With the pervasive influence of information technology, many countries are now aggressively applying this technology to the management of health data and patient care. In view of the strong progress that has been made in this field among countries in the Asia Pacific in recent years, and recognizing the importance of the Asia Pacific as a region in the forefront global scientific, economic and cultural growth and development, the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) launched the Asia Pacific initiative at its General Assembly in October 1993.
What is APAMI?
The Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics is the official Asia-Pacific regional group within IMIA and represents an extension of IMIA’s global interests in promoting Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in health.
How did APAMI start?
The inaugural conference for APAMI was held in Singapore in 1994. During this conference, enthusiastic contributions from individuals in all of the APAMI participating countries as well as outside the APAMI group swelled our scientific program to some 100 papers and poster presentations and scientific demonstrations covering a wide range of topics in health informatics. A selection of some of the best papers was subsequently published in a special issue of the International Journal of Biomedical Computing (Vol. 40, 1995).
Other Regional IMIA Organisations
APAMI is the IMIA regional organisation for the Asia-Pacific. Other regional organisations are:
Africa: Health Informatics in Africa – Pan-African Health Informatics Association (HELINA)
Europe: European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI)
Latin America and the Caribbean: IMIA-LAC
Middle East: MEAHI