Medinfo 2013 - Scientific Program Committee Decision, Id: 946

Koray Atalag k.atalag at
Thu Mar 21 20:08:47 EDT 2013

I suggest contacting the chair of SPC in person again and have a friendly discussion by giving all specifics. I’ve had positive results in past.
If not let’s protest it by not attending and they’ll never dare to do that again! That’s just one good example of how peer review processes can be flawed. I don’t think there is any bad intentions but just natural limitations of time and human resource. These should all be crowd-sourced.



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I was about to suggest that,  but as one of the authors I think a letter from me could be taken  by them as a defense of personal intererests, could we do it collectively, like an Avaaz petition? if  we gather some signatures  and send is as a group it could be effective, what do you think?

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Em Mar 17, 2013, às 1:35 AM, "Heather Leslie" <heather.leslie at<mailto:heather.leslie at>> escreveua:
Following on from Silje, Jussara and John’s recent emails, I wonder if members of the community were to contact the scientific committee and request that the decision not to run the workshop be reconsidered…

Would that influence their decision?

Anyone interested? Or am I totally mad? ☺



P.S. spc at<mailto:spc at> ☺

From: openEHR-clinical [mailto:openehr-clinical-bounces at] On Behalf Of John Hughes
Sent: Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:21 PM
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The ascendance of clinical modeling on the international informatics agenda should be supported. The ground work done by the openEHR Foundation has shown prescient leadership. I will attend any tutorial or presentation related to this at MedInfo 2013. The last session at the  Cape Town MedInfo helped spawn a national initiative to  achieve clinical information and process standards for the eMR domain in Canada.

Best to all
Willing to help


John B. Hughes M.D., C.M.
Assistant Professor
McGill University
Faculty of Medicine

From: openEHR-clinical [mailto:openehr-clinical-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jussara macedo
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:00 AM
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Last year I attended a Congress in Argentina which pogram was organized according the preferences of the potential attendees gathered months before through a social network. Verey web 2.0, very openEHR. e also had difficulties in approving panels and workshop related to this theme before in our national congresses, we´re never in the main room, but this year our workshop was by far the most attended. Lots of young  clinicians, Y generation, many of them working on mhealth  startups, ipad EHRs,clinical decision support systems, health social networks and other health 2.0 initiatives, all of them knowing exactly the value of the bloody data. Times are a changing, and fast.  Scientific committees os Informatics Congresses also have to enter the 2.0 era and interact more timely with the audience. I´m sure our workshop would be a blast and would attract a new audience to the congress, which is this new generation. They are not informaticians, they are naturals....
Jussara Rötzsch
Owner, Giant Global Graph ehealth Solutions

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM, Bakke, Silje Ljosland <silje.ljosland.bakke at<mailto:silje.ljosland.bakke at>> wrote:
I hope you succeed! I was planning on going to Medinfo if this workshop was accepted. ☺

Kind regards,
Silje Ljosland Bakke
E-health adviser
Haukeland University Hospital<>

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Emne: Re: FW: Medinfo 2013 - Scientific Program Committee Decision, Id: 946

Thanks Heather,

Worth a try :-)


On 14 March 2013 03:17, Heather Leslie <heather.leslie at<mailto:heather.leslie at>> wrote:
Let’s see if they’ll reconsider. Worth a try!


From: Heather Leslie [mailto:heather.leslie at<mailto:heather.leslie at>]
Sent: Thursday, 14 March 2013 2:17 PM
To: 'spc at<mailto:spc at>'
Subject: RE: Medinfo 2013 - Scientific Program Committee Decision, Id: 946

Dear Sir or Madam,

Given that our submission was rejected on the grounds that it was more suited for a different format and not for lack of merit, is it possible for this to be reconsidered as a tutorial?

This approach that we wish to share is gaining significant international traction and in all other conferences attracts significant interest. In fact, at MIE in Sweden our workshop on openEHR was the only one to achieve sufficient registrants to actually run.

I would respectfully ask your committee to reconsider our proposal, specifically because of the reviewers comments re needing a different format, not that the proposal was not of use or interest. I also note the reviewers specifically point out the strengths of the proposal coming from a panel of very experienced implementers and a clear educational purpose.

Many thanks for your reconsideration,


Heather Leslie

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Medinfo 2013

MEDINFO 2013 - Decision on Submission ID MEDINFO-946

12th March 2013

Dear Dr. Heather Leslie,

Thank you for submitting your contribution entitled The international impact of openEHR clinical content models (Id=946) to MEDINFO 2013, the 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics to be held from August 20-23 2013 at the Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Medinfo 2013 received a very large number of submissions, with more than 500 papers and more than 200 posters. All submitted papers were reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers and members of the Scientific Program Committee (SPC). All submitted posters, workshops, panels, and scientific demonstrations were reviewed by members of the SPC. Given the constraints of the limited meeting length and space, and the high quality of the submissions, the SPC was forced to make some difficult decisions this year.

Unfortunately, your submission was not accepted for the conference program. We appreciated your submission; comments from the reviewers are listed below and we hope that they are informative and helpful.

MEDINFO 2013 Decision: Not Accepted

We hope that you can still join the international biomedical informatics community at MEDINFO in Copenhagen. The early bird deadline is April 15, 2013. You can register and get additional information about the conference program, tutorial, on-site program, etc. at:<>

Warm Regards

Dominik Aronsky & Tze-Yun Leong, SPC Co-chairs

Reviewers' Comments

This proposal is more suitable for a tutorial. The authors do not clearly describe audience engagement strategies.THe strengths come from a panel of experimented implementers of openEHR archetypes and a clear educational purpose, but it lacks methodology to encourage attendees to interact with the presenters.


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