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					        Current state of health informatics and policy
                initiatives : Asia and Oceania

        In Asia and Australia-New Zealand, the regional group called the Asia Pacific Association for
Medical Informatics (APAMI) was established in 1994 and now consists of more than 15 member regions
in the Asia Pacific Region.


         The Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) is the professional association for health
informatics in the Asia-Pacific region. It represents the interests of a broad range of clinical and non-
clinical professionals working within the health informatics sphere through a commitment to quality,
standards and ethical practice.Founded in 2002, ACHI is increasingly valued for its thought leadership, its
trusted advisors and national and international experts in Health Informatics. ACHI is an academic
institutional member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and a full member of
the Australian Council of Professions. ACHI is a sponsor of the "e-Journal for Health Informatics", an
indexed and peer-reviewed professional journal. ACHI has also supported the "Australian Health
Informatics Education Council" (AHIEC) since its founding in 2009.

        Although there are a number of health informatics organisations in Australia, the Health
Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is regarded as the major umbrella group and is a member of the
International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Nursing informaticians were the driving force
behind the formation of HISA, which is now a company limited by guarantee of the members. The
membership comes from across the informatics spectrum that is from students to corporate affiliates.
HISA has a number of branches (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia) as well
as special interest groups such as nursing (NIA), pathology, aged and community care, industry and
medical imaging (Conrick, 2006).


Main article: Health informatics in China

Hong Kong

        In Hong Kong a computerized patient record system called the Clinical Management System
(CMS) has been developed by the Hospital Authority since 1994. This system has been deployed at all
the sites of the Authority (40 hospitals and 120 clinics), and is used by all 30,000 clinical staff on a daily
basis, with a daily transaction of up to 2 millions. The comprehensive records of 7 million patients are
available on-line in the Electronic Patient Record (ePR), with data integrated from all sites. Since 2004
radiology image viewing has been added to the ePR, with radiography images from any HA site being
available as part of the ePR.
        The Hong Kong Hospital Authority placed particular attention to the governance of clinical
systems development, with input from hundreds of clinicians being incorporated through a structured
process. The Health Informatics Section in Hong Kong Hospital Authority[27] has close relationship with
Information Technology Department and clinicians to develop healthcare systems for the organization
to support the service to all public hospitals and clinics in the region.

         The Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics (HKSMI) was established in 1987 to promote the
use of information technology in healthcare. The eHealth Consortium has been formed to bring together
clinicians from both the private and public sectors, medical informatics professionals and the IT industry
to further promote IT in healthcare in Hong Kong.


Main article: Indian Association for Medical Informatics

       Religare Technova IT solutions is attempting a new service to improve the healthcare
information system in India

New Zealand

        Health Informatics is taught at five New Zealand universities. The most mature and established
is the Otago programme which has been offered for over a decade. Health Informatics New Zealand
(HINZ)(, is the national organisation that advocates for Health Informatics. HINZ
organises a conference every year and also publishes an online journal- Healthcare Informatics Review

Saudi Arabia

        The Saudi Association for Health Information (SAHI) was established in 2006 to work under
direct supervision of King Saud University for Health Sciences to practice public activities, develop
theoretical and applicable knowledge, and provide scientific and applicable studies.

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