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June 2024


Webinar scheduled for Wednesday 26 June 15:30 – 16:30

Topic: "Empowering Health Informatics with Vector Search: Paving the Way for Advanced AI Applications" presented by Reven Singh & Herman Bruwer, Sales Engineers at InterSystems.


Join our exclusive webinar to uncover the powerful capabilities of vector search in health informatics, a foundational technology that enables more sophisticated artificial intelligence applications, including large language models (LLMs). Explore how vector search enhances the precision and understanding of complex medical data, setting the stage for transformative AI-driven solutions in healthcare. We will guide you through the technical nuances, real-world applications, and future potential of integrating vector search to facilitate innovative, AI-enhanced healthcare services. Dive into this session to see how vector search is not just improving data retrieval but also catalyzing the broader adoption of AI technologies in health informatics.


A series of three additional webinars are planned for the rest of the year and into early 2025.  SAHIA invites interested parties to nominate topics of interest for consideration.


SAHIA will be hosting its annual conference in 2025. Watch this space for more info!




In 2024, Gitex is the permier gathering of innovators, thought leaders, and policy makers, driving Africa’s digital transformation forward.We embark on a journey to explore the multifaceted facets of Africa’s digital future, with a focus on policy, connectivity and digital cities, our summit aims to address the pressing challenges and seize the abundant opportunities that lie ahead.This event takes place in Morocco from 29 to 31 May 2024.


In July 2024 the Nursing Informatics conference takes place in Manchester UK.This year’s theme is “Applied Nursing Informatics: Innovations in the Practice of Nursing Informatics”.




The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and one of its Member Societies host the internationally acclaimed Medical and Health Informatics congress, known as MedInfo.This event is taking place from 9 – 13 August in Taipei, Taiwan.



IMIA General Assembly voted to hold MedInfo 2027 in Dubai, UAE, hosted by the Emirates Health Informatics Society- Emirates Medical Association (EHIS).   Dates and more information will be announced next year.




The Pan African Health Informatics Association (HELINA), the regional body of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), hosted its 2023 Conference in Cape Town in early November!

For more info visit


During July Digital Health Africa, a virtual event took place with the theme “Expanding the scope of health care services with effective digital health technologies.”  

SAHIA was a supporting association and represented by speakers Dr Rajeev Rao Eashwari and Mr Clive Daniell.


SAHIA proudly supported GNUHealth with their webinar series on open-source software applications for Africa and a keynote webinar titled “Making Machine Learning Actionable in Healthcare”, hosted by Prof Graham Wright and presented by Alex Macleod.



Past President Clive Daniell from the In2pacs Academy ran a series of HL7 FHIR training courses.



Clive Daniell represented SAHIA at Africa Health where he presented on the Digital Health Revolution.

The first HL7 FHIR Training in South Africa took place in April 2018, organised by the In2pacs Academy in association with SAHIA and presented by Herman Oosterwijk.

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