – June 01-04, 2014

COACH, IMIA’s Member Society in Canada , and the other hosts of the event, have announced new developments for the forthcoming e-Health 2014 Conference, which will be taking place from June 1-4, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. e-Health 2014 is Canada’s only national e-health conference and tradeshow, and provides education and networking opportunities for the telehealth and informatics communities.

Full information on keynote speakers, registration, hotels, etc. is available at

The first Hackathon at an e-Health conference, presented in partnership with Hacking Health (, will bring hackers together with healthcare professionals who have a deep understanding of problems that need to be solved and strong connections to target users. Through collaboration, the aim is to rapidly build a prototype for games, apps, websites, web applications, services, etc. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) Gala. Further information is at

The 9th Annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) Gala, on 03 June, will recognise excellence, leadership and innovation (

Use the e-Health 2014 Conference hashtag: #ehealth14  The e-health 2014 blog will also cover important information about the various activities-


May 14, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, education | , , , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) – Early Bird Registration Ends 04 April

The e-Health 2014 Conference will be taking place in Vancouver from June 1-4, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada – see for full information.

The early bird registration rate ends on 04 April, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Information on registration rates is at

Use the e-Health 2014 Conference hashtag: #ehealth14


April 4, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment

CHIA Awards, Steven Huesing Scholarship (Canada) – Nominations Invited

COACH and ITAC Health invite nominations for the CHIA (Canadian Health Informatics Awards) and the Steven Huesing Scholarship. Nominations/applications are due by 5 pm EDT on February 28, 2014. Full details of the range of awards and the processes are at

ehealth2014A variety of CHIA awards and the Steven Huesing Scholarship are available to pay tribute to outstanding accomplishment. The CHIA program is presented by COACH and ITAC Health. An impartial Adjudication Committee, comprised of leaders in the health informatics profession, will evaluate all nominations and choose the recipient(s) for all awards. In the event that all submissions in a particular category are deemed to not have met the criteria, the Adjudication Committee may choose not to give out the award. Nominators and selected award recipients will be notified in advance of the proposed awards presentation so they can make travel plans to the CHIA Gala at e-Health 2014 in Vancouver June 3. All information provided to COACH/ITAC Health will be treated as confidential.

Questions should be directed to Elaine Huesing (ITAC Health) or Shannon Bott (COACH) as per the webpage above. Awards include the Clinician Leadership Award, Corporate Citizenship Award, Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award, Excellence in Canadian Telehealth  Award, and many others. The Steven Huesing Scholarship Award is open to undergraduate and graduate students.


January 16, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference | , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) Conference: Submission Deadline 18 November, 2013

The Call for Participation for the e-Health 2014 conference, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada on 01-04 June, 2014 is now open. See for full information on submitting abstracts, including the various categories.

The submission site is now open, and the deadline for Abstract Submissions is Monday, November 18 at 5:00 PM PST.

e-Health 2014 is hosted by COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association (and IMIA Member Society –, Canada Health Infoway and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. All information will be on the conference website at


October 14, 2013 Posted by | Canada, conference, education | , , , , , | Leave a comment

COACH Report on State of Health Informatics Education in Canada

coach-hi-2013COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association (, has announced the publication of the first-ever Canadian report on the “state of the nation” of health informatics (HI) education. Titled Health Informatics Education in Canada: Landscape of an Emerging Academic Discipline, it represents a collaborative effort between most of Canada’s health informatics programs and COACH. See for the full news release and link to the freely downloadable publication. The report highlights the need for continued collaboration between the schools, as well as the need  for collaboration between academic institutions and COACH and the HI industry more broadly.

This new 53-page document shows the wide variety of health informatics programs at different levels, from diploma to PhD, the scope of program elements and differences in programs, and begins to describe potential influences on HI professional development and identify. Among key elements, the report suggests that there are opportunities for schools to better articulate their respective curriculum elements including knowledge domains, exit competencies (program outcomes), and their specific program attributes and impacts using agreed-upon structure (methodology) to make future comparisons more practical and useful.

For more information, please contact Alison Gardner, Director, Programs at COACH (email: agardner[at]

May 29, 2013 Posted by | Canada, education | , , , , | Leave a comment

More Events for the Merry Month of May

At least three important events take place in May, 2013 – two in Canada, one in Austria. We hope that many IMIA colleagues will be able to participate in and support at least one of them (we know not everyone can get to every event), and we wish the organisers every success.

The 17th IFHIMA (International Federation of Health Information Management Associations) Congress will be held on May 13-15, 2013, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. See The venue will be the Palais des congrès de Montréal, located in the heart of downtown Montréal. CHIMA (Canadian Health Information Management Association – will be hosting the event, and the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA – is also partnering in the event. Those not able to attend can follow the event on Twitter –
IFHIMA ( is an Affiliate Member of IMIA, and IMIA is pleased to be able to participate in the IFHIMA General Assembly meeting to be held on 12 May in conjunction with the Congress.

COACH (Canada’s Health Informatics will be holding their annual e-Health conference in Ottawa, Canada on 26-29 May (venue the Ottawa Convention Centre). The theme is Accelerating Change, and full details are at There is a conference blog at In addition to pre-conference workshops, there will also be the Canadian Telehealth Forum, and plenary sessions on ‘Big Data and Quality in Healthcare’ and ‘The Consumerization of e-Health’. COACH is an IMIA Member Society.

eHealth 2013 (not to be confused by COACH’s similarly named event) will take place in Vienna, Austria on 23-24 May, 2013. It is the annual event of IMIA Member Society, the Working Group Medical Informatics and eHealth of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and the Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT) (Arbeitskreis Medizinische Informatik (AKMI) der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Biomedizinische Technik (ÖGBMT) und der Österreichischen Computergesellschaft (OCG)  ). Full information is on the website at You can also follow on Twitter at

May 1, 2013 Posted by | Austria, Canada, conference, Europe, IFHIMA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2013 Apps Challenge (Canada): Enter by March 27

168COACH and the organisers of the e-health 2013 conference announce the return of the Apps Challenge. This innovation challenge will engage students in health informatics and other related academic programs, as well as other emerging professionals (defined as having worked for less than 5 years in the e-Heath industry), in:

  • Undertaking real life design and development projects
  • Engaging with a top level network of HI professionals leading e-Health in Canada
  • Building a community and future generation of innovators.

Full details of the challenge – how to enter, who is eligible, and what you need to do – are at

The e-Health 2013 Apps Challenge Theme is “Healthcare Apps Today: Putting the Future in the Hands of Consumers!” Applications are to be provided by email with accompanying paper and application form, to be sent to the e-Health 2013 Conference Manager by March 27, 2013.

The “Battle of the Apps” will take place on 28 May at the e-Health 2013 conference ( in Ottawa, Canada – winners will be announced on 29 May at the closing plenary.

January 17, 2013 Posted by | award, Canada, conference | , , , | Leave a comment

Canadian Health Informatics Awards 2012 (from COACH and ITAC Health)

The Eighth Annual Canadian Health Informatics Award (CHIA – Gala, held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON, Canada on November 7 2012 highlighted examples of the very real and important difference that information and communications technology makes in Canadian healthcare.

The CHIA Gala is co-hosted by COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association and ITAC Health. The full list of award recipients is available via the COACH website at  For more information, contact: Elaine Huesing, ITAC Health, phone (780) 489-4574, ehuesing[at] or Shannon Bott, COACH, phone (416) 494-9324/1-888-253-8554, sbott[at]

Of particular interest to IMIA members and colleagues, we highlight a few:

Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics Award – Dr. Andre Kushniruk; Professor, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria  (Andre is the new Vice Chair of IMIA’s Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Informatics Working Group)

Steven Huesing Undergraduate Scholarship  – Alex Lee, Mohawk College – iDeaWORKS

Steven Huesing Graduate Scholarship – Samuel Stewart, Dalhousie University

November 14, 2012 Posted by | award, Canada | , , | Leave a comment