The Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI – http://www.iami.org.in) has been running online discussion groups since 2001. These have been within an open forum, with many IAMI members, as well as non members from India and across the globe, involved. Over the years, many issues pertaining to healthcare informatics have been discussed by the members with an average of 2 to 6 mails in a day. The method followed is to allow any member to open a topic based on a recent news item report or as a topic of the month session. Interested members reply and an attempt is made to reach a consensus.
Issues discussed in the last few months include ehealth, ICD10, Adoption of IPads in the healthcare setting, Swasthya tablet (a new low cost Tablet PC for healthcare workers in India). Recent invited topics of the month included – Healthcare IT (Status) in India, Journals (how to publish and relevance of open source publishing) etc. Language of our discussions is English.
Of the discussion groups/lists maintained in recent years, iami_gen[at]googlegroups.com is currently the most prominent, especially in international circles. However, iami[at]yahoogroups.com is bigger, with many more non-members including some prominent government functionaries There are others created for specific purposes. Since many members were common and mails were being shared, the discussion threads had started getting confusing. Sometimes many copies of the same mail as well as there was a possibility of some members not receiving an important reply.
It has been decided by the IAMI General Body, which met in February 2012, that the discussion groups need to be consolidated. As per consensus, all members of iami_gen[at]googlegroups.com will be transferred to iami[at]yahoogroups.com and activity of the former will be phased out soon. Ownership of this group will reside with the Current President and Secretary, who will decide the moderation rules.
IAMI invites IMIA members to join our new official discussion group, i.e. iami[at]yahoogroups.com. For membership, send a blank email to iami-subscribe[at]yahoogroups.com from the email address which they wish to use. If any member is already receiving mails from iami_gen[at]googlegroups.com, he/she is informed that the name shall automatically be transferred to the new official group i.e. iami[at]yahoogroups.com Most of the members of iami_gen group have been transferred to iami[at]yahoogroups.com already and the remaining are being transferred.
IAMI is an IMIA Member Society.
The 8th Biennial National Conference on Medical Informatics of the Indian Association of Medical Informatics (IAMI – http://www.iami.org.in) will take place at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India on February 03-05, 2012. Details are available at website http://www.ncmi2012.org or directly at http://www.aiims.edu/aiims/events/ncmi/ncmi.htm
The Scientific Programme Committee invites participants to submit:
- Posters (deadline: Dec 15. 2011)
- Panel proposals (deadline: Dec 30, 2011)
- Workshops (deadline: Dec 1, 2011)
- Software demonstration proposals (deadline: Jan 1, 2012)
- Full paper/Short paper submission (deadline: Dec 15, 2011 )
The submitted papers will undergo peer review and the decision on their suitability provided within two weeks of submission, but no later than 1st January 2012. Details of submission formats are at http://www.aiims.edu/aiims/events/ncmi/abstract-paper-submission.htm
Dr S B Gogia, Immediate Past President of the Indian Association of Medical Informatics (IAMI – http://www.iami.org.in) writes:
On behalf of IAMI and AIIMS, I would wish to welcome members of the IMIA and APAMI fraternity to join us for this conference in India’s premier healthcare institution as well as its capital, New Delhi in February 3rd to 5th 2012. I request all to contribute papers – we are proposing a best paper award and some of the selected papers shall be published in a special issue of IJMI. Delhi has excellent weather at this time, with flowers breaking out after the wintry mist and fog. We look forward to meet you all in February 2012.
Two new articles have been published in the Indian Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI – http://ijmi.org); these complete Volume 5 (2010), and the full contents of Volume 5 No 1 (2010) are available at http://ijmi.org/index.php/ijmi/issue/view/5/showToc
The articles are:
1. Design of access control logic for HCRBAC – Oveeyen Moonian, Kavi Kumar Khedo, Sudha Cheerkoot-Jalim, Soulakshmee D. Ghurbhurrun-Nagowah, Zarine Cadersaib at http://ijmi.org/index.php/ijmi/article/view/y10i1a4/37
2. A pilot study on effectiveness of Short Text Messages (SMS) as a Reminder System for Making Working Women from Delhi Breast Aware – Anita Khokhar at http://ijmi.org/index.php/ijmi/article/view/y10i1a5/49
Indian Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI) was relaunched in 2007, and is now an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal adopting a broad definition of “medical informatics” and focusing on the applied aspects of computers to healthcare delivery. In the Indian Journal of Medical Informatics, all articles are accessible free of charge (as HTML files). However, PDF files are available only to IAMI (Indian Association of Medical Informatics – www.iami.org.in) members.
IJMI articles are also archived at OpenMED@NIC (http://openmed.nic.in/), an open access archive for Medical and Allied Sciences, where authors/owners can self-archive their scientific and technical documents – http://openmed.nic.in/view/subjects/ijmi.html