IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2022 – “Inclusive Digital Health: Addressing Equity, Literacy, and Bias for Resilient Health Systems”.

The 31st edition of the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics includes the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI) paper by William B Hersh, the Academy’s President, and the IMIA President’s statement written by Yu Chuan Jack Li. We were also proud to include a chapter on Education by Edward (Ted) H. Shortliffe, who kindly accepted to write a paper adapted from the presentation he gave at the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence ceremony during Medinfo2021.

After the edition related to “Managing Pandemics with Health Informatics – Successes and Challenges” the theme continues with a closer look at health equity in our health systems. Indeed, social determinants of health have a major impact on mortality and morbidity from the pandemic, making fragile populations more vulnerable. The History of Medical Informatics chapter by Casimir Kulikowski provides an analysis of early papers on ethics in clinical decision making relevant to the equity, fairness, and inclusiveness desired by today’s digital health systems.

In this 31st edition of the IMIA Yearbook, you will also find valuable contributions from IMIA Working Groups related to the significant topic of inclusive digital health (to name a few: the need for new generations of electronic health records, the drivers of inequity in healthcare, the challenges of inclusive health information technology for vulnerable older adults, open source projects, the comparison of several digital primary care systems that can promote system equity…), showing the opportunity to use lessons learned from COVID-19 in the development of digital health, and how they can contribute to making healthcare systems more resilient, accessible and equitable.

You will find for the 13 subfields of biomedical informatics, a survey paper of the subfield covering the last 2-3 years and the best papers published in 2021 in the subfield. For example, in Bioinformatics and Translational Informatics, it is addressed how how equity and inclusion should be incorporated in every step of bioinformatics project. Indeed, more work needs to be done in computational biology to include specific groups of patients in algorithms and avoid algorithm bias, and the amount of data available continues to be a challenge. Read also the well-documented Cancer Informatics survey paper from Chaunzwa et al. related to the study and measure of disparities and bias in cancer incidence. In the Consumer Health Informatics survey paper Valdez et al. argue for a future research that should utilize community engagement strategies to design interventions that are attune to multiple racial and ethnic minoritized populations across geographic regions, in addition to numerous intersectional identities and multiple co-morbidities.

In the Keynote paper, co-authored by Rupa Valdez, Jessica Ancker, and Tiffany Veinot you will find five “provocations” related to health informatics as a starting point for building a more conscientious informatics practice. The authors assert that radical changes in current practice will enhance patient-centered approaches, especially for marginalized communities.

As usual, the best papers in medical informatics published in 2021 were selected for each section.

The complete 2022 edition of the IMIA Yearbook was published on August 21st, 2022 (

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About the IMIA Yearbook

Since its inception in 1992 the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics has been one of the most visible and valuable “products” provided by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) – not only to its members but to the health and biomedical informatics community at large. Starting in 2014, the IMIA Yearbook has been published in an online open access format.

It is designed to present an overview of the most original, excellent state-of-the-art research in the area of health and biomedical informatics of the past year; to provide surveys about recent developments, and comprehensive reviews on relevant topics in this field; and to provide information about IMIA.

The IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics appears annually and is lead by the current IMIA Board Vice President for Services.   2016 was an exceptional year for IMIA with the publication of two editions of the Yearbook, the Special 25th Anniversary edition that was published earlier in the year.


  • To present an overview of the most excellent original state-of-the-art research in the area of health and biomedical informatics of the past year.
  • To provide surveys about the recent developments, and comprehensive reviews on relevant topics in the field of health and biomedical informatics.
  • To provide original papers on the history of Medical Informatics as well as Research and Education organized in the field
  • To provide syntheses about the most valuable outputs of IMIA Working Groups activities
  • To provide information about IMIA.

Target audience:

  • Health and biomedical informatics scientists in research, education, and practice worldwide.
  • Health care professionals interested in current health and biomedical informatics research results.
  • Health and biomedical informatics students and postgraduates.
  • Scientists and professionals with shared interests in biomedical informatics.
  • Educators and teachers in health and biomedical informatics and related fields.

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