Jan H. van Bemmel, PhD, FACMI, Wins Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence at AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium

Monday, November 16, 2015

BETHESDA, MD – The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) presented the 2015 Collen Award to Jan H. van Bemmel, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium on yesterday in San Francisco. AMIA’s Annual Symposium is taking place Nov. 14 – 18.

In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting impression on the field. The award is determined by ACMI’s Awards Committee.

Dr. van Bemmel was Professor and Chairman of Medical Informatics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He was head of the Department of Biosignal Processing at the Institute of Medical Physics TNO in Utrecht from 1963-1973, and Professor of Medical Informatics of the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Amsterdam from 1973 until he assumed his position in 1987.

“ACMI is proud to honor Dr. van Bemmel with the Collen Award,” said ACMI President Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University. “We congratulate him on his exceptional accomplishments and thank him for his esteemed influence on the field of medical informatics and commitment to AMIA’s mission.”  

Dr. van Bemmel’s work has led to new knowledge in the areas of computer-assisted electrocardiography, computer-based patient records, pattern recognition and decision-support methodologies. He has been instrumental in the development of Medical Informatics as a discipline. He is the former Chief Editor of Methods of Information in Medicine and the International Medical Informatics Association’s (IMIA) Yearbooks of Medical Informatics. He was a member of the editorial boards of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine and Medical Informatics. He has been involved in all aspects of the MEDINFO scientific program for almost three decades. Dr. van Bemmel is former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Society for Medical Informatics, and a past president of IMIA.

Dr. van Bemmel is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former member of the Dutch Health Council. He is a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. van Bemmel received his master’s degree in physics and mathematics from the Technical University in Delft and his post-doctoral degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Nymegen.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the premier educational event in the field. The symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics and over 100 scientific sessions. The Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field -- translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

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AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.