Dr. Enrico Coiera and Dr. Patrice Degoulet – IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence 2015 Recipients
The 2015 recipients of the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence were honoured at MedInfo 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. The Nominating Committee, lead by IMIA President Prof. Lincoln A Moura Jr., received stellar nominations from around the world.
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.”
Professor Enrico Coiera is a Professor and Director at the Centre for Health Informatics for the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has a keen interest in the application of information and communication technologies (e-Health) for solving health service delivery problems, and has a reputation for developing theoretical work to support the applied nature of much of this discipline. “To be chosen for this particular award, arguably the highest recognition in our field, is a great honour.” said Professor Dr. Coiera,““I recall that my first involvement with IMIA was in 1990 when I represented Australia at an IMIA Board meeting. Over the years I have supported our Medinfo Conference through its scientific and editorial committees, and a few years back I took on the role of Vice-President (Medinfo), supporting the Cape Town conference and Copenhagen’s successful bid. So, IMIA is like a family for me.”
After being trained as MD with a specialty in nephrology, Professor Degoulet obtained in 1984 his PhD thesis in Medical Informatics from the Pitié-Salpêtrière School of Medicine under the direction of Professor François Grémy, founder of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He is currently a Professor and director of the public health and medical informatics department at the Paris Descartes School of Medicine and former chief information officer of the Pompidou University Hospital in Paris, France. His current teaching activity is focused on biomedical informatics at the Paris Descartes University and the coordinating since 1989 of a national Master and PhD degree on biomedical informatics. “This a great honor for me to receive the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence at least from two main perspectives. IMIA is a true international association that I had the chance to work with at various positions since 1977.” Said Professor Degoulet., ” Second because the IMIA Award has been recently renamed in recognition of François Grémy, the founder of the Association, who’s visionary capacity to mix “hard and soft sciences” has paved the way to what biomedical informatics has become and continues to strive towards.”