The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) formerly known as IFHRO supports national associations and health record professionals to implement and improve health records and the systems, which support them. IFHIMA was established in 1968 as a forum to bring together national organizations committed to improvement in the use of health records in their countries. The founding organizations recognized the need for an international organization to serve as a forum for the exchange of information relating to health records, health information management and information technology.
The purposes of IFHIMA are to:
- promote the development and use of health records/information management in all countries
- advance the development and use of international health records/information management standards
- provide for the exchange of information on health record s/information management education requirements and training programs
- provide opportunities for education and communication between persons working in the field of health records/information management in all countries
- promote the use of technology and the electronic health record
These aspirations are achieved through the collaboration, networking and sharing of experiences and resources of IFHIMA members.
IFHIMA is a non-profit organization affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The Federation sends representatives to WHO meetings and works closely with WHO on specific projects of particular concern or interest to WHO in the field of health records and information systems.
IFHIMA has an Executive Board, which is made up of elected officials, the President, the President-Elect, and six Regional Directors representing the Europe, Americas, South East Asia, Western Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean, and Africa.
The Executive Board reports to the General Assembly, which is made up of representatives from the National member associations. The General Assembly meets every three years at the time of the international Congress.