EFMI Plenary at MIE2018

Wednesday, April 25 1:30 PM – 3 PM

EFMI Plenary Panel: Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics

A European perspective and an International inspiration

Panayiotis Bamidis, Reinhold Haux, Doug Fridsma, Jack Li, and John Mantas

From the establishment of EFMI in 1976, Education was the initial priority within its founding members realizing the importance for creating and establishing a new discipline. A number of initiatives have been created within EFMI and by EFMI members; funded by the European Commission in a number of European initiatives of academic institutions and consortia and the educational working group that has influenced educational policies and educational program and courses at BS, MS and PhD level as well as in continuing education and vocational training in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

In this panel we will give a panoramic overview of how Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics has been established in the academic institutions in Europe, what programs are offered, opportunities ahead and what is the acceptance of them in the working environment.

In addition to the European perspectives, two internationally renowned speakers from two different continents will add their perspective and share achievements and experiences from their countries. We are happy to have as speakers:

Professor Panayiotis Bamidis, who will give us an overview of all important initiatives by the European Commission funding educational activities, and initiating programs in the field bridging gaps between north and south, and east and west.

Professor Reinhold Haux, who will present the educational experiences from Braunschweig University and in other institutions in Germany where important and early work provided fundamental educational initiatives in the field.

Professor Doug Fridsma as CEO of AMIA will give an overview of educational activities in USA both from the academic perspective but also in training the healthcare workforce

Professor Jack Li will focus on the programs of medical informatics established in the Medical School of University of Taipei, and how these have influenced the medical education and the clinical work.

In the end an EFMI initiative of creating an online database of academic programs in Biomedical and Health Informatics offered in Europe will be introduced by John Mantas, acting also as Moderator.

Discussion with the panelists and the audience will be moderated and conclusions will be drawn to improve the EFMI initiatives in Education and assist the audience in realizing the importance of education in our field for the future generations of health informatics specialists and healthcare professionals.