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Name Fernando Martin-Sanchez PhD, FACMI, FACHI
Affiliation Weill Cornell Medicine. New York. USA
Title The Role of Informatics in Digital Health: Integration of individual Genotypes, Phenotypes and Expotypes


Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez received his BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from UAM. He then received his MSc degree in Knowledge Engineering and a PhD in Informatics from UPM, in Spain. After a postdoctoral stay at the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering between Emory University Hospital and Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, USA, he returned to Madrid and entered the National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII). From 1993 to 1998 he was CIO of the Institute and in 1998 became the Founding Director of its Medical Bioinformatics Dept. In 2010 he received his PhD in Medicine from the University of La Coruna (Spain). As of February 2011 he was appointed Professor and Chair of Health Informatics at the Melbourne Medical School. In May 2013 he was appointed inaugural Director of the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC). In December 2015 he has started a new academic role with Weill Cornell Medicine (Cornell University) in New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). He served as a vice president of IMIA for over 6 years from 2007 to 2013 and Co-Chaired the Scientific Program Committee for MEDINFO 2015. He also is the current Chair of the IMIA Big Data Mining and Analytics Working Group and Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare. Prof. Martin-Sanchez is co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by the European Commission, and Agencies from Spain and Australia. His recent research focuses on the application of informatics methods in Participatory Health and Precision Medicine.

Title: The Role of Informatics in Digital Health: Integration of individual Genotypes, Phenotypes and Expotypes

The term ‘digital medicine’ is increasingly being used synonymously with areas such as mobile health, digital health, health IT, or health 2.0. Whilst digital medicine encompasses numerous different concepts, i.e. quantified self, sensors, apps, tele-health, games, electronic health records, interoperability, etc., we are yet to see how Biomedical Informatics is included in this new landscape. If we consider digital medicine to be at the intersection between Biomedical Informatics, Participatory Medicine and Precision Medicine, we can identify new critical roles for our research including self-quantification and the use of social media, as well as new approaches to process, integrate and analyse data originating from the Human Genome, Phenome and Exposome. It could be beneficial to consider a new way of structuring our skills, methods, expertise and educational programs such that biomedical Informatics is placed as the discipline that can deal with all these types of data, as well as with their interplay. Hence, our relevance should clearly be maintained in areas of application like the aforementioned.
Name Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li, MD, PhD
Affiliation FACMI Professor and Dean, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
Title A phone is worth a thousand miles


Professor Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li has been a pioneer of Medical Informatics research in Taiwan. He is the founder of the Graduate Institute of Medical Informatics in Taipei Medical University and also served as the President of Taiwan Association for Medical Informatics (TAMI) from 1999 to 2003. Due to his achievement in establishing Medical Information exchange mechanisms among hospitals and his dedication to information technology application in patient safety and care, he was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the Year in 2001. He has been the Principle Investigator of many national and international projects in the domain of Electronic Health Record, Patient Safety Informatics and Medical e-learning. He is also author of 125 scientific papers and 3 college-level textbooks.
He served as a Vice President of Taipei Medical University and currently, he is the Professor and Dean of College of Medical science and Technology, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics, Taipei Medical University and Chair, Dept. of Dermatology, Wan Fang Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. He is also the former President of Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI). Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of two international SCI journals Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (CMPB) and International Journal for Quality in Health Care (IJQHC).

Title: A phone is worth a thousand miles

Many developing countries suffer a scarcity of trained clinicians, who are usually concentrated in urban centres, leaving large rural populations essentially underserved. The adoption of technology could offer new opportunities for patient benefit in term of costs, better care and in turn, better outcomes. Mobile health technology is promising to ameliorate the widening healthcare supply and demand gap through which the reach of consultants can be digitally extended, allowing them to virtually cover larger or remote regions. Smartphone applications have been shown to be a simple, feasible and reliable method for performing store-and-forward teledermatology consultations in rural unpopulated areas. This talk would focus on several m-health applications and their outcomes.
Name Seong K. Mun, PhD
Affiliation Virginia Tech and OSEHRA Arlington, VA, USA
Title Open Source Strategy for Health Information Technology

Title: Open Source Strategy for Health Information Technology

The essence of open source software operation is unimpeded collaboration. Successful open source ecosystem consists of software, governance and community. These three components have to work harmoniously to support various business objectives of participants. The largest open source organization in health IT is the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) established by the US government as an independent non-profit corporation. It is the home the most comprehensive open source EHR, known as VistA which are used more than 2,000 facilities around the world. Recently a major new modern development and testing environment known as enterprise health management platform (eHMP) has been released through OSEHRA o the global community to promote rapid innovation in VistA through collaboration.

Adoption of open source practice is increasing rapidly throughout the software industry. Though open source is relatively new concept in health IT, time has come to look at open source strategy to make health IT readily available to all communities and countries and a way of controlling users’ destiny.

Many computer codes are developed especially in research labs but most of them become useless in long run. Open source strategy offers sustained development and use of the codes beyond research projects. This session will focus on open best practices, useful standards, and business models that can take advantage of open source concept.

Plenary Speaker

Name Hyeoun-Ae Park, RN. PhD
Affiliation Prof., Seoul National University College of Nursing
Title Medical Informatics Year in Review


Hyeoun-Ae Park is the Emeritus Dean and a Professor at College of Nursing and a Researcher at the Systems Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Seoul National University.

Dr. Park received her BS in Nursing from Seoul National University in Seoul Korea, and her MS and PhD in Biostatistics and Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Minnesota USA. Her post-doctorate education includes a one-year fellowship in health informatics at the U of M, and one year of research in SNOMED CT at the College of American Pathologists.

A consistent theme in her research has been the use of standardized terminologies and vocabularies, and detailed clinical models in electronic health records. Recently her research topics have expanded to the use of big data analytics in healthcare, especially the use of clinical big data to predict the occurrence of patient safety problems such as fall, pressure ulcer and adverse drug reactions. Dr. Park authored and co-authored more than 200 articles published in national and international journals, more than 30 chapters in books published in Korean and English and she also made more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences on the areas of her expertise.

Her outstanding contribution in informatics is the introduction of informatics to nursing education and nursing practice in Korea. She was the first to offer a nursing informatics course in Korea. She introduced master’s and Ph.D programs in Nursing Informatics, again a first for Korea. She played a crucial role in implementing the first standard terminology-based electronic nursing records system in Korea.

She had served IMIA as the vice president for Working Groups and Special Interest Groups from 2007 to 2013, and President Elect for 2013 to 2015 before she became the President. She also had served as the chair of the Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group in IMIA from 2012 to 2015.

Dr. Park is an interdisciplinary leader and a strong spokeswoman for the contribution of Informatics to healthcare in multiple inter-professional organizations such as WHO eHealth Task Force, and ISO/ TC 215 on health informatics.

Title: Medical Informatics Year in Review

The field of biomedical informatics is advancing drastically, especially in research and practice. In order to highlight the accomplishments of the research work, elicit research trends and identify research patterns of biomedical informatics at a macro level, a 7-person team conducted an extensive review of the literature on clinical and consumer health informatics published from October 2015 to September 2016. Journals reviewed include International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and Journal of Medical Internet Research. Keywords used in the search include decision support systems, EHR, electronic health records, m-health, consumer informatics, public health informatics, precision medicine, meaningful use, patient reported outcomes, clinical informatics, medical informatics, big data initiative, health information exchange, telemedicine, evaluation of EHR, consumer health informatics, precision medicine, and health informatics.

Research topics will be organized under 3 themes: the electronic health records (EHR), consumer health informatics, and the learning health system. Researches will also be grouped under 3 different research methodologies: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.

Key findings include the following: There are significant advances in EHR implementation, however interoperability of EHR data is still an issue to fully realize the benefits of the EHR. Decision support systems are being implemented to improve clinical practice, however evidence of the impact on patient outcomes is still lacking. Mobile applications are being introduced to improve consumer engagement, however evidence of the impact on patient outcomes remains elusive. Big data are receiving increasing attention in healthcare, especially translational aspect, however data access and privacy remain issues. Quantitative methods are being used the most frequently, however we are beginning to see more use of mixed methods in biomedical informatics research.
Name Ju Han Kim, MD, PhD, MS
Affiliation Prof. and Founding Chair, Div. of Biomedical Informatics
Seoul National University College of Medicine
Title Realizing Precision Medicine through Translational Bioinformatics


Professor Ju Han Kim, M.D., Ph.D., M.S. is the Founding Chairs of the Div. of Biomedical Informatics and the Systems Biomedical Informatics National Core Research Center at Seoul National University. He is currently the President of the Korean Society of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology and the founding chair of the Translational Bioinformatics Conference (TBC). He is an MD psychiatrist by training. In his residency training in Neuropsychiatry at Seoul National University Hospital in the 90’s, he developed a neuropsychiatric electronic medical record system, PsyBase, which is cited as the first real practice use of electronic medical record in Korea. Dr. Kim obtained an additional master’s degree in Bio-Medical informatics at MIT and joined the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School as an assistant professor in 2000. Dr. Kim’s ‘The Health Avatar Project’ focuses on the integration of multi-layered ‘private and personal’ big data, i.e., personal genomic sequences, personal health records, and personal life logs with the development of the Health Avatar Platform for distributed intelligence of translational bioinformatics.

Title: Realizing Precision Medicine through Translational Bioinformatics

A flood of multi-modal high throughput clinical genomic data and personal health records means that many of the challenges in biomedical research and healthcare are now challenges in integrative and computational sciences for their bidirectional translations. Our ability to ‘connecting the dots’ in the wealth biomedical big data will bring us the ‘big picture’ in a mass of genes, drugs, diseases, and diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic markers. Precision medicine attempts to determine individual solutions based on the genomic and clinical profiles of each individual, providing opportunity to incorporate individual molecular data into patient care. While a plethora of genomic signatures have successfully demonstrated their predictive power, they are merely statistically-significant differences between dichotomized phenotypes that are in fact severely heterogeneous. Despite many translational barriers, connecting the molecular world to the clinical world and vice versa will undoubtedly benefit human health in the near future.