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IFHIMA is a non-profit organization with official relations to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO). IFHIMA 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 health information.

Currently IFHIMA is working on a project with the WHO Family of International Classifications (the WHO-FIC IFHIMA Joint Collaboration) to develop and promote an international training strategy and explore development of international certification strategy for coders.



(WHO-FIC) Update, August 2016

IFHIMA is proud to announce that the Korean Medical Record Association (KMRA) has decided to conduct a Mortality Exam for its coders. Both Carol Lewis and Joon Hong are working on updating questions for the data bank for this exam. It was suggested by the WHO that Korea conduct this exam and it is scheduled for September 24, 2016 under Joon Hong’s management. Certificates will be awarded to the successful applicants at the IFHIMA Congress in Tokyo and Joon will report on the exam process.

The Morbidity Exam has not been scheduled recently in any of the IFHIMA member countries. The exam has been in existence since 2008 and was piloted in six countries. If any country is interested in conducting that exam in their country, IFHIMA should be contacted for a copy of the Guidelines for Candidates.

Trials for ICD-11 have been held in Korea and Joon Hong is heavily involved in this also. Thank you’s are extended to Joon Hong and Carol Lewis for ALL their work on behalf of IFHIMA.


The link above is for the WHO-FIC Education and Implementation Committee website.  Yukiko Yokobori is a Co-Chair of the Committee and Carol Lewis and Joon Hong are observers. Margaret Skurka is a voting member on this Committee representing IFHIMA. Thank you to our IFHIMA members that are so actively involved in the WHO-FIC work

IFHIMA member Joann Valerius is an IFHIMA observer on another WHO-Family of International Classifications committee, the Functioning and Disability Reference Group.  Joann attended the recent Mid-Year meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. IFHIMA appreciates the involvement of volunteers like Joanne Valerius.

Here is a link to at that work:

Margaret Skurka
Past President, IFHIMA




Ms. Yokobori, the IFHIMA director of Southeast Asia, elected to co-chair of WHO-FIC Education and Implementation Committee

The annual meeting of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Network was held in Barcelona, Spain from Oct 11 to 17 in 2014.

At this annual meeting, WHO-FIC Collaborating Centers around the world gather and exchange discussions about the development, education and implementation of Family of International Classifications.

WHO-FIC consists of four Committees and two Working Gropes and each committee prepares a working plan and carries it out. This year, Education and Implementation Committee (EIC), had election of co-chairs due to the expiration of preceding co-chairs’ term of office. Newly appointed chairs are Mr. Huib Ten Napel from the Netherlands Collaborating Center and Yukiko Yokobori, IFHIMA director in charge of Southeast Asia. (A term of office is 2 years and one can be elected for only two consecutive terms)

IFHIMA is an official non-governmental organization (NGO) of WHO and a representative from IFHIMA takes part in the joint collaboration project with EIC. (Current representative is Ms. Margaret Skurka)

It is expected that this collaborative relationship between IFHIMA and WHO will be further reinforced and the implementation and development of health information management will be internationally enhanced as Ms. Yokobori assume office of chair.



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