From the International Medical Informatics Association

INFOLAC 2014 Conference: 16-17 October 2014 in Montevideo, Uruguay

afiche-sueiidissThe INFOLAC2014 conference will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on 16-17 October, 2014. INFOLAC 2014, the Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics (Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informática Médica) is organised by the Sociedad Uruguaya de Informática en Salud (SUIS – the Uruguayan Society of Health Informatics –, an IMIA Member Society, and Sociedad Uruguaya de Estandarización, Intercambio e Integración de Datos e Información de Servicios de Salud (SUEIIDISS –

Information is available via on the programme, registration, etc.

The main programme schedule is at The nursing programme (17 October) is at



August 28, 2014 Posted by | conference, IMIA-LAC | , , | Leave a comment

CBIS’14 Conference – Santos, Brasil; 07-10 December, 2014

Our colleague Marcelo Lúcio da Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Sociedade Brasileira de Informática em Saúde (SBIS – the Brazilian Health Informatics Association) writes that the city of Santos, on the São Paulo coast, will host the CBIS 2014 conference – the XIV Brazilian Congress of Informatics in Health – on 07-10 December, 2014.

Submission of papers (oral and poster sessions) is now open and will close on 25 July 2014. Registration for the congress is also open, with promotional rates available until 30 June.

Visit the event website at (in Portuguese). Contact sbis[at]

There is also a Facebook event page at


A cidade de Santos, no litoral paulista, sediará de 07 a 10 de dezembro o CBIS 2014 – XIV Congresso Brasileiro de Informática em Saúde.
As submissões de trabalhos (sessões orais e posters) e já estão abertas e encerram-se em 25/07.
Também já encontram-se abertas as inscrições para o congresso, com valores promocionais até 30/06.
Acesse o site do evento em:


May 13, 2014 Posted by | Brazil, conference, Latin America | , , , | Leave a comment

INFOLAC 2014 Conference – Montevideo, Uruguay, 16-17 October 2014

The next INFOLAC conference will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on 16-17 October, 2014. INFOLAC 2014, the Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics (Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informática Médica) is organised by the Sociedad Uruguaya de Informática en Salud (SUIS – the Uruguayan Society of Health Informatics –, an IMIA Member Society, and Sociedad  Uruguaya  de  Estandarización,  Intercambio e Integración  de Datos  e  Información  de  Servicios  de  Salud (SUEIIDISS –

Information will be provided via when it becomes available. A downloadable PDF flyer is available.


October 7, 2013 Posted by | conference, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 2 – IMIA Health Informatics for Development Working Group Meeting

Many IMIA Working Groups will have business meetings at Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen. A summary of these and other meetings (some of which may be open, some may be by invitation only) is at

The IMIA Health Informatics for Development Working Group will be holding a meeting on Friday 23 August, from 08:00-09:30am in Meeting Room 17, Bella Center (Medinfo2013 venue). The meeting will be chaired by Dr Daniel Luna (Chief Medical Information Officer; Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires; Argentina), WG Chair and Dr. Alvin Marcelo (Senior vice-president and Chief Information Officer; Philippine Health Insurance Corporation), WG vice chair. A programme for the meeting is available here: IMIA HIDevWG Schedule.

If you have any questions about the WG or the meeting, or to RSVP that will attend, please contact Dr Daniel Luna (Daniel.luna[at]

We will post information on other WG meetings as we are notified and requested (subject to resources).

July 30, 2013 Posted by | Argentina, conference, IMIA, medinfo, WG | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mapping of Telemedicine Health Programs in Latin America

lac-mapThe PAHO website (Equity, Health and Human Development area) has some interesting resources relating to the “Mapping of Telemedicine Health Programs in Latin America”. See

They include the draft working document “Mapping use of ‘Educative-Telemedicine’ in Latin-America”, which “describes the development of two primary deliverables for PAHO’s Knowledge Management and Communications Unit that included a rapid web-based environmental scan (mapping) of the use of ‘educative-telemedicine’ in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).” This mapping found 159 ‘educative telemedicine’ programs and initiatives that are providing support to health care professionals. Brazil is leading the region with the largest number of institutions and programs, closely followed by Colombia. The design of ‘educative telemedicine’ programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama, assisted by existing and emerging technologies, is supporting networks of health professionals to improve access, reduce isolation and facilitate the integration of care across silos and geographical regions. Tele-education programs in LAC are thematically varied between medical specialties, public health, and child and maternal health. They also seem to be deployed so that they can evolve and respond in real-time to the most prevalent public health problems.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | education, Latin America, PAHO | , | Leave a comment

PAHO/WHO Launches “eHealth Conversations” in the Americas

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is launching a series of “eHealth Conversations”, which will be virtual dialogues addressing the present and future of eHealth in the Americas, and calls on professionals to participate in this project. Professionals working in the field of eHealth are invited to brainstorm, discuss and reflect on the present and future of the use and application of information and communication technologies in public health in the Americas. The virtual dialogues will be part of a project titled “eHealth Conversations: Information management, dialogue and knowledge exchange to approach universal access to health”.

Further information on the initiative, and how to participate, is available on the PAHO/WHO website at

Based on the components of the eHealth regional strategy, PAHO/WHO will implement a series of virtual dialogues with key stakeholders, networks and experts in the following topics: 1) Infrastructure, 2) Information Systems, 3) Telemedicine, 4) Access to information, 5) Policies, 6) Education, 7) Patient Safety, 8) Electronic Medical Records, 9) Standards for interoperability, 10) Legal issues, 11) Relationship with projects and initiatives of e-Government, and 12) eHealth Management.

Each virtual dialogue will begin during the week of October 15, 2012, and will last 120 days. The main goal of each conversation is to develop a situation analysis, identify national and international experts and networks in each topic, and produce conclusions and recommendations for PAHO/WHO and its member countries to consider when implementing eHealth projects.

To participate in the virtual dialogues, professionals should send an email to with the subject: “eHealth Conversations – registration” and the following contact information: full name, institution and country. Participants will then receive instructions to complete their registration. For more information about the project, contact Myrna Marti, general coordinator, via email martimyr@paho.or

October 2, 2012 Posted by | Latin America, PAHO, region | , , , , | Leave a comment

Informática en Salud 2013 – Havana, Cuba: 18-22 March, 2013

Submissions of abstracts and papers are open until October 30th, 2012 for Informática en Salud 2013.

The IX International Congress on Informatics for Health (el IX Congreso Internacional de Informática en Salud) will be held from March 18 -22, 2013 in Havana, Cuba. The conference will be part of the XV edition of the 2013 International Informatics Convention and Fair, which will be held at the Palace of Conventions in Havana and at the fairgrounds PABEXPO. There will also be a virtual congress from March 18th to April 18th, 2013.

See for further information – you are able to toggle between Spanish and English versions of the page.

In addition, follow on Twitter @InfoSaludCuba and ‘like’ the Facebook page atática-Salud-2013/291085964319142

Convention Deadlines:
Submissions of abstracts and papers: October 30th , 2012
Notification of acceptance of the papers: December 3rd, 2012

Under the central motto of “ICT for Health, a reality today, a chance for the future” this meeting of Informatics in Havana is open to all those interested to participate in technical scientific debates, exposition of projects and initiatives of the main topics in this congress. 2013 Informatics for Health will be space for scientific and academic exchange between professionals, scientists, engineers, businessmen, government representatives, international organizations, and general public interested in research, promote, analyze and learn about the progress of information technology, the telecommunications, electronics, medical equipment and automation in Cuba health sector and in the world.

The Cuban Society for Medical Informatics (SOCIM –  – is a long-standing IMIA Member Society.

August 31, 2012 Posted by | conference, Cuba, education, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

eHealth in the Americas: PAHO/WHO KMC Seminar, 05 October

Seminar Nº1: eHealth and The Rockefeller Foundation Experience and Vision – Karl Brown, Associate Director, Applied Technology at Rockefeller Foundation. Friday October 5, 2012, at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT (Washington, DC USA).

This is the first in the KMC Seminar series, which will happen every two months. All Seminars will be life-streamed, and opened for participation via Elluminate, or via telephone. For those who cannot follow the live seminar, the recordings and presentations will be available at PAHO ICT4health at:

Virtual room:


2:00: Welcome Remarks – Marcelo D’Agostino KMC Area Manager PAHO/WHO
2:05 eHealth and The Rockefeller Foundation Experience and Vision – Karl Brown, Associate Director, Applied Technology at Rockefeller Foundation
2:30 Comments, Questions & Answers  Moderator: PAHO/WHO
3:00 Concluding Remarks: Marcelo D’Agostino KMC Area Manager PAHO/WHO

To participate online: To login to the Virtual session, go to and type your name on the sign in page.

Related material:

PAHO/WHO eHealth portal:
CD51/13 — PAHO/WHO Strategy and Plan of Action on eHealth
CD51/13 — OPS/OMS Estrategia y Plan de acción sobre eSalud
CD51/13— OPAS/OMS Estratégia e Plano de Ação para eSaúde
CD51/13– OPS/OMS Stratégie et Plan d’action sur la cybersanté

August 30, 2012 Posted by | ehealth, region, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment

BIREME International Community of Practice: PAHO/WHO

The BIREME International Community of Practice, a virtual forum dedicated to strengthening the management of scientific and technical information in health sciences, was launched in August 2012 during a virtual seminar jointly organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Brazil. Full information is available on the PAH/WHO website at (Comunidade de Prática Internacional para apoiar o fortalecimento institucional da BIREME – in Spanish)

This International Community of Practice, led by the Area of Knowledge Management and Communications PAHO/WHO (KMC), BIREME, and the Ministry of Health of Brazil, host country of the Center, seeks, among other things, to support the production, dissemination, and use of scientific and technical information for the strengthening of primary health care systems in the Americas, bringing together the individual and collective knowledge in the countries and in specialized information networks.

This year, BIREME celebrates 46 years of existence and PAHO celebrates 110 years and is the oldest public health organization of the world. BIREME works with all of the countries of the American hemisphere to improve the health and the quality of the life of the people of the Americas and it acts as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.

Source: Thanks to Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAH/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing listserv.

August 29, 2012 Posted by | Brazil, IMIA-LAC, Latin America, PAHO | , | Leave a comment

VII Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires Conference of Health Informatics: 28-30 November, 2012

The Department of Health Informatics at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires in Argentina is organizing the Seventh Conference of Health Information Systems (VII Jornadas Universitarias de Sistemas de Información en Salud). This will be held on November 28 – 30th, 2012.

Information on the event can be found on their newsletter at

Keynote speakers will include Charles Friedman, Director of the health informatics program at University of Michigan, USA; William Tierney, CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, USA; Lincoln de Assis Moura Jr, IMIA President-elect; Patricia Abbott, Associate Professor at University of Michigan’s School of Nursing. (More speaker information) The conference is organized together with HL7 Argentina.

Topics include:
• Security in Health Information Systems
• Digital Agendas in Latin America
• HL7 and its relationship with the National Digital Agendas
• Education in Health Informatics
• Clinical terminologies
• Implementations of Health Information Systems
• Open Source Tools in Clinical Information Systems
• Tracking of drugs in hospitals
• Mobile devices in Health care

The Conference is free, but will require registration (information will be available in the website). Participants from all over the world will have the possibility of joining the conference using the elluminate teleconference system. See also for further information on the event and on other activities.

Follow the conference on Twitter with hashtag #HIBA2012. For more information about previous conference (available in Spanish). Click here 

August 9, 2012 Posted by | Argentina, conference, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , | Leave a comment