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In This Issue

1. APAMI2014 - Submissions Close 30 March
2. ICANN and Health Domains
3. HIMSS14
4. MIE2014 - Submission Deadline Now 07 February
5. NI2014 - 12th International Congress of Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI SIG)
6. International Symposium on Clinical and Translational Research Informatics (Australia)
7. Second International Conference on Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare (Singapore)

8. International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare 2014 (Greece)
9. New open access policy for WHO publications
10. From the Literature
11. Miscellany: short items
12. Forthcoming events
   a] Regional events
   b] National/global events

13. Next newsletter: March 2014


APAMI2014 - Abstract Submissions Close on 30 March, 2014

Our colleagues in IAMI (the Indian Association for Medical Informatics), who are hosts and local organisers of the event, are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the APAMI2014 conference. See for full information and updates. Information on abstract submission is available at and the page for submission of the abstracts is at (note that you will need to set up an account). The deadline for Abstract Submission is 30th March 2014 at 23:59 hrs (local time).

Registration is also open for the conference - see - and the deadline for early bird registration is 15 May, 2014.

APAMI2014 (the 8th Conference of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics) will be held on 01 and 02 November, 2014 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. IMIA is pleased to fully support the event, and the IMIA General Assembly meeting will be held on 31 October, in conjunction with the event, with the IMIA Board meeting on 30 October (IMIA Board and GA meetings are by invitation only; invitations will be sent nearer to the events). This will be the first IMIA GA to be held in India. Our colleagues Dr Shashia B Gogia (Organising Chairman), Mr S K Meher (Organising Secretary, and the new IAMI President), and Dr Sanjay Bedi (Convener), together with their IAMI colleagues and organising partners) look forward to welcoming everyone to New Delhi for these important events. See also IMIA News item at

ICANN and Health Domains - Request for Action

On 21 January, we sent an email to all IMIA General Assembly members. As this newsletter has a wider distribution, we repeat the core content here.

At the IMIA General Assembly meeting in Copenhagen, in August 2013, we discussed the issue of new Internet health domains, in particular the .health domain. The Board, and especially Prof. Antoine Geissbuhler, as our Liaison Office to the WHO, reported on activity in this area, and the GA supported further activity. Following a meeting attended by the current IMIA President, and including representatives from several NGOs. held in Geneva in December, we have sent a letter to the ICANN Board expressing our concerns about the allocation of new Internet domain names, especially those relating to health, and urging ICANN to "delay the allocation of .health and other health-related names until adequate safeguards, and baseline conditions for their implementation, are in place." Several other NGOs have sent, or will be sending, similar letters. (Thank you to our members who have taken action, especially the Spanish Society SEIS).

We would like to encourage IMIA member organisations, and individuals, to also send similar letters to ICANN expressing their concerns and urging delay and reconsideration of the issues. We also ask you to contact your national Ministries or Departments of Health, and other organisations as you feel appropriate. See the news item at for a suggested core draft letter - but please feel free to add to, or modify, any letter that you send. If you are able to send a letter, we should be grateful if you would send a copy to the IMIA Office.

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. Others speakers include Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Nursing Informatics Symposium, on February 22-23, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Registration is open.

MIE2014 - Paper/Poster Submissions Due 07 February - and EFMI STC 2014

On behalf of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), the Turkish Medical Informatics Association (TurkMIA) will host the 25th European Medical Informatics Conference - MIE2014 - in Istanbul, Turkey on August 31st - September 3rd, 2014. The deadline for submissions of papers and posters is extended to 07 February, 2014 -  and the submission deadline for workshops, panels, short communications, and tutorials is March 3, 2014.

See  for full information and link to the submissions website

The EFMI STC 2014 will be held at the Hotel Benczur, Budapest, Hungary on 26-29 April. See for this and more information as it becomes available.

We encourage all colleagues - especially, but not limited to, those within Europe - to submit to and participate in both of these EFMI events. The IMIA and EFMI Boards will be meeting at this event.

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

NI2014 We 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.

Online registration is open, and the deadline for early advance registration is 15 February, 2014. Full details are at

International Symposium on Clinical and Translational Research Informatics - Melbourne, Australia

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC) - - at The University of Melbourne, Australia 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 (see also

Second International Conference on Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare - Singapore

The International Conference on Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare (BDAH 2014) - organised by the National University of Singapore, Centre for Health Informatics - provides a leading forum for researchers, healthcare administrators, care-providers, and policy makers to disseminate and share cutting-edge research and practice,  and gain insights into the challenges, opportunities, novel strategies, and analytic tools and techniques for dealing with big data in healthcare. The Call for Papers is open, with submissions due by 14 February (papers). Full information is available at The event will be held on 22-24 July, 2014 in Singapore.

ICIMTH, the International Conference on Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare - Athens, Greece

ICIMTH, the International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, is organised by the University of Athens and the Greek Health Informatics Association, and supported by EFMI and IMIA. The 2014 event will  be held in Athens, Greece on 10-14 July, 2014. The submission deadline for full papers and posters is 24 March, 2014. For workshops, panels and tutorials, the deadline is 14 April, 2014. Full information is on the conference website - - Call for Papers at  Queries by email to icimth2014[at]

New Open Access Policy for WHO Publications

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new policy on open access that will come into force in July 2014. The policy will apply to all WHO-authored or WHO-funded research published in non-WHO publications, such as external journals and books. The announcement notes that while information WHO publishes has been freely available through the WHO website, work published by WHO staff and reports of research funded by WHO published in external journals has often been accessible only through the payment of subscriptions or other fees. The changes mean that any reader with access to the internet can find and read a whole article. Researchers and policy-makers can find and combine information without having to seek permission and pay to reproduce a graph or table. Information can be automatically brought together on websites and platforms, making the management of information more efficient. As a reault, WHO-authored and WHO-funded work will gain much wider visibility and impact. More information is available by email at Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den..

Dr Najeeb Al Shorbaji, Director, Knowledge, Ethics and Research, writes that “Health is an information-driven and knowledge-based sector. Without evidence-based, timely, up- to-date, relevant, easy-to-use, and affordable information, the health-care provider will not be effective in delivering health care to those who need it. Access to information is a basic human right; information empowers people to make better decisions about their own lives, families and communities. Information is power, but it can function in this way only if it is shared and used." Further information is at

The latest issue of the WHO Bulletin (Volume 92, Number 2, February 2014, 77-152) is available at

From the Literature

Our colleague Francisco (Cisco) J Grajales III (previously vice chair of the IMIA Social Media Working Group) has published a discussion paper on the IOM website. The paper, based in his postgraduate course work, is titled "Social Networking Sites and the Continuously Learning Health System: A Survey" and reports "findings that 94 percent of U.S. adult social media users with health conditions strongly endorse sharing their health data anonymously to help improve health care." The discussion paper by Cisco and his co-authors is at A commentary has also been published accompanying the paper, written by the chairman of Kaiser Permanente, which can be accessed at

Please notify the editor with any items that you think it would be useful to share in future issues.

Miscellany of Short Items (from

Call for Papers - International Workshop on Pattern Recognition for Healthcare Analytics
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together pattern recognition and healthcare researchers interested in healthcare analytics and applications of pattern recognition in this field. See for full information and dates. Abstract submission deadline is 01 March, 2014 and full paper submission deadline is 01 April, 2014. The workshop is co-located with ICPR2014, the 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, on 22-24 August 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden ( For information, please contact Jianying Hu, IBM T.J. Watson Research (jyhu[at] 

AMIA2014 Call for Submissions
AMIA announce the Call for participation for the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium. Full details are at The submission site is expected to be opened soon, and the submission deadline will be 13 March 2014 at 23:59 EDT.

University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Seeks Assistant / Associate Professor in Health Informatics
The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, invites applications in the area of Health Informatics at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2014. See See also news item at
IFHIMA Global News
The latest issue of IFHIMA's Global News (Number 14, December 2013) is a 48-page special issue reporting and reflecting on the IFHIMA Congress held in Montreal, Canada in May 2013.

CHIA Awards, Steven Huesing Scholarship (Canada) - Nominations Invited
COACH and ITAC Health invite nominations for the CHIA (Canadian Health Informatics Awards) and the Steven Huesing Scholarship. Nominations/applications are due by 5 pm EDT on February 28, 2014. Full details of the range of awards and the processes are at

Acta Informatica Medica
The latest issue of Acta Informatica Medica [1(22), 2014] is now available, the Journal of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Bosnia and Herzegovina. For more information on the Journal and the current issue please visit the Journal website at Acta Informatica Medica

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, and held in New Delhi, India on 01-02 November, 2014. Further information is available at

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

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

Big Data 2014: 03-04 April, 2014. Melbourne, Australia. [HISA]

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

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

eHealth 2014 (Austria): 22-23 May, 2014. Vienna, Austria. [AKMI]

e-Health 2014 (Canada): 01-04 June, 2014. Vancouver, BC, Canada. [COACH]

NI2014: 21-25 June, 2014. Taipei, Taiwan. [IMIA-NI]

ICIMTH2014: 10-14 July, 2014. Athens, Greece.

HIC 2014: 11-14 August, 2014. Melbourne, Australia. [HISA]

MIE2014: 31 August - 03 September, 2014. Istanbul, Turkey. [EFMI]

INFOLAC2014: 16-17 October, 2014. Montevideo, Uruguay. [IMIA-LAC]

APAMI2014: 01-02 November, 2014. New Delhi, India. [APAMI]

AMIA2014: 15-19 November, 2014. Washington, DC, USA. [AMIA]



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.