The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is the peak world body for health and biomedical informatics. The vision of IMIA is to “seek, grow and nurture a collaborative global biomedical and health informatics community that encourages and supports international initiatives to improve health for all.”
They provide leadership and expertise to the policymakers, influencers and health-focused community to enable healthcare transformation in accord with the global vision of improving the population of the world’s health.
As an ‘association of associations’, IMIA brings together the international constituent organisations and their members. Their role is to bring together scientists, researchers, users, vendors, developers, consultants and suppliers in an environment of cooperation and sharing.
IMIA membership consists of Member Societies, Institutional and Affiliate Members, Honorary Fellows and Corresponding Members. Member Societies generally represent individual countries.
IMIA has close and collaborative ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a NGO (Non-Government Organization). The working language of IMIA is English.
Originally founded in 1967 as Technical Committee 4 of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). IMIA was established as an independent, not-for-profit organisation under Swiss law in 1989.