Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2023

02/01/2024. Every year, the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) publishes the Yearbook of Medical Informatics, in which the most important scientific findings of the previous year are highlighted on the basis of corresponding publications and the best publications of the year are selected for the various sub-areas of medical informatics. In the Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2023, which was published online on 26 December 2023, two publications from the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) were among those selected in the field of Clinical Research Informatics (CRI):

  • Gruendner J, Deppenwiese N, Folz M, Köhler T. Kroll B, Prokosch HU, et al. The Architecture of a Feasibility Query Portal for Distributed COVID-19 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Patient Data Repositories: Design and Implementation Study. JMIR Med Inform 2022 May 25;10(5):e36709. doi: 10.2196/36709.
  • Zenker S, Strech D, Ihrig, K, Jahns R, Müller G, Schickhardt C, et al. Data protection-compliant broad consent for secondary use of health care data and human biosamples for (bio)medical research: Towards a new German national standard. J Biomed Inform 2022 Jul;131:104096. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2022.104096

The goal of the Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) section is to provide an overview of research trends from 2022 publications that demonstrate the progress in multifaceted aspects of medical informatics supporting research and innovation in the healthcare domain.

The first honoured paper evaluates the reuse of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for clinical trial feasibility queries across multiple hospital sites. The second paper presents a model for obtaining broad consent for secondary use of health care data and human bio-samples that is compliant with Europe's data protection Regulation (the GDPR) and has the endorsement of all key ethical and data protection decision makers in Germany.

In the CRI section, the IMIA Yearbook editors initially selected 55 publications from a total of 1,324 publications identified worldwide in PubMed searches. These were then reduced by two editors to nine publications, which were subsequently re-evaluated by the editors and in an external review process. Finally, four publications were recognised as "best papers" in this category.

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