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Dr. Toshio Oi
Dr. Tsuneo Sakai
Dr. Toshio Oi
Chairman of Japan Society of
Health Information Management
Dr. Tsuneo Sakai
President of Japan Hospital Association

On behalf of the 2016 18th IFHIMA Congress Organizing Committee, we would like to extend our sincere invitation for the 18th Congress of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) scheduled to be held at the Tokyo International Forum from October 12 (Wednesday) to October 14 (Friday), 2016.

The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) was established in 1968 as a forum for academic exchange among health information managers from countries around the world. The Japan Society of Health Information Management (JHIM) that is one of the projects of the Japan Hospital Association joined the IFHIMA in 2006 representing Japan. It has served as the executive officer for the Southeast Asia region since 2010, and this year marks the second term for those duties.

The IFHIMA Congress is held every three years in one of the major member countries, and the previous congress was held in Montreal, Canada in 2013. The upcoming congress will be the 18th. It will be the second time that the congress has been held in Asia and the first time that it has been held in Japan.

The main theme of the congress is "A New Chapter in Global HIM Begins: Application, Implementation and Dissemination" and symposiums will be held relating to this theme. Over 1,000 health information managers from over 45 countries and regions around the world will gather in Tokyo to exchange views on the current state of affairs in their respective countries. We also plan to have active discussions on the future outlook for health information management.

The congress will be held on the verge of the birth of the 11th International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) that is the international statistical standard for causes of death and disease released by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO high officials will be invited to deliver a keynote address and the Japanese medical industry will work together to make significant contributions to the ICD-11 revisions through academic support in accordance with the positioning of 2016 as a year of important preparations for the successful launch of ICD-11.

Furthermore, the WHO-FIC Network Annual Meeting and the 42nd Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Health Information Management are scheduled to be held at the same time as the congress. As the congress will be a monumental one that will provide a forum for the managers preparing to launch ICD to meet in one place with ICD users from both Japan and overseas, we are confident that it will also serve as a landmark in health information management history.

We very much look forward to your participation in the 18th IFHIMA Congress and to welcoming you to Tokyo.

Sincerely,

Toshio Oi Tsuneo Sakai
Dr. Toshio Oi
Chairman of Japan Society of
Health Information Management
Dr. Tsuneo Sakai
President of Japan Hospital Association

Angelika Haendel
Angelika Haendel
IFHIMA President
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) it is my honour to cordially invite you to the 18th IFHIMA World Congress to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from October 12th – 14th, 2016.

The congress theme "A New Chapter in Global HIM Begins Application, Implementation and Dissemination" reflects the growing importance of Health Information Management (HIM) globally. The rapid technological progress in the health care sector brings many challenges to the HIM profession across the globe. However, many developing countries do not yet have an adequately trained HIM workforce. The congress program will be rich in presenting the most up-to-date Health Information Management practices as well as addressing the special needs of Health Information Professionals from developing countries.

The IFHIMA congresses are major events in the field of Health Information Management bringing together practitioners, students, and other professionals interested in Health Information Management from all over the world. IFHIMA is the voice of international Health Information Management, and its international congresses are the flagship events in this area.

The IFHIMA 2016 Congress promises to be an unforgettable event. International leaders and renowned speakers of the discipline will present the most recent advances in Health Information Management. Moreover, the congress will provide a key networking and educational interface for colleagues from healthcare institutions, industry, universities, education programms and independent research organizations to come together to learn, to exchange experiences and to develop enduring friendships.

We look forward to a memorable congress.
See you in Tokyo in October 2016!

Yours sincerely,
Angelika Haendel
Angelika Haendel
IFHIMA President

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