The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is an independent
organization established under Swiss law in 1989. IMIA continues to maintain its relationship
with IFIP as an affiliate organization. IMIA also has close ties with the World
Health Organization (WHO) as a NGO (Non Government Organization), and
with the International Federation of Health Records Organizations
The working language of IMIA is English.
Purpose, Goals, Objectives
IMIA plays a major global role in the application of
information science and technology in the fields of healthcare and
research in medical, health and bio-informatics. The basic goals and
objectives of the association are to:
- promote informatics in health care and research in health, bio and medical informatics.
advance and nurture international cooperation.
- to stimulate research, development and routine application.
- move informatics from theory into
practice in a full range of health delivery settings, from physician's
office to acute and long term care.
- further the dissemination and exchange of knowledge, information and technology.
- promote education and responsible behaviour.
- represent the medical and health
informatics field with the World Health Organization and other
international professional and governmental organizations.
In its function as a bridge organization, IMIA's goals are:
- moving theory into practice by linking
academic and research informaticians with care givers, consultants,
vendors, and vendor-based researchers.
- leading the international medical and health informatics communities throughout the 21st century.
- promoting the cross-fertilization of
health informatics information and knowledge across professional and
- serving as the catalyst for ubiquitous worldwide health information infrastructures for patient care and health research.
Full information about IMIA, Membership, activities, etc is available at www.imia.org