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IX International Congress on Informatics for Health – Havana, Cuba: 18-22 March, 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 held as 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.

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.

May 9, 2012 Posted by | conference, Cuba, education, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Webinar, 30 March 2012: Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Department of Health Informatics (Departamento de Informática en Salud), Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina, is offering a webinar on 30 March, 2012.

The notice (in Spanish) is on the hospital website:

“Estrategias para mejorar la calidad de una lista de problemas” A cargo del Dr. Daniel Luna,  Jefe del departamento de Informtáica en Salud del Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.

English version via Google Translate:

The webinar is free to access and full instructions are on the web notice.

The Department of Health Informatics, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires is an Academic Institutional Member of IMIA –

March 12, 2012 Posted by | conference, IMIA-NI, Latin America | , , , | Leave a comment

Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires Conference: October 31 – November 02, 2011

VI Jornadas Universitarias de Sistemas de Información en Salud

The Department of Health Informatics at Hospital Italiano is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and the creation of the Medical Informatics Residency Training program. In order to continue sharing the advances in the development of Health Information Systems in the Latin american region, the department is organizing the Sixth Conference of  Health Information Systems  (VI Jornadas Universitarias de Sistemas de Información en Salud) together with HL7 Argentina on October 31, 1 and November 2, 2011 at Hospital Italiano (Peron 4190, Buenos Aires, Argentina). The Conference is free but requires previous registration and it will be available online.

Information about the event (in Spanish) is available at

Keynote Speakers:
W. Ed Hammond, PhD
Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics at Duke University
Interoperability: bringing all the pieces together, what would be required, and what would be gained

Dean Sittig, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Monitoring EHRs to Ensure Safe and Effective Use: An Overview of What is Required
Rights and duties of users of an EHR

Fernán González Bernaldo de Quirós, MD MSc
Vice Director of Strategic Planning, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
Continuous Improvement Process, Quality and Information Systems

Panels will address issues including Security in Health Information Systems; Digital Agendas in Latin America; HL7 and its relationship with the National Digital Agendas; Usability: an aspect to consider in Information Systems; Education in Health Informatics; Clinical terminologies; Implementations of Health Information Systems; Open Source Tools in Clinical Information Systems

Workshops will address issues including Lessons Learned; Grid Computing; Introduction to health information systems; IT Project Management; Italica Project; HL7 (V2.CDA)

International Speakers will include Alvaro Margolis (EviMed – Uruguay); Carlos Arteta Molina (Fundación Cardioinfantil – Colombia); Claúdio Giulliano Alves da Costa (SBIS & HL7 – Brasil); Fernando Portilla (HL7 – Colombia); Gabriela Villarreal (HL7 – México); José Florez Arango ( Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe – Colombia); Maurizio Mattoli (ACHISA – Chile); Selene Indarte (HL7 – Uruguay); Sergio Konig (HL7 – Chile)

National Speakers (from Argentina) will include Alejandro López Osornio (TermMed SA); Analía Baum (Hospital Italiano); Carlos Otero (Hospital Italiano); Cesar Moreno (Griensu); Daniel Luna (Hospital Italiano); David Aguirre (Municipio de Benito Juárez); Diego Kaminker (Kern-IT); Fernán González Bernaldo de Quirós (Hospital Italiano); Fernando Campos (Hospital Italiano); Fernando Plazzotta (Hospital Italiano); Humberto Mandirola (Biocom); Jorge Rodríguez (Biolinux); Martín Degreef (Municipio de Benito Juárez); Martin Díaz (Hospital Alemán); Myrna C. Marti (OPS); Pablo Guccione (Hospital Escuela de Agudos Dr. Ramón Madariaga); Paula Otero (Hospital Italiano); Sergio Epstein (Ministerio de Salud Pública de Tucumán); Sergio Montenegro (Hospital Escuela de Agudos Dr. Ramón Madariaga).

More information at
In person registration
Online registration

Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires is an Academic Institutional Member of IMIA.

October 10, 2011 Posted by | conference, Latin America | , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2015 will be in …

As noted in the short report from the IMIA Board and GA meetings, the decision on the host/venue for Medinfo1015 has been made.

Two high quality bids were presented to the IMIA GA – one from the Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS – and one from the China Medical Informatics Association (CMIA – Both bids were presented to the GA by teams from CMIA and SBIS. After discussion, a vote was taken among eligible GA members.

Medinfo2015 will be held in Sao Paolo, Brasil – in late August 2015. Further information will be provided at, and after, Medinfo103 (

August 29, 2011 Posted by | conference, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, medinfo | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fifth Congress on Health Informatics Standards in Latin America – Montevideo, Uruguay: October 13-14, 2011

The Fifth Congress on Health Informatics Standards in Latin America takes place in Montevideo, Uruguay, on October 13th – 14th, 2011. Full information about the event can be found at:

The event is organized by SUIS (Sociedad Uruguaya de Informática en la Salud – and SUEIIDISS (Sociedad Uruguaya de Estandarización, Intercambio e Integración de Datos e Información de Servicios de Salud –

SUIS is a Member Society of IMIA. We encourage all IMIA members to attend.

June 20, 2011 Posted by | conference, IMIA-LAC, region | , , , | Leave a comment

INFOLAC2011 – Geissbuhler and Haux Keynotes

The opening keynote talks of INFOLAC2011 ( were delivered by Antoine Geissbuhler, IMIA President, who gave the first keynote, titled “Telemedicine and distance education of isolated care professionals in developing countries” and Reinhold Haux, IMIA Past President, talking “On patient-centred health information system architecture: concepts and examples”. Live tweets from the presentations can be found by searching Twitter for the #infolac2011 hashtag. Both presenters were introduced by Valerio Yacubsohn, from Argentina, an IMIA Honorary Fellow and one of the pioneers of developing health informatics in Latin America.

Antoine noted that Latin America is one of the emerging regions in the field of health and medical informatics. His talk focused on the need for health informatics, but noted that it is only useful if it helps patients and people live a better life – and this is within the role of IMIA. he stressed the need to learn lessons from each other – including examples from different countries. He gave an overview of the nature, structure and key values of IMIA, noting that the regions are very important in IMIA as a natural place to bring together groups and people with similar cultures, languages and issues. Publications are also an important mechanism for sharing knowledge – including the IMIA Yearbook and leading journals. he noted one of the main strengths of IMIA being its Working Groups, bringing together experts from around the world on specific topics – to bring together knowledge from around the world.

Antoine’s talk dealt with how we can support care professionals where they are most needed, noting that this is not necessarily/primarily a technical problem, but that technologies can help. There are many countries with critical shortages of health service providers and care professionals (in particular in sub Saharan Africa); he addressed examples of how we can use technology meaningfully to address the problems.

He discussed the RAFT network, which aims to develop south-south distance education for care professionals, mainly in French-speaking Africa. It is a collaborative network, including Geneva Hospitals/University, WHO, UNESCO, etc., and with about 60 hospitals in 18 countries in Africa as part of the network – the people running the network need to trust each other and work together. The technology, he noted, needs to be adapted to the reality of the local situation – locally there is a need for tools to deliver low bandwidth distance education, that can be accessed in places where access to Internet may be unreliable. The network also supports teleconsultation to provide asynchronous collaboration by experts to deal with clinical cases.

The RAFT project has also developed 80% of courses produced in Africa – providing 16 hours of e-courses per month – to an average of 18 sites connected at a time, but there can be over 40 sites. Courses are aimed at a range of health care professionals and teaching activities lead to certificates and other qualifications. A spin-off has been south-north teaching exchanges, ie delivery of teaching (eg on leprosy) from Mali to Geneva. There has also been work on developing local centres of expertise, eg in Bamako, Mali to help develop research and development in-country and in surrounding countries.

Reinhold addressed the research areas, include health enabling technologies, at the Peter L. Reichertz Institute in Germany. He began by noting issues of health care and population development – especially issues around ageing populations – that are a key factor affecting all countries of the world. The potential support ratio (of younger people to support older) is changing radically in all parts of the world – and this, with increases in chronic disease and other disease patterns, and decrease in numbers of health professionals, are leading to necessary changes in health care organisation. Reinhold saw the WHO ehealth resolution of 2005 as an important step in addressing the issues and raising awareness of the problems, and of the need to move to patient-centred care.

The focus of his talk was on health information systems; a simple question exists, he said, that needs to be addressed – how to deal with HIS architectures and information management strategies when more than one organisation is involved in care. The question becomes increasingly complex as we move beyond traditional care settings etc to the patient’s home and outside. He is currently involved in projects looking at the reality of changing practice of care, including elements of social care (housing ) as well as traditional aspects of health care –  eHealth.Braunschweig –  The project includes what needs to be changed in home environments to support care, healthy living, etc. The research is finding that people do not necessarily want to move to new homes (even supported ‘smart homes’) but want affordable services in their own homes.
Among barriers to progress are that while the need for collaboration is unanimously supported, the organisational framework is still fragile – questions of financial attractiveness and competition hamper progress. Reinhold concluded by noting that patient-centred care is still a challenge – it needs to be addressed in a comprehensive manner, including new forms of care.

May 18, 2011 Posted by | conference, education, IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , , | Leave a comment

INFOLAC2011 Conference – Guadalajara, Mexico: 17-19 May, 2011

INFOLAC2011 will take place in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on 17-19 May, 2011. Information will be made available on the conference website at (currently in Spanish only, but readable with Google Translate).

This Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics is being organised by, among others, the Mexican Medical Informatics Association (Asociación Mexicana de Informática Médica- AMIM – and IMIA LAC: Regional Federation of Health Informatics for Latin America and the Carribean (La Federación de Informática Médica para América Latina y el Caribe – It is supported by IMIA, PAHO-WHO, and other organizations.

The IMIA Board will also meet in Guadalajara, on 20 May 2011, in conjunction with and in support of this event.

There is currently a new Facebook event page –

Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco, is known as the Silicon Valley of Mexico.

January 28, 2011 Posted by | conference, education, IMIA-LAC, Latin America | , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA-LAC Leadership Changes

IMIA-LAC (IMIA Latin America and Caribbean) leaders and members held their AGM during Medinfo2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. The new Board, elected for the period 2010-2013, comprises:

Dr. Carola Hullin Lucay Cossio, President (Chile);
Dr. Amado Espinosa, Secretary (Mexico);
Dr. Osmán Arguello, Treasurer (Venezuela).

Further information on IMIA-LAC activities (primarily in Spanish), including events, Working Groups, and membership, is at

October 11, 2010 Posted by | IMIA, IMIA-LAC, Latin America, region | , , | Leave a comment

Argentine Congress of Informatics and Health 2010

The Argentine Congress of Informatics and Health 2010 (Congreso Argentino de Informática y Salud – CAIS2010) will take place on 30 August -1 September 2010, at the University Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), Buenos Aires, Argentina. The programme and organising committees include members of the Argentine Association of Medical Informatics, Universidad Austral and University of Buenos Aires, and HL7 Argentina.

Full information (in Spanish) is available at the conference website – – and through the website of the Argentine Association of Medical Informatics (AAIM) (Asociación Argentina de Informática Médica – AAIM is an IMIA Member Society.

July 16, 2010 Posted by | conference, education | , , , , | Leave a comment