From the International Medical Informatics Association

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

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

Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health – PAHO/WHO Webinar, Nov. 3

The latest in the series of PAHO/WHO monthly live webinars on Equity and Health – Access to Information, titled “Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health”, will be offered on Thursday, 3rd November 2011, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM WDC time (check the local time in your own town at

With a hands-on approach, this two-hour online workshop will train participants on how to use the online tools available through the Virtual Health Library (VHL), as well as from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Online Databases, effectively. Furthermore, this online workshop will highlight other Web resources tailored to the public health workforce.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify resources to support public health programs and activities
  • Retrieve information in support of evidence-based public health
  • Obtain data sets and statistics relevant to public health on state, local, national, regional and world levels
  • Identify resources available to stay informed of developments related to public health and environmental health

Instructor: Lorely Ambriz Irigoyen, M.S.I.S , PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office Knowledge Management & Communications

The event is free, and no prior registration is required. To log in, simply type your name and organization) of participants at

PAHO/WHO Webinars are free and open to interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. In addition to  watching live presentations, you will have the option to ask questions and  provide comments. You just need a computer, internet connection, speakers and  a mic/headphone. You will also be able to write comments and continue the discussion after the webinar.

For additional information, please contact AnaLucia Ruggiero

October 7, 2011 Posted by | education, PAHO, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

CDC 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is open for the 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference  to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on August 21–August 24, 2011.

The theme this year’s event is Engaging, Empowering, Evolving…Together Abstracts are invited for four areas: Call for Abstract Presentations, Call for Posters, Call for Computer Demonstrations, and Call for Panels – abstract acceptance deadline is April 18th, 2011 at:

The event is organised under the auspices of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – –  and includes many co-sponsors.

Thanks to the PAHO/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing email list for information on this call and event.

PAHO/WHO Website: EQUITY List – Archives – Join/remove: Twitter

March 26, 2011 Posted by | conference, education, USA, WHO | , , , , | Leave a comment

PAHO/WHO Seek Managing Editor for Pan American Journal of Public Health

While perhaps not centrally within our members’ interests in health and biomedial informatics, the following vacancy may be of interest to some of our members/readers or their colleagues. Please note that all queries should be directed to PAHO/WHO, and not to IMIA.

Vacant post for the Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health – Application Deadline: 5 November 2010

The Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO, is announcing a vacancy for managing editor. The principal functions of this post will be to manage, in close collaboration with the editor-in-chief, the flow of manuscripts and the peer review process, in order to ensure quality control and compliance with editorial policies. The chief requirements for the position are: a university degree in the health sciences or a related field, preferably in public health; good knowledge of English and Spanish; and experience in scientific journal editing and publishing.

Post description available at:

Vacante en la Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health

La Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health, publicada por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, OPS/OMS anuncia la vacante de editor ejecutivo. La principal función de esa posición es administrar, en estrecha colaboración con el editor en jefe, el proceso de revisión por pares y el flujo de de los manuscritos, desde la recepción hasta la aceptación o rechazo, para mantener el control de calidad y cumplir con las políticas editoriales. Los principales requisitos para la posición son: grado universitario en ciencias de la salud o áreas afines, preferentemente en salud pública; buen conocimiento de inglés y español; y experiencia editorial en revistas científicas.

La descripción completa de ese puesto está disponible en:

Vaga na equipe da Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health

A Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública / Pan American Journal of Public Health, publicada pela Organização Pan-americana da Saúde, anuncia vaga para editor executivo. A função principal do cargo será gerenciar, em estreita colaboração com o editor chefe, o fluxo de recebimento e aprovação de artigos e o processo de revisão por pares, para manter o controle de qualidade e dar cumprimento às políticas editoriais. Os principais requisitos para o cargo são: título universitário em ciências da saúde ou áreas correlatas, preferencialmente na área de saúde pública, bom conhecimento de inglês e espanhol, e experiência em edição de revistas científicas.

A descrição completa do cargo está disponível em:

October 5, 2010 Posted by | journals, WHO | , , , | Leave a comment