The first IMIA/UMIT Medical Informatics Award of Excellence was given in 2004 during a ceremony at MedInfo 2004 in San Francisco CA, USA. The recipient was selected by a Nominating Committee consisting of two members nominated by IMIA – IMIA President Prof. KC Lun, Singapore, and IMIA Vice-President for MedInfos, Prof. Patrice Degoulet, Paris – and two members nominated by UMIT – UMIT Rector Prof. Reinhold Haux, Innsbruck, and Prof. Casimir Kulikowski, New Brunswick, Adjunct Faculty of UMIT – (positions as during the time of nomination, they have now partially changed).

The Nomination Committee unanimously selected Prof. François Grémy, Uzes, France, one of the founders of IMIA and an outstanding pioneer of the field of medical informatics. The award celebration took place on September 11, 2004 at MedInfo 2004 in San Francisco, CA culminating with Prof. Grémy’s Medical Informatics Award of Excellence Lecture, entitled “Hardware, Software, Peopleware, Subjectivity: A Philosophical Promenade“ which was published jointly with other papers on his work in one of the 2005 issues of Methods of Information in Medicine.

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