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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:51

Athens Naval Hospital

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We are vey happy to announce that the Athens Naval Hospital, the largest Navy Hospital in Greece, will fully participate in the IMIHO Project.

We welcome the personnel of the hospital to the IMIHO Community and we are looking forward to cooperating in medical topics of common interest.

A page, dedicated to the hospital, is available here.

Sunday, 11 March 2018 10:35

BMMC Subportal

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In a effort to support the BMMC activities, as well as provide public awareness about past events and preserve their memory, we realized a subportal, dedicated to BMMC Congresses and activities.

The home page of BMMC can be reached by clicking here.

Also, a brief history of BMMC in timeline format is also available.

You can visit the pages, accesible by the main menu.

We will continue to support BMMC and further enrich the content.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 08:23

26th TWG - 8th Users IMIHO Meeting

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The 26th IMIHO TWG and 8th Users Meeting were held in the LEPL Giorgi Abramishvili MOD Hospital, located in Gori, near Tbilisi, during 24-26 Oct 2017.

The IMIHO Project, as well as the capabilities of modern technologies for medical, research and education purposes, were presented to the Hospital Administration and Personnel.
A very fruitful and cordial meeting was also conducted among the participants from Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Rome, Sofia and Tbilisi.


Many actions with tangible results were decided, as documented in the Meeting Minutes.
Also, Dr. Ugliesa URGUREVIC presented uses of Modern Technologies for Medical Education. 
Once more, I would like to emphasize the excellent opportunities to exchange experience, information and views on subjects of common interest, as well as facilitate and foster cooperation among nations and individuals.
We would like to thank all participants for their valuable input and especially the SEDM Secretariat participants for their support during the Meeting and the project in general. Also, we would like to congratulate Mrs Seda ÖZEL GÜRKAN, as recipient of the IMIHO award.
Last but most importantly, we feel obliged to thank the Administration and Personnel of Giorgi Abramishvili MOD Military Hospital, as well as MOD in Tbilisi for their excellent organization and warm hospitality, that was evident to us at all times. We would like to especially thank Mr. Shota CHILINDRISHVILI for his tireless efforts and effective coordination of many and diverse activities, organized during the Meetings. 
We hope that future Meetings will reach the same level of success and cordiality.
LtCol Theodoros Valsamidis
IMIHO Chairman

The 26th IMIHO Technical Working Group and 8th Users Meeting will be hosted in Gori in the LEPL Giorgi Abramishvili Ministry of Defense Military Hospital from 24 to 26 Oct 2017.

We are looking forward to meeting everyone there!

Monday, 02 October 2017 08:18

IMIHO Presentation at BMMC

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The IMIHO Project was presented during the 22nd Congress of the Balkan Military Medical Committee, held in Belgrade from 24-26 September 2017.

The IMIHO Chairman, LtCol Theodoros Valsamidis briefed the participants of 5 nations on the vision, benefits and results from utilizing the services of the IMIHO website. A representative of the SEDM Secretariat participated in the Meeting.

The event was organized in a highly professional way that strengthened international and personal collaboration in the important field of Military Medicine.

We feel obliged to express our appreciation to BMMC and Belgrade for the exemplary hospitality, offered to the Chairman and the SEDM Secretariat representative during the 22nd Congress in Belgrade. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:12

IMIHO Framework

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IMIHO aspires to establish a framework as a basis to define and establish simple, comprehensive and effective procedures to facilitate international cooperation among military medical hospitals and minimizing effort duplication; for example, international research projects often require lengthy and time consuming authorizations through various levels of hierarchies. Nations, by establishing a common framework, SEDM nations agree in principle to follow agreed guidelines and procedures, while respecting organizational considerations or budgetary limitations. 

In general, the IMIHO Guidance and Framework describes processes and procedures on the following subjects:

  • Fostering international scientific research cooperation among Military Hospitals.
  • Investigating and practically applying new technologies.
  • Rationalizing cost and effort; ideally operate without budget.
  • Collection, process and sharing of unclassified, non-personal medical information.
  • Organizing multinational activities through simple, defined, comprehensive and viable processes agreed by all nations.
  • Facilitating collaboration among teams and individuals
  • Allow multinational academic instructions and tele-education.
  • Increasing awareness -both public and within the medical communities- of Hospital activities and personal work.
  • Strengthening the SEDM Process with tangible and measurable results.

In general, this framework establishes the following cases:

  • Subproject: A multinational initiative on a specific topic of common interest related, directly or indirectly to Military Medicine.
  • Service: The provision of a function, usually in the form of information collection, storage, retrieval or propagation or for consolatory purposes.
  • Group Project: An initiative involving experts from at least two nations working together on a specific topic related to Military Medicine.
  • Communications: Messages among entities and individuals.
  • Educational Activities: Activities aiming at learning, training or experience sharing.
  • Non monetary incentives for participation and rewards for excellence.

The primary integration point is the IMIHO portal; by providing convenient access to users, the online system will function as a collaboration platform, as well as a medium to collect, store and publish information and results.

The framework aspires to secure involvement of medical personnel and sufficient participation to the program's activities. It is a first step into building an international, active and ever-growing medical community willing to cooperate -preferable on a volunteer basis in establishing a repository of medical information, a collaboration platform and a meeting place to exchange knowledge, experiences and opinions in an interactive way. Moreover, a fruitful process to accrue the benefits of information integration and international coordination is initiated, in a form of living document, title “IMIHO Guidance and Framework”. This document will be continuously updated to include new information technologies, best practices, as well as improvements based on suggestions and feedback.

For more information, a video presentation is provided below:

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