CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2022; 31(01): 002-006
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1742540

Inclusive Digital Health

Fleur Mougin
1   Univ. Bordeaux, Inserm, U1219, BPH, AHeaD team, Bordeaux, France
Kate Fultz Hollis
2   Oregon Health & Science University Department of Biomedical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Portland, Oregon, USA
Lina F. Soualmia
3   Normandie Université, Univ. Rouen, TIBS-LITIS UR 4108, Rouen, France
4   Sorbonne Université, Univ. Sorbonne Paris Nord, Inserm, UMR S_1142, LIMICS, Paris, France
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Objectives: To introduce the 2022 International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Yearbook by the editors.

Methods: The editorial provides an introduction and overview to the 2022 IMIA Yearbook whose special topic is “Inclusive Digital Health: Addressing Equity, Literacy, and Bias for Resilient Health Systems”. The special topic, survey papers, section editor synopses and some best papers are discussed. The sections’ changes in the Yearbook Editorial Committee are also described.

Results: As shown in the previous edition, health informatics in the context of a global pandemic has led to the development of ways to collect, standardize, disseminate and reuse data worldwide. The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has demonstrated the need for timely, reliable, open, and globally available information to support decision making. It has also highlighted the need to address social inequities and disparities in access to care across communities. This edition of the Yearbook acknowledges the fact that much work has been done to study health equity in recent years in the various fields of health informatics research.

Conclusion: There is a strong desire to better consider disparities between populations to avoid biases being induced in Artificial Intelligence algorithms in particular. Telemedicine and m-health must be more inclusive for people with disabilities or living in isolated geographical areas.

Publication History

Article published online:
04 December 2022

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