IMIA Accredited Health & Biomedical Informatics Program – Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Section One: The Applied Organization
What types of organizations are eligible to apply for the accreditation?
Academic institutions, universities, universities of applied sciences, vocational schools.
What are the eligible countries for accreditation?
All countries world-wide
Who are authorized to apply for the Accreditation (Rectors, Programs Directors, Professors, etc.)?
Rectors, deans, and program directors of educational programs
Is it mandatory to be member in IMIA to apply for Accreditation?
No, but non-IMIA members requesting IMIA accreditation pay $1.800 to IMIA, whereas IMIA academic members pay $1.200 to IMIA.
Section Two: The Accreditation Process
How long does the Accreditation Process take after sending the request to the IMIA’s CEO?
The accreditation procedure will take a minimum of 23 weeks. This depends, among other things, on the speed at which the program requesting accreditation produces the Self-Assessment Report, the site visit committee members can be appointed, and the visit scheduled.
Is it possible to request for more time to prepare the supporting documents?
Yes, an Institute requesting accreditation may, in agreement with the site visit committee determine a date for the accreditation
Besides the air tickets and accommodations, are there any other expenditures should we cover? Fees? Per diems?
Yes, IMIA members requesting IMIA accreditation pay $1.200 to IMIA, non IMIA members pay $1.800 to IMIA.
Is the Site Visit Committee going to visit the applied organization premises only? Or side visits to other collaborators (i.e. healthcare centres) should be arranged too?
The site visit committee only visits the institution premises applying for accreditation. Site visits to other healthcare centres that the institution collaborates are not needed, unless a healthcare centre is responsible for a main part of the educational program under accreditation.
Section Three: The Accreditation Certificate
How long is the validity of the Accreditation Certificate?
The IMIA accreditation is valid for 5 years.
After expiration, is there any privilege for a previously accredited program during the accreditation renewal process?
After expiration, a previously accredited program falls under a different regime, and will be assessed on a limited number of standards pertaining to the essence of educational quality and the recommendations provided by the site visit committee after the first accreditation. On the basis of this assessment, IMIA decides whether or not accreditation can be prolonged until the renewal is complete.
During the validity period, are there any reports to be submitted regularly to the Accreditation Committee?
No, IMIA accreditation is valid for 5 years; submission of intermittent reports is not required during this 5 year period.
During the validity period, are there any annual fees to be paid?
No, IMIA accreditation is valid for 5 years and institutes do not pay any additional annual fees (besides the academic membership fee of $550 if an institution became an IMIA member
Section Four: The BMHI Education Program/ Track
If the education track is a joint program with other organizations (i.e. hospital, software company), which entity should request and manage the accreditation process?
The joint program is assessed in its entirety and so, all organizations responsible for the program apply for accreditation jointly as one. But this does not mean that all locations must be visited by the panel. A visit to one location may suffice if there is sufficient written information available about the different locations and it is ensured that representatives of the management, teachers, students, and graduates from other locations are available during the site visit (in person or electronically). The site visit report will state why this particular location was visited (as opposed to a different one).
If the program does not have any graduates yet, is it still eligible to apply for Accreditation?
No, the program should have to wait at least one year after having delivered a first cohort of graduates.