From the International Medical Informatics Association

e-Health 2015 in Toronto, Canada: 31 May – 03 June, 2015

COACH (, IMIA’s Member Society in Canada, together with Canada Health Infoway and CIHI-ICIS, will be hosting the forthcoming e-Health 2015 Conference, to be held from 31 May to 03 June, 2015 at the at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto ON, Canada. e-Health 2015 is Canada’s only national e-health conference and tradeshow, and provides education and networking opportunities for the telehealth and informatics communities.

Registration will open in January 2015. Full information on keynote speakers, registration, hotels, etc. is available at


December 5, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, education, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment

Athabasca University (Canada) Seeking Translational Nursing Research Chair in eHealth Literacy

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) is sponsoring a Translational Research Chair position at Athabasca University that will bridge interests in health information technology, electronic communication and knowledge translation to the public and help create a systematic approach to the study of eHealth literacy.

The Nursing Research Chair in eHealth Literacy will advance understanding of all facets of eHealth literacy with particular focus on the public’s actions related to procuring, evaluating and using eHealth information and electronically generated self-health data, and the health care professionals’ role in communicating, educating and empowering the use of eHealth information and self-health data. As a researcher in eHealth literacy, the Chair will build an integrated research team that will make an impact on the health of Canadians and on global health knowledge. Working in collaboration with other institutional partners in related fields, there is potential for developing synergies related to areas such as health promotion, disease prevention and analytics and personalized medicine. There is also potential for synergy with Athabasca University’s Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management.

The appointment will be made at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level, depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

Athabasca University develops and maintains an environment that supports equitable working conditions for individuals traditionally unrepresented in universities and is committed to employment equity, encouraging applications from women, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

For more information, please contact Khaleeda Jamal or Cameron Geldart at (604) 926-0005 or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names of three referees, in confidence, to khaleeda[at]

Note: IMIA is not able to answer any queries in relation to this, and provides the above information as a service to members. The above information is also in the attached files – DOCUMENT  PDF

November 28, 2014 Posted by | Canada, nursing, research | , , | Leave a comment

Call for papers: SACJ Special Issue focusing on eHealth

Dr. Nicky Mostert-Phipps, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa writes to draw your attention to the Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the South African Computer Journal (SACJ – focusing on “eHealth: Enabling a long and healthy life for all South Africans”. The deadline for article submission is 12 January, 2015. Download PDF version of Call.

For this special issue on eHealth, the Guest Editors (Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Graham Wright and Anthony Maeder) invite authors to submit articles that focus on the use of ICTs in the promotion, support, and advancement of healthcare in South Africa. Articles will be selected through a double blind peer review process. Please contact any of the guest editors if you would like to clarify the scope of your article before submission.

The South African Department of Health (NDoH) released the country’s first eHealth strategy in 2012 with the aim of supporting the strategic objectives of the NDoH in a way that is comprehensive, pragmatic and innovative. The vision and mission of this strategy is to enable a long and healthy life for all South Africans through the establishment of eHealth as an integral part of the transformation and improvement of healthcare services in South Africa [1]. eHealth is broadly defined as the use of various Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for health [2]. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of ICTs for conducting research, treating patients, educating the workforce, tracking diseases, monitoring public health, and so forth. This broad domain includes fields such as telemedicine, mHealth, consumer health informatics, electronic medical record systems, health information systems, and so forth.

Articles must follow the SACJ formatting guidelines available at:

Final articles should be uploaded via the SACJ Journal website at (follow link from home page for ‘Submit Paper’).


Article submissions due: 12 January 2015.
Review outcomes: Communicated to authors by 28 February 2015.
Final articles due: 16 March 2015.
Publication of this eHealth special issue is planned for June 2015.

About SACJ

The South African Computer Journal is an official publication of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists, and is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training. It is an open access journal, meaning reading an article is free of charge. Information related to publication charges are available at

Guest Editors

Nicky Mostert-Phipps, School of Information and Communication Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (
Graham Wright, Centre for Health Informatics Research and Development, University of Fort Hare, South Africa (
Anthony Maeder, School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney, Australia (


[1] National Department of Health, “eHealth Stategy South Africa, 2012 – 2017”, National Department of Health, 2012.
[2] World Health Organization, “eHealth”, [Online]. Available: [Accessed 29 August 2014].

October 3, 2014 Posted by | Africa, ehealth, journals | , , , , | Leave a comment

Global Telehealth 2015 Conference – Call for Papers

Don Newsham, Chair of GT2015 and CEO of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association (, writes:

Greetings Colleagues, Friends and Members of the Global Tele, Mobile and Virtual Health Community. 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.   We 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.


Full information on the GT2015 Call is at – submission deadline for Full and Short Papers is December 1, 2014. The PDF file here also gives further detail on important dates. Papers are invited under three guided themes: cultural and socio-economic factors; latest, cutting-edge technology; and extending access.


August 29, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment

GT2015 – 4th Global Telehealth Conference for Peer Reviewed & Applied Learning

Don Newsham, CEO of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association ( draws attention, on behalf of Conference Co-Chairs Jennifer Zelmer and Kendall Ho and the organizing team, to the forthcoming Global Telehealth 2015 (GT2015) conference. The call for papers will be launched shortly. This global conference on telehealth, mobile health and virtual health will be linked closely with COACH’s major annual conference, eHealth2015.

GT2015 will be held on 29-30 May, 2015 in Toronto, Canada – see eHealth2015 will start on 31 May, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. Further information can be obtained via the website, and/or from Andrea Freitas (afreitas[at], the primary contact from the organizing team at COACH for GT2015.





July 10, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , , | 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

Report from 2014 WHO Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability

WHO2014The Joint Inter-Ministerial Policy Dialogue on eHealth Standardization and Second WHO Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability was hosted by WHO on 10 and 11 February, 2014 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Participants of the Forum included representatives from WHO Member States, health data standards development organizations (SDOs), academic and research institutions, implementing partners, the donor community, and subject matter experts concerned with development, adoption and implementation of health data standards at national and sub-national level. IMIA and its members were well-represented at this event; participants included IMIA Past President Antoine Geissbuhler, IMIA CEO Peter Murray, and colleagues from COACH (Don Newsham), AMIA (Chris Chute, Charles Jaffe), IAMI India (Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran), TMIA Thailand (Boonchai Kijsanayotin) [note: participants were not necessarily present as formal representatives of these organisations].

The Final Report of the meeting is available on the WHO website (  In line with the recommendations of the First Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability held in December 2012 ( and the recent Resolution WHA66.24, the objectives of the Second Forum were to facilitate a dialogue on the need for policy and governance mechanisms for adoption of health data standards in countries and to draft a policy and governance framework for full adoption of standards at national and sub-national levels. Other materials are also available through the Forum website at

The Forum was hosted by WHO’s Knowledge, Ethics and Research department within the Health Systems and Innovation cluster. It was co-chaired by Najeeb Al Shorbaji and Ramesh Krishnamurthy. The Forum addressed 19 key questions related to six thematic areas:

  • Policy approaches in eHealth standardization and interoperability
  • Successful policy interventions to overcome barriers in standards adoption
  • Governance, stewardship, equity and health systems integration of data standards and interoperability
  • Policy and statutory authority components
  • Regional perspectives on governance and stewardship of eHealth standardization
  • Essentials of a good policy framework for adoption of standards for interoperability of eHealth systems.

March 10, 2014 Posted by | ehealth, WHO | , , | 1 Comment

eHealth standardization and interoperability: New WHA Resolution

The recent sixty-sixth World Health Assembly, meeting in Geneva on 27 May, 2013, adopted a new resolution on eHealth standardization and interoperability, which also addressed the .health generic top level domain name (gTLD). The full text of the resolution (WHA 66.24) is now available through the World Health Organization (WHO) website at

Among other issues, the resolution urges Member States “to consider … options to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including national authorities, relevant ministries, health care providers, and academic institutions, in order to draw up a road map for implementation of ehealth and health data standards at national and subnational levels; to consider developing … policies and legislative mechanisms linked to an overall national eHealth strategy, in order to ensure compliance in the adoption of ehealth and health data standards by the public and private sectors, as appropriate, and the donor community, as well as to ensure the privacy of personal clinical data; and to consider ways for ministries of health and public health authorities to work with their national representatives on the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee in order to coordinate national positions towards the delegation, governance and operation of health-related global top-level domain names in all languages, including “.health”, in the interest of public health.”

Our thanks to Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, from WHO, for his tweet on the availability of this full text.

June 8, 2013 Posted by | standards, WHO | , , , | 3 Comments

eHealth Week 2013 (May 13 – 15) in Dublin, Ireland

eHealth Week 2013 (May 13 – 15) will be held at the Convention Centre Dublin, and bring together global decision makers from European public and private healthcare, to join High Level European Ministers and EU Commissioners and over 2,500 international delegates and 100 exhibitors. eHealth Week is co-organised by the European Commission, the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and HIMSS Europe.

UPDATE (27 March): early bird registration rate closes on 01 April – see

Full information on the event is available at – or in the pre-conference brochure. There is also a YouTube video about the event – and the LinkedIn group for discussions at

The programme is available at

The Irish Department of Health will host several Presidency events attended by EU Commissioners and officials, Ministers of Health and government officials from Member States, Accession, Candidate and EFTA countries. Department of Health tracks, open to all eHealth Week attendees, will feature discussion on the high economic and societal value of eHealth, reforming health systems, business modelling in the “ecosystem”, empowering patients, legal issues and education and skills to support eHealth deployment and implementation. Further detail on other sessions (including WoHIT sessions, European Innovation Partnership, and the mhealth Symposium) is in the recent media release, and on the event website.

HISI (Health Informatics Society of Ireland –, IMIA’s Member Society in Ireland, is pleased to be an active partner in eHealth week – especially as it is during the period of the Irish Presidency.

IMIA is pleased to be a Supporting Partner (

March 27, 2013 Posted by | conference, ehealth, Europe, HIMSS | , , , | 1 Comment

WHO: eHealth standardization and interoperability

As reported on the PAHO/WHO Equity ( email list and Twitter feed (, and by the WHO Twitter feed ( ), the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva has “considered the report on eHealth and health Internet domain names ( and recommends to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly the adoption of the following resolution: “

IMIA, as an NGO in official relations with the WHO attended in the meeting, and IMIA President Prof. Antoine Geissbuhler presented a statement by IMIA on the issues addressed.

January 30, 2013 Posted by | ehealth, PAHO, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment