In This Issue
2. ICANN and Health Domains
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, 2014Our 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 www.apami2014.com for full information and updates. Information on abstract submission is available at http://www.apami2014.com/abstractsubmission.html and the page for submission of the abstracts is at http://www.apami2014.com/abstract/login.php (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 http://www.apami2014.com/registrationinformation.html - 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 http://wp.me/pvCUS-1Sc
ICANN and Health Domains - Request for ActionOn 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 http://wp.me/pvCUS-1Rk 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, 2014The HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Orlando, Florida on 23-27 February, 2014. Full information is at http://www.himssconference.org 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
See http://www.mie2014.org/?page=Call_for_Submissions 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 http://www.stc2014.org 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
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 http://www.ni2014.org/RegistrationInformation.html
International Symposium on Clinical and Translational Research Informatics - Melbourne, AustraliaThe Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC) - http://www.healthinformatics.unimelb.edu.au - 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 http://www.biogrid.org.au (see also http://wp.me/pvCUS-1P6).
Second International Conference on Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare - Singapore
ICIMTH, the International Conference on Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare - Athens, Greece
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 www.who.int/about/who_reform/change_at_who/issue4/information-sharing/en/index.html
The latest issue of the WHO Bulletin (Volume 92, Number 2, February 2014, 77-152) is available at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/92/2/en/index.html
From the LiteratureOur 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 http://iom.edu/Global/Perspectives/2014/SharingHealthData.aspx A commentary has also been published accompanying the paper, written by the chairman of Kaiser Permanente, which can be accessed at http://iom.edu/Global/Perspectives/2014/SharingHealthDataCommentary.aspx
Please notify the editor with any items that you think it would be useful to share in future issues.
Miscellany of Short Items (from news.imia.info)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 https://sites.google.com/site/iwprha2/home 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 (http://www.icpr2014.org). For information, please contact Jianying Hu, IBM T.J. Watson Research (jyhu[at]us.ibm.com).
AMIA2014 Call for Submissions
AMIA announce the Call for participation for the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium. Full details are at http://www.amia.org/amia2014/call-for-participation 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 https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1301917 See also news item at http://wp.me/pvCUS-1RE
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 http://www.coachorg.com/en/professionaldevelopment/Awards-Scholarships.asp
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
EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics)
IMIA-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean)
Forthcoming Events: national and Global
Big Data 2014: 03-04 April, 2014. Melbourne, Australia. [HISA] http://www.hisa.org.au/page/bigdata2014
AMIA 2014 Joint Summits: 07-11 April, 2014. San Francisco, CA, USA. [AMIA] http://www.amia.org/jointsummits2014
EFMI STC 2014: 26-29 April, 2014. Budapest, Hungary. [EFMI] http://www.stc2014.org
eHealth 2014 (Austria): 22-23 May, 2014. Vienna, Austria. [AKMI] http://ehealth2014.at
e-Health 2014 (Canada): 01-04 June, 2014. Vancouver, BC, Canada. [COACH] http://www.e-healthconference.com
NI2014: 21-25 June, 2014. Taipei, Taiwan. [IMIA-NI] http://www.ni2014.org
ICIMTH2014: 10-14 July, 2014. Athens, Greece. http://www.icimth.com
HIC 2014: 11-14 August, 2014. Melbourne, Australia. [HISA] http://www.hisa.org.au/page/hic2014
MIE2014: 31 August - 03 September, 2014. Istanbul, Turkey. [EFMI] http://www.mie2014.org
INFOLAC2014: 16-17 October, 2014. Montevideo, Uruguay. [IMIA-LAC] http://www.infolac2014.org
APAMI2014: 01-02 November, 2014. New Delhi, India. [APAMI] http://www.apami2014.com
AMIA2014: 15-19 November, 2014. Washington, DC, USA. [AMIA] http://www.amia.org/amia2014