CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2021; 30(01): 008-012
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1726479

The International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI): 2020 Report

Reinhold Haux
1   Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics of TU Braunschweig and Hannover Medical School, Braunschweig, Germany
Marion J. Ball
2   Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA
William R. Hersh
3   Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA
Elaine Huesing
4   International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
Michio Kimura
5   Medical Informatics Department, School of Medicine, Hamamatsu University, Shizuoka, Japan
Sabine Koch
6   Health Informatics Centre, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Fernando Martin-Sanchez
7   Digital Health Research Department, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
Paula Otero
8   Department of Health Informatics, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Objectives: To summarize the major activities of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI) in the 2020 time period and to welcome its 2020 Class of Fellows.

Method: Report from the members of the Academy’s Board.

Results: Due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, both Plenary meetings in 2020 had to be organized as virtual meetings. Scientific discussions, focusing on mobilizing computable biomedical knowledge and on data standards and interoperability formed major parts of these meetings. A statement on the use of informatics in pandemic situations was elaborated and sent to the World Health Organization. A panel on data standards and interoperability started its work. 34 Fellows were welcomed in the 2020 Class of Fellows so that the Academy now consists of 179 members.

Conclusions: There was a shift from supporting to strategic activities in the Academy’s work. After having achieved organizational stability, the Academy can now focus on its strategic work and so on its main objective.

2 During the Academy’s starting phase the first two Presidents did not have a President-Elect period before becoming President.

3 In my opinion an unacceptably trivializing term for nothing else but lies.

Publication History

Article published online:
21 April 2021

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