On the Creation of AIM and Its First Six Years

  • Niels Rossing
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan IESE Business Collection book series (IESEBC)


Medical informatics arose as a discipline in the mid-1960s, about 20 years before the European Commission launched its first research and technical development programme in the area, the Advanced Informatics in Medicine (AIM) in 1988. This chapter is a personal account of the first years of that research programme, during which the author was a member of the European Commission administration. The philosophy underpinning the field has remained almost unaltered since that time: medical informatics will improve and facilitate healthcare and develop sustainable products through a close collaboration between academia and industry. By 1994, the AIM community of stakeholders was a reality. Its leadership was handed over to Dr Jean-Claude Healy, who went on to drive its growth until he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004. The programme has grown steadily larger and stronger over the years: it has established some very visible landmarks along its path, and has been of great inspiration to both the European Member States and WHO.


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