MIE2011 – a successful combination of traditional and new approaches

By Anne Moen and Petter Hurlen, Oslo

MIE2011 in Oslo, Norway attracted more than 650 participants. The new program initiatives “Partnership in Innovation” and “Village of the Future” added the important dynamics of the application oriented aspects of our field that has been missed in the most recent conferences. In addition to the MIE2011 scientific program based on 215 accepted peer-reviewed full papers and the new invited activities, MIE2011 delegates enjoyed very active participation from the EFMI working groups present at MIE2011. Many of the 25 accepted, peer-reviewed workshops proposals and 5 accepted, peer-reviewed panels were hosted by EFMI-Working Groups. In addition, 7 of the EFMI-WGs held business meetings, either focusing on WG affairs or to discuss pressing issues pertaining to the interest of the particular WG with a broader audience. Further conferences should keep an eye on how this is productive for and can help develop the WGs activities further.

The important, affiliated events, “national eHealth Day” and the “Scandinavian conference on Health Informatics (SHI)”, contributed significantly to the number of participants, and helped mobilize locally. We are pleased that all major health informatics groups in Norway were involved in this joint effort to make MOE2011 a success. As a continuation, the Norwegian society for medical informatics (FDH) is in very interesting, promising and fruitful discussions with the Norwegian Computer Society (DND) to re-join efforts in the field of health informatics. FDH and DND also had a formally announced national meeting about this during the conference.

MIE2011 Award winners and nominees

Rolf Hansen Memorial Award
Contextualization in Automatic Extraction of Drugs from Hospital Patient Records
Svetla Boytcheva e.a. presented by Dimitar Tcharaktchiev

Committee comment
Committee members have independently selected best papers addressing innovative aspects of Electronic Health Record design, implementation or use. The merger of their findings resulted in 6 papers that were nominated. During the conference, the papers were further discussed and presentations were judged on clarity, added value to the paper, and interaction with the audience. Based on this judgment, the winner provided the strongest combination of quality of the paper and presentation of the topic.

Also nominated
Using Multimodal Mining to Drive Clinical Guidelines Development
Emilie Pasche e.a. Developing an Electronic Health Record for Intractable Diseases in Japan
Shinji Kobayashi e.a.

Task Analysis and Interoperable Application Services for Service Event Management
Juha Mykkänen e.a. Interoperability in HIS: a ROI Study Comparing CPOE with and without Laboratory Integration
Rodolphe Meyer

Nursing Information System: a Relevant Substitute of the Paper Nursing Record
Margreet B. Michel-Verkerke Peter L. Reichertz Prize
Facilitating Access to Laboratory. Guidelines by Modeling their Contents and Designing a Computerized User Interface
Mobin Yasini e.a.

Committee comment
A very clear and well written paper with high practical impact that is of interest for the broader audience of the MIE conference.

Also nominated Providing Trust and Interoperability to Federate Distributed Biobanks
Martin Lablans e.a.

Image-based Classification of Parkinsonian Syndromes Using T2′-Atlases
Nils Daniel Forkert e.a.

Best Poster Prize Human-Centered Design of Scorecard Tool for Adverse Drug Event Romaric Marcilly e.a.

Committee comment
The poster describes how a human-centered approach was used to develop a tool that presents clinicians an overview of the Adverse Drug Event notes and related causes in their department. The topic clearly reflects the topic of this MIE conference, and also addresses a contemporary field: patient safety. It represents the outcome of a longand thorough reserach and development process. The resulting tool is now being in routine and is highly appreciated by users. The poster presentation is very clear and exploits the design opportunities of a poster.



User Centred
Networked Health Care
Marie-Catherine Beuscart-Zéphir
Dr. Marie-Catherine Beuscart Zéphir holds a PhD in cognitive psychology. She founded the Evalab, a usability lab dedicated to e-health and technologies for healthcare at the academic hospital of Lille. Her research interests include Human Factors Engineering and usability for health technologies and e-health, applied to applications like Computerized Order –Entry (CPOE), Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS), Patient Record systems (EPR/EHR) and homecare systems. Dr. Beuscart-Zéphir co-chair the IMIA WG and EFMI WG on Human (and Organizational) Factors.
Her keynote at MIE2011 is titled: Human Factors and Usability for complex Health Information Technologies: Why do you care?

Susanna Palkonen
Ms. Susanna Palkonen is the Vice President of the European Patients’ Forum EPF and Executive Officer of European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA). She has been involved in patient organisations in Finland and Brussels for 15 years. She is a Member of the User Advisory Board of the Renewing Health project from the EC ICT Policy Support Programme. She is involved in a number of Patient and Consumer issues on the European Scene.
Her keynote at MIE2011 is titled: New patient – new technologies, new networks.

Stephen Kay
Professor Stephen Kay has been actively engaged in international standards development since 1987. He is a consultant on Health Informatics Standardisation and an honorary professor at the University of Salford in the UK. The relationship between research and standardisation within Health informatics has always fascinated him, and his research in Electronic Health Records, user centred design, narrative and story telling intertwines with standardising data interchange, understanding clinical communication architectures, and developing information models. He is the convenor of both CEN TC251 working group 1 on Information Models and ISO TC215 working group 1 on Data Structures; both have an emphasis upon conceptual modelling, service frameworks, and with electronic health records’ specifications.
His keynote at MIE2011 is titled: The Usability (or not) of Health Informatics Standards

Kirsten Haaland
Ms. Kirsten Haaland is a senior researcher at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Collaborative Creativity Group (CCG), a leading research group on open source software, open content, and collaborative creativity and innovation. She has extensive project experience, including FLOSSIMPACT focusing on open source on innovation and competitiveness of the European Union, the EU-funded “Free/libre/Open source software metrics and benchmarking study (FLOSSMetrics)” and the “QUALity in Open Source Software” (QualOSS) project. As an economist her responsibilities covers socio-economic analysis, such as business models and strategies, and community dynamics.
Her keynote at MIE2011 is titled: Mastering Open Source Software challenges in a niche market

Camilla Stoltenberg
Dr. Camilla Stoltenberg is MD and holds a PhD in epidemiology. She serves as Deputy Director General at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health with responsibility for strategic development of health registries. She serves as deputy chair for Biobank Norway (2010-2015). Her research is in perinatal and genetic epidemiology, studying causes of birth defects, stillbirth and infant death, consanguinity, health in immigrant populations, and social inequality in health. She is also principal investigator of Biobanks for Health in Norway (Biohealth), which comprises health data and blood samples from nearly 500,000 individuals. She is currently involved in a number of scientific research and strategic projects and committees nationally and internationally, most of them involving birth cohorts, registries and large population based biobanks.
Her keynote at MIE2011 is titled: When the whole population contributes to knowledge. On health registries in Norway.

Nick Barber
Professor Nick Barber holds a PhD in clinical pharmacology, and is currently joint Chair of the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality, School of Pharmacy, University of London. Professor Barber’s areas of research focus on the good and the bad with respect to medicines, society and the individual, and the role that pharmacy plays. The major portion of this work is in the area of the risks of using medicines incorrectly – by patients (nonadherence) or by professionals (medication errors). Professor Barber is particularly interested in the assessment of the use of technology to reduce errors, and in the development and evaluation of services to reduce errors and to improve adherence.
His keynote at MIE2011 is titled: Envisioning the patient, medicines, technology triad.


Keynote speakers

Healthcare Information Standards for Active Aging:
State of Play for Patient Summaries

Abstract. This contribution to the invitational track will discuss challenges for interoperability, technology and standards related to patient summaries. An unfolding user story of a health-illness trajectory of an elderly women hampered by chronic disease with an acute episode will frame the discussion, to elaborate critical aspects where information sharing is necessary. The contributors will discuss technological, organizational and professional challenges to provide support for active aging. In particular, potentials of interoperability standards and emerging solutions to deliver patient summaries. Strategic and operational initiatives, by HL7, GS1, EFMI and others; may augment integration across levels and strands wider, and therefore the discussion will point to potentials to 1) ensuring sustainability of healthcare systems; 2) delivering quality of care and contribute to desired patient outcomes; 3) unlocking the market for innovative interoperable solutions based on standards; thus supporting the EU digital agenda key actions on standards and innovation.
The track is supported by HL7 and GS1 in collaboration with FDH.

Future Health Services Infrastructure
Organized by FDH in collaboration with Siemens, Imatis, HP, Tieto, Sonitor

In this invitational track five companies that are active at the market for Health Information Systems, discuss their vision on how the future services infrastructure for supporting clinical work could look like. They take a starting point in their current product developments. The presentations of the five companies will be followed by plenary discussion.

Horizon 2020
EU Workshop 30. August – EU 7th and 8th Framework Program and partnering
The Objective of the initiative is to prepare the institutions, companies and researchers for the last calls in the EU 7th Framework Program, and inform of what we can expect in the 8th Framework Program within the fields of eHealth and Medical Technology research and innovation. We will also facilitate speed dating, one2one meetings and lay the fundament for future EU-application consortiums and partnerships.

Process support
Siemens Healthcare will demonstrate innovative new solutions and ideas for process support for the Healthcare continuum that will enable healthcare professionals to perform earlier diagnosis, and start treatment at an earlier stage. DocuLive EPR provide support to the complex clinical workflow in hospitals and increase effiency of health care. DocuLive is a superior, secure, flexible and user-friendly tool that will raise the standard of quality in the treatment process. UltraGenda support scheduling of appointments in increasingly fragmented, highly specialized and complex service organizations. syngo.share is a versatile multimedia and general purpose medical archive packed with a universal viewing solution, managing a vast array of clinical data.

European Convergence Workshops
The Second European Convergence Workshop to build a European health Interoperability Platform will address Opportunities and challenges for convergence of Semantics and ontologies for a pan-European infostructure.
The Convergence workshop concept is at the base of the pan-European infostructure vision and relates to better exploiting EU and nationally funded projects and implementation initiatives which may develop and contribute knowledge and components for such an infostructure. In a broad sense, such a pan-European infostructure may be composed of biomedical and health/medical research and knowledge databases, public health data repositories, health education information, electronic patient and personal health records respectively data warehouses, etc. It will require leadership and management, sustained organisational structures, well-governed processes and funding as well as a supportive, secure ICT infrastructure/network.



Ahus, Sunday 28 August at 17:15 hrs.
Following the Official opening ceremony and sessions the Akershus University Hospital (Ahus) cordially invites all participants and accompanying persons to a Get-together party at the hospital.
Busses will return to Oslo centre at 18:30
Free for all registered Participants and Accompanying persons
Reception in the Exhibition and Village area,
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Monday 29 August at 18:30.
The Organizers of MIE 2011 cordially invites all Participants, Accompanying persons and Exhibitors to a Reception in the Exhibition and Village areas of the Main Venue. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Do not miss this opportunity to meet with all your colleagues present at the conference.
Free for all registered Participants and Accompanying persons and exhibitors.

Conference Dinner
Gamle Logen, Tuesday 30 August at 19:00
Participants, Accompanying Persons and Exhibitors are invited to join the Conference Dinner at the beautiful old building Gamle Logen, located in the heart of Oslo. We can promise you a wonderful meal and dance to one of Oslo’s best ballroom orchestras: The Real Fake Band.
Dress code: Informal
Address: Grew Wedels plass 2
Price registered Participants and Accompanying persons: NOK 650,-
Price others: NOK 1000,-
Please consult the Secretariat for available tickets.


Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo – main conference site

The hotel is located next to the Royal Palace, in the hearth of Oslo.

Akershus University Hospital – Sunday 28th

The hospital is located just outside of Oslo. Transportation will be organised between the Conference Hotel and the Hospital. More information about the hospital available from their web site

Save up to 20% on travel with the Star Alliance network

Star Alliance network
Star Alliance network

The Star Alliance™ member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the MIE 2011

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts, please quote the event code SK06S11 when calling the reservation office of a participating Star Alliance member airline.

For booking office information please visit:
1. Choose “For delegates”
2. Under “Delegates login” enter the Event code
3. Choose one of the participating airlines listed
4. Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote the Event Code when booking the ticket

Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling internationally to the event can be granted a discount of up to 20%, depending on the fare and class of travel.

The participating airlines for this event are:
Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Blue1, bmi, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United, US Airways

Discounts are offered on international flights on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

Please note: For travel from Japan and New Zealand, special fares or discounts are
offered by the participating airlines on their own network.

SAS Conference discount on Domestic routes.

SAS will offer you 10% conference discount on all published fares*. Simply log in with the designated event code at SAS Conference Fare Booking tool and book your flight on SAS, Blue1 and Widerøe.
*except 2% on the lowest Economy fares

Travel from the Airport to Oslo
The Blu Airport Bus leaves every 20 minutes, and takes about 45 minutes directly to the conference hotel

The airport express train (flytoget) takes you downtown Oslo in 19 minutes.
All trains stop at Oslo Central station – 1,5 km from the conference hotel.
Every second train continues to the National Theatre station, 500 m from the conference hotel.

Taxi may be expensive for a 35 minute trip—ask the price before entering.

If you plan to go directly to the AHUS hospital on Sunday, take the airport express train to the Lillestrøm station, and then a taxi or bus 401 to the hospital.


Congress secretariat
The Congress secretariat is located on the Ground Floor next to the main entrance of the Venue.
The Secretariat will be happy to help you with any questions that might arise, and sale of the Instructional Course book
Opening hours:
Saturday 27 August 17:00 – 20:00 (located in the hotel foyer)
Sunday 28 August 08:00 – 09:30 (located in the hotel foyer)
18:00 – 20:00
Monday 29 August 07:30 – 18:30
Tuesday 30 August 08:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 31 August 08:00 – 14:00

Congress PCO: Congress-Conference AS

Your personal badge is your entrance ticket to the conference centre and all scientific arrangements. Please wear your badge at all times.
Colour codes: Red label: Local Organizing Committee
Green label: Invited Speakers and SPC chair and co-chairs
Blue label: Exhibitors (no access to scientific sessions)
Clear label: Participant

Certificate of Attendance
Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the secretariat on the last days of the congress to all registered delegates.

International phone calls
To call abroad from Norway dial 00 followed by the country code. The country code of Norway is 47.

Liability and Insurance
The Organizing Committee accepts no liability for personal injuries or loss or damage of property belonging to congress delegates, either during or as a result of the Congress or during any of the excursion tours. It is recommended that participants arrange for their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.

Lunch will be served to all delegates and exhibitors wearing a badge. Lunch will be served at AHUS on Sunday, and in the exhibition area on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Non-smoking policy
Please observe the non-smoking policy and that smoking is not permitted in-doors in public areas in Norway

Posters will be on display in the corridor leading to N2-6 and Telemark.
The poster area will be open Monday and Tuesday. The posters will be changed between Monday and Tuesday. The poster should be mounted between 07:30 and 08:30, and taken down around 17:00 hrs.
Please contact the Secretariat for fixing material.
Unfortunately, the Secretariat has no possibility to store posters not removed within due time, and such posters will be disposed off.

Speaker room
The speaker room will be located in room Asker, next to the registration desk. Oral presentations must be delivered to the Speaker Room at least 2 hours before the sessions starts. Personal computers in the session rooms will not be accepted. Opening hours for the Speaker room is as for the Secretariat.

Tickets for all social events must be presented upon notice. Please contact the Secretariat for available tickets for the social events.

There will be free access to wireless internet in all parts of the Venue. Please consult the secretariat for the access code.

Despite its 1,000 year history, Oslo is a city young at heart. Acceptable attire in Oslo and for the convention is business casual. Pack a sweater or light jacket for the evenings. Please note that convention centre rooms vary in temperature–for your comfort, it is recommended that you keep a light sweater or light jacket handy.

The electricity supply is 220 volts, 50-60 cycles. To operate small travel appliances such as irons, hair dryers or electric shavers, converters may be required.

Credit Cards:
Major credit cards including American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Mastercard are honored throughout Norway at hotels, stores and restaurants. Taxis in Norway accept all major credit cards.

Money Exchange:
The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the national currency unit. Money can be exchanged at the airport, major hotels and banks. Credit cards and Traveler’s checks are also widely accepted. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are conveniently located throughout Norway.

Official Language:
English is the official language of the conference.

Letter of Invitation (for visa requirements):
Upon request, MIE 2011 will be pleased to send you an official letter of invitation. Such an invitation is intended to assist participants in raising travel funds or obtaining a visa to enter Norway. The letter of invitation issued by MIE 2011 is not a commitment to provide any financial support nor does it guarantee a visa.
Letters of invitation are issued by our conference organizer after registration—please contact

Passports and Visas:
All international visitors traveling to Norway must have a valid passport. Check with the Norwegian Embassy/Consulate in your country regarding any specific visa requirements and travel restrictions well in advance of your trip. For additional information about visiting Norway, go to
For letters of invitation—please see above.

Time Zone:
Daylight saving time in August

Norway is at its best and brightest from May to September. Average temperature in Oslo in Augus

References to MIE2011

References to MIE2011
References to MIE2011

Programme on your phone
Conference Compass provides a mobile application that brings the conference program to your mobile phone, right into your pocket. It allows you to make your personal program by marking favorite presentations, authors, and topics. Furthermore, you can add scores and comments to presentations, so that after the conference you will recall the interesting things that you have seen.

The application is available for the iPhone (and iPad and iPod Touch), Android, BlackBerry and many types of phones from Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung, etc. The app will thus most probably run on your own phone, even if it is a simple one, and since it is offered to you by MIE 2011 it is included in your registration fee! So we hope you will make maximum use of it.
Go to find out more about the Conference Compass mobile app and for instructions on how to download it to your phone.

All apps will be online 26th

Invitation The Scientific Programme Committee invites participants to submit (submission deadline in brackets)

· Posters (March 15, 2011)
· Panel proposals (March 15, 2011)
· Workshops (March 15, 2011)
· Short communications (March 15, 2011)
· Software demonstration proposals
(March 15, 2011)
· Full papers can no longer be submitted

Full paper submission closed February 6th.

The instructions for full papers were: scientific papers, future vision papers or review papers. An individual may be first author on only one paper. All presented papers will be included in the MEDLINE indexed proceedings, published by IOS Press in Amsterdam. Paper submissions should not exceed a maximum of five camera-ready A4 pages, and must include:

· Abstract of up to 200 words
· Names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country) of all authors
· Body of text including Introduction, Method, Result, and Discussion (IMRAD)
· 4–6 keywords,
The authors are required to use the IOS templates for papers. Authors of accepted papers are allocated 15 minutes including questions and discussions to present their work.

A short communication reports work that merits quick publication. Contributions submitted as ‘short communications’ should not exceed the maximum of three camera-ready A4 pages, and must include:
· Abstract up to 200 words
· Names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations (city, state, and country) of all authors
· Body of text including Motivation, Results, Conclusions and References
· 1-3 keywords
Submissions will be considered for oral presentation or poster presentation. Oral presentations are allocated 15 minutes for presentation including questions and discussions. Posters are included in the poster sessions. The authors are required to use the IOS templates for papers. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2011. The Scientific Programme Committee will review short communication submissions, and accepted proposals will be available on the conference CD-ROM.

A poster presentation is a scientific contribution of work in progress, submitted as a two-page contribution. The authors are required to prepare their proposal using the IOS templates for papers. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2011. An accepted poster should be prepared as in A1 or A0 format, and presented in the poster sessions. The Scientific Programme Committee will review poster submission, and accepted proposals will be available on the conference CD-ROM.

A panel proposal emphasizes the discussion of an important theme and must contain title, abstract, 3-4 involved speakers, objectives, and detailed content to be discussed. The maximum number of pages for a panel proposal is three, and the authors are required to use the IOS templates for papers. The duration of a panel is 90 minutes. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2011. To support the EFMI Working Groups active involvement in MIE, so please if applicable, indicate an EFMI WG support of your proposal. The Scientific Programme Committee will review panel proposal submission, and accepted proposals will be available on the conference CD-ROM.

A workshop proposal requires active engagement of the audience, and must contain title, abstract, involved speakers, learning objectives, subject domain to be discussed, and expected achievements and outcomes. This year we will have two types of workshops – workshops to explore scientific issues and workshops with a learning objective (tutorial style). Please state the type of tutorial you intend to perform.

The maximum number of pages for a workshop proposal is tree, and the authors are required to use the workshop proposal templates or papers. The duration of a workshop is 90 minutes. The deadline for submission is March 15.

To support the EFMI Working Groups active involvement in MIE, so please if applicable, indicate an EFMI WG support of your proposal. The Scientific Programme Committee will review workshop proposal submission, and accepted proposals will be available on the conference CD-ROM.

A demonstration. We solicit Demonstrations as a scientific contribution in the form of a poster with a presentation of a (software) tool. The authors are required to use the IOS templates for papers, and prepare a proposal not exciding two-pages. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2011. Send your proposals to The Scientific Programme Committee will review demonstration proposal submission, and poster demonstrations will be part of the MIE2011 Village.

The conference addresses, but are not limited to, the following categories and themes:

· Methodology (Qualitative and Quantitative)
· Information and Knowledge Representation
· Information and Knowledge Processing
· Empirical Research Methodologies
· Applications (Systems, Goals, Problems, Policies)
· User-Centred in Networked Healthcare
· Healthcare service delivery.
· Policy, Financing and Stewardship
· Research and Education
· Specific Topics

A more extensive list of Categories, Themes and Topics can be downloaded here. Awards

A careful selection of papers and poster will be nominated for awards. For MIE2011 The Peter Reichertz Memorial Prize will be awarded to the best scientific paper by a young researcher not older than 30 years. The Rolf Hansen Prize will be awarded to the best paper on electronic health records. The Best Poster Award will be awarded for the best poster/poster demonstration presenting an innovative idea and application.

Dates and Deadlines

Contributions can be submitted between October 15, 2010 and the deadline stated for the submission-type you choose.

Other important deadlines:

· Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2011
· Resubmission of accepted papers: May 1, 2011
· Conference: August 28 – 31, 2011

Final acceptance of a selected contribution requires that the presenting author is a registered delegate at MIE2011, and the submission has to be revised according to the recommendations of reviewers and the SPC.

Please prepare your contribution according to the text below, the instructions for authors and use the provided IOS templates.

Please click on the link here to submit your contribution online.

Co-hosted events

Special tracks focusing on Scandinavian Health Informatics, Informatics competencies and National eHealth developments will complement the traditional MIE topics.

Pre Conference Symposium
The 5. International Symposium on Human Factors Engineering in Health Informatics. Trondheim, Norway, August 26-27.