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UPDATE: Medicine 2.0’14 Conferences: Submission Deadline 19 March

The deadline is rapidly approaching for submission of abstracts to the Medicine 2.0’14 events. There will be two events in 2014, but the submission deadline for both is March 19th, 2014, midnight EST.

Full information is available at http://www.medicine20congress.com

Medicine 2.0’14 Europe (Malaga, Spain) will be held in Torremolinos, Spain on October 9-10, 2014. Details of the call for abstracts are at http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2014b/schedConf/cfp

Medicine 2.0’14 Summit & World Congress (Maui, Hawaii, USA) will be held on November 13-14, 2014. Details of the call for abstracts are at http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2014/schedConf/cfp

The Medicine 2.0 events have been held annually since the first in Toronto in 2008 – Medicine 2.0: Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Research.

March 10, 2014 Posted by | conference, Europe, USA | , , , , , | 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

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

Health/medical Informatics on LinkedIn

New(ish) groups on LinkedIn that colleagues might be interested in include:

European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/EFMI-European-Federation-Medical-Informatics-4550722

Medinfo2013 – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/medinfo-2013-4432894

In addition many other groups exist that might be of interest, including (but not limited to):

Official Group of AMIA – http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1811544

IMIA – http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=49852

Health Informatics Forum – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Health-Informatics-Forum-3733812

August 2, 2012 Posted by | miscellany | , | 1 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

Launch of The Social MEDia Course

The growth of social media is changing how medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. The ways in which patients, doctors, and all healthcare professionals communicate and manage their interactions is changing due to the growing use of common social media applications and the growth in use of increasingly powerful mobile communications devices.

However, Dr. Bertalan (Berci) Mesko believes that medical education is lagging, and needs a revolution (in his words). In 2008, Berci launched a course at the University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center in Hungary; this was the world’s first university accredited course for medical, dentistry and public health students abut social media and medicine. After several iterations of the course, which proved extremely popular with students, from February 2012, he began to teach the course at Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary (1769). The course is now an elective course that is part of the official medical curriculum at the two universities,  is taught to several hundred students and runs over 14 weeks.

As the next step, Berci has now launched The Social MEDia Course (http://thecourse.webicina.com/). This is a free online course, available to anyone to access. While the course was primarily designed for medical and public health students as well as medical professionals, the vast majority of the presentations can provide useful pieces of information for patients and basically for everyone interested in health and social media.

The Social MEDia Course uses a series of 16 ‘Prezi’ (prezi.com) presentations that run online, and each one is accompanied by a test that can be completed. On completion, a badge is added to the user profile which you can share on any social networks, and after finishing all 16 elements, a personalized certification is available to show successful completion of the course. An introductory Prezi gives an overview of the course.

Berci is a member of IMIA’s Social Media Working Group, and the course has been revised with, and will be monitored by, input from an international advisory board that includes members of the IMIA SMWG (http://thecourse.webicina.com/pages/advisory/).

March 23, 2012 Posted by | education, miscellany | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Submission Deadlines: Medicine 2.0’12 and AMIA 2012

Two important conference submission deadlines are upon us within the next few days. If you are intending to submit either an abstract to the Medicine 2.0’12 conference, or a proposal to the AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium, then time is running out.

Medicine 2.0’12 – extended deadline now March 14. The Call for Abstracts, Presentations, Interactive Demos, Tabletop (Tradeshow) Presentation, Startup Pitches and Panel Proposal was extended and will now close on March 14. See http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2012/schedConf/cfp for full details and any exceptions.

Medicine 2.0 ’12, aka the 5th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web2.0 in Health and Medicine, this year hosted in Boston at Harvard Medical School, will once again be very international and contain a unique mix of traditional academic/research, practice and business presentations, keynote presentations, and panel discussions to discuss emerging technologies in health and medicine, with an emphasis on Internet-based, social media, and mobile technologies. Early bird registration is open.

IMIA supports this conference and the IMIA Medicine 2.0 Award will be administered by the IMIA Social Media Working Group.

AMIA 2012 – the Call for Proposals closes on March 15. AMIA 2012 submissions will be categorized as either foundational contributions of novel informatics methods, or as reports of the application of informatics in the biomedical sciences or the day-to-day practice of health care. The full range of categories, including new or re-instituted categories, and details of the submission process are on the AMIA website at http://www.amia.org/amia2012/proposals

AMIA is a Member Society of IMIA.

March 13, 2012 Posted by | AMIA, conference, education, IMIA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment