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IMIA Education WG – updating IMIA recommendations October 30, 2008

Posted by peterjmurray in education, health informatics, IMIA.
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In the final session, John Mantas from Greece, Co-chair of the IMIA Education WG, presented ‘New Recommendations of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on Education in Health and Medical Informatics’. He reported to results of the work that the IMIA taskforce has been undertaking over the past year to revise and update the IMIA recommendations, which were first published in 1999. He explained that as a result of development of a new knowledge core, and the development of new domains, environments and requirements, it has been necessary to update the recommendations. The revised document will shortly be sent out to WG members and to IMIA Academic members to invite comment.

John says that, despite the documented benefits of heath informatics, there is still a need for education, and there remain many issues over the precise name and description of the domain, the nature of the boundaries with other disciplines, and issues around certification, and recognition of the profession, among others. The revision of the recommendations is also needed due to the development of the IMIA Strategic Plan, and the focus it has on education and knowledge. The revised recommendations, as the previous version, are intended to act as framework and guide to the development of health and medical informatics education programmes, courses etc at various levels of education and for a variety of professionals, including health informatics specialists and healthcare professionals who need varying levels of skills and knowledge in informatics.