MEDINFO 2015: XV World Conference on Health and Biomedical Informatics

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The Chair of the Medinfo 2015  Local Organising Committee (Claudio Giuliano) with the SPC co-chairs (Profs Martin Sanchez and K Saranto)

MEDINFO is the premier international Health and Biomedical Informatics event. MEDINFO 2015 was hosted by SBIS (Brazilian Health Informatics Association) on behalf of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and took place in the city of Sao Paulo (Brazil) from the 19th to 23rd August 2015.

Under the theme “eHealth-enabled Health”, the world leaders in this field gathered in Brazil to share knowledge and analyse how eHealth and Biomedical Informatics are contributing to address some of the most challenging problems in health care, public health, consumer health and biomedical research. Researchers, clinicians, technologists and managers were invited to contribute and share experiences on the use of information methods, systems and technologies to improve patient safety, enhance care outcomes, promote patient-centred care, facilitate translational research, enable precision medicine and improve education and skills in health informatics.

These are some of the numbers for this conference: (793 submissions, 2456 authors, 59 countries, 381 reviewers, 1505 assigned reviews).

The final scientific program included 531 presentations in total (6 keynotes, 178 papers, 247 posters, 21 tutorials, 27 panels, 30 workshops, 16 demonstrations and 7 satellite symposiums)

The next MEDINFO 2017 will be held in China, hosted by the China Medical Informatics Association (CMIA)  and will also mark the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of IMIA.

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IMIA Delegates at MEDINFO 2015

What is IMIA

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)  is and independent organisation established in 1967. IMIA plays a major global role in the application of information science and technology in the fields of healthcare and research in medical, health, and biomedical informatics.

The General Assembly consists of representatives of the organizations that comprise the structure of IMIA, ie Member Societies, Academic and Corporate Institutional Members, along with representatives of IMIA’s Working and Special Interest Groups, Honorary Fellows, and Corresponding Members. The General Assembly is the ultimate authority in the conduct of IMIA’s affairs. IMIA was founded by the representatives of Medical Informatics Societies (Associations). Their representatives were (and continue to be) the only constituents of the General Assembly with full voting privileges and have the sole right to change  IMIA’s Statutes,  elect the IMIA Board and approve IMIA’s Budget.

Members

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is the society that represents IMIA in Australia.

The University of Melbourne is an Academic Institutional Member and enjoys the opportunity to participate in IMIA’s unique forum for collaboration with colleagues at other medical informatics academic centres for the exchange of ideas, and research collaborations.

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IMIA President, L. de Assis Moura Jr, far left, with recipients of the Award of Excellence: Professor Degoulet (middle) and Professor Coiera (right)

IMIA Francois Gremy Awards of Excellence

The recipient of this Medical Informatics Award of Excellence is an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare through her or his achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics. The 2015 Francois Gremy Award of Excellence winners were Professor Enrico Coiera (Australia) and Professor Patrice Degoulet (France).

Publications

IMIA publishes the annual IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics, and additionally has three official journals.

Australia at MEDINFO 2015

The best of the Australian health informatics community was proudly on show at Medinfo 2015. Professor Fernando Martin Sanchez from the University of Melbourne co-chaired the Scientific Program Committee.  Of almost 800 submissions across 59 countries, Australia presented a large number of academic papers, chaired sessions and formed part of the review process. Dr Kathleen Gray, Senior Researcher at HaBIC, was highlighted among the top 5 reviewers. Australia was also the 4th country in number of delegates, after the US, Brazil and Argentina.

Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC) at MEDINFO 2015

HaBIC had a very strong presence in the conference with:

Papers:

  • Almalki M, Martin Sanchez F, Gray K. Quantifying the Activities of Self-quantifiers: Management of Data, Time and Health. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 216:333-7. This paper was presented in a scientific session by HaBIC PhD Candidate Ms Manal Almalki.

Posters:

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Dr Lopez Campos at MEDINFO 2015

  • Lopez-Campos G, Ofoghi B, Martin-Sanchez F. Enabling Self-Monitoring Data Exchange in Participatory Medicine. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:1102.
  • Martin-Sanchez F, Turner M, Johnstone A, Heffer L, Rafael N; Advisory Group, Bakker T, Thorne N, Macciocca I, Gaff C. Personalised Medicine Possible With Real-Time Integration of Genomic and Clinical Data To Inform Clinical Decision-Making. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:1052.
  • Boyle DI. Middleware Supporting Next Generation Data Analytics in Australia. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:1019.

Panels

  • Prof Fernando Martin-Sanchez: “Precision and Participatory Medicine” in Panel “From small to big to rich data: dealing with new sources of data in Biomedicine”
  • Dr Guillermo Lopez-Campos in Panel: Toward precision medicine: extending the biomedical informatics community tent.

Workshops

Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez at MEDINFO 2015

Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez at MEDINFO 2015

  • Prof Fernando Martin-Sanchez in Workshop: “Effective Patient Adherence Management by Engaging Enabling Technologies”.

Working Groups

  • Dr Guillermo Lopez Campos is Vice-Chair of the IMIA “Informatics in Genomic Medicine” Working Group
  • Prof Fernando Martin-Sanchez was elected Chair of the IMIA “Big Data and Analytics” Working Group (2015-2017).

MEDINFO 2015 – Proceedings (Open Access)

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Volume 216; Published 2015

Editors: Indra Neil Sarkar, Andrew Georgiou, Paulo Mazzoncini de Azevedo Marques ISBN 978-1-61499-563-0 (print) | 978-1-61499-564-7 (online) Open Access

This book presents the proceedings of MEDINFO 2015. The theme of the conference and the broad spectrum of topics are covered from emerging methodologies to successful implementations of innovative applications, integration and evaluation of eHealth systems and solutions. Included here are 178 full papers and 248 poster abstracts, selected after a rigorous review process from nearly 800 submissions by 2,500 authors from 59 countries

This comprehensive overview of Health and Biomedical Informatics will be of interest to all those involved in designing, commissioning and providing healthcare, wherever they may be.

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About HaBIC

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIc) at the University of Melbourne. Our goal is to build collaborations that advance human health through the shared development and application of expert knowledge about information and communication technologies for healthcare and biomedical research. The unit has an interdisciplinary focus and works closely with researchers from across The University of Melbourne, particularly Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, Computing and Information Systems, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The Melbourne School of Medicine and the Melbourne School of Engineering.
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