International Medical Informatics Association Yearbook 2019: DMICE Editorial Leadership

Bonjour de Paris! Every year the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) produces a yearbook of the best medical informatics journal articles from around the world.  As noted in the IMIA website, “IMIA is the world body for health and biomedical informatics. As an ‘association of associations’, IMIA acts as a bridging organisation, bringing together the constituent organisations and their members.” The IMIA Yearbook is made up of 12 sections covering the different subfields of biomedical informatics and a keynote paper.  Each year there is a special section and for 2019, the special section is Artificial Intelligence (AI).  This year, Kate Fultz Hollis, MS, MBI of DMICE has been appointed one of the senior editors for IMIA Yearbook, and oversees editors for the AI Special Section, Consumer Health Informatics, Clinical Research Informatics, Decision Support, Human Factors, and Public Health and Epidemiology Informatics.

The chief editor of the IMIA Yearbook is Brigitte Séroussi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France and a member of the Decision Support group of the LIMICS (Laboratoire d’Informatique Médicale et d’Ingénieurie des Connaissances en e-Santé). Dr. Séroussi arranges a one day meeting every April for editors to meet and choose the best papers of the 12 sections and choose next year’s special topic (to be announced at MEDINFO 2019 in Lyon France in August).  The editors of the Yearbook come from many countries in Europe and from the United States.  In addition to senior editor Fultz Hollis, Meryl Bloomrosen from Washington DC, is a DMICE graduate and is editor of Health Information Management Section.

This year over 20 editors attended the editorial meeting and each section editor team provided 15 papers for best paper and then the group chose for each section up to 5 best paper selections for the Yearbook.  The meeting took place at the Université de Paris in the 6th Arrondissement on the left bank of Paris.  This area is known for its universities and  many antique and book shops.