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IMIA News – 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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In 2013, the IMIA News site provided 139 new posts, so now has an archive of 765 news items.

The busiest single day of the year for traffic was October 24th; the most popular post that day was The Pioneer of Health Informatics in Saudi Arabia Moves On.

Among the posts and pages with the most views in 2013 were:

1. Medical Informatics Journals: 2010 Impact Factors (written July 2011)
2. eHealth Week 2013 (World of Health IT) – Dublin, Ireland: 13-15 May (written January 2013)
3. 4th Middle East Conference on Healthcare Informatics: Dubai, UAE – 22-24 April, 2013 (written December 2012)

This demonstrates the longevity and continuing interest in, and relevance of, some of the items we have produced.

The top referring sites in 2013 (after search engines) were (once again) twitter.com, facebook.com and the IMIA website – and the WHO website (who.int) was also ranked highly. Among search strings that resulted in people visiting the site were “applied clinical informatics, “tiger initiative”, and (again – interestingly, for an event that does not exist) “mie 2013”.

Most visitors came from the USA (by far the largest number), with Canada second, and Japan now third, above the UK close behind, and followed by Australia, and India. In Europe, most visitors were from the UK, Germany, Spain and Sweden; in the Asia-Pacific area from Japan, Australia, India, Singapore; in Africa from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya; in Latin America from Brazil, Argentina and Mexico; and in the Middle East region, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The full summary as provided by WordPress.com is also available, at https://imianews.wordpress.com/2012/annual-report/

Thank you to all our members and readers – but we need your input to improve. Please send news items, interact, promote the site.

January 2, 2014 Posted by | miscellany | , | Leave a comment

Medicine 2.0 Congress: New Features for 2014

med20The latest successful Medicine 2.0 Conference (the 6th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, Internet/Web 2.0) has completed in London (http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2013). The event attracted more than 520 participants, and views on the event were shared widely via Twitter and other social media tools. Materials from the Congress are available via the website. A transcript of the tweets around the event (hashtag #med2) is available >>> (warning: latter part of transcript contains spam bot tweets).

Pat Rich, from the Canadian Medical Association, has shared his presentation via slideshare, and other presentations are available.

In 2014, there will be two events – Medicine 2.0’14 (Maui/Hawaii, USA on 23-24 November) and Medicine 2.0’14 Europe (Malaga, Spain – early October). There will be a single submission deadline to either/both events of March 14, 2014. Further news will follow on the Medicine 2.0 Congress website (http://www.medicine20congress.com).

September 26, 2013 Posted by | conference, Europe | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medinfo2013 Highlights No. 3 – IMIA Social Media Working Group Meeting and Activity

The IMIA Social Media Working Group (SMWG) will be holding a business meeting at Medinfo2013. The meeting will be on Wednesday, 21 August from 08:00-09:30am in Meeting Room 17, the Bella center, Copenhagen. Further information on the meeting, agenda, etc. is at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7667111537 – those intending to participate are asked to register through this site. Further information will also be available through the IMIA SMWG website at http://imiasocialmedia.wordpress.com

The IMIA SMWG will be presenting a panel titled “New Trends in Health Social Media: Hype or Evidence-based medicine?” – “The use of social media in the health domain is growing continuously in the terms of use and also complexity. This panel will provide and overview of the current situation and the challenges ahead. The presenters will provide an engaging discussion rooted in the evidence of the emerging field of Health Social Media. Among other topics the following aspects will be addressed: gamification, personalized medicine, patient safety and other topics that will be discussed in the panel.” Presenters include Luis Fernandez-Luque (Norut, Tromsø, Norway), Kerstin Denecke (University Medical Center of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany) and Fernando José Martín-Sanchez (Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Unit, The University of Melbourne, Australia). See more information at http://imiasocialmedia.wordpress.com

There will also be other relevant presentations throughout Medinfo2013, which will be itemised in the final programme.

July 31, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , , | 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:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/socialmedia_chronicpain

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: http://animoto.com/play/EY5Vh6FUHKmeZrqLAIUNQQ

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]student.unimelb.edu.au or phone: +61408 513 984  http://www.healthinformatics.unimelb.edu.au

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

New Trends in Health Social Media: Hype or Evidence-based Medicine? (Medinfo Panel)

Members of the IMIA Social Media Working Group seek input and interaction form all those interested in addressing the title/topic of their Medinfo2013 panel – “New Trends in Health Social Media: Hype or Evidence-based Medicine?” Luis Fernandez-Luque, IMIA Social Media WG Secretary, writes:

In order to allow interaction with the health social media community we will post a series of blog entries about the different topics addressed in our panel. What do you think? Is Social media Hype or Evidence-based Medicine? Where do you think the research is going? What are your thoughts?
See the blog post on the SMWG site for further information: http://imiasocialmedia.wordpress.com/

The panel summary states: “The use of social media in the health domain is growing continuously in the terms of use and also complexity. This panel will provide and overview of the current situation and the challenges ahead. The presenters will provide an engaging discussion rooted in the evidence of the emerging field of Health Social Media. Among other topics the following aspects will be addressed: gamification, personalized medicine, patient safety and other topics that will be discussed in the panel.”

Panellists include heterogenous researchers from the WG:

  • Luis Fernandez-Luque, MS (Norut, Tromsø, Norway);
  • Annie Lau, PhD (Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia);
  • Carol S Bond, Dr (Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom);
  • Kerstin Denecke, PhD (University Medical Center of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany) ; and
  • Fernando José Martín-Sanchez, Professor (Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Unit. The University of Melbourne, Australia).

Medinfo2013, the 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 20-23 August, 2013 – see www.medinfo2013.dk

April 14, 2013 Posted by | conference, Denmark, education, IMIA, medinfo, Medinfo2013, WG | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Call for Chapters: Social Media and Mobile Technologies in Healthcare – Deadline 25 March, 2013

Dr. Mowafa Househ (King Saud University for Health Sciences, Riyadh Saudi Arabia), Dr. Elizabeth Borycki (University of Victoria, BC, Canada) and Dr. Andre Kushniruk (University of Victoria, BC, Canada), as Editors, announce the Call for Chapters for the book “Social Media and Mobile Technologies in Healthcare”. Full information is available at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/893

Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 25, 2013 a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 25, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 25, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Objective of the Book: The overall objective and mission of this book is to provide patients, clinicians, and healthcare organizations with the tools necessary to understand how to use and implement social media and mobile technologies within healthcare. Yet the benefits of social media and mobile technologies in improving patient care have not been well documented, and with over 80% of Americans seeking health information online (Eckler et al., 2010), the impacts of social media and mobile technologies on health cannot be ignored.

Target Audience: The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of health informatics and its related disciplines, e.g., medical and biomedical informatics, computing science, computer engineering, health sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support students, clinicians, academics, and practitioners to understand the role of mobile health and social media in healthcare.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to Dr. Mowafa Househ, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, KSAU-HS, NGHA, Saudi Arabia. E-mail: househmo[at]ngha.med.sa

February 27, 2013 Posted by | miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

Medicine 2.0’13 (London, Sept. 23-24) – Submission Deadline March 07

The next Medicine 2.0 event will be Medicine 2.0’13 (the 6th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web2.0 in Health and Medicine,) to be held in London, UK on 23-24 September, 2013. The event will be in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute, University College London, and other partners.

The Abstract/Speaker Proposal Submission Deadline is March 7th, 2013.

The Call for Abstracts is available at http://tinyurl.com/med2013call

For further information see http://www.medicine20congress.com and http://medicine20congress.blogspot.com There are important changes for Medicine 2.0 in London, including new presentation formats, the peer review process, awards and publication options (PubMed-indexed) for conference presentations.

IMIA is a supporter of the event, and we expect that the IMIA Social Media Working Group will again be closely involved in several aspects of the event, including review of abstracts.

January 31, 2013 Posted by | conference, education, IMIA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free Public Forum, Live Webcast: “Social Media for health”

A public forum on “Social Media for Health: The Good, The Bad, and The Possible”, organized by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and sponsored by UBC Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies will be held on February 4th, 2013 (Monday) at 7:00 – 9:00 pm Pacific Standard Time at UBC Robson Square Room C300, Downtown Vancouver.

The live webcast link is: http://mediasitemob1.mediagroup.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/5965d72bcfaa426cb8843208c7bb037e1d (also see http://socialweb4health.pwias.ubc.ca/) Twitter: #HCSMForum

Opening remarks: The Honorable Minister of Advanced Education, Province of British Columbia, Mr. John Yap and Ms. Bernadette Mah, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies.
Introduction: Dr. Kendall Ho, Professor and Director, eHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Moderator: Ms. Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun Digital Life writer.

Keynote Speakers:

  • “Social Media in Health: history, movements, and current practice”, Mr. Dean Giustini, Reference Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library, UBC
  • “Medicine 2.0 and beyond: where are we going with social media in health and medicine?” Dr. Gunther Eysenbach, Professor & Senior Scientist, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University of Toronto, Editor/Publisher of Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • “Analyzing the advantages of digital tools and dissemination technologies: The Experience of the Network on Equity, Health and Human Development PAHO/WHO”, Ms. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Knowledge Management and Communication, Pan American Health Organization Regional Office of the World Health Organization
  • “Huge Help: The Role of Social Media in Healthcare”, Ms. Ashley Brooks, Customer Marketing Manager, Enterprise, HootSuite

Panelists:

  • Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Professor & Director, the iSchool at UBC
  • Dr. Leanne Currie, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing
  • Dr. Helen Novak Lauscher, Assistant Director of Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine eHealth Strategy Office
  • Mr. Francisco Grajales III, PhD Candidate, UBC Interdisciplinary studies (IMIA Social Media WG vice chair)

This event is funded by a research grant from the University of British Columbia Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies,
and is a collaboration between 5 Faculties and schools in UBC: Medicine, iSchool at UBC, Nursing, Engineering, and Sauder School of Business.

Thanks to Mrs. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAHO/WHO Equity List (http://twitter.com/eqpaho) for the information.

January 30, 2013 Posted by | Canada, miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

IMIA News – 2012 Usage Summary from WordPress.com

As in the past two years, wordpress.com has provided a useful summary of usage stats for the IMIA News site for the previous 12 months.

In 2012, the IMIA News site:

  • provided 184 new posts (more than 3 per week, or 15 per month, and a 6% increase on 2011); also had more than 100 images and graphics uploaded within posts;
  • now has an archive of 630 news items;
  • was viewed more than 41,000 times (an increase of more than 17% on 2011). (Today we pass 65,000 all-time views)

The busiest single day for traffic (not only for 2012, but since IMIA News was created) was November 27th; the most popular post that day was UPDATE: Medinfo2013 Submission Deadlines; Reviewers Invited.

Among the posts and pages with the most views in 2012 were:

1. Call for Papers: ITCH 2013 – February 21 – 23, 2013, Victoria, BC, Canada (written April 2012)
2. Medical Informatics Journals: 2010 Impact Factors (written July 2011)
3. Medical informatics journals impact factors; JMIR now no. 1 (written June 2009)
4. APAMI-2012 – 7th Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics Conference – Call for Papers Extended to 10 July (written April 2012)
5. Medinfo2013 – First Call for Papers, Posters (written May 2012)

This demonstrates the longevity and continuing interest in, and relevance of, some of the items we have produced.

The top referring sites in 2012 were (once again) the IMIA website, facebook.com and twitter.com – although scoop.it also ranked highly. Among search strings that resulted in people visiting the site were “applied clinical informatics, methods of information in medicine” (also highly ranked in 2011), “tiger initiative”, and (interestingly, for an event that does not exist) “mie 2013”.

Most visitors came from the USA (by far the largest number), with Canada and the UK close behind. In Europe, most visitors were from the UK, Germany and Greece; in Asia from India, Japan and Australia; in Africa from South Africa and Nigeria; and in Latin America from Brazil and Argentina.

The full summary as provided by WordPress.com is also available, at https://imianews.wordpress.com/2012/annual-report/

January 2, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, miscellany | , , , | 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 http://www.healthinformaticsforum.com/profiles/blogs/health-informatics-forum-massively-open-online-course-mooc

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

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