Greetings to everyone and welcome to IMIA! Greetings from the President of IMIA, Dr. Chris Lehmann
Dear IMIA Family,
Becoming the President of IMIA is a great honor but it is also a very humbling experience. I have had the opportunity to speak with so many of you at our recent MedInfo in Hangzhou and have come away incredibly impressed by the amazing work done all over the world. The passion and dedication of IMIA members to use biomedical informatics to improve patient care and outcomes, to educate the next generation of informaticians, and to advance the science in the field is stellar.
IMIA is a wonderful organization that allows us to share our experiences, collaborate, cross-fertilize ideas, and to experience fellowship with our peers. As President, I will continue to strengthen these great activities and expand them. To be successful in that goal, I will need your input, suggestions, and advice. Therefore, I encourage you to reach out to me. For that purpose, I created a new email account firstname.lastname@example.org , which I plan to pass on to President-Elect Sabine Koch in 2019. Please do not hesitate to send me your ideas and suggestions (or complaints). I am looking forward to hearing from you.
There are a number of tasks ahead for the Board and me in the coming months. We need to review our experience with MedInfo and use the lessons learned to improve the experience even more in the future. We will formally induct the elected members of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (“The Academy” for short) in a dignified event in Gothenburg, Sweden in April during the MIE2018 (Thank you to our wonderful colleagues at EFMI). Under the leadership of Sabine Koch, we will renew our education strategy and white paper. In addition, with the leadership of Vice-President Elizabeth Borycki we will expand our accreditation program that accredits health informatics programs worldwide. Vice President Brigitte Séroussi has already begun to evaluate the financial feasibility of printing the IMIA Yearbook of Biomedical Informatics again while continuing to provide open access. We are all thankful for the hard work by Elaine Huesing, IMIA’s CEO, and our dedicated staff.
IMIA is a wonderful organization and we want to see it further grow and blossom. We hope that we will quickly have again regional representation in the Middle East and North Africa, and look forward to the founding of the new Middle East and North African Health Informatics Association (MENAHIA). However, all these hopes and dreams will only become a reality with your help, energy, and input. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Christoph Lehmann, IMIA President 2017 – 2019