International Medical Informatics Association

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is an independent organization that plays a role in promoting and furthering the application of information science in modern society, particularly in the fields of healthcare, bioscience and medicine. It was established in 1967 as a technical committee of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). It became an independent organization in 1987 and was established under Swiss law in 1989.


Goals and objectives

  • the promotion of informatics in health care and biomedical research
  • the advancement of international cooperation
  • the stimulation of research, development and education
  • the dissemination and exchange of information

Inherent in this mission is to bring together, from a global perspective, scientists, researchers, vendors, consultants and suppliers in an environment of cooperation and sharing. The international membership network of national member societies, IMIA regions, corporate and academic institutional members, and working and special interest groups, constitute the "IMIA family".

IMIA organizes various conferences and events around the world and is currently focusing on "bridging the knowledge gap" by facilitating and providing support to developing nations. Specific goals include supporting the ongoing development of the African Region.

Code of Ethics for Health Information Professionals

The International Medical Informatics Association approved the endorsement of the IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Information Professionals at its General Assembly meeting on October 4, 2002 in Taipei. The code is the culmination of several years of a global collaborative effort led by IMIA's working Group on Data Protection in Health Information, Chaired by Professor Ab Baker.

In 2016, the General Assembly approved an updated version of the Code of Ethics, which was authored by Dr. Eike-Henner W. Kluge, Professor of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada


IMIA membership consists of National, Institutional and Affiliate Members and Honorary Fellows.

National Members represent individual countries. A member is a society, a group of societies, or an appropriate body, which is representative of the medical, and health informatics activities within that country. Where no representative societies exist, IMIA accommodates involvement through "Corresponding" members within developing countries.

National member societies

Working and special interest groups

The IMIA family includes a growing number of Working and Special Interest Groups, which consist of individuals who share common interests in a particular focal field. The groups hold Working Conferences on leading edge and timely health and medical informatics issues.

IMIA Working Groups and Special Interest Groups include:

  • Biomedical Pattern Recognition
  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
  • Francophone Special Interest Group
  • Health and Medical Informatics Education
  • Health Informatics for Development
  • Health Informatics for Patient Safety
  • Health Information Systems (HIS)
  • Health Record Banking
  • History of BioMedical and Health Informatics
  • Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics
  • Informatics in Genomic Medicine (IGM)
  • Language and Meaning in Biomedicine
  • Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group - IMIA NI SIG
  • Open Source Health Informatics
  • Organizational and Social Issues
  • Participatory Health and Social Media
  • Primary Health Care Informatics
  • Security in Health Information Systems * Social Media Working Group
  • Standards in Health Care Informatics
  • Technology Assessment & Quality Development in Health Informatics (WG 15)
  • Telehealth
  • Wearable Sensors in Healthcare

See also

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