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On IMIA‘s International Activities in Health and Biomedical Informatics Education

Journal: Methods of Information in Medicine
Subtitle: A journal stressing, for more than 50 years, the methodology and scientific fundamentals of organizing, representing and analyzing data, information and knowledge in biomedicine and health care
ISSN: 0026-1270

Special Topic: Health Informatics Meets eHealth
Guest Editors: E. Ammenwerth, G. Schreier, D. Hayn
Special Topic: Competencies for a Well-trained Biomedical and Health Informatics Workforce
Guest Editors: P. Otero, F. González Bernaldo de Quirós, W. Hersh

Issue: 2010 (Vol. 49): Issue 3 2010
Pages: 305-309

On IMIA‘s International Activities in Health and Biomedical Informatics Education

Special Topic: Informatics Education

R. Haux (1), P. J. Murray (2)

(1) Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School, Braunschweig, Germany; (2) International Medical Informatics Association


Medical Informatics, Health Informatics, Education, IMIA, biomedical informatics, history


Background: Education has long been, and continues to be, one of the major thematic areas of the activities of IMIA, the International Medical Informatics Association. Objective: To report on IMIA’s past activities and to discuss possible future perspectives on IMIA’s role on biomedical and health informatics education. Methods: Summarizing past activities by searching in reports and publications. Making suggestions for wider discussion on possible future activities. Results: Since its inception, IMIA has been active in the field of education, mainly through its working group on education. Among other activities, nine working conferences have been held, many of which have resulted in publications as outcomes, which have helped to exchange knowledge on the development of high-quality health and biomedical informatics education. Recommendations on education in health and medical informatics were endorsed by IMIA in 1999, and a revised version is currently in preparation. Conclusions: IMIA should continue to stimulate the exchange of knowledge on a range of aspects of health and biomedical informatics education in the countries and regions of the world, with IMIA’s academic institutional members playing an increasing role. Establishing procedures for the international accreditation of high-level programs in health and biomedical informatics through IMIA is one of several areas that need to be discussed as IMIA plans and develops its future activities.

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