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; First Revision (2010).  

 The revised and updated international recommendations on education in biomedical and health informatics were developed by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA); they were endorsed by the IMIA General Assembly at its meeting in Hiroshima, Japan in November, 2009. They are designed to help in establishing courses, course tracks or complete programmes in the field, both to further develop existing educational activities in the various nations, and to support international initiatives concerning education in biomedical and health informatics (BMHI), particularly international activities in educating BMHI specialists and the sharing of courseware.

They are published by Schattauer’s Methods of Information in Medicine – IMIA Education Recommendations, 2010, English. The authors are John Mantas, Elske Ammenwerth, George Demiris, Arie Hasman, Reinhold Haux,William Hersh, Evelyn Hovenga, K. C. Lun, Heimar Marin, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Graham Wright (IMIA Recommendations on Education Task Force). Copyright © by IMIA. (Methods Inf Med 2010; 49: doi: 10.3414/ME5119.)

Translations, especially for publication here, are encouraged. For translations as well as for all other reprints, written permission by IMIA is needed. In all reprints, this original publication of the revised IMIA recommendations on education has to be quoted as the original reference.


Simplified Chinese Version of Recommendations of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics (First Revision)

Part 1   Part 2

Courtesy of the Chinese Journal of Health  Informatics and Management; Translated by Dan Tan under the support of Center for Statistics Information, Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China (Current Situation of Health Informatics Education and Development Strategy: 2011-01-04-2); reviewed by Prof. Polun Chang, PhD., and Prof. Yuhong Zhao, PhD.

The original version of these recommendations (IMIA Education Recommendations,1999, English) is also still available.

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