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1 International Medical Informatics Association Special Interest and Working Groups Nursing Informatics (Special Interest Group) To foster collaboration among nurses and others interested in nursing informatics. To explore the scope of nursing informatics and implications for information handling activities. To support the development of nursing informatics in member countries. To conduct informatics conferences and meetings. To encourage publication and dissemination of research and development materials. To develop recommendations, guidelines, tools, and courses. Homepage: Contact: Dr. Virginia K. Saba (Chair) Health and Medical Informatics Education (WG 1) To disseminate and exchange information on Health and Medical Informatics (HMI) programs and courses. To promote the IMIA HMI database on programs and courses on HMI education. To produce international recommendations on HMI programs and courses. To support HMI courses and exchange of students and teachers. To advance the knowledge of: (1) how informatics is taught in the education of healthcare professionals around the world, (2) how in particular health and medical informatics is taught to students of computer science/informatics, and (3) how it is taught within dedicated curricula in health and medical informatics. Homepage: Contact: Prof. Evelyn J.S. Hovenga (Chair) or Prof. John Mantas Consumer Health Informatics (WG 2) To provide a forum to enhance collaboration, share experiences, and promote research in Consumer Health Informatics (CHI). To increase communication with other working groups at IMIA and other informatics organizations relevant to CHI. To establish itself as a group for funding agencies to consult on issues related to information technology projects in healthcare. Homepage: Contact: Dr. Alejandro (Alex) R. Jadad (Chair) Professor. Betty L. Chang (Co-chair) or Dr. Gunther Eysenbach (Co-chair) Intelligent Data Analysis and Data Mining (WG 3) To increase the awareness and acceptance of intelligent data analysis and data mining methods in the medical community. To foster scientific discussion and disseminate new knowledge on AI-based methods for data analysis and data mining techniques applied to medicine. To promote the development of standardized platforms and solutions. To provide a forum for presentation of successful intelligent data analysis and data mining implementations in medicine, and for discussion of best practices in the introduction of these techniques in medical and health-care information and decision support systems. Homepage: Contact: Dr. Riccardo Bellazzi (Chair) or Prof. Blaz Zupan (Co-chair) Page 1

2 Data Protection in Health Information Systems (WG 4) To examine the issues of data protection and security within the health-care environment. The address the state-of-the-art security of distributed electronic patient records (EPR.) Contact: Prof. Dr. Ab R. Bakker (Chair) Primary Health Care Informatics (WG 5) To promote primary care computing by: o Acting as a forum for exchange of ideas between its members. o Providing information to its members to assist them in progressing primary care o computing in their own country. Increasing the understanding of primary care computing issues with a view to publishing the results of these discussions. Contact: Professor Michael Kidd (Chair) or Dr. H. C. "Moon" Mullins (Cochair) Medical Concept Representation (WG 6) To provide a forum for state of the art dialogue and collaboration on natural language processing and concept representation in healthcare applications. IMIA s Medical Concept Representation Working Group is the international forum for issues related to informatics in the classification and coding of health data. The working group is charged with: o Reviewing health data nomenclature and classification needs for the world community. o Evaluating information processing technology in meeting these defined needs. o Recommending methods for future classification and nomenclature systems. Homepage: Contact: Dr. Christopher G. Chute (Chair) or Dr. Werner Ceusters (Co-chair) Biomedical Pattern Recognition (WG 7) To explore the field of biosignal interpretation, model-based biosignal analysis, interpretations and integration, extending existing signal-processing technology for the effective use of biosignals in a practical environment. To provide a forum for discussion and collaboration on problems of biosignal processing, biomedical pattern recognition and on quality assurance in this field. This includes the following topics: o Measurement and interpretation of physiological signals o Signal-based modeling and simulation in biomedicine o Biological control systems, e.g., the human autonomous regulation system o Quality assurance and evaluation of physiological analysis systems Contact: Dr. Christoph Zywietz (Chair) Page 2

3 Mental Health Informatics (WG 8) To increase awareness of the informatics needs of the mental healthcare area. To address the challenges associated with the long-term, multi-site nature of mental healthcare and the emphasis on qualitative and attitudinal data. To develop techniques to assist with the information-handling requirements in health informatics that can also serve to enrich biophysical care domains. To identify informatics resources, linked to individual topics, related to the mental health sector. To serve as a liaison with special interest groups in the development and/or advancement of ideas involving the clinical and informatics aspects and communities related to mental healthcare. To organize, and collaborate with other international mental health groups, in the preparation of mental healthcare workshops and conferences. Contact: Prof. Michael Rigby (Chair) or Ann Sheridan (Co-Chair) Health Informatics for Development (WG 9) To find out how healthcare informatics could improve live conditions in developing regions and implement programs in that direction. Organization of forums to exchange experiences of colleagues working in the field of health informatics. Develop a list of the needs and resources in medical informatics for each country. Organization of educational activities in developing regions, especially through the implementation of professors exchange. Organizing workshops and seminars with international experts participation. Homepage: Contact: Dr. Nora Oliveri (Chair) Health Information Systems (WG 10) To provide a forum for collaboration among members and to promote systematic development and research in the field of health information systems. To identify and assess problems and success factors of health information systems and to provide intensive feedback between the scientific community, healthcare professionals, and the health IT industry. This implies a horizontal orientation with close contact to other working groups. Contact: Dr. Klaus A. Kuhn (Chair) or Dr. Dario A. Giuse (Co-chair) Dental Informatics (WG 11) To bring the small, but rapidly growing, community of dental informaticians around the world into closer contact. Homepage: Contact: Prof. Wook-Sung Yoo (Chair) or Dr. John Eisner (Co-chair) Page 3

4 Biomedical Statistics and Information Processing (WG 12) Statistical methodology plays a great role in many tasks of information processing. It contributes to both biomedical research and healthcare applications. There is no possibility of critically analysing papers in biomedical journals without understanding principles of statistics. The Working Group will focus on a broad scope of statistical methods in medicine and healthcare including their contribution to the topics of clinical trials, bioinformatics, meta-analysis, data mining, and decision support. Contact: Prof. Dr. Jana Zvárová (Chair) or Prof. Leon Bobrowski (Co-Chair) Organizational and Social Issues (WG 13) To investigate organizational, social, ethical, and individual behavioral issues surrounding the introduction and use of informatics applications. To determine strategies for product design and technological change to support healthcare delivery through information and communication technologies. To incorporate organizational change management and human concerns into information technology projects. Contact: Dr. Bonnie Kaplan (Chair) Technology Assessment and Quality Improvement (TAQI) (WG 15) To promote comprehensive assessments of healthcare information technologies. To demonstrate the value of assessment methods in healthcare information technologies. To promote international cooperation toward developing methodological issues. Contact: Prof. Jan Talmon (Chair) or Dr. Jytte Brender (Co-chair) Standards in Health Care Informatics (WG 16) To advise about standards from an academic perspective. To promote the mutual identification of needed standards world-wide. To share information to facilitate mutual coordination of standards development in health informatics. Contact: Prof. Michio Kimura (Chair) Computerized Patient Records (WG 17) To support studies of the electronic patient record in the clinical environment. To study the electronic patient record in relation to evidence-based medicine. To stimulate the infrastructure required by an electronic patient record by supporting development and testing of the definition (1) of medical terms, (2) specific data sets, and (3) standards for electronic data exchange. Contact: Professor Johan van der Lei (Chair) or Dr. Mark A. Musen (Co-Chair) Page 4

5 Telematics in Healthcare (WG 18) To explore the rationale and perspective of Health Telematics. To promote the design and development of open architecture and inter-operability tools. To promote the analysis, design and development of methodologies and applications to support collaborative work in healthcare information systems. To share experiences on E-health, Telemedicine and Professional Healthcare networks. Contact: Prof. Regis Beuscart (Chair) Open Source Health Informatics Working Group (New) To provide a forum for discussion and for a collaborative, non-judgemental work environment to explore, and where appropriate promote and facilitate, the application of open source solutions within health, healthcare and health informatics. To explore the implications of the open source approach for all aspects of IMIA's areas of interest. To investigate the benefits of the open source approach to the development and use of applications within health, healthcare, and health informatics. Contact: Dr. Jan Vejvalka (Chair) or Prof. Graham Wright (Co-Chair) Page 5

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