Christian Lovis is professor of clinical informatics at the University of Geneva and leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. He is a medical doctor trained in Internal Medicine with special emphasis on emergency medicine and holds a FHM in Internal Medicine and is graduated in public health from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. In parallel to medicine, he studied biomedical informatics at the University of Geneva, focusing on clinical information systems and medical semantics. He led the development of the computerized patient record for the university hospitals of Geneva. Christian is the author of a large number of peer-reviewed papers. He co-authors more than 100 publications focusing on semantics and interoperability in health big data; Clinical information systems and advanced human-machine interfaces, including bio-captors, and their evaluation and impacts. Christian is editorial board member of major peer-reviewed journals in medical informatics, such as the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), PLOS One, the Journal of Medical Internet Reseach (JMIR), Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI). Christian Lovis is the European representative and vice-chair elect of the board of managers of HIMSS Global, the largest worldwide organization supporting the improvement of care systems using health care information and management systems. Christian was 6 years president of the Swiss Society for Medical Informatics. Christian Lovis is co-founder of three startups.
Information and communication are major determinants of human kinds. The technological revolution started in 1459 with Gutenberg and the first technical revolution to improve access to information. The technological move. It was followed, 500 years later, by the birth of the world wide web in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee, in the building 31 of the CERN: the cooperative communication revolution. In 1992, Al Gore decided to give free and public access to the gigantic database of the National Library of Medicine: the birth of the free access revolution. Since then, at an accelerated pace, systems carrying data, information and knowledge have demonstrated a constant convergence and increasingly tight relation with humans, up to embedded human-machine systems. This is a societal movement. It leads to a new generation of humans, constantly connected, living partly in a cloud of real-time connections. New hopes and new challenges for human kinds.