National Health Informatics Association
The South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA) was formed in 1982 and currently has 120 active members.

Capacity building
There is no under-graduate training available in health informatics, although several universities offer opportunities in eHealth and Telemedicine for post-graduates. SAHIA takes an on-going interest in capacity building and looks for opportunities to collaborate with higher education institutions. A workshop on capacity building is planned as part of the next Health Informatics South Africa conference in Port Elizabeth in June 2013.

Goals and Objectives

  • To represent South African Health Informatics nationally and internationally, notably through the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) of which SAHIA is a member.
  • To promote and uphold the status of the Health Informatics profession by:
        • ┬áStriving for the recognition of Health Informatics as a speciality registrable with professional health councils in South Africa
      • Stimulating appropriate conditions of service for Health Informaticians
      • Participating in the definition of standards of education and professionalism of Health Informatics at Universities, Schools of Public Health and Technical Universities
      • Promoting human resource development in Health Informatics
      • Promoting the use of Health Informatics in the planning and delivery of health services
      • ┬áPromoting the interests of IMIA in South Africa
  • To stimulate the advancement of Health Informatics in South Africa by:
        • Arranging meetings, symposia and colloquia for the discussion of experiences and advances in Health Informatics
        • Providing a vehicle for contact and co-operation between organisations and individuals active in Health Informatics
        • Assisting members to participate in national and international meetings on Health Informatics
        • Promoting education and training in Health Informatics in South Africa
        • Promoting research on Health Informatics in South Africa
  • To maintain close co-operation with organisations with related aims and objectives such as the Computer Society of South Africa; the Telemedicine group (SATMA) and the Radiological Informatics group (PACS/RIS)
  • To promote the interest of members