CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2022; 31(01): 146-150
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1742532
Section 3: Clinical Information Systems

“All Quiet on the Western Front” - Clinical Information Systems Research in the Year 2021

An Overview of the CIS Section of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics
Werner O. Hackl
1   Institute of Medical Informatics, UMIT - Private University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall in Tirol, Austria
Alexander Hoerbst
2   Medical Technologies Department, MCI - THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SCHOOL, Innsbruck, Austria
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Objectives: In this synopsis, we give an overview of recent research and propose a selection of best papers published in 2021 in the field of Clinical Information Systems (CIS).

Method: As CIS section editors, we annually apply a systematic process to retrieve articles for the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics. For eight years now, we use the same query to find relevant publications in the CIS field. Each year we retrieve more than 2,400 papers which we categorize in a multi-pass review to distill a preselection of up to 15 candidate papers. External reviewers and yearbook editors then assess the selected candidate papers. Based on the review results, the IMIA Yearbook editorial board chooses up to four best publications for the section at a selection meeting. To get a comprehensive overview of the content of the retrieved articles, we use text mining and term co-occurrence mapping techniques.

Results: We carried out the query in mid-January 2022 and retrieved a deduplicated result set of 2,688 articles from 1,062 different journals. This year, we nominated ten papers as candidates and finally selected two of them as the best papers in the CIS section. As in the previous years, the content analysis of the articles revealed the broad spectrum of topics covered by CIS research, but - on the other side – no real innovations or new upcoming research trends. However, the significant impact of COVID-19 on CIS research was observable also this year.

Conclusions: The trends in CIS research, as seen in recent years, continue to be observable. The content analysis revealed nothing really new in the CIS domain. What was very visible was the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which still effects our lives and also CIS.

Section Editors for the IMIA Yearbook Section on Clinical Information Systems

Publication History

Article published online:
04 December 2022

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