From the International Medical Informatics Association

IMIA Yearbook on PubMed Central

CoverYearbook2014_c0957c1f3aOn behalf of the Editorial Team, IMIA and the publishers, Prof. Christoph Lehmann, IMIA VP Services, is pleased to announce that the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics is available on PubMed Central.

See for the link to contents. Currently, only the 2014 edition of the IMIA Yearbook is available via this route.

The Yearbook 2014 is also available directly from our publishers, Schattauer, at

Work is currently underway on publication of the 2015 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.


January 26, 2015 Posted by | IMIA, journals, research, Yearbook | , , , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 Published

The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 has been published, and is available from the website of Schattauer, our publisher. See

This is the 23rd year of continuous publication of the IMIA Yearbook since it was first published in 1992. It has been though many changes, and this year, for the first time, it is available fully and only online, but also open access and free of charge to everyone.

Among the contents (downloadable as 59 items) are:

  • Big³ – Editorial by C. U. Lehmann, B. Séroussi, M.-C. Jaulent;
  • The Other Side(s) of Health Informatics – IMIA President’s Statement by Lincoln de Assis Moura Jr;
  • Obituary of François Grémy, a Humanist and Information Sciences Pioneer, by P. Degoulet, M. Fieschi, M. Goldberg, R. Salamon;
  • Big Data and Biomedical Informatics: A Challenging Opportunity – Keynote by R. Bellazzi;
  • contributions authored by IMIA Working Groups, and much more.

Our thanks go to everyone who has made the IMIA Yearbook possible and available – to the editorial team lead by Marie-Christine Jaulent, Chris Lehmann and Brigitte Séroussi, to all the authors and contributors, to our publishers Schattauer GmbH, and especially to Martina Hutter in the Editorial Office for all her hard work and herding of cats.


August 15, 2014 Posted by | IMIA, Yearbook | , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook 2014 – First Papers Available Online, Free, Open Access

On behalf of the IMIA Yearbook editorial team, we are pleased to announce that the first papers of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2014 are now available – see

All papers will be online, free to anyone, and open access. This change in the model for the IMIA Yearbook was approved by the IMIA General Assembly in 2013, and is being funded fully by IMIA. The first set of papers includes the keynote delivered by Prof. Reinhold Haux at MedInfo2013, on the occasion of the receipt of the IMIA Award of Excellence as well as commentary on the keynote, two history of informatics articles and other contribution. Selected links are as follows – see for full contents and links

On Determining Factors for Good Research in Biomedical and Health Informatics. Some Lessons Learned
R. Haux (1)
(1) Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Germany
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

Reinhold concludes that “Medical Informatics is an inter- and multidisciplinary discipline “avant la lettre”. Compared to monodisciplinary research, inter- and multidisciplinary research does not only provide significant opportunities for solving major problems in science and in society. It also faces considerable additional challenges for medical informatics as a scientific field. The determining factors, presented here, are in my opinion crucial for conducting successful research and for developing a research career. Since medical informatics as a field has today become an important driving force for research progress, especially in biomedicine and health care, but also in fields like computer science, it may be helpful to consider such factors in relation with research and education in our discipline.”

Commentaries on the IMIA Award of Excellence Lecture by Reinhold Haux
A. Hasman (1), W. Hersh (2), N. M. Lorenzi (3), E. H. Shortliffe (4), J. H. van Bemmel (5)
(1) Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center – University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (2) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA; (3) Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee USA; (4) College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ; Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY; Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; (5) Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

Five internationally renowned biomedical informaticians were invited to respond to Prof. Haux’s editorial. This paper summarizes their thoughts and responses.

Big³. Editorial
C. U. Lehmann (1), B. Séroussi (2, 3), M.-C. Jaulent (3)
(1) Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA; (2) Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université Paris 06, UMR_S 1142, LIMICS, Paris, France; AP-HP, Hôpital Tenon, DSP, Paris, France; (3) INSERM, UMR_S1142, LIMICS, Paris, France
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

The IMIA Yearbook editors provide a brief overview of the 2014 special topic, Big Data – Smart Health Strategies, and an outline of the novel publishing model is provided in conjunction with a call for proposals to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Yearbook. ‘Big Data’ has become the latest buzzword in informatics and promises new approaches and interventions that can improve health, well-being, and quality of life. This edition of the Yearbook acknowledges the fact that we just started to explore the opportunities that ‘Big Data’ will bring. It was our goal to provide a comprehensive view at the state of ‘Big Data’ today, explore its strengths and weaknesses, as well as its risks, discuss emerging trends, tools, and applications, and stimulate the development of the field through the aggregation of excellent survey papers and working group contributions to the topic.

Big Data and Biomedical Informatics: A Challenging Opportunity
R. Bellazzi (1)
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy
Yearb Med Inform 2014 9: –   [Free PDF]

We encourage IMIA members and colleagues from the wider community to download and read the papers – and provide their feedback, which can be sent to imia[at] IMIA is grateful to our publishers, Schattauer, for their co-operation and support in developing this new direction for the IMIA Yearbook.

IMIA believes that making the Yearbook available to everyone will increase readership and will increase interest of potential authors to participate in the Yearbook. “IMIA has fundamentally changed the way the IMIA Yearbook can be accessed – by eliminating the fee-for-access model, IMIA members in resource poor countries now have for the first time unfettered access to the high quality surveys and synopsis as well as the working group contributions” said VP for services Dr. Christoph U. Lehmann. Brigitte Seroussi, one of the editors of the Yearbook, stated “Making the Yearbook open-access will greatly improve the dissemination of its scientific content to worldwide researchers making them able to build on the findings, connect together and become the actors of innovation and scientific discoveries.” Marie-Christine Jaulent, also an editor of the IMIA yearbook, notes that “Bringing the IMIA yearbook content to a wide audience, permitting any user to access the full texts freely, immediately will increase the visibility of its contributors, the availability of its high value content as well as its impact”.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | history, IMIA, journals, Yearbook | , , , | Leave a comment

IMIA Yearbook 2013 Published; New Editorial Team

The IMIA Yearbook 2013 has been published. It was available to participants at Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen, and is available directly through the published, Schattauer.

The online version of the Yearbook contains a number of free downloads, including:

  • President’s statement (Antoine Geissbuhler) [download]
  • Editorial: Looking for the Evidence: The Value of Health Informatics (B. Séroussi, M.-C. Jaulent, C.U. Lehmann) [download]
  • Keynote Paper: Is Healthcare Information Technology Based on Evidence? (R. Koppel) [download]

A new editorial team has been responsible for the IMIA Yearbook 2013, and will guide the future developments in coming years. The Editors are:

  • Marie-Christine Jaulent
    Inserm, UMRS872, Paris, France
  • Christoph U. Lehmann
    Vanderbilt University, Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Brigitte Séroussi
    UMPC, Sorbonne Universités & Hôpital Tenon, AP-HP, Paris, France

They are assisted by an editorial board and section editors (see full list), and the invaluable work of Martina Hutter, Editorial Assistant.

September 5, 2013 Posted by | IMIA, journals, Yearbook | , , | Leave a comment