Saturday, July 4, 2015


European health information technology development parallels the United States of America. 

This post encompasses advances in Europe.

The Proceedings included 1039 individual papers presented during the conference.

Complete Content from Proceedings

Subject index: 1041
Author index:  1051

excerpted from the Proceedings of the MIE 2015, published by IOS Press.

DIGITAL HEALTHCARE EMPOWERING EUROPEANS is an exhaustive and encyclopedic recording of the proceedings of MIE 2015 .  It is a comprehensive collection of academic papers from a wide range of institutions by known authorities in the area of health information technology and it's impact on the citizens of Europe.

This post should serve as a starting point to explore the book, available via an open source publisher
for a global audience via the internet. DIGITAL HEALTHCARE EMPOWERING EUROPEANS  is protected by a creative commons license, and subject to the regulations thereof.

This volume contains the proceedings of the MIE2015 conference, “Digital healthcare empowering Europeans”, highlighting the impact that digitisation has on all citizens, medical staff, patients and their carers. Over decades digitisation of healthcare has become almost ubiquitous, spreading from healthcare organisations into the homes and personal appliances of practically every citizen.

Similarly, biomedical and health informatics has spread from dedicated manufacturers to the largest information technology companies. MIE2015, the 26th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, has been jointly organised by the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the Spanish Society of Health Informatics (SEIS), organisations which were both established in 1976. MIE2015 takes place in the splendid city of Madrid, Spain, from May 27th to 29th, 2015. EFMI is a federation of national medical informatics associations from 30 European countries, and its purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge and expertise in the field of biomedical and health informatics.

Besides the national associations, the working groups, which include experts in specialist fields ranging from electronic patient records, medical imaging, and evaluation to nursing and rehabilitation, are the main channel through which new knowledge and ideas are developed and disseminated. “Digital healthcare empowering Europeans”, the theme of MIE2015, is addressing a range of important aspects, relating to opportunities for or impact of new approaches and IT tools in day-to-day life affecting the citizens. The conference theme aligns with collective efforts of multiple parties: patients, care providers, system developers, researchers, and ultimately the entire population of Europe to join in to enjoy benefits that digitisation of health information offers. Digitisation enables involvement of people in management of their own health and empowers people to be in more control of all aspects of their health and for the care they require. The conference provokes discussions of inherent challenges to design and adequately deploy ICT tools, to assess health IT interventions, train users, and exploit available information and knowledge to scrutinise visions for continuous and ubiquitous availability and interoperability in health care.

MIE2015 brings together participants that share their latest achievements in biomedical and health informatics, including the role of the user in digital healthcare, where interdisciplinary collaboration may achieve care, and treatment processes supporting quality of life for citizens, healthcare providers, and the society. Contributions address methodologies and applications, success stories and lessons learned as well as an outlook on on-going projects and directions for the future.

The scope of the book is truly impressive. Here are some of the topics:

Incidence Rate of Canonical vs. Derived Medical Terminology in Natural Language
Observing Health Professionals’ Workflow Patterns for Diabetes Care – First Steps Towards an Ontology for EHR Services
Health Consumer-Oriented Information Retrieval
Reuse of EHRs to Support Clinical Research in a Hospital of Reference

Implementability of Stroke Guidelines: A Pragmatic Comparison Between US and European Recommendations Using eGLIA
Clinical Data Warehousing for Evidence Based Decision Making
Approach to Extract Billing Data from Medical Documentation in Russia – Lessons Learned
Integrated Wireless Sensor Network for Monitoring Pregnant Women
Nurses’ Expectations and Perceptions of a Redesigned Electronic Health Record

Supporting in- and off-Hospital Patient Management Using a Web-Based Integrated Software Platform
Internet-Based Remote Consultations – General Practitioner Experience and Attitudes in Norway and Germany
A WSN Healthcare Monitoring System for Elderly People in Geriatric Facilities
Internet of Things for an Age-Friendly Healthcare
A Big Data-Driven Model for the Optimization of Healthcare Processes

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Related to the Health Data-Warehouses: Re-Using Health Data in the Research and Public Health Research
Mobile Health Apps in Sweden: What Do Physicians Recommend?
The Impact of eHealth and mHealth on Doctor Behavior and Patient Involvement: An Israeli and Portuguese Comparative Approach
A Cloud Based Real-Time Collaborative Platform for eHealth

In addition to the formal papers there were over 100 posters at the meeting

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