From time to time, position papers, guidelines and other documents are prepared by Working Groups, Special Interest Groups, Working Conferences and other IMIA related activities which are considered to be of significant interest and use to the global health and biomedical informatics community.


The IMIA General Assembly has approved the following endorsed documents.

Recommendations of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics: Second Revision
Elsevier 2023

The purpose of educational recommendations is to assist in establishing courses and programs in a discipline, to further develop existing educational activities in the various nations, and to support international initiatives for collaboration and sharing of courseware. The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) has published two versions of its international recommendations in biomedical and health informatics (BMHI) education, initially in 2000 and revised in 2010. Given the recent changes to the science, technology, the needs of the healthcare systems, and the workforce of BMHI, a revision of the recommendations is necessary.  (link to full paper)

Past versions of the recommendations are still available – 2010, 2000.

STARE-HI Statement on Reporting of Evaluation Studies in Health Informatics (2008)

The purpose of STARE-HI is to provide guidelines for the reporting of evaluation studies in health informatics, independent of the evaluation method used. IMIA’s Technology Assessment and Quality Development Working Group was responsible for IMIA’s contribution to the development of STARE-HI, which also had input from EFMI’s Assessment of Health Information Systems Working Group and AMIA’s Evaluation Working Group. The document was approved for endorsement by the General Assembly at its annual meeting in 2008.

STARE-HI Statement on Reporting of Evaluation Studies in Health Informatics

This article was published in International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 78, Issue 1, Jan Talmon, Elske Ammenwerth, Jytte Brender, Nicolette de Keizer, Pirkko Nykänen, Michael Rigby, STARE-HI – Statement on reporting of evaluation studies in Health Informatics, Pages 1-9, Copyright Elsevier (2009).

IMIA Knowledge Base (2009)

The IMIA Knowledge Base was developed as a joint project between IMIA, the British Computer Society’s Health Informatics Forum (BCSHIF) and CHIRAD. It is built on, and updates, the IMIA Scientific Content Map. A description of the project is available (Final Report on IMIA-BCS-CHIRAD Knowledge Base Project, 2009) and the IMIA Knowledge Base is available as a spreadsheet (Knowledge Base, 2009). As the nature of our discipline of health and biomedical informatics is continually changing, it is incumbent on IMIA to take account of these changes; the IMIA Knowledge Base as an evolving entity, and IMIA welcomes input in keeping the Knowledge base up to date and reflecting the ever-changing nature of the discipline.

Medical Informatics Scientific Content Map (2002 version)
The Scientific Content Map was developed by IMIA’s (then) Vice President for Working and Special Interest Groups, Dr. Nancy Lorenzi.

Last updated: 24 September, 2012