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