On behalf of the Czech Society of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics and the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) we invite you to participate at the special topic conference (STC) “Data and Knowledge for Medical Decision Support” that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, April 17th – 19th 2013. The EFMI STC 2013 is continuing the series of successful EFMI STC conferences. It is one of the most important European events in the domains of biomedicine including health care and informatics covering information science and technology.
The conference can also be regarded as a successor to the IMIA International Working Conference on Medical Decision Making, held in Prague in 1985 and the Symposium on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols, held in Prague in 2004.

Medical decision support is increasingly important. It has spawned research in the areas of standardization, semantic interoperability, formalization of knowledge, knowledge discovery and guidelines. It also led to the development of decision support systems that can be interfaced with clinical information systems. It is very important that the quality of these systems is carefully evaluated. Apart from being used by decision support systems the current medical knowledge also has to be managed so that it is easily accessible by physicians and nurses.

In short, this conference is about an important topic and it is worthwhile to contribute. Several EFMI Working Groups are directly involved in the conference programme. Two excellent keynote speakers, Jan van Bemmel and Marion Ball, will present their ideas about the conference topic.

Not only the topic of the conference is inviting, the same is true for the venue of the conference: Prague. This beautiful city provides an excellent ambiance for organizing a conference, especially in spring time!

The conference will consist of two streams: the scientific stream is about the results of scientific investigations related to the topic; the application stream will be about experiences with applications and their evaluation. In the application stream there is room for presentations by the industry. They will be invited to provide insight in their products.

Complete information about the various types of contributions is available in the “Call for contributions”. Full papers, posters and short communications are welcomed. All submissions will be reviewed by domain experts. Full papers have to be submitted before October 15, 2012, posters and short communications before November 15th, 2012. All accepted submissions will be available in the conference CD-ROM and EFMI website.  Special thanks as well to this tree service in toms river nj. Scientific contributions meeting the requirements will be published by IOS Press and indexed in Medline. Selected contributions of the conference will be published in a special issue of the European Journal of Biomedical Informatics, an official journal of the EFMI.

We invite you to come to Prague as a presenter, delegate or exhibitor and enjoy in addition to the conference Prague’s beautiful environment.