The concept of an IMIA Strategic Plan started in 2003, and during 2003 and 2004 a world-wide survey was conducted to assess what IMIA members would like to see IMIA do or become within the next 5 to 10 years. The results of this initial survey were presented as part of the inaugural presentation of IMIA President Nancy Lorenzi.

A strategic planning task force was appointed, comprising members from all parts of IMIA, and through a mixture of face-to-face meetings, online discussions, and consultations at IMIA general Assembly meetings (eg, in Geneva in 2005), the strategic plan was developed. It was presented to and approved by the General Assembly in Brisbane, Australia prior to Medinfo2007.

Reference: Strategy in a Fishbowl: An Invitation to Determine the Shape of IMIA in 2015 N. Lorenzi, P.J. Murray, L. de Assis Moura Jr., H.M. Goh, S. Huesing, F. Martin-Sanchez, F. Eisenberg, H. Strachan (The IMIA Strategic Planning Task Force) Methods Inf Med 2006; 45 235-239

The IMIA Strategic Plan (2007): Towards IMIA 2015



We know from research in information system failures and also from errors within hospitals that the time of “hand-offs”, “hand-over’s”, “cut-over’s”, or other words that depict transition are the times when there is a higher probability for problems, issues, failures, and errors to occur.  In order to avoid that phenomenon IMIA created a Transition Plan as a bridge to the future.

Reference: Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Transition towards Implementation of the IMIA Strategic Plan.Murray P, Haux R, Lorenzi N. Methods Inf Med 2007; 46:625-628.

Bridge to the Future – The IMIA Transition Plan Implementing the Vision of “Towards IMIA 2015”


Currently a Task Force has been engaged in providing an update to the 2007 Strategic Plan – please see for more information.