IMIA Monthly Newsletter
November 2013: Issue 55
In This Issue
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 CollenWe 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
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 http://www.stc2014.org 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 http://www.mie2014.org/?page=Call_for_Submissions
MIC2013 - VMBI Conference, November 21-22, The Netherlands
NI2014 - 12th International Congress of Nursing Informatics
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.
Medinfo2013 - Slides Available; Proceedings Available Online, Open Access
Context-sensitive Health Informatics conference - Proceedings, Presentations, PhotosThe proceedings of the “Context Sensitive Health Informatics” event, a pre-Medinfo conference, held on 17-18 August, 2013 are available at http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volume/context-sensitive-health-informatics-human-and-sociotechnical-approaches 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: http://cshi2013.org - 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 IssueDr Arindam Basu, Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Informatics, has announced the release of Volume 7 Issue 3 (September 2013) - seewww.ijmi.org The journal is published by the Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI - http://www.iami.org.in).
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 - www.iami.org.in) members.
IJMI articles are also archived at OpenMED@NIC (http://openmed.nic.in), an open access archive for Medical and Allied Sciences, where authors/owners can self-archive their scientific and technical documents -http://openmed.nic.in/view/subjects/ijmi.html
AMIA Conferences ForthcomingThe 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 http://www.amia.org/amia2013 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
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 - http://www.kaahe.org/en/). 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
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: http://www.jmir.org/2013/10/e210/ 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.
Stasis and Adaptation Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 194: Context Sensitive Health Informatics: Human and Sociotechnical Approaches
URL: http://ebooks.iospress.nl/publication/34695 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 news.imia.info)
e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) Conference: Submission Deadline 18 November
HIMSS14 - Orlando, FL, USA; 23-27 February, 2014
HINZ 2013 - Rotorua, New Zealand
Forthcoming Events: Regional
APAMI (Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics)
EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics)
IMIA-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean)
Forthcoming Events: national and Global
MIC2013: 21-22 November, 2013. Near Eindhoven, The Netherlands.http://www.mic2013.nl
HINZ 2013: 27-29 November, 2013. Rotorua, New Zealand.http://www.hinz.org.nz
iHealth 2014: 31 January-01 February, 2014. Orlando FL, USA.http://ihealthconference.org
HIMSS14: 23-27 February, 2014. Orlando FL, USA.http://www.himssconference.org
AMIA 2014 Joint Summits: April 07-11, 2014. San Francisco, CA, USA.http://www.amia.org/jointsummits2014
EFMI STC 2014: 26-29 April, 2014. Budapest, Hungary.http://www.stc2014.org