It is a great honor to be taking office as the President of Korean Society of Medical Informatics (KOSMI), 32 years after attending its inauguration meeting held in 1987 and being part of this great organization.
Over the past 32 years, KOSMI has made enormous leaps both quantitatively and qualitatively through the dedication of its leadership and members.
With the establishment of the Department of Medical Information under the Ministry of Health and Welfare's Bureau of Health Industry in 2017 as a government branch in charge of institutions, policies, initiatives, strategies, projects, standardization, legislation, and international cooperation in the field of medical informatics, the role of KOSMI has also been highlighted as its counterpart academic society.
Healthcare is one of the most important fields in the 4th industrial revolution, characterized by data-based artificial intelligence, tailored services, and convergence. Led by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, public sectors such as the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Ministry of Science and ICT, Ministry of the Interior and Safety, as well as the National Fire Agency are initiating projects such as big data platforms for healthcare, health information exchange, electronic medical record (EMR) system certification, medical AI, smart healthcare, precision medicine, telemedicine, and research-focused hospitals and data-focused hospitals. Furthermore, amendments to three acts governing personal data usage and protection (Personal Information Protection Act, Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc., Credit Information Use and Protection Act) were ratified by the National Assembly early last month, further bolstering the growth of technology and services based on data generated in the field of healthcare.
Naturally, KOSMI has an important role to play in the development of research, education, practices, and policy as a society of experts from academia, industry, and research specializing in medical informatics.
I feel both unbounded honor and a heavy responsibility in assuming the role of President at this crucial juncture. I will strive to lead KOSMI as an organization shaping the future of healthcare and healthcare informatics in Korea, through open communication with our members.
I humbly ask for your continued interest and support in this mission.