From the International Medical Informatics Association

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 1 – free/libre open source activities

This is the first of a series of news items over the next 4 weeks, in which we will highlight Medinfo2013 activities. If you would like your event, activity, etc. to be featured, please send email to imia[at] (selection of items to be featured will be entirely at editorial discretion).

Thomas Karopka <tkaropka[at]> IMIA OS WG chair and EFMI LIFOSS WG chair writes about two free/libre and open source activities to be held.

The “Care for the World” mini-symposium with the title “Collaboration, Openness, transparency and trust as prerequisite for high quality, effective and efficient health care” will present and discuss different approaches to tackle the global challenges in health care. The main argument is that collaboration, openness, transparency and trust are the most powerful ingredients to develop high quality, sustainable solutions and maximize the impact that these tools might have in improving health outcomes. Two different but related approaches will be presented: The use of Free/Libre Open Source Software and Open User Driven Innovation. This mini-symposium is collaboratively organized by IMIA OS WG, EFMI LIFOSS WG, GNUSolidario, International Institute for Global Health of the United NationsUniversity (UNU-IIGH), and the EU project ScanBalt HealthPort. Thursday, 22 August, 08:30 – 10:00.

There will be a joint working group meeting of IMIA OS WG and EFMI LIFOSS WG,  on Wednesday 21st August, from 2pm-3.30pm. This is an open working group meeting and all people interested in free/libre open source software in health informatics are very welcome to attend this meeting. Suggested Agenda will include Short report about activities of the last year; Collaboration with other FLOSS working groups (inside and outside of IMIA); and Future work of IMIA OS WG and EFMI LIFOSS WG.

July 22, 2013 Posted by | conference, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Health Informatics Forum MOOC to Launch

Dr Chris Paton has announced on the “Health Informatics Forum” site the forthcoming launch of “the Health Informatics Forum Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).”

Chris writes that the “course will cover a wide range of Health Informatics topics using the Open Access curriculum material developed by the Office of the National Coordinator in the US…. At the suggestion of one of the leaders of the curriculum development project, Prof Ed Hammond, we’ve decided to use our forum to deliver the course to as many people as possible. .. The course will consist of a series of components, each with several online narrated powerpoint lectures, developed by Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Oregon Health and Science University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham through a $10 million grant from the ONC. … With each module, we’ll run a series of structured discussions for students on the course to both answer questions posed by the videos and for students to ask their own questions….The MOOC is open to all and is freely available online.” The aim is to begin the first course in August 2012.

further information on the MOOC, content components, etc is at

The Health Informatics Forum is  a social network and discussion forum established for health informatics professionals and students, and is free to join – see  Chris is currently chair of IMIA’s Social Media Working Group.

July 17, 2012 Posted by | education | , , , , , | 2 Comments

IMIA Open Source WG Co-organising IWEEE 2012 Conference; Granada, Spain

The IMIA Open Source Working Group (OSWG) is co-organizing the next International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies (IWEEE) to be held in Granada, Spain on 11 January, 2012.

This 5th IWEEE is organised by GNUSolidario, EFMI LIFOSS WG and IMIA OSWG. IWEEE promotes the use of open source software in providing healthcare in developing countries and emerging economies. More information about the event is available on the website of

Among the topics for discussion will be :

  • Free software in the health sector
  • e-Health in Public Health
  • Need for Free Standards in e-Health

IWEEE is not a pure technical conference. It will focus on the human factor and in raising awareness about the actual situation, an will discuss the tools that we can provide today to doctors and institutions to improve their habitants health and education.

If you are interested in participating with a  presentation, please send your papers to:

On 12- 13 January, the Open Source World
 Conference will be held in
 Granada, which will enable participants to visit both events – see

December 15, 2011 Posted by | conference, Europe, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ambient Assisted Living Open Association Workshop; Brussels, 07 June

Thomas Karopka, Chair of the EFMI LIFOSS WG and Vice chair  of the IMIA OS WG (Open Source Working Group) reports that the Ambient Assisted Living Open Association (AALOA – are organizing a workshop together with the eInclusion unit (European Commission)  on the topic of “Support for companies developing Ambient Assisted Living solutions to achieve the market breakthrough”. The workshop will take place at the 7th of June in Brussels and will discuss different issues for an AAL market break through. The workshop will discuss possible new funding schemas to support the porting of existing vertical AAL hardware and software solutions towards one horizontal platform. Information on the workshop is at

Thomas is a member of the AALOA governing board and would like to develop links between it and EFMI and IMIA. The aim of AALOA is to develop and support an open source middleware for AAL;  Thomas sees this is an important topic for the EFMI LIFOSS WG as well as IMIA OS WG.

The workshop will contribute to the philosophy and the idea of the AALOA manifesto (

May 23, 2011 Posted by | EFMI, IMIA, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA-EFMI open source groups activity

Thomas Karopka, vice chair of the IMIA Open Source Health Informatics Working Group and Chair of the EFMI LIFOSS WG, announces that the two groups are co-organising a track that is dedicated specifically to Free/Libre Open Source Software in Health Care (FLOSS-HC) at the 8th annual Med-e-Tel conference (14-16 April 2010) (see

The FLOSS-HC track will be split over the three days of the Med-e-Tel conference. The program consists of over 20 paper presentations, one keynote talk (by Joseph DalMolin), a panel discussion and several discussion sessions. The first day (April 14th) features an introductory presentation on “Open Source Solutions in Healthcare”. The second day (April 15th), features a session on “Communities, Collaboration, Development Issues, Technology Transfer”. The third day (April 16th) has another four thematic sessions on “Sustainability and Community Building”, “Open Source for Mobile Home Healthcare”, “Collaborative Development, Social Networking, Services” and “Open Source in eHealth Infrastructure”.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies, 2010

The three-day workshop IWEEE 2010: the human factor – International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies will be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain on February 10-12, 2010. The event is being supported by, and has collaboration from, the IMIA Open Source Health Informatics Working Group.

Among the presenters will be Thomas Karopka, vice-chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Open Source Working Group (IMIA OS WG) and chair of the European Federation for Medical Informatics Libre/Free Open Source Working Group (EFMI LIFOSS WG), and Alvin Marcelo, the Philippine representative to the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and chair of the IMIA Health Informatics for Development Working Group.

Full information is on the workshop website at

October 15, 2009 Posted by | conference, Europe | , , , , , | Leave a comment