This volume presents the proceedings of the 30th Medical Informatics Europe conference (MIE), organized in Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2020. This collection of papers offers a wealth of knowledge and experience across the full spectrum of digital health and medicine.
MIE conferences have been hosted by the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) since the 1970s. Over those decades, we have been privileged to share in a growing community of expertise in health and care informatics and seen the advancement of the field from a few pioneers to a diverse international network.
The overarching concept of Digital Personalized Health and Medicine is elaborated under the six programme themes as the structure of this volume:
Biomedical data, tools and methods
Supporting care delivery
Health and prevention
Precision medicine and public health
Human factors and citizen centered digital health
Ethics, legal and societal aspects
The topics of the conference proceedings demonstrate that crucial scientific work is still in progress across this scientific continuum and that much existing knowledge is yet to be widely adopted in routine practice. For example, recent years have seen unprecedented leaps forward in data science and machine learning, yet important work still continues on basic prerequisites such as data quality and computable semantic interoperability. Further excellent work continues in human-computer interaction, policy, workforce development, ethics and regulation. Increasing attention is being paid to citizen and patient concerns, whether it be trust in computerised clinical guidance, privacy and consent or issues of safety and accountability.
Helpfully, the Learning Health System is increasingly seen as a unifying concept for basic and translational health and care informatics, incorporating standards for representing biomedical knowledge, machine learning, precision medicine, clinical decision support systems, quality improvement and behaviour change.
We commend this body of papers to readers as a powerful educational resource.
MIE 2020 was organized in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the State of Geneva (Geneva), the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG). The local team would particularly like to acknowledge the work of Dr Vasiliki Foufi PhD and Christophe Gaudet-Blavignac BSc CS MMed. The editors would like to express thanks to our doctoral student assistants, Taiwo Adedeji MSc and Obinwa Ozonze MSc.
Louise B. Pape-Haugaard, Philip Scott
Christian Lovis, Inge Cort Madsen, Patrick Weber, Per Hostrup Nielsen
Scientific Programme Committee
Portsmouth/Aalborg, 10 March 2020