Greetings to everyone and welcome to IMIA! Greetings from the President of IMIA, Dr. Hyeoun-Ae Park

I am delighted to post my greetings on the new IMIA website which has just gone live now. A big thank you to IMIA’s team Jeff Keller, Brenda Faye, and Elaine Huesing for upgrading IMIA website. IMIA new website is more informative and has more features compared to the old website.

I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as the President of IMIA for the next two years. I would like to thank the former presidents of IMIA for their guidance over the years. I have learned a lot from them since I joined IMIA board in 2007 as vice president for working groups and special interest groups.

I have a great Executive Committee to help me lead this wonderful organization for the next two years: President-Elect Chris Lehmann of USA, Secretary Petter Hurlen of Norway, Treasurer Sabine Koch of Sweden, and CEO Elaine Huesing of Canada. Of course, I also have very committed Board who will work closely with me for the next two years.

IMIA is going to be 50 years old in 2017. During last five decades, IMIA became a true global organization in health and biomedical informatics thanks to leaderships of the previous presidents. During my presidency, I would like to focus more on internal affairs of IMIA

First, I would like to revise the IMIA by-laws and policies so that they can reflect changes occurred between last revision and now, and fill the gaps.

Second, I would like to revisit the IMIA strategic plan and the IMIA Code of Ethics for Health Information Professionals which were published in 2007 and updated in 2011 respectively. There has been so much changes in our field so we need to revise our strategic plan and update the Code of Ethics to reflect these changes.

Third, I would like to introduce International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI) to celebrate international scholars in our field. The International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI) will serve as an honor society that recognizes expertise in biomedical and health informatics internationally. Academy Membership will be one of the highest honors in the international field of biomedical and health informatics.

Finally, I would like exert all my efforts to the success of Medinfo 2017 to be held in Xiamen, China. I hope that Medinfo 2017 is remembers as one of the most successful Medinfos in IMIA’s history.

I am here to serve you members of IMIA, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions.

Thank you.

Hyeoun-Ae Park, President, IMIA 2015 – 2017

IMIA Vision:  update coming soon…

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is the world body for health and biomedical informatics. As an ‘association of associations’, IMIA acts as a bridging organisation, bringing together the constituent organisations and their members. IMIA provides leadership and expertise to the multidisciplinary, health focused community and to policy makers, to enable the transformation of healthcare in accord with the world-wide vision of improving the health of the world population.

Inherent in IMIA’s role is to bring together, from a global perspective, scientists, researchers, users, vendors, developers, consultants and suppliers in an environment of cooperation and sharing.

IMIA’s vision is that there will be a world-wide systems approach for healthcare. Clinicians, researchers, patients and people in general will be supported by informatics tools, processes and behaviors that make it easy to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time to improve health care for all. This systems approach will incorporate and integrate research, clinical care and public health. To achieve this vision will require everyone being supported by informatics-based information and communication systems and technologies. As an organization committed to promoting best practice in the use of information and communication technologies within biomedical informatics and in health and healthcare, and seeing technology as transformational, IMIA will promote research and develop the concepts needed to support the organizations of the world.