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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Health 2.0 conference coming to Europe

The Health 2.0 conference, which focuses on user-generated aspects of Web2.0 within health care, will be coming to Paris on the 6th & 7th April 2010.

This looks like an interesting conference and I'm wondering about submitting something for this one rather than Medinfo 2010 in South Africa (as, unfortunately, I'm unlikely to get funding for both).

I've not been to Health 2.0 before but reports I've heard suggest a very different feel to some of the more formal conferences - which might be fun - but less likely to get academic brownie points in the eyes of my bosses.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MedInfo2010 Call for Submissions

Please find below reminder information about the Call for Submissions for MedInfo2010, the 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa on 13-16 September, 2010 (www.medinfo2010.org).

The conference theme is "Partnerships for effective e-Health solutions", with a particular focus on how innovative collaborations can promote sustainable solutions to health challenges.

Submissions are sought for papers, posters, panels, workshops and tutorials which may embrace this broad theme or may be focused on other areas of biomedical informatics. The contributions should relate to one of the following topic areas:
• Health information systems design and architecture
• E-health infrastructures
• Health informatics evaluation
• Education and building health informatics capacity
• Consumer health informatics
• Translational bioinformatics
• Emerging technologies
• Decision support systems
• Knowledge management
• Ontologies and terminologies
• Data and text mining
• Organizational, economic, workflow and policy issues
• Standards
• Electronic health records
• National and international health IT efforts and implementations


SCHEDULE & DEADLINES

Paper submission for those who wish to participate in the Scientific Mentor Scheme 1st July 2009 Feedback from mentors for the Scientific Mentor Scheme participants 1st August 2009

Paper submission for ALL MEDINFO papers 30th September 2009

Authors notified of acceptance 15th February 2010

Publication of scientific program 28th February 2010


New initiative:
THE SCIENTIFIC MENTOR SCHEME

The Scientific Mentor Scheme is a new initiative for this Congress. The aim of this scheme is to provide additional support to early career researchers and non-native English speakers. Participants will submit their papers early and will be provided with feedback about their papers from a member of the panel of international health informatics experts. Those wishing to participate in this scheme must submit their paper by 1st July 2009. Authors will then need to submit their final paper by the Congress paper deadline of 30th September 2009. The papers will then proceed through the normal Congress review process.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Medinfo2010 submission dates

Cape Town, South Africa will host the 13th International Congress on Medical Informatics from the 13 - 16 of September 2010.

The medinfo2010 website has been relaunched with information on submission deadlines, etc. - in particular, please note:

Abstracts Deadlines

Deadline for early submissions, for those who wish to participate in Scientific Mentor Scheme:
01 July 2009

Feedback from mentors for Scientific Mentor participants:
01 August 2009

Deadline for paper submissions:
30 September 2009


See http://www.medinfo2010.org for current information (note some areas will be updated in coming weeks and months)

The Scientific Mentor scheme is one of several new initiatives - the aim is to provide additional support to early career researchers and non-native English speakers. Participants can submit their papers early and will be provided with feedback about their papers from a member of the panel of international health informatics experts. Those wishing to participate in this scheme must submit their paper by 1st July 2009. Authors will then need to submit their final paper by the Congress paper deadline of 30th September 2009. The papers will then proceed through the normal Congress review process.

Consider submitting to and attending medinfo2010 and help to make the first African medinfo a success.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Medinfo Day 5

The final day of the conference started with plenaries presenting the state of ehealth development in 3 different countries. Sarah Cramer (Cancer Care, Canada) described the developments in her country with an emphasis on Ontario. She talked about a risk averse political system that introduced change driven by concerns about access and waiting times. They set out from a very low IT base an established a unique patient identifier as the first step towards enhanced information sharing. She listed the key sucess factors and outlined future implementation plans.

Ian Reinecke (CEO National E-Health Transition Authority, Australia) described the reasons for a national approach to support interoperability, infrastructure and good governance related to privacy and confidentiality. He described the work programs being undertaken, including the adoption of SNOMED CT, and how the ehealth agenda was needed for clinical process reform.

The third presentation provided a similar overview of developments in New Zealand.
Francois-Andre Allaert
After coffee I attended a couple of papers relating to secure data transmission. The first, by Francois-Andre Allaert set out proposals in France for a unique health identifier, interopable at a European level. He highlighted issues of data protection and confidentiality and listed the key faetures as being: content free, longevity, permanence, unambiguous and unique, public and irreversible. He described the one way "Hash Coding" of the social security number, name and date of birth to enable secure tranmission of non identifiable data for epidemiological research. This session produced the longest Question and answer session I've seen at the whole conference with issues around the hash algorithm and different formats being interspersed with social issues around immigrants, name changes due to marriage etc.
Michael Spritzer
The second paper was by Michael Spritzer from Germany who talked about a DICOM supported teleradiology system and the approaches taken to separating the content (xray and CT images) from patient identification information which is only recombined within the secure web browser of authorised users.


Ken RubinThe final closing ceremonies opened with a presentation by Ken Rubin (Chief Healthcare architect - EDS) who was given the unenviable task of summarising lessons from the conference. He admitted this was beyond his abilities and carried on to give his prepared presentation outlining "What is a sustainable system and what does it mean for healthcare".

Jan van BemmelNancy Lorenzi presented the IMIA Award of Excellence to Jan van Bemmel who gave his presentation reflections on curiosity in which he covered the history of astronomy and knowledge, using quotes from Einstein to explore the meaning of science and research with several nods to religion.

The ceremony included lots of "Thanks to..." comments and Charles Saffrin presented the awards for best paper, poster etc with sponsorship from Pen Computing.

Nancy then handed over the presidency to Reinhold Haux who described the IMIA-WHO communique signed this week and the IMIA strategic aims for the next 3 years of his presidency (including a ?planned? slip replacing humility with humidity - which got a laugh after a wet week in Brisbane). He also gave a plug for MIE2008 in Goteburg.

Medinfo2010 teamThe final actions were to "handover the gavel" to the team who will be running Medinfo 2010, in cape town. There was then a short opportunity to say farewell from the convention centre to friends and colleagues new and old, before people started departing to get various flights all over the world.

I hope to post a final piece with my reflections on Medinfo but it may not be until I get back to the UK.

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