The South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA) was formed in 1982.

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:
    • Striving 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
    • Promoting 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