CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2018; 27(01): 223-226
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1667086
Section 11: Cancer Informatics
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Cancer Informatics in 2017: A New Beginning and a Bright Future

Jeremy L. Warner
1  Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
Debra A. Patt
2  Vice President, Texas Oncology, Austin, TX, USA
Section Editors for the IMIA Yearbook Section on Cancer Informatics› Author Affiliations
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Publication History

Publication Date:
29 August 2018 (online)



Objective: To summarize significant research contributions on cancer informatics published in 2017.

Methods: An extensive search using PubMed/Medline, Google Scholar, and manual review was conducted to identify the scientific contributions published in 2017 that address topics in cancer informatics. The selection process comprised three steps: (i) 15 candidate best papers were first selected by the two section editors, (ii) external reviewers from internationally renowned research teams reviewed each candidate best paper, and (iii) the final selection of three best papers was conducted by the editorial board of the Yearbook.

Results: Results: The three selected best papers present studies addressing many facets of cancer informatics, with immediate applicability in the research and clinical domains.

Conclusion: Cancer informatics is a broad and vigorous subfield of biomedical informatics. Strides in knowledge management, crowdsourcing, and visualization are especially notable in 2017.