The synergies that emerge from the integration of Bioinformatics and medical (or health) informatics will have a direct societal impact on different stakeholders, including individual citizens, healthcare professionals, scientists, healthcare providers, policy and decision makers, industry, society, etc.

Many new and developing areas of synergy between bioinformatics and medical (or health) informatics, with significant potential benefits in the delivery of healthcare to citizens have emerged

The white paper identifies thirty-one areas of potential synergies, significantly more than in previous analyses suggesting a broadening the areas of synergy. The further indicated that much of the state of the art activity in Europe is being co-ordinated through EU or international projects - often in partnership with the new NLM National Centres of Biomedical Informatics in the USA, but typically not solely at the level of individual EU member states. This represents a maturing of the field as is indicate of the importance placed by funding organisations.

SYMBIOmatics just published a paper entitled "Medical Informatics and Bioinformatics: A Bibliometric Study" in IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIOMEDICINE, VOL. 11, NO. 3, MAY 2007 237-243. It reports on an analysis of the bioinformatics and medical informatics literature with the objective to identify upcoming trends that are shared among both research fields to derive benefits from potential collaborative initiatives for their future.

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