Over the past thirty years, Healthcare Informatics has developed from a narrow cross-disciplinary interest to a discipline in its own right. More and more universities across the world have established Departments of Informatics within their Medical Faculties; and in Ireland too we have a growing number of full-time Healthcare Informatics professionals, in hospitals, on health boards, in universities and in service companies.
The Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) incorporates the Healthcare Informatics section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. Thus, the Healthcare Informatics Society is in a position to build bridges between computer professionals interested in health care, and health care professionals interested in computing, while supporting and embracing the new professionals of healthcare informatics. There are currently over 700 members drawn from information technology, medicine, nursing, other professions allied to medicine, education, government and industry.
The Objectives, as set out in the Constitution, are:
To develop and disseminate knowledge of the use of informatics in health care.
To promote research and education in health care informatics.
To participate internationally with bodies of similar interests.
In pursuit of the third objective, the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland has been accepted as a member of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, and the International Medical Informatics Association.