From the International Medical Informatics Association

IMIA Yearbook on PubMed Central

CoverYearbook2014_c0957c1f3aOn behalf of the Editorial Team, IMIA and the publishers, Prof. Christoph Lehmann, IMIA VP Services, is pleased to announce that the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics is available on PubMed Central.

See for the link to contents. Currently, only the 2014 edition of the IMIA Yearbook is available via this route.

The Yearbook 2014 is also available directly from our publishers, Schattauer, at

Work is currently underway on publication of the 2015 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.


January 26, 2015 Posted by | IMIA, journals, research, Yearbook | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Athabasca University (Canada) Seeking Translational Nursing Research Chair in eHealth Literacy

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) is sponsoring a Translational Research Chair position at Athabasca University that will bridge interests in health information technology, electronic communication and knowledge translation to the public and help create a systematic approach to the study of eHealth literacy.

The Nursing Research Chair in eHealth Literacy will advance understanding of all facets of eHealth literacy with particular focus on the public’s actions related to procuring, evaluating and using eHealth information and electronically generated self-health data, and the health care professionals’ role in communicating, educating and empowering the use of eHealth information and self-health data. As a researcher in eHealth literacy, the Chair will build an integrated research team that will make an impact on the health of Canadians and on global health knowledge. Working in collaboration with other institutional partners in related fields, there is potential for developing synergies related to areas such as health promotion, disease prevention and analytics and personalized medicine. There is also potential for synergy with Athabasca University’s Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management.

The appointment will be made at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level, depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

Athabasca University develops and maintains an environment that supports equitable working conditions for individuals traditionally unrepresented in universities and is committed to employment equity, encouraging applications from women, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

For more information, please contact Khaleeda Jamal or Cameron Geldart at (604) 926-0005 or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names of three referees, in confidence, to khaleeda[at]

Note: IMIA is not able to answer any queries in relation to this, and provides the above information as a service to members. The above information is also in the attached files – DOCUMENT  PDF

November 28, 2014 Posted by | Canada, nursing, research | , , | Leave a comment

International Symposium on Clinical and Translational Research Informatics – Melbourne, Australia; 27-28 March 2014

Our colleague Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Chair of Health Informatics and Director, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC), The University of Melbourne is pleased to announce that on 27-28 March 2014 a joint symposium between BioGrid Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre will be held at the Davis Auditorium, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. For full information, including registration (which is free and a first registered, first confirmed basis) is available at  (information also on the attached PDF)

The University of Melbourne has been active in Health Informatics over the past ten years. These activities have recently crystallised in the creation of HaBIC, the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre. HaBIC is a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society. The Centre will be officially launched on 28th March 2014. In celebration of the launch we will be bringing together international and local experts in the field of Health and Biomedical Informatics who will be contributing to the symposium.

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC), The University of Melbourne is an Academic Institutional member of IMIA.

Please contact:,au   – enquiries[at]     +61 3 9342 3167



December 19, 2013 Posted by | Australia, bioinformatics, clinical informatics, conference, research | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Updates From IMIA Journals – ACI and Methods

ACI Editor Prof. Chris Lehmann and publishers Schattauer are pleased to announce that the all papers from the first 13 issues of ACI (up to and including Vol 3, Issue 3, totaling almost 120 articles) are now free and openly available for download. They are available via the Journal Archive at

The latest issue of Methods of Information in Medicine (Volume 52, Issue 6) contains several important freely available items for download. There is an Editorial titled “The World Health Assembly Resolutions on eHealth: eHealth in Support of Universal Health Coverage” authored by Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (download). The editorial reports that the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and three of the six WHO Regional Committees have adopted a number of resolutions on eHealth: the use of information and communication technology for health. It argues these resolutions have given legitimacy to eHealth as an area of work for WHO and its member states, and that their implementation will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Universal Health Coverage. eHealth has been perceived as reducing the cost of healthcare, improving quality and equitable access to health services, and several examples are cited.

The other three free downloads are linked: a discussion paper titled “Biomedical Informatics: We are what we publish” (Elkin, Brown and Wright – download), which is introduced by an editorial (Beuscart: “Know thyself”download), and followed by a commentary paper (Geissbuhler et al, with contributions from colleagues in Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Egypt, Argentina and Australia – download) which collates invited comments. Methods invites colleagues to continue the discussion in subsequent issues through letters to the editor.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | ACI eJournal, journals | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Student Paper Awards

The Student Paper Competition and Awards was one of many important parts of Medinfo2013. This showcases the important work being done by students in our field, who will hopefully become the next generation of researchers, practitioners and leaders. Full details of the award finalists and winners is provided at

The Award Committee, under the auspices of the Medinfo2013 Scientific Programme Committee,  was chaired by Prof. Ameen Abu­‐Hanna (Netherlands), and additionally comprised Hyeoun-Ae Park (Korea), Vimla Patel (USA), and Fernando Martín Sánchez (Australia). The winners of the awards were:

  • First place: Finding Meaning in Social Media: Content-based Social Network Analysis of QuitNet to Identify New Opportunities for Health Promotion, Sahiti Myneni, Nathan Cobb, Trevor Cohen. (UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) – see also media release at
  • Second Place: A Formal Representation for Numerical Data Presented in Published Clinical Trial Reports, Maurine Tong, William Hsu, Ricky Taira. (Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Third place: Improving Patients’ Electronic Health Record Comprehension with NoteAid, Balaji Polepalli Ramesh, Thomas Houston, Hong Yu. (Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA)

Other finalists are listed at
IMIA and the Medinfo2013 committees are grateful to IBM Research (Sharam Ebadollahi, Senior Manager, Health Informatics Research, IBM Watson Research Center) for their generous financial support for these Awards.


Medinfo2013 Student Award winners, with committee members (Photo courtesy Medinfo2013 LOC)

October 3, 2013 Posted by | award, conference, Denmark, education, Europe, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, research | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

University Oldenburg seeking Professor in Medical Informatics, Department of Health Services Research

oldenburgThe School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg invites applications for the following tenured faculty position:  Professor (W3) in Medical Informatics.

An der Fakultät für Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen in Kooperation mit der Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine  W3-Professur für Medizinische Informatik zu besetzen.

The professor should actively participate in establishing the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen (EMS), the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the department of health services research.

The School seek an internationally renowned person with an outstanding profile in teaching, research, and acquisition of research funds. Special experience in one or more topics of medical informatics is expected. Engagement in acquisition of research funds, especially for new collaborative research funds, is particularly welcome.

Full information is available at (English) or (German)

Applications should be sent to dekan.medizin[at] until September 20, 2013. (Please direct all queries here, not to IMIA).

August 15, 2013 Posted by | education, research, vacancy | , , , | Leave a comment

Special Issue Call for Papers “Data Mining for Medicine and Healthcare”

Dr Gregor Stiglic, Assistant Professor, Computer Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia, is one of the guest editors of a special issue of the journal “Data mining and knowledge discovery”. He invites submissions for a special issue on the theme “Data mining for medicine and healthcare”. The CFP is downloadable here [PDF file, 78kb], and available via

The major goal of this special issue is to bring together the researchers in healthcare and data mining to illustrate pressing needs, demonstrate challenging research issues, and showcase the state-of-the-art research and development.

The submission for papers is March 1, 2014. Information for Authors can be found at:
Submit manuscripts to:

July 19, 2013 Posted by | journals | , , , | Leave a comment

Research project in social media for chronic disease management: Survey Open to 30 June

Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, at the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC) @ The University of Melbourne, invites people to participate in an online survey.

The survey will be open until June 30th and further information can be found here:

Fernando writes: At the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne, we have been conducting innovative research aimed at bringing increased rigor to the way in which evidence of improved health outcomes can be achieved using social media in various chronic conditions. Especially given the rise of health-related Internet use by patients. Our literature review on social media use in chronic disease management has been recently published in the the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

As part of his PhD research project, Mark Merolli, one of our PhD candidates has developed an online survey to better understand how social media is used to manage chronic pain as a result of various chronic diseases. In particular, individual perceptions regarding how different social media influence health outcomes. He explains the survey in a short video so please watch for further information. Click here:

We invite people to complete this survey, and share with members, colleagues, patients, and others via your channels: website, news, blog, facebook, twitter, other social media, etc (however you feel appropriate) and contact him to let him know you have done so. As a research team, we strongly believe this research fills a pivotal gap in knowledge and hope culminates in improved evidence-based decision making about social media use for the self-management of a variety of chronic conditions. Should you have any questions, Mark is contactable on email ­mmerolli[at] or phone: +61408 513 984

June 4, 2013 Posted by | research | , , | 1 Comment

IFHIMA Survey on Health Information and Medical Records

On behalf of IFHIMA, the International Federation of Health Information Management (, an IMIA Affiliate member, we are pleased to invite colleagues to complete a survey about health information and medical records.

The request is outlined below – the survey is available at The closing date for responses is 05 April, 2013.

Marsha Dolan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO, USA and Julie Wolter, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO USA write: Do you work with health information and medical records? If so, do you ever get asked by a family member or friends to help them understand a medical term, take care of an important medical document, or make a decision involving their medical care.
The authors of this presentation believe that the skills and qualifications of health information management professionals help make us uniquely qualified to help others. As a result, we would like you to consider responding to our survey and let us know if you have helped someone. If you have, then would you share an example of how you provided assistance.
The results will be presented at the IFHIMA conference in May:


March 14, 2013 Posted by | AHIMA, IFHIMA, research | , | Leave a comment

Call for Papers: Enabling Technologies in Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation – Deadline 01 March 2013

Dr Michael Marschollek (Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Germany and IMIA Wearable Sensors WG) invites submission of papers to Joint Focus Theme Issues of Methods of Information in Medicine (MIM) and Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie – European Journal of Geriatrics (ZGG) on the theme of  Enabling Technologies in Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation. Guest Editors: Michael Marschollek (MIM), Clemens Becker (ZGG).

The deadline for electronic submission of contributions is 01 March, 2013. The full details are in the downloadable PDF version of the Call (CfP Enabling Technologies 2013 MIM ZGG). Please submit your paper electronically (as an email attachment) to the Guest Editor at Michael.marschollek[at] In accordance with the submitting authors he will allocate your manuscript to one of the two journals and provide details on the review process. Submissions of full papers should be limited to about 4,000 words (25,000 characters for ZGG). Papers must not have appeared in, nor be under consideration by other journals.

Demographic change with rising numbers in co-morbidity leads to an increased demand in clinical geriatric expertise as well as in geriatric research. In order to alleviate the effects that aging will have on our societies in terms of increased functional deficits, waning possibilities for participation and communication and a potential risk of emergencies, supportive technical solutions are frequently proposed. Such technologies may comprise a wide range of solutions including e.g. wearable sensor-based systems, ambient assisted living systems for personal environments or communication support tools. To make sure that the rapidly advancing field of research in technologies for the elderly meets the demands of the persons in need, research efforts should be interdisciplinary. Evaluation in controlled clinical trials or field experiments is extremely valuable and therefore highly commended.

January 10, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, journals, WG | , , , , | Leave a comment