The 16th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo2017) was held in August 21 to 25, 2017 in Hangzhou, China. MedInfo is an internationally acclaimed biennial academic conference of the International Medical Informatics Association. It provides an international venue for high quality scientific exchange of current research and foremost applications in health and biomedical informatics for the world’s leading health informatics scientists, medical practitioners, entrepreneurs, educators and research students.

The theme of MedInfo2017 is “Precision Healthcare through Informatics”. It focuses on five tracks: (1) connected and digital health, (2) health data science, (3) human, organizational, and social aspects, (4) knowledge management, and (5) quality and safety, and patient outcomes. More than 500 presentations, in more than 110 sessions representing over 40 countries, are included in the conference programmes.

Associate Professor Ping Yu, Director, Centre for IT-enabled Transformation in School of Computing and Information Technology and PhD candidate Hong Chen attended the conference. They represented eight researchers and delivered two presentations and one poster. Assoc. Prof. Yu led an international workshop to discuss a cutting-edge topic of “Establishing a Smart Phone Enabled Chronic Disease Management Model in a Tertiary Hospital” together with two researchers from the prestigious Zhejiang University and a medical doctor from a tertiary hospital the General Hospital of the Ningxia Medical University in China. The scope of UOW research reported spans from precision of Electronic Medical Records data in Illawarra Drug and Alcohol Service, risk factors in medication management in residential aged care, quality of data collection for public health and smartphone application for chronic disease management. Their research has addressed various challenges in the field of health informatics and gained profound international attention. Further research cooperation with the broad international society was discussed during the conference.

Hong Chen

Hong Chen is a PhD candidate from the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong.