2nd Annual Latin American Open Source Health Informatics Meeting
Open Source Health Informatics (IMeCA) is inviting health informatics implementers, technology developers and decision makers to its 2nd Annual Latin American Open Source Health Informatics Meeting to be held in Granada, Nicaragua on November 29 - December 30. IMeCA is a community that has responded to the urgent need to build local capacity in Latin America on health information technology at a critical time in the global dialogue on "eHealth". Investing in information and communication technologies efficient, accessible and cost-effective can help speed the delivery of health services, improve the efficiency of health systems, improve health outcomes and prevent diseases in resource-limited.
WHERE & WHEN
- Granada, Nicaragua - Monday Nov 29 – Friday Dec 3, 2010
- visit the IMeCA website at www.informaticamedica-lac.org for details about venue, travel and hotels
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
- Implementers of health informatics tools interested in
identifying technologies currently available for use in primary health
care and/or public health research
- Technology Developers looking to expand existing eHealth &
mHealth tools and systems and/or create new ones based on international
standards for open source health informatics
- Decision Makers & Donors hoping to understand the needs,
challenges and opportunities for using open source informatics
technologies in improving healthcare in Latin America & the
- IMeCA 2010 will be facilitated in both English and Spanish. Real-time translation of meeting and workshop sessions will be available, and all materials will be available in both languages.
- 8:30 am – 5 pm Mon / Tues (Nov 29 – 30)
- To share experiences with open source mobile health technologies
- To report and validate the preliminary results of the in-depth landscape analysis of eHealth & mHealth in the region being coordinated as part of IMeCA 2010 activities
- To set priorities for the future of the IMeCA community and to strengthen collaborations in LAC
Topics to be covered include:
- Health Priorities in the Latin America & Caribbean Region
- eHealth Trends in Limited Resource Settings
- Why Open Source? Opportunities for Open Source eHealth Technologies
- Survey of Open Source eHealth and mHealth Technologies: Presentations from around the world
- Choosing the Right mHealth Tool for the Job
- Informing eHealth and mHealth Policy: Sharing Preliminary Regional Landscape Analysis Findings
- Creating a network of service providers for open source systems and technologies
- How to Promote “Coding in Country”: Challenges in Local Development of eHealth & mHealth Tools
- IMeCA Community Priority Setting and Future Directions
- 8:30 am – 4 pm Wed / Thurs / Fri (Dec 1-3)
- We are accepting proposals for additional/different workshop and seminar topics. Final decisions will be made in late September based on relevance and interest of the community. Current workshops and hands-on training sessions include:
WRITE-SHOP FOR DECISION MAKERS (3 days)
- create regionally relevant policy briefs
- prepare white papers for eHealth and mHealth projects in early implementation phases
- prepare brief funding proposals
WORKING WITH mHEALTH TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTERS (3 days)
- Hands-on orientation sessions for implementers highlighting a range of mHealth tools based on the
- OpenROSA standards for mobile data collection, health outreach, and decision support.
DEVELOPER SKILLS (3 days) proposed training sessions for developers on these (and other) topics:
- mobile application development: J2ME, Android, OpenXData, others
- XForms + XML
- OpenMRS interoperability with mobile tools
- security + authentication
- Coded In Country (CIC): Strengthening CIC Nodes in the region
REGISTRATION, COSTS & IMPORTANT DATES
Please register on-line and make sure to indicate whether you need travel and housing assistance in the “fellowship application” section.
IMeCA Annual Meeting (Nov 29 – 30)
- Regular: USD 100
- Student: USD 50
Meeting & Workshops (Nov 29 – Dec 3)
- Regular: USD 200
- Student: USD 100
- Friday 29 October - fellowship support request deadline
- Friday 29 October - poster/presentation abstract submission deadline
- Friday 29 October - poster/presentation and fellowship support notification
- Friday November - final deadline for registration
A limited number of fellowships are available for 1) registration
fee waivers, 2) travel and/or 3) housing support for meeting
facilitators, workshop trainers, presenters and participants based on
interests and needs.
Please indicate on the registration form if you need fee waivers, travel or housing assistance BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 22
TRAVEL & HOTEL
IMeCA2010 will be held in the Hotel Granada in Granada, Nicaragua – 1 hour by car from the Agosto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua. There is a block of rooms reserved at a special rate for the conference: $72,USD +tax for a single room or $36 USD +tax for a shared room with another IMeCA participant. For airport transfer information, recommendations for additional hotels and general travel see the meeting website.
*If you receive fellowship support, the local coordinators from the Sustainable Sciences Institute will be arranging air travel, local transport and/or hotel accommodations directly.
POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS
All participants involved in designing, developing, testing, implementing or evaluating relevant health information and communication technologies for the public, private sector and/or research sectors are invited to submit an abstract for a poster or a presentation.
- We encourage you to share
- successes, failures and lessons learned from past eHealth and
ideas for new projects, and
- challenges and opportunities with developing and implementing Open Source ICTs for health. Health topics of particular interest for IMeCA 2010 include maternal & child health, immunization, infectious disease surveillance and alert systems, and disaster & emergency response
There will be small prizes in the various categories, including Best Overall from the LAC region, Best Overall from a non-LAC region, and Most Innovative. We will also provide help for authors with the best posters and presentations to apply to the Innovator Award Competition being sponsored by IDRC and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Please complete the “abstract” section of the registration form BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 22
If you're interested and not already a member, join the discussions of the IMeCA group mailto: email@example.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact Heather Zornetzer at the Sustainable Sciences Institute - Nicaragua (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joaquín Blaya at eHealth Systems – Chile (email@example.com).