CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2020; 29(01): 286-289
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1701974
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Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Health Informatics Association for Latin-America and Caribbean (IMIA-LAC)

Marcelo Lúcio da Silva
1  Health Informatics Association for Latin-America and Caribbean (IMIA-LAC)
2  Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS)
,
Luis Gustavo Gasparini Kiatake
2  Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS)
,
Emma Alejandra Chávez Mora
3  Chilean Health Informatics Society (ACHISA)
,
Cynthia Villalba
4  Paraguayan Society of Health Informatics (SpIS)
,
Lady Murrugarra
5  Peruvian Biomedical Informatics Association (ApIB)
,
Paula Daniela Otero
6  Department of Health Informatics at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Publication History

Publication Date:
17 April 2020 (online)

1 Overview

Since 2018, the Health Informatics Association for Latin-America and Caribbean (IMIA-LAC) has been restructuring to strengthen its sustainability and representativeness in its region.

Some of the goals aimed at this restructuring are:

  • to revise the statute of the entity, making it more appropriate to the demands of the region and aligned with the present;

  • to implement the documentation of its internal processes, aiming the continuity of actions to each new term of office;

  • to encourage the establishment of national associations in all countries of the region;

  • to improve the federation membership process;

  • to enable the membership of academic and corporate entities, as in IMIA;

  • to increase the exchange of knowledge and experience among the countries of the region;

  • to encourage the implementation of national eHealth policies in the region;

  • to pursue closer ties with PAHO and WHO to foster digital health throughout the region, especially in the least developed countries;

  • to set the realization of Infolac - the Latin American Congress on Health Informatics - regularly every two years, interspersed with Medinfo.

    The current IMIA-LAC members are:

  • Argentine Association of Medical Informatics (AAIM)

  • Brazilian Health Informatics Association (SBIS)

  • Chilean Health Informatics Society

    (ACHISA)

  • Cuban Medical Informatics Society (SOCIM)

  • Mexican Medical Informatics Association (AMIM)

  • Peruvian Biomedical Informatics Association (APIB)

  • Venezuelan Association of Computer Science in Health (AVIS)

In addition, activities were reported by the Paraguayan Society of Health Informatics (SPIS) and the Department of Health Informatics at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Argentina).