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Looking for the MIE2011 Blog? August 10, 2011

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UPDATED, 23 August 2011:

For the MIE2011 blog, please go to http://mie2011blog.wordpress.com – Thanks to Karl Oyri for setting up this blog for the MIE2011 conference and related activities.

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Blogging MIE2011 from Oslo August 8, 2011

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We will be blogging MIE2011 at the end of August.

MIE2011 – the XXIII International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics – will be held in Oslo, Norway on 28-31 August, 2011. See http://www.mie2011.org for the latest information on the event.

See also on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/mie2011) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=363398669412)

More information later as we get nearer the event.

MIE2009 – final day September 2, 2009

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Today is the last day of MIE2009. I won’t be reporting much, as my flight home is at lunchtime. Last night was the gala dinner, held in a restored beerhall near Sarajevo town centre. A good time was had by all; Izet sang and ended up losing his voice, he told me this morning. I will upload some photos later, if any have come out OK.

The final keynote speaker is Silvia Miksch from Danube University Krems, Austria, talking on “Computer-Based Medical Guidelines and Protocols: Current Trends”. She is a computer scientist, and is addressing the issues from this perspective. She outlined the problem areas from a user perspective, of information overload, transfer of information and knowledge, and assessment of the quality of care. She notes that there are many different definitions of clinical guidelines and protocols, with varying views in different countries. The guidelines tend to be free text, flowcharts or algorithms – they are used with the aim of improving quality of care and consistency of care, as well as cutting down on costs.

My final bit of MIE2009 is Luis Fernandez-Luque’s presentation on “Challenges and Opportunities of Using Recommender Systems for Personalized Health Education” – related to the work he is doing for his PhD. Tailoring health information is an important aspect of medical informatics. Health education has to do with aptitudes and knowledge relating to improving health – can tailor information to the needs of the individual. Traditionally, tailored health information has been in related to specific diseases or health issues – have been 3 parts, ie gathering information on the users, knowledge of the health information available, and then giving the tailored information to the user, often via rule-based systems. Much web-based work in this area, is still based on the traditional methods. One problem now is the plethora of resources available – and it can be difficult to find good quality content.

Now moving into area of information retrieval tools – search engines or recommender systems. Three types of recommender systems – collaborative (based on gathering knowledge for similar users), content (based additionally on items as well as user information) and hybrid. Some examples of health-related systems – HealthyHarlem (community of patients who tag resources); Cancer Sites Recommender (University of Toronto); MyHealthEducator. Such systems do not rely on experts (although some input from them can help), but derive information from the users. Many recommender systems rely just on popularity of items/resources, and may be skewed due to interests of heavy users. Are no ethical guidelines governing development and use of recommender systems, and the sorts of profiling they are doing on users. Recommender systems have potential for use in health – cannot rely just of popularity as a guide, and quality control is needed. Audience question – what is the role of ‘reputation’?

MIE2009 – public health informatics session September 1, 2009

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The first paper of the ‘public health informatics’ session is “The Use of Open Source and Web2.0 in Developing an Integrated EHR and E-Learning System for the Greek Smoking Cessation Network”. The aim of developing the system was to give health professionals access to online information to support patient education, and there are 3 sub-systems – data collection systems, e-learning environment (Moodle based), and a discussion forum, developed with phpBB. The e-learning environment and forum are for use by both patients and health professionals.

The second paper is on “Comparative Study between Expert and Non-Expert Biomedical Writings: Their Morphology and Semantics”. The presentation described the research methods used, and results obtained, in a morpho-semantic analysis, using NLP tools to examine a corpus of documents, and explore the discourses within the documents, with a focus on cardiology-related materials.

The third paper (a short student paper) is titled “Designing an E-Health Application in Collaboration with Obesity Patients”. The aim of developing the ehealth application is to foster self-management. A qualitative research study used workshops and goup discussions to get end-user input to the design of the application, and those involved will also be involved in evaluation before implementation of the application. Patient participants in the process had had either weight loss surgery or lifestyle modification treatment. The patients proposed the development of ‘buddy system’ and online self-help groups, drawing on the experiences of people who had had similar issues.

The next paper (a short student paper) is “Improving Cardiology Workflow in a Hospital Using a Mobile Software Solution”.

The final paper is titled “Interoperability Services in the MPOWER Ambient Assisted Living Platform”. The MPOWER project is an EU funded project that completed in July 2009. Interoperability was an important part of the project due to the many proprietary solutions that exist in the field of ambient assisted living, and the project was aimed at developing middleware platforms.

MIE2009 Tuesday keynote – health enabling technologies September 1, 2009

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The first keynote talk of the day is from Reinhold Haux, IMIA President, on “Health enabling technologies for pervasive health care: a pivotal field for future medical informatics research and education?” He gave a background introduction to the Peter Reichertz Institute in Germany, named after one of the German pioneers of medical informatics. The institute has a research focus on eHealth, health-enabling technologies, and links to work in robotics, engineering and computer science, as well as being part of a medical school.

Reinhold introduced some of the demographic changes that will impact the future nature of healthcare delivery. There will be less working age people – will this mean that less people are able to afford quality care? Health enabling technologies (HET) and pervasive health may provide some answers. HET are designed to create conditions for sustainable health and self-care. Pervasive healthcare is about continuous care, with focus on home and outpatient care, proactive prevention of illness, assistive technologies, sensors everywhere, and being patient-centric. Saranummi’s 3 P’s of pervasive care are pervasive, personal and personalised. Enabling older people to live longer in their homes, rather than in hospital, can result in greatly reduced health costs.

Reinhold gave realtime examples of the use of triaxial accelerometer (which he was wearing) which can monitor movement, especially falls, and live monitoring of ECG (which he was also wearing). But he notes privacy issues on monitoring of the data. He reported on studies about measuring individual fall risk in people/patients by analysing gait movement; found that they could give high level of  prediction of fall risk, with about 80% accuracy, and activity levels were the most important parameter to measure.

He asked what are the consequences for or relation of HET to health/medical informatics. Is it ‘just’ bioengineering and sensor use? – he feels it is more than this, and is a part of health/medical informatics with implications for research and education. Health and medical informatics is an ever-changing field. HET will particularly have an effect on outpatient and home care. This will have impact on communications with professional and family care givers.

Search/follow @omowizard on Twitter for some further reports.

MIE2009 keynote – augmented reality and telenavigation August 31, 2009

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The afternoon keynote presentation is by Rolf Ewers, from the Medical University of Vienna, on the use of augmented reality and telenavigation in surgery. Augmented reality is not about simulating reality (as in Second Life, etc), but about adding on information to real life situations. The first generation uses, for example, data from CT scans to assist the use of clinical tools. Using these tools, can plan operations in advance, but also evaluate afterwards how precise the surgery was in relation to the planning. Second generation telenavigation tools and techniques are helping with keyhole surgery. His team are also using telemedicine tools for teleconsultation and to teach the techniques to clinicians in other parts of the country and internationally.

MIE2009 – opening ceremony August 31, 2009

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Last night, Sunday, was the opening ceremony for MIE2009, held at the Sarajevo National Theatre, a grand building that was modeled, it seems, on the Vienna Opera House. The ceremony was started with welcomes from Prof Izet Masic, BHSMI President, Jacob Hofdijk, EFMI President, Reinhold Haux, IMIA president, and the Rector of Sarajevo University, among others. The two formal keynote presentations were from Prof. Gjuro Dezelic on ‘After three decades of medical informatics in European congresses’ and Gerard Comyn, from the European Commission on ‘EU ehealth agenda: strengthening research and innovation’. The cermony included a choir and string quartet, and was followed by a welcome reception.DSC00729

National Theatre, Sarajevo

MIE2009, Sarajevo – arrivals August 29, 2009

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Well, here I am, safely ensconced in the Holiday Inn, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the MIE2009 (www.mie2009.org) conference. It looks like being another hot and humid day here. After a long day of travel yesterday, including a 5 hours wait between planes at Munich airport, finally got here last night. The pick-up arrangements were excellent (many thanks to Promo Tours for their excellent work – http://www.promotours.ba/), and so it was a quick trip from Sarajevo airport to the hotel.

The EFMI (www.efmi.org) Council meets all day today (after the EFMI Board meeting yesterday) – those of us here already and not involved will be taking the opportunity for tourism today and tomorrow. I have never been to Sarajevo before, so I am looking forward to seeing some of it – will post photos later.

Various other people will be reporting from MIE2009 (mainly tweeting, I think) – so, watch out for @CiscoGIII, @luisluque, @omowizard – or search Twitter with #MIE09

OK, enough sitting in the hotel over a laptop – off to see the sights.

UPDATE, 17:15hrs – after a wander round the old town, lunch (cevapi with onions – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%86evap%C4%8Di%C4%87i), turkish coffee and lemonade, and conference registration, we had a beer and chat with Ed Hammond at the conference hotel.

Some photos area at http://picasaweb.google.com/peterjmurray/MIE2009Sarajevo where more will be added later. Now the hard choices – where to have dinner; there seem to be plenty of choices.

MIE2009 – Sarajevo August 18, 2009

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We be blogging, tweeting etc from MIE2009 in Sarajevo at the end of the month.

MIE2009 (www.mie2009.org), the XXII International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 29 August to 2 September, 2009. Full information, and the preliminary programme, are on the MIE2009 website.

If anyone else will be there and wants to link up blogs, tweets, etc., please tweet @peterjmurray. I suggest we use #MIE09 to help in searching tweets (thanks, @CiscoGIII).