It is the Canada’s Health Informatics Association and provides access to a diverse community of accomplished, influential professionals who work passionately to make a difference in advancing healthcare through information technology. The field of health informatics (HI) is the intersection of clinical, IM/IT and management practices and is helping to modernize healthcare (source: Coach website)  



AMIA is the professional home of leading informaticians: clinicians, scientists, researchers, educators, students, and other informatics professionals who rely on data to connect people, information, and technology. AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association) is the center of action for more than 4,000 health care professionals, informatics researchers, and thought-leaders in biomedicine, health care and science. AMIA is an unbiased, authoritative source within the informatics community and the health care industry. AMIA and its members are transforming healthcare through trusted science, education, and practice in biomedical and health informatics. (Source: About AMIA)  


This is American Health Information Management Association, which is much bigger than its Canadian counterpart is. It has a big member area, and a smaller non-member section.  



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The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that aims to contribute to the improvement of the health of Canadians and the health care system by disseminating quality health information. Its vision is to “help improve Canada’s health system and the well-being of Canadians by being a leading source of unbiased, credible and comparable information that will enable health leaders to make better-informed decisions.” Additionally, CIHI’s data and reports are provided to help inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and to raise awareness among Canadians in general on current research and trends in the healthcare industry that contribute to better health outcomes (Source: Wikipedia).  

Canada Health Infoway:

It is an independent, federally funded, not-for-profit organization tasked with accelerating the development of electronic health records (EHR) across Canada. As a strategic investor, they work with Canadian provinces and territories with the goal of creating an electronic health record for 50% of Canadians by the end of 2010. Infoway’s members are Canada’s 14 federal, provincial and territorial Deputy Ministers of Health. Infoway’s investments are prioritized toward local, provincial and national projects, which align with the Pan-Canadian EHR Blueprint, itself developed by Infoway. Beyond these strategic investments, Infoway has no mandate to enforce compliance, as Canadian healthcare is generally governed at the Provincial level.(Source: Wikipedia)  


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.  


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.  ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (Source: ONC)  



The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organization, was an agency of the League of Nations. The constitution of the World Health Organization had been signed by all 61 countries of the United Nations by 22 July 1946, with the first meeting of the World Health Assembly finishing on 24 July 1948. It incorporated the Office International d’Hygiène Publique and the League of Nations Health Organization. Since its creation, it has been responsible for playing a leading role in the eradication of smallpox. Its current priorities include communicable diseases, in particular, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; the mitigation of the effects of non-communicable diseases; sexual and reproductive health, development, and aging; nutrition, food security and healthy eating; occupational health; substance abuse; and drive the development of reporting, publications, and networking. WHO is responsible for the World Health Report, a leading international publication on health, the worldwide World Health Survey, and World Health Day (7th-April of every Year). (Source: Wikipedia)