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STC 2010 Important dates

Important dates   

Deadline for the submission of papers
and other forms

Notification of acceptance
Re-submission of accepted papers

Start date of registration
Date of cancellation deadline



15. January 2010

2.  March 2010
25. March 2010

January 28, 2010
May 1, 2010

2. – 4. June 2010

STC 2010 Programme

Conference programme 2010                              Flyer STC 2010-english.pdf      Dreifibréf STC 2010.pdf    

                                                                                    Conference programme  (Printed version)

Please note that changes have been made to the programme and the latest version is available (below the keynote speakers) on this webpage.

Changes have been made to:

- Scientific Session - 8
- Workshop 1
- Workshop 4


Keynotes at STC 2010                                      
It is with great pleasure that we announce the keynote speakers at the STC 2010 conference in Iceland,

 William E. Hammond is Head of the newly launched Duke Center for Health Informatics, Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine and Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University and Adjunct Professor in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is a Past President of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

  Peter L. Elkin Dr. Peter L. Elkin is a Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the Center Director of Biomedical Informatics and the Vice-President of Mount Sinai hospital for Biomedical and Translational Informatics.


Scientific Program   

DAY 1 Thursday, June 3

Main Hall – HT105

Keynote 1 (Session Chair: Bernd Blobel, Germany)

9:00-10:00 William E. Hammond: 
            Seamless Care: What is it; what is its value; 
            what does it require; when might we get it?

Scientific Session 1 – Patient Empowerment, Patient Satisfaction
(Session Chairs: Jana Zvarova, Czech Republik; Ebba Þóra Hvannberg, Iceland)

10:00-10:20 F.A. Allaert, C. Quantin:
            Patients’ Empowerment of their Personal Health Record       
            Requires Strong Traceability to Guarantee Patients Health 
            Care Security

10:20 - 10:40 I. Johansen, M. Rasmussen:
            Interoperability in Exchanging Lab Test Orders and Results 
            between Laboratories Results in Full Traceability

10:40-11:00 C. Showell, E. Cummings, P. Turner:
            Language Games and Patient-centred eHealth

11:00-11:40 Coffee Break (Foyer)

Scientific Session 2 – Process and Systems Evaluation
(Session Chairs: Jacob Hofdijk, The Netherlands; Guðrún Auður Harðardóttir, Iceland)

11:40-12:00  L. Huniche, B. Dinesen, O. Grann, E. Toft, C. Nielsen:
            Empowering Patients with COPD Using Telehomecare 

Scientific Session 3 – Security, Privacy, Safety and Quality

12:00-12:20 I. Tvede, K. Bredegaard, J.S. Andersen:
            Quality Improvements Based on Detailed and Precise 

12:20-12:40 B.T. Björnsson, G. Sigurdardottir, S.O. Stefansson:
            Risk Assessment of Integrated Electronic Health Records

12:40-13:00 B. Katt, T. Trojer, R. Breu, T. Schabetsberger, F. Wozak:
            Meeting EHR Security Requirements: SeAAS Approach

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Foyer upstairs)

Session Keynote – Interoperability
(Session Chair: Stig Kjær Andersen, Denmark)

14:00-14:30 B. Blobel, C. Gonzalez, F. Oemig, D.M. Lopez, P. Nykänen, P. Ruotsalainen:
            The Role of Architecture and Ontology for Interoperability

Scientific Session 4 – Interoperability and Standards 1
(Session Chairs: Ragnar Nordberg, Sweden; Guðlaug Sigurðardóttir, Iceland)

14:30-14:50 H. Demski, C. Hildebrand, A. Brass, S. Jedamzik, R. Engelbrecht:
            Improvement of Cross-Sector Communication for an I
            ntegrated Health Environment

14:50-15:10 M.H. Kuo, A.W. Kushniruk, E.M. Borycki:
            Design and Implementation of a Health Data Interoperability 

15:10-15:30 C. Gonzalez, B. Blobel, D.M. Lopez:
            Ontology-based Interoperability Service for HL7 Interfaces 

15:30-15:50 F. Oemig, B. Blobel:
            Harmonizing the Semantics of Technical Terms by the 
            Generic Component Model

15:50-16:10 M. Nagy, P. Preckova, L. Seidl, J. Zvarova:
            Challenges of Interoperability Using HL7 v3 in Czech 

16:10-16:30 M. Robles, J.T. Fernández-Breis, J.A. Maldonado, D. Moner, C. Martínez-Costa, D. Boscá, M. Menárguez-Tortosa:
            Use of Semantic Web Technologies and Archetypes for 
            the Description of EHRs

16:30-17:00 Tea Break (Foyer)

Session Keynote – GS1 (Session Chair: Assa Reichert, Israel)

17:00-17:30 U. Kreysa:
            When Supply Chain meets Care Delivery: Background on 
            GS1 and HL7 Collaboration

Poster Session – Poster Short Presentations 1
(Session Chairs: Christian Lovis, Switzerland; Hákon Sigurhansson, Iceland)

17:30-17:35 J.A. Maldonado, D. Moner, D. Boscá, L. Marco, J.T. Fernández-Breis, E. Reig, M. Robles:
            LinkEHR-Ed: A Tool for the Description and Normalization of 
            Legacy Clinical Data

17:35-17:40 M. Prados, M.C. Peña, B. Prados, B. Martinez, J.C. Ortigosa , A.C. Delgado:
            Electronic Health Record (EHR) Representation through an 
            Ontology. Mobility, Accessibility, and Interoperability 

17:40-17.:45 L.D. Şerbănaţi, A. Vasilăţeanu:
            Agent-based Electronic Healthcare Record

17:45-17:50 V. Ilakovac, M. Hercigonja-Szekeres, J. Devlies, G. De Moor:
            Text Analysis of EuroRec Repository Statements for the 
            Purpose of Creation Multilingual Dictionary

17:50-17:55 R. Iljaž, M. Meglič, I. Švab:
            Experts’ Consensus about ePriorites in Slovene Primary Care – 
            Work in Progress

17:55-18:00 V. Kebo, P. Klement, Z. Čermáková, J. Gottfried,
M. Sommerová, A. Paleček:
            Potential of RFID Technology in Blood Center

DAY 1 Thursday, June 3

Hall 2 – HT104

10:00-11:00 WORKSHOP 1 – Case Mix Panel
            On the basis on primarily results from the project entitled 
            ‘Telehomecare, chronic patients and the integrated 
healthcare system (TELECAT)’ that aims at user-driven   
            innovation in an inter-organizational context we will raise   
            a discussion on
cross-border inter-operationality of 
            telehomecare; user-driven innovation as a method that can 
new forms of collaboration;
issues concerning 
            patients’ and relatives’ experiences of self-monitoring and 
telehomecare. The discussion will focus on
            different scientific traditions: psychology, inter-organisational
            theory and clinical practice. 
Chair: Birthe Dinesen (Denmark), Jeppe Gustafsson 
            (Denmark), Lotte Huniche (Denmark)

11:00-11:40 Coffee Break (Foyer)

11:40-13:00 Workshop 2 – EFMI Primary Care Informatics WG Workshop   Workshop 2.docx
            Usable Systems and Usable Data – Twin Challenges to 
            Support Seamless Care. 
            Discussants: Chris Pearce (Australia), Kristjan Gudmundsson 
            Chair: Simon de Lusignan (UK)

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Foyer upstairs)

14:30-16:30 Workshop 3 – European Convergence Workshop –
Towards a Roadmap on Semantic Interoperability. 
            The goal is to initiate a consensus and cooperation process 
            between European projects and initiatives through regular 
            convergence workshops on relevant topics including technical, 
            human, semantic, legal and process aspects 
            Chair: Christian Lovis (Switzerland)

16:30-17:00 Tea Break (Foyer)

DAY 1 Thursday, June 3

Hall 3 – HT300

10:00-13:00 Convergence Workshop on Semantics and
(by invitation only)  
Convergence WS Reykjavik Dissemination news .doc


DAY 2 Friday, June 4

Main Hall– HT105

Keynote 2 (Session Chair: Jos Aarts, The Netherlands)

9:00-10:00 Peter L. Elkin, B.E. Trusko, R. Koppel, T. Speroff, D. Mohrer, S. Sakji, I. Gurewitz, M. Tuttle, S.H. Brown:
            Putting the Semantics back in Interoperability

Scientific Session 5 – Interoperability and Standards 2
(Session Chairs: George Mihalas, Romania; Arna Harðardóttir, Iceland)

10:00-10:20 D. Moner, J.A. Maldonado, D. Boscá, C. Angulo, M. Robles, D. Pérez, P. Serrano:
            CEN EN13606 Normalisation Framework Implementation 

10:20-10:40 P. Krause, S. de Lusignan:
            Procuring Interoperability at the Expense of Usability: a Case 
            Study of UK National Programme for IT Assurance Process

Scientific Session 6 – Traceability
10:40-11:00 J.J. Sarrasin, M. Schumacher, C. Hay, P. Richard:
            HEALTH-IDENTITY: Mobile Services for Consumers of 

11:00-11:40 Coffee Break (Foyer)

Scientific Session 7 – Patient Safety and Continuity of Care
(Session Chairs: Rolf Engelbrecht, Germany; Björn Jónsson, Iceland)

11:40-12:00 R. Wipfli, C. Lovis: 
            Alerts in Clinical Information Systems: Building Frameworks 
            and Prototypes

12:00-12:20 L. Stoicu-Tivadar, V. Stoicu-Tivadar, D. Berian: 
            Tele-assistance for Discharged Patients Supporting Continuity 
            of Care

12:20-12:40 M. Romano, M. Cesarelli, G. D’Addio, M.C. Mazzoleni, P. Bifulco, N. Ferrara, F. Rengo: 
            Telemedicine Foetal Phonocardiographic 
            Surveillance: an Italian Satisfactory Experience

12:40-13:00 M. Rigby: 
            Citizens, Seamlessness, and Care - 
            Inter-relationships and Inter-operability

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Foyer upstairs)

Session Keynote – Electronic Health Record
(Session Chair: Valgerður Gunnarsdóttir, Iceland)

14:00 -14:30 M. Heimisdóttir: 
            Electronic Health Record, Why and for Whom?

Scientific Session 8 – Electronic Health Records, Personal Health Records
(Session Chairs: John Mantas, Greece, Óskar Einarsson, Iceland)

14:30-14:50 J. Mykkänen, M. Tuomainen, I. Luukkonen, T. Itälä:                
            Analysis model for personal eHealth solutions and services

14:50-15:10 A. Brass, D. Moner, C. Hildebrand, M. Robles:       
            Standardized and Flexible 
            Health Data Management with an Archetype Driven EHR 
            System (EHRflex)

15:10-15:30 M.A. Shifrin: 
            On a Seamless Transition from a Running 
            EPR System to a New One

15:30-16:00 Tea Break (Foyer)

Scientific Session 9 – Patient Safety and Continuity of Care
16:00-16:20 D. Zikos, M. Diomidous, J. Mantas: 
            A Framework for the Development 
            of Patient Safety Education and Training Guidelines

Poster Session – Poster Short Presentations 2
(Session Chairs: Patrick Weber, Switzerland; Sigrún Gunnarsdóttir, Iceland)

16:20-16:25 O. Belov, I. Belova:
            Distributed Medical Information System

16:25-16:30 G. Endel, K. Neumann, R. N. Boubela, K. Kalcher, G. Nell:
            Clinical Relevance of Pharmacologic Interactions

16:30-16:35 E. Mytilinaiou, V. Koufi, F. Malamateniou, G. Vassilacopoulos: 
            A Context-Aware Authorization Model for Interoperable 
            Electronic Health Records

16:35-16:40 P. Doupi:
            Automated Trigger Tool Development Using the Finnish          
            Minimum Data Set for EPRs

16:40-16:45 S. Lou, L. Hulbæk:
            Improving Interpreting Services in Health Care through the 
            Use of Video Conference Equipment

16:45-16:50 K.S. Kristjánsdóttir:
            The Heart of the Matter: a Dashboard in the Emergency 

16:50-16:55 K.S. Kristjánsdóttir, C. Delaney, M.D. Ragnarsdóttir, B. Westra:
            Can Electronic Health Record Users in Iceland Prescribe 
            Interprofessional Treatment Plans? A Pragmatic Use of 
            Clinical Vocabularies and User Centered Design

17:00 Closing Ceremony

DAY 2 Friday, June 4

Hall 2 – HT104

10:00-13:00 Workshop 4 – HL7/GS1 Workshop
The completion of domain-specific message and       
          document definitions by process control mechanisms 
          (Christian Hay, GS1)

          From prescribing to administering cytostatics - How GS1          
          standards can be used for supportingglobal traceability 
           (Stéphane Spahni, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland)

The EHR-S/PHR-S Functional Models and specialized Functional Profiles – Means for organizing workable interoperability
(John Quinn, HL7 International)

Service functional models and their relationship to EHR-S Functional Model
(Juha Mykkänen, HL7 Finland, University of Kuopio)

The HL7 Composite Security and Privacy Domain Analysis Model – an important step towards
interoperable security and privacy environments
(Bernd Blobel, HL7 Germany, University of Regensburg)

The disciplinary, organisational, social and challenge of interoperability
(Charles Jaffe, HL7 International)

Chair: Ed Hammond, HL7 International and Duke Center for Health Informatics, USA

11:00-11:40 Coffee Break (Foyer)

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Foyer upstairs)

14:30-16:30 Workshop 5 – The Conception of Clinically
Functional Software
            This tutorial discusses how to apply user centred design in the 
            design of information technology 
            and how that methodology can ease the deployment of new    
            technology into the clinical setting 
            without disrupting processes and endangering patients.
            Chairs: Kristín Sólveig Kristjánsdóttir and Margrét Dóra    
            Ragnarsdóttir (Iceland)

15:30-16:00 Tea Break (Foyer)



Conference Overview

Wednesday, June 2

17:00 Registration – University Center

18:00 Opening Ceremony
           Minister of Health of Iceland, Álfheiður Ingadóttir
           Welcome Reception

Thursday, June 3

9:00 - 18:00 Full day conference

19:30 Gala dinner at Restaurant Perlan
(Bus from University Center 19:15)

Friday, June 4

09:00 - 17:00 Full day conference

17:00 Closing Ceremony



STC 2010 Call for papers

 Call for Papers and Participation                                                           Call_for_papers.pdf

Note that submission of papers was closed January 15, 2010.

We invite you to participate in the “EFMI Special Topic Conference 2010” in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 2–4 June 2010

The EFMI Special Topic Conference in Reykjavik will be the only EFMI conference in Europe in 2010. This gives individuals and groups not being able to make the MEDINFO 2010 Conference in Capetown a platform for representing and discussing relevant health informatics topics.

The theme of the STC 2010 is “Seamless Care – Safe Care: the Challenges of Interoperability and Patient Safety in Health Care”

The objective of the conference is to bring to light the different aspects of interoperabilty and it´s implications for patient safety. It brings together various professionals who are investigating, developing and implementing solutions to meet the challenges of trustworthy electronic exchange of health information and the added value and benefits this can bring to the quality and safety of patient care.

The EU recommenation of 2008 on cross-border interoperability of electronic health record systems sets the goal to achieve EuropeaneHealth interoperbility by the end of 2015. European countries are invited to undertake actions at five levels: the political level, the organisational level, the technical level, the semantic level and the level of education and awareness raising. Participants are invited to reflect on those aspects as well as other related and important topics.

Traceability as an important facilitator for interoperability and safety will be highlighted in the conference by a special workshop jointly organized by HL7 and GS1.Therefore the EFMI Working Groups “Electronic Health Records”, “Security, Safety and Ethics” and “Traceability” are especially engaged in this STC.

Besides keynotes and presentations of invited or submitted papers, the conference aims to encourage various forms of contributions such as workshops reporting project status, lessons learned and further strategies or expert panel discussions on specific subjects. Individual participants and organizations are encouraged to submit research as well as practice papers reflecting this aim. All contributions should be sent in on the IOS form even if they are not papers.

All papers will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee. Accepted contributions will be divided into categories of papers indexed in PubMed and those not indexed.  All accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

The conference addresses, but not limited to, the following topics
Electronic HealthRecords, Personal Health Records                 Traceability                                              Security,Privacy, Safety, Quality
Interoperability                                                                                      Patient empowerment                          Standards
Patient Safety                                                                                        Patient Satisfaction                                Device Integration
Process and Systems Evaluation                                                    Continuity of Care                                   Casemix                                 

For more information please contact the Scientific Program Committee
Bernd Blobel                                                       Ebba Thora Hvannberg                     Valgerður Gunnarsdóttir
SPC Chair                                                           SPC Co-Chair                                     LOC Chair                               

STC 2010 Travel

Direct flights from many major cities in Europe.

Travel from Europe to Iceland is easy with Iceland’s international airport at Keflavik only about three hours away from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. Iceland’s national carrier, Icelandair, operates regular flights from many European cities and a low-budget airline, Iceland Express, flies to Keflavik Airport from Copenhagen, London and more cities, which are served by low-budget airlines that fly to cities all over Europe.

Find connection flights with DoHop  click here 
Book flight with Icelandair                  click here
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Bus from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik


Special EFMI prices at two places, the 4 star Radisson Blu Saga hotel and the Gardur Inn guesthouse. 

STC conference hotel is the Radisson Blu Saga hotel

Location -->


Price for single room, standard EUR 155 + breakfast EUR 15
Price for double room, standard EUR 155 + breakfast EUR 30
(internet access and access to Mecca Spa included)

This price is valid if booking is made before May 30 2010

Registration form --> Registration form for Radisson Blue Saga 


STC conference Guesthouse

Location -->


Price for single room, incl. breakfast    EUR 55
Price for double room, incl. breakfast   EUR 65

This price is valid if booking is made before May 20, 2010
Registration form -->Registration form for Gardur Inn

There are plenty of other hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik centrum close to the conference venue.
More hotels and guesthouses at:

STC 2010 General Information

Flyer STC 2010-english.pdf

General Information

The conference venue and location


Háskólatorg - the University Center at the University of Iceland in central Reykjavik was  opened in 2007 and has state of the art equipment and roomy and comfortable facilities.

It is located at the University Campus in the center of Reykjavík.
Sæmundargötu 2
101 Reykjavík

Scientific Program Committee (SPC)

Bernd Blobel Chair
Ebba Thora Hvannberg  Co-chair  
Jos Aarts
Stig Kjær Andersen
Jacob Hofdijk
Christian Lovis

EFMI board
Jacob Hofdijk President
John Mantas Vice President
George Mihalas Vice President IMIA
Christian Lovis Secretary
Patrick Weber Treasurer
Rolf Engelbrecht Press and Information Officer
Gyorgy Surjan Publication Officer
Cristina Mazzoleni Industry Liaison Officer
Stig Kjaer Andersen Executive Officer



Map of the University of Iceland area:

Link to UI website:

Location on GoogleMap  

Local organizing committee (LOC)
Valgerður Gunnarsdóttir  Chair
Ásta St. Thoroddsen Co-Chair
Arnheiður Guðmundsdóttir
Arna Harðardóttir
Ásgerður I. Magnúsdóttir
Benedikt Benediktsson
Óskar Einarsson
Hákon Sigurhansson
Rannveig Ásgeirsdóttir