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In This Issue

1. IMIA GA2014 and APAMI2014 - New Delhi, India
2. Dr Morris Collen Passed Away, Aged 100
3. INFOLAC2014 conference - Montevideo, Uruguay
4. IMIA Yearbook 2014
5. HELINA2014 - conference postponement; extended paper deadline
6. MIE2015 - Key Dates and Call for Submissions
7. Medinfo2015 - Call for Submissions Dates; Submission System Open
8. GT2015 (Global Telehealth) - Toronto, Canada; 29-30 May, 2015
9. HIMSS15 - Chicago, IL, USA; 12-16 April, 2015
10. Miscellany: short items
11. Forthcoming events
   a] Regional events
   b] National/global events

12. Next newsletter: November 2014

This newsletter is published monthly. For more frequent news updates, please visit the IMIA News site at or the main IMIA website.

IMIA Board and GA2014 MeetingsAPAMI2014

IMIA Board and General Assembly members/representatives should note that the GA2014 will be on 31 October in New Delhi; the IMIA Board meet the day before. Formal notices have been sent to GA members, and a 'final' notice will be sent in a few days' time with information on accessing documents for the meeting. If you are a GA member and have not received the notices, please let the IMIA Office know, so that we can check we have correct details in the email databases. (IMIA Board and GA meetings are by invitation only). This will be the first IMIA GA to be held in India.

***Official representatives to the IMIA GA, please note - a further email will be sent to you in a few days' time about document access and other logistics. If you will attend the GA and have not yet informed us (especially Member Society representatives), please do so as soon as possible.***

Two important updates:

1. There is limited accommodation available at India Habitat Centre or within walking distance at India International Centre. This will be at lower costs than starred hotels and only available through a special request to the organizing committee. Though most is reserved for the special invitees. Some extra rooms may be provided on a first come first served basis. In case you would like to avail of this opportunity, please write directly to Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den. with cc to Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den. - this opportunity cannot be availed through the APAMI 2014 website. Please note – this accommodation help can only be availed by registered delegates.

2. A limited number of bursaries is available to APAMI2014 registrants from Asia Pacific countries, to support costs of registration, travel and other expenses. These are provided by APAMI. Forms are available (PDF version). All queries should be directed to Mr Sushil K Meher, APAMI 2014 Organising Secretary (email: Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.), and not to IMIA.

The 8th Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics 2014 Conference (APAMI 2014) is being organised and hosted by IAMI in New Delhi, India from 30th Oct to 2nd November 2014. A first-time collaboration between IAMI and AIIMS, the conference aims to encourage researchers, surgeons, practitioners, young scientists, healthcare workers and suppliers from across the world to cooperate and share knowledge and experience about how to use information technology to improve the healthcare status of the people. The conference theme 'Health IT Solutions for Improving Patient Care' resonates with the kind of ecosystem that healthcare providers aim to build by harnessing technology. APAMI 2014 is an ode to India’s unique position as a global technology and software solutions provider as well as an inexpensive but modern healthcare destination.
APAMI 2014 will be held at the India Habitat Centre and is expected to attract over 500 participants from India, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. APAMI 2014 is extensively supported by International Medical Information Association (IMIA), Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), HIMSS Asia-Pacific India Chapter, Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) and Society for Administration of Telemedicine and Healthcare Informatics (SATHI).

Senior Indian Government officials from the Ministry of Health are confirmed to be present in the inaugural session of APAMI 2014 on Ehealth Initiatives in India,  which will on the evening of Friday Oct 31st. A detailed program is now unfolding at the APAMI website

Further details on themes and speakers are in the APAMI2014 brochure at

Registration offer for IMIA GA attendees (International):
A special registration package has been set for IMIA Board and General Assembly members coming from abroad. INR 25,000 (approx. $US410) is the fee for attending

  •     the Workshop – 30th and 31st Oct 2014
  •     the NCMI 2014 Conference – 31st Oct 2014
  •      inaugural session and dinner on 31st October
  •     the APAMI 2014 Conference – 01-02 Nov., 2014
Along with the above, the following services are being offered complimentary to the registered IMIA GA members:
  •    Half day Delhi sightseeing tour (shall be either on 1st and 2nd depending on the preference of the majority followed by cultural program and off-site banquet dinner (worth Rs 3000/-)
  •    Airport transfer
For registration and assistance on accommodation and tours to Taj Mahal, Jaipur and other  places, please visit  Please write to us on Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den. Early bird registration closes on 10 October.

Dr Morris Collen Passed Away, Aged 100

As many  colleagues will be aware, especially those from AMIA and elsewhere in the USA, Dr Morris F Collen, a pioneer of informatics and founding member of AMIA and ACMI, has passed away at the age of 100. Tributes have been paid by many colleagues; Dr Marion Ball, a past President of IMIA and close friend and colleague of Dr Collen, said that "We have lost a giant in our field". Tributes to his life, work and influence are on the AMIA website (; current ACMI President Alexa T. McCray, PhD, reflected that “there is no question that Morris Collen will be remembered for his seminal and significant contributions to our field. And for those who had the great pleasure of knowing him during his rich and productive career, he will be recalled fondly as one who always had a kind and generous word to say whenever there was an opportunity to do so. His was a life well lived." We have linked to several obituaries (information kindly provided by Marion Ball) in the news item at Dr Collen was well known to many IMIA members, was an IMIA Honorary Fellow and was the Scientific Program Committee Chairman of the 3rd Medinfo Congress in 1980 in Tokyo.

INFOLAC2014 Conference - Montevideo, Uruguay

The INFOLAC2014 conference will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on 16-17 October, 2014. INFOLAC 2014, the Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics (Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informática Médica) is organised by the Sociedad Uruguaya de Informática en Salud (SUIS - the Uruguayan Society of Health Informatics -, an IMIA Member Society, and Sociedad Uruguaya de Estandarización, Intercambio e Integración de Datos e Información de Servicios de Salud (SUEIIDISS -

Information is available via on the programme, registration, etc.

IMIA Yearbook 2014 - Now Available Open Access, Free to Download

The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 has now been fully published. All content (59 files) is available open access and free of charge at IMIA's grateful thanks go to the Editorial Team, and our publishers Schattauer, for all their hard work and support in producing this first online-only edition.

This 2014 Yearbook is the 23rd in the series (first published in 1992), and plans are being discussed for a special 25th anniversary edition in 2016. We welcome any and all comments on the IMIA Yearbook, so that we can continuously improve. As IMIA is fully funding the costs of producing the Yearbook, we also need to demonstrate its continuing value, and so welcome comments on the continuation of the new model, which will be reported to the IMIA General Assembly in the future.

HELINA2014 Conference Postponement to March 2015; Submission Deadline Extended to 16 November

The organisers of the HELINA2014 conference regret to have announce that, due to the outbreak of Ebola in the West Africa region, the Government of Ghana placed a three month ban on all international conferences and gatherings in the Country. In view of this uncontrollable circumstance HELINA and GHIA Council announce the postponement of the conference, to 7-11 March 2015 - see for information. The submission deadline is therefore extended to 16 November 2014 (no further extension beyond this date). For further information, see the HELINA website or contact:
General Chair of the Conference: Ghislain Kouematchoua, Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.
Local organizing Committee Chair: Nutefe E. Achoribo, Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.
Scientific Programme Committee Chair: Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.
Scientific Programme Committee Co-Chair: Frank Verbeke, Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.
Scientific Programme Committee Co-Chair: Samuel Bosomprah, Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.

MIE2015 - Key Dates and Call for Submissions

MIE2015, the 26th European Medical Informatics Conference, will be held in Madrid, Spain on 27-29 May, 2015. The conference theme will be "Digital healthcare empowering Europeans". Key dates and the opening of the Call for Submissions are available at The closing dates for submissions will be 01 November 2014 (papers and posters) and 15 November for workshops, panels, etc.

Full information will be updated at as it becomes available. MIE2015 will be hosted by SEIS (Sociedad Española de Informática de la Salud – the Spanish Society of Health Informatics –

Medinfo2015 - Call for Submissions Dates; Submission System Open

A reminder, as if you need it, that Medinfo2015 will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 19-23 August, 2015. Information will be continuously updated at Claudio Giulliano Alves da Costa, co-chair of the Brazilian LOC encourages you to promote the Call for Submissions - there is a newsletter/HTML version available at: and a PDF version to send to contacts or print, at

The closing date for paper and poster submissions in 15 December 2014; for all other submissions, it is 15 January, 2015. As the deadlines are very tight, there will not be any extensions to these deadlines. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected without review.

The submission system is now live at

Please visit for updates and latest information.
MEDINFO 2015: ¡Participe en el XV Congreso Mundial de Informática Biomedica y de la Salud! Bajo el lema “La Salud, facilitada por la eSalud", la comunidad internacional se reunirá entre el 19 y el 23 de agosto en São Paulo, Brasil, para compartir conocimientos y discutir cómo las innovaciones en Salud digital y en Informática biomédica están ayudando a resolver los principales problemas en atención sanitaria, Salud Pública, Salud del consumidor e Investigación biomédica. ¡Súmese y aporte sus conocimientos, conectándose con colegas de todo el mundo, y disfrutando de la cosmopolita ciudad de São Paulo!

We are seeking to develop welcome/promotional messages (similar to that above) in as many languages as possible for the Medinfo2015 website. If you can assist, please contact the Medinfo2015 LOC or the IMIA Office.

AIME 2015 (Pavia, Italy) Call for Papers

On behalf of the Organizing Committee members - Program Committee Chair: John H. Holmes, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Local Organization Chairs: Riccardo Bellazzi and Lucia Sacchi, University of Pavia, Italy; and Doctoral Consortium Chair: Niels Peek, University of Manchester, UK - we are pleased to announce the first Call for Papers for AIME 2015, to be held in Pavia, Italy on 17-20 June, 2015. See and Follow @aime2015 on Twitter

The submission deadlines are:
Regular and Short Abstract Submission Deadline: January 26, 2015
Regular and Short Paper Submission Deadline: February2, 2015

GT2015 (Global Telehealth) - Toronto, Canada; 29-30 May, 2015

Don Newsham, Chair of GT2015 and CEO of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association (, is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for GT2015 (, the 4th such conference, open to all academic, healthcare, health informatics and telehealth professionals from Canada and around the world. This international conference will be held on May 29-30, 2015 in Toronto. COACH would welcome you to Canada and to this special conference with the theme Serving the Underserved: Integrating Technology and Information for Better Healthcare.  Full information on the GT2015 Call is at - submission deadline for Full and Short Papers is December 1, 2014. The PDF file here also gives further detail on important dates. Papers are invited under three guided themes: cultural and socio-economic factors; latest, cutting-edge technology; and extending access. Also, plan to stay for the eHealth 2015 conference in Toronto (, starting the day after GT2015 (31 May - 03 June).

GT2014 will be held in Durban, South Africa on 10-11 November 2014 and have the the theme "Integrated, Innovative, Scalable and Sustainable Solutions” - see

HIMSS15 - Chicago, IL, USA; 12-16 April, 2015

HIMSS15, the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, will be held on April 12-16, 2015 in Chicago, IL, USA. Further information will be available through the conference website in due course - IMIA will, once again, be an Endorser of the event. George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, will be a speaker at HIMSS15. Registration is open, with early bird rate available until 27 January, 2015. Further information on submission, registration, etc. will be updated on the HIMSS15 website.

Miscellany of Short Items (from

Call for papers: SACJ Special Issue focusing on eHealth
The Call is open for Papers for a Special Issue of the South African Computer Journal (SACJ - focusing on "eHealth: Enabling a long and healthy life for all South Africans". The deadline for article submission is 12 January, 2015. Download PDF version of Call. For this special issue on eHealth, the Guest Editors (Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Graham Wright and Anthony Maeder) invite authors to submit articles that focus on the use of ICTs in the promotion, support, and advancement of healthcare in South Africa. Please contact any of the guest editors if you would like to clarify the scope of your article before submission. See

Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago seeking new department head. 
If you know of anyone who would be qualified and be interested in leading a department that comprises three programs, of Health Informatics, Health Information Management, and Biomedical Visualization, let him/her contact Prof. Ross Arena who is chairing the search committee at Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den.. They are looking for individuals who have experience in research, teaching, and administration. See information at

CBIS'14 Conference - Brazil
The CBIS 2014 conference – the XIV Brazilian Congress of Informatics in Health – will be held on 07-10 December, 2014. Registration for the congress is open. Visit the event website at (in Portuguese). Contact sbis[at]

ITCH2015 - Paper, Poster, Workshop Submissions Sought
The ITCH2015 conference (International Conference on Information Technology & Communications in Health), organised by the University of Victoria School of Health Information Science will be held on February 26 – March 01, 2015 at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada. The theme of ITCH2015 is Driving quality in informatics: Fulfilling the Promise, and national and international papers and posters are invited. See for details. The deadline for professional posters is 01 November, 2014.

New EFMI Board and Website Update
The new Board of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI - has been announced, with new officers taking up their positions effective of the closing of MIE2014. The President is Anne Moen (Norway); Past President Patrick Weber (Switzerland) is also EFMI representative to the IMIA Board. The EFMI website has a new look and is being further updated.

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 next MIE (Medical Informatics Europe) will be MIE2015, to be held in Madrid, Spain on 27-29 May, 2015. See

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

Medicine 2.0'14 (Europe): 09-10 October, 2014. Malaga, Spain.

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

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

HINZ2014: 10-12 November, 2014. Auckland, New Zealand. [HINZ]

Medicine 2.0'14. 13-14 November, 2014. Maui, Hawaii, USA.

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

HISI 19th Annual Conference and Symposium: 19-20 November, 2015. Dublin, Ireland. [HISI]

CBIS'14: 07-10 December, 2014. Santos, Brazil. [SBIS]

ITCH2015: 26 February - 01 March, 2015. Victoria BC, Canada.

AMIA Joint Summits 2015: 23-27 March, 2015. San Francisco, CA, US. [AMIA]

HIMSS15: 12-16 April, 2015. Chicago, IL, SA. [HIMSS]

MIE2015: 27-29 May, 2015. Madrid, Spain. [EFMI/SEIS]



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.