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IMIA Monthly Newsletter

 November 2013: Issue 55


In This Issue

1. Happy 100th Birthday to Morris F Collen
2. EFMI STC 2014, MIE2014 - Submission Deadlines
3. VMBI Conference: The Netherlands, 21-22 November
4. NI2014 - 12th International Congress of Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI SIG)
5. Medinfo2013 - Slides and Proceedings Available
6. Context-sensitive Health Informatics conference - Proceedings, Presentations, Photos
7. Indian Journal of Medical Informatics Latest Issue

8. AMIA Conferences Forthcoming
9. Pioneer of Medical Informatics in Saudi Arabia Moves On
10. From the Literature
11. Miscellany: short items
12. Forthcoming events
   a] Regional events
   b] National/global events

13. Next newsletter: December 2013

Happy 100th Birthday to Morris F Collen

We join our AMIA colleagues, and others in the USA and around the world, in wishing a Happy 100th Birthday to Dr Morris F Collen on 12 November, 2013 (11/12/13 in the American date format). In an editorial in Methods, Don Lindberg and Marion Ball write about his life, contributions, and influence:Morris F. Collen at 100: A Tribute to “The Father of Medical Informatics”,available as a free download in Methods of Information in Medicine.


EFMI STC 2014 and MIE2014 - Submission Deadlines

The submission deadlines have been announced for two important European events in 2014 - the EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC) 2014 and MIE2014.

For the EFMI STC 2014, the deadline for submissions (full papers and posters) is 15 November, 2013. The deadline for workshop submissions is 02 January, 2014. See for this and more information as it becomes available.
For MIE2014, the call for submissions open on 01 November 2013, and the deadline for submissions is 31 January, 2014 - see


MIC2013 - VMBI Conference, November 21-22, The Netherlands

The Dutch Society for Health Care Informatics (VMBI) is organising its 30th annual Medical Informatics Conference (MIC). It will be held on November 21- 22, at NH Koningshof Hotel, Veldhoven (near Eindhoven) in The Netherlands. The theme of this year’s conference is “Better care with less”. Full information (in Dutch) is available at


NI2014 - 12th International Congress of Nursing Informatics

NI 2014, the 12th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, will be held at the Taipei International Convention Center (very near to Taipei 101) on June 21-25, 2014 - see and

NI2014We ask all IMIA Member Societies and other members, and nursing/informatics organisations, to promote this event, which is held under the auspices of the IMIA-NI SIG (Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group). The theme of the conference is “eSmart + ” where “e” stands for eHealth, “S” implies simplicity, “m” represents mobility and meaningful use, “a” denotes advanced leadership, “r” indicates revolution, “t” means translational technologies, and “+” symbolizes People Leading uCare Safely. The acronym is also used to convey the idea of adopting smart technology to help health providers deliver higher quality care.


Medinfo2013 - Slides Available; Proceedings Available Online, Open Access

Medinfo2013 is over. However, the conference proceedings are freely available online and in open access form through the IOS Press website. See  (or Slides are also available (where permission has been given) from many of the presentations - see

Context-sensitive Health Informatics conference - Proceedings, Presentations, Photos

The proceedings of the “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event, a pre-Medinfo conference, held on 17-18 August, 2013 are available at  Prof. Christian Nohr and colleagues from Aalborg University in Denmark are pleased to announce that slides from the presentations of the pre-Medinfo2013 conference Context Sensitive Health Informatics, Human & Sociotechnical approaches are now available at the conference web site:  - click on the programme link, and you will find the presentations that are available. Photos of presenters and participants are also available.

Indian Journal of Medical Informatics Informatics Latest Issue

Dr Arindam Basu, Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Informatics, has announced the release of Volume 7 Issue 3 (September 2013) - The journal is published by the Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI -
Current articles are:
Editorial:  Innovation and Caring From a Distance - Arindam Basu

Original Research Articles:
Training Needs of Telemedicine Staff – A Pilot Study - Z. Zayapragassarazan, S. Kumar
Fall Detection and Activity Monitoring with Wireless Sensor Networks - Subrat Kar, Sanat Sarangi, Akshat Bisht
The Indian Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI) was relaunched in 2007, and is now an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal adopting a broad definition of “medical informatics” and focusing on the applied aspects of computers to healthcare delivery. In the Indian Journal of Medical Informatics, all articles are accessible free of charge (as HTML files). However, PDF files are available only to IAMI (Indian Association of Medical Informatics - members.
IJMI articles are also archived at OpenMED@NIC (, an open access archive for Medical and Allied Sciences, where authors/owners can self-archive their scientific and technical documents -

AMIA Conferences Forthcoming

The 2013 AMIA Annual Symposium will be held on November 16-20, 2013 at the Washington Hilton, Washington DC, USA. Full information is on the AMIA 2013 website at with the Schedule-at-a-Glance giving an overview.

Other AMIA events in early 2014 include:


Pioneer of Medical Informatics in Saudi Arabia Moves On

Our colleague, Dr. Mowafa Househ, assistant professor at the college of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, writes (see

Prof. Dr. Majid Altuwaijri, founder and Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, CIO for the National Guard Health Affairs, retired from public service last month. For the past twenty years, Professor Altuwaijri has strived to cement and lead health informatics initiatives within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2005, Professor Altuwaijri established the first college of Public Health and Health Informatics in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, and in 2006 established the Saudi Arabian Health Informatics Assocation (SAHI) and served as president from 2006 till 2012. One of Professor Altuwaijri’s principal accomplishments was the establishment of the King Abdullah Arabic Health Encyclopedia (KAAHE - The website was launched in 2012 and has become the most visited Arabic health website in the Middle East with over one million visitors a month. For his efforts over the years in building health informatics within Saudi Arabia, Professor Altuwaijri was granted the King Abdulaziz Medal of Honor in the first degree, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian in Saudi Arabia. A full appreciation of Professor Altuwaijri's contribution to the development of health informatics in Saudi Arabia is provided by Dr. Mowafa Househ and colleagues, and is downloadable here.

From the Literature

This new section of the IMIA newsletter will (assuming our readers submit suggestions for future issues) feature journal articles, conference presentations, etc. produced by people actively involved in IMIA and its Member Societies, WG/SIG, etc., and that we would like to encourage people to read and discuss. To start, we feature two items; one with authors drawn, in part, from one of IMIA's WGs, and one taken from the recent pre-Medinfo2013 conference.

Archambault PM, van de Belt TH, Grajales III FJ, Faber MJ, Kuziemsky CE, Gagnon S, Bilodeau A, Rioux S, Nelen WL, Gagnon MP, Turgeon AF, Aubin K, Gold I, Poitras J, Eysenbach G, Kremer JAM, Légaré F
Wikis and Collaborative Writing Applications in Health Care: A Scoping Review J Med Internet Res 2013;15(10):e210
URL: doi: 10.2196/jmir.2787 PMID:24103318

The authors (including members of IMIA's Social Media WG) undertook a scoping review to explore evidence of the effective, safe, and ethical use of wikis and collaborative writing applications (CWAs) in health care. The authors found some experimental and quasi-experimental studies of the effectiveness and safety of CWAs as educational and knowledge translation interventions, but most reports were of observational case studies about CWAs being used by health professionals and patients. They conclude that more primary research is needed to find ways to address the different barriers to their use, and to make these applications more useful for different stakeholders.

Coiera, E
Stasis and Adaptation Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 194: Context Sensitive Health Informatics: Human and Sociotechnical Approaches
URL: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-293-6-11

Enrico argues that many of our most pressing societal challenges arise from an inability to move on from present practices and structures. He suggests that healthcare resists adoption of best practices and persists in high levels of variation in care delivery. In this paper, Enrico explores three possible system level interventions that may help design systems that are less likely to approach inertia, might help change our current systems so that they become adaptive, and move to the outcomes we desire. Firstly, he questions the "religious belief in the power of standards", then explores the power of apoptosis, a process that sees existing structures and practices programmatically removed to free up resource for adaptation, and finally explores a flexible but controversial approach to system management called market-based control. He concludes that it is time for us to engage with the challenge of system inertia, and find a way out.

Miscellany of Short Items (from

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) Conference: Submission Deadline 18 November

The Call for Participation for the e-Health 2014 conference, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada on 01-04 June, 2014 is now open. See for full information on submitting abstracts, including the various categories. The submission site is now open, and the deadline for Abstract Submissions is Monday, November 18 at 5:00 PM PST.

HIMSS14 - Orlando, FL, USA; 23-27 February, 2014

The HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Orlando, Florida on 23-27 February, 2014. Full information is at  IMIA is pleased to continue to endorse the event and encourages members to participate. One of the keynote speakers will be Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York. Registration is now open, and early bird rates apply until 10 December.

HINZ 2013 - Rotorua, New Zealand

The Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) annual conference will be held on 27-29 November, 2013 in Rotorua, New Zealand.  See for full details.


Forthcoming Events: Regional

APAMI (Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics)

The 2014 APAMI conference will be hosted by IAMI, the Indian Association for Medical Informatics. Further information will be available

EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics)

The EFMI STC 2014 will be on 26-29 April, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary - The next MIE (Medical Informatics Europe) will be MIE2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. The dates are 31 August - 03 September, 2014.  See and follow on Twitter @MIE2014 (   MIE2015 will be held in Spain.

IMIA-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean)

The next INFOLAC conference will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on 16-17 October, 2014. See

Forthcoming Events: national and Global

AMIA 2013: 16-20 November, 2013. Washington DC, USA.

MIC2013: 21-22 November, 2013. Near Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

HINZ 2013: 27-29 November, 2013. Rotorua, New Zealand.


iHealth 2014: 31 January-01 February, 2014. Orlando FL, USA.

HIMSS14: 23-27 February, 2014. Orlando FL, USA.

AMIA 2014 Joint Summits: April 07-11, 2014. San Francisco, CA, USA.

EFMI STC 2014: 26-29 April, 2014. Budapest, Hungary.


Next Newsletter: December 2013


Proceedings från MedInfo 2017 online

Proceedings från Medinfo 2017 finns nu tillgängliga online: 

MedInfo 2017: Precision Healthcare through Informatics är tillgänglig som en open access eBook. Artiklarna som publicerats är också indexerade i PubMed. 

Reseberättelse från STC2017

Läs Isabella Scandurras reseberättelse från EFMIs Special Topic Conference 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel här
Isabella Scandurra, Forskarassistent vid Handelshögskolan vid Örebro universitet har mottagit SFMIs resestipendium.

Artikeln som presenterades hittar ni här. SFMI kommer också att ordna ett webbinar där författarna presenterar artikeln, vi återkommer med mer information om detta längre fram! 

Anmäl dig till MIE2018 nu!

Över 500 bidrag har skickats in till MIE2018 och genomgår just nu vetenskaplig granskning. Vi vågar lova att det kommer att bli ett fantastiskt program! Som medlem i SFMI kan du anmäla dig till MIE2018 till ett rabatterat pris. Som registrerad på MIE2018 har du dessutom tillgång till hela Vitalis program. Så tveka inte - anmäl dig idag!

Socialstyrelsen söker läkare för arbete med Ordinationsorsak

Socialstyrelsen söker nu läkare, helst med specialistkompetens, som kan hålla informationen för kodsystemet Nationell källa för ordinationsorsak uppdaterad och kvalitetssäkrad på löpande basis. Arbetet innebär också att ge användarstöd till hälso- och sjukvårdsverksamheter som vill implementera kodsystemet samt bidra i den strategiska utvecklingen av kodsystemet.

Sabine Koch ny ordförande i IMIA

SFMI gratulerar professor Sabine Koch, tidigare ordförande i SFMI, till att nu ha blivit vald till nästa ordförande i IMIA, International Medical Informatics Association. IMIA har en viktig roll internationellt i tillämpning av ny teknik och informatik inom hälso- och sjukvården och i klinisk forskning. Vi är övertygade om att Sabine Koch kommer att göra ett strålande jobb som nästa IMIA ordförande.