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Open Source in European Health CareThis EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC) will be organised by members of the IMIA and EFMI Open Source Working Groups with a focus on Open Source in European Health Care. The conference will explore the current and future issues related to open source in healthcare. In particular, there will be a focus on health records, ubiquitous computing, knowledge sharing, and current and future applications. The Conference will consist of invited plenary speakers and workshops, and is designed to actively engage the delegates.

The European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) was conceived at a meeting, assisted by the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organisation (WHO ), in Copenhagen in September 1976. The representatives of national Health/Medical Informatics societies from ten European countries signed a declaration of intent stating:


The constitutional bodies of EFMI are
  • The EFMI Council, a General Assembly of all members, officers and working group chair persons.
  • The Board of officers, treasurer, vice presidents and president
  • Working Groups organised by a chairperson (see also the EFMI Working Groups Menu section)

The objectives of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) founded in 1976 are:

  • To advance international co-operation and dissemination of information in Medical Informatics on a European basis;
  • To promote high standards in the application of medical informatics;
  • To promote research and development in medical informatics;
  • To encourage high standards in education in medical informatics;
  • To function as the autonomous European Regional Council of IMIA

All European countries are entitled to be represented in EFMI by a suitable Medical Informatics Society. The term medical informatics is used to include the whole spectrum of Healthcare Informatics and all disciplines concerned with Healthcare and Informatics.

The organisation operates with a minimum of bureaucratic overhead and each national society supports the Federation by sending and paying for a representative to participate in the decisions of the Federation's Council. Also, and again to reduce overhead, English has been adopted as the official language, although simultaneous translation is often provided for congresses in non-English speaking countries.

The Special Topic Conferences (STC) concept has the following components:

  • Organization by a member society in combination with its annual meeting
  • EFMI council meeting is integral part
  • Topic defined to the needs of the member society
  • Relevant EFMI Working groups are engaged for the content
  • Contributions mostly on invitation
  • Small 2-day conference with 100+ participants

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Last Updated ( Monday, 21 July 2008 20:09 )  

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