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The International Medical Informatics Association (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. IMIA provides leadership and expertise to the multidisciplinary, health focused community and to policy makers, to enable the transformation of healthcare in accord with the world-wide vision of improving the health of the world population.
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The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Announces the Winners and Finalists of the MedInfo2015 Best Papers Awards
02 September 2015 (São Paulo – SP, Brazil) – The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is pleased to announce that the winners of the MedInfo2015’s Best Paper Awards. The Winners of the MedInfo2015 Best Papers Awards were announced and recognized at the closing ceremonies of the congress on August 23rd, 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil.
The highest scoring papers from the Scientific Review Committee, the quality of the paper and the quality of the presentation and answering questions from the audience was the criteria used for the selection of candidates for the awards. The Best Paper Review Committee consisted of three volunteers, Dr. Suzanne Bakken, Columbia University from the U.S.A., Dr. Christian Nohr, Aalborg University from Demark, and Dr. Umberto Tachinardi, University of Wisconsin from the U.S.A.
The Gold Award was presented to Ferdinand Dhombres for his paper “Extending the Coverage of Phenotypes in SNOMED CT through Post-coordination” with co-authors being Rainer Winnenburg, James T. Case, and Olivier Bodenreider.
On August 19th, the day before the official opening of MedInfo2105, student finalists presented their papers and answered questions to the 2015 panel of judges; Dr. Christian Nohr, Aalborg University from Demark, Dr. Elizabeth Cummings, University of Tasmania from Australia and Dr. Yalini Senathirajah, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center from the U.S.A.. Winners and finalists of the competition were announced and recognized at the opening ceremonies of MedInfo2015 on August 20th, 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. MedInfo2015 and IMIA would like to thank Dr. Marion Ball and IBM Research for their continued and gracious sponsorship to the competition.
First place was awarded to Ruth Agbakoba for her paper “Implementing a National Scottish Digital Health and Wellbeing Service at Scale: A Qualitative Study of Stakeholders’ Views” with co-authors being M McGee-Lennon, MM Bouamrane, N Watson and F Mair. Ruth is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where she is focused on evaluating the implementation of the Living It Up (LiU) project (a digital eHealth Portal) which is part of a £37 million UK wide programme.
Second place was awarded to the paper, “Evidence-based Heuristics for Evaluating Demands on eHealth Literacy and Usability in a Mobile Consumer Health Application” by Helen Monkman and co-authors, J Griffith and A Kushniruk. Daniel A Rizzato Lede, and his co-authors S Benitez, JC Mayan III, MI Smith, A Baum, D Luna, and F Gónzalez Bernaldo de Quirós took third place with his paper, “Patient Safety at Transitions of Care: Use of a Compulsory Electronic Reconciliation Tool in an Academic Hospital”
02 Sept 2015 (São Paulo – SP, Brazil) – The International Medical Informatics Association is pleased to announce that Enrico Coiera and Patrice Degoulet have both been awarded the 2015 IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence. IMIA’s most prestigious award honours and recognizes the personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics and lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare through their achievements in research, education, development, and application in the field of medical informatics, they both have made throughout their careers.
Dr. Lincoln A Moura Jr., IMIA’s President, presented the awards on Saturday, August 22nd, at MedInfo 2015’s morning keynote address. “I am very honoured, as IMIA’s President, to bestow this recognition to both Enrico and Patrice”, said Dr. Lincoln A Moura Jr., “they are extremely well recognized professionals in our field and it is a momentous occasion for IMIA to recognize them for their outstanding contributions to the field of health and biomedical informatics.”