- Indian Association for Medical Informatics
The Indian Association for Medical Informatics, or IAMI, is a
professional societythat plays a role in promoting and furthering the application of informaticsin the fields of healthcare, bioscienceand medicinein India. It was established in 1993.
Goals and objectives
The objectives [http://www.iami.org.in/objectives.asp] of the IAMI are to sensitize the Indian
medicalcommunity to the benefits of Information Technology(IT), bring about awareness and ensure greater utilization of IT in healthcare facilities across the length and breadth of India. The IAMI also aims to provide necessary assistance and guidance to other organizations to implement and reap the benefits of IT for health care. It supports introduction of computer literacyalong with medical education, development of computerized as well as medical digital libraries, access to informationand creation of databases. IAMI emphasizes on research and development of medical informatics as an independent discipline. It provides various communication and interaction channels among its members by means of e-groups and through publication of a scholarly journal mentioned below.
It is the Indian National Member at
IAMI was registered in September 1993 with its Registered Office being the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences [http://nims.ap.nic.in/] , in Hyderabad, India.
It has been organising a conference every two years on roles and applications of informatics in medicine, health and allied fields in various states of India.
The first biennial conference was held in
Second conference was held in
1997at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
A major workshop was held in 2001 at NIMS, Hyderabad in lieu of third conference. Third conference of 1999 was postponed due to natural calamities.
The fourth conference was held in
2003at PGIMER [http://www.pgimer.nic.in/] , Chandigarh.
A mid-conference was held in
2004at the South-Eastern Railways Hospital, Kolkata.
Fifth conference was held in
2005at Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences in Amritsar.
IAMI has conducted many beginners’ courses for doctors,
nurses, paramedical personneland computer professional class. This enabled the association in enrolling many hospitals, institutes and organizations as Institutional Life Members. It is aiming at making Medical Informatics as one of the elective subjects in the UG curriculum for all medical colleges in India and to get academic credits from the Medical Council of Indiaand other autonomous bodies under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India) [http://mohfw.nic.in/] , Government of Indiafor all the delegates participating in the conferences, seminars and workshops organized by the association.
2001, it started a discussion group for Medical Informatics. Which has now grown as the de facto information source for medical informatics related activities in India both for its members as well as non-members. Its active members include almost the entire Who’s Who of medical informatics scene of India. IAMI got its own web site in 2002. Its Journal "Indian Journal of Medical Informatics" (IJMI, ISSN|0973-0397) was started in May 2004 [http://www.iami.org.in/history.asp] .
IAMI membership consists of Personal, Institutional and Honorary Members [http://www.iami.org.in/members.asp] .
Many of its key office bearers are part of several
Government of India(GOI) initiatives in the areas of telemedicine, especially in the area of development of standards and guidelines for the practice of telemedicine, online medical education and electronic medical records or electronic health records.
It brings out the
scientific journalcalled "Indian Journal of Medical Informatics" [http://www.medicalinformatics.org.in/ojs/index.php/ijmi/index] .
The next Biennial Conference [http://www.iami.org.in/kochi2007/index.asp] of IAMI is scheduled to be held from November 16 - 17, 2007 at the Centre for Digital Health in
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre. [http://www.imia.org/search.lasso?-database=imia_meetings.fp5&-layout=Web&-response=coming_events.html&-logicalOperator=and&-sortfield=start_year&-sortorder=ascending&-sortfield=month&-sortorder=ascending&-sortfield=start_day&-sortorder=ascending&-AnyError=error.html&released=Yes&start_month=November&start_year=2007&-search=Go%21]
Members of the association have an active [http://groups.google.com/group/iami_gen discussion group] where healthcare IT enthusiasts discuss topics of their interest.Several discussion threads run in parallel. There is also a "Topic of the month" which is the main focus of the discussion.
* [http://www.iami.org.in/ IAMI]
* [http://www.iami.org.in/officebearers.asp The present Office Bearers]
* [http://www.iami.org.in/execommembers.asp The present Executive Committee members]
* [http://www.iami.org.in/rdates.asp Some important upcoming conferences on Medical Informatics in India]
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