The Chinese Society was removed from the International Society of Medical Information for Mysterious Man Incident

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 The Chinese Society was removed from the International Society of Medical Information for Mysterious Man Incident


The International Institute of Medical Information (IMIA) is a non-governmental organization accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO). One of its aims is to cross geographical and professional boundaries and promote the interaction of medical informatics. IMIA has more than 45 state-level and comparable State-level Community members. The Chinese Medical Information Society, affiliated to the National Association of Pharmaceutical Technology Markets, is a legitimate institution representing China in IMIA.

According to the person in charge, the 17th World Conference on Medical and Health Informatics was held in Lyon, France, from 26 to 30 August. At the IMIA General Assembly, Christoph Lehmann, President of IMIA, put forward the proposal of removing the Chinese Association from the IMIA. All members voted 28 in favour of 10 abstentions. Against, CMIA is removed from the list by IMIA according to the principle that more than two-thirds of the votes will be regarded as passed.

This is the last meeting of Christopher Raymond in his term of office. Coincidentally, while removing CMIA from office, Christopher Raymond nominated the president of Taiwan Medical Informatics Association as chairman of the International Medical Information Society for 2021-2023. Previously, the IMIA had never listed Taiwan as a member. Subsequently, CMIA submitted negotiations to the General Assembly, but IMIA considered that these initiatives were in accordance with the statute of the Assembly and did not take CMIAs views.

The director told the Global Times that Christopher Raymond was removed from CMIA because of a mysterious man, Mike. The International Congress on Medical Health Informatics is held biennially and the 16th Congress is held in China in August 2017. According to the relevant foreign societies, a self-proclaimed Mike contacted many IMIA member societies in the name of CMIA and Congress organization during the preparatory period of 2017 to request invitations (known as the United States, Canada, Brazil, etc.) and made many delegations and visits, and also made a number of commitments to foreign institutions. These visitors do not know where they are going after less than 30 minutes of contact with foreign academies, let alone what activities they have.

Because of Mikes behavior, the IMIA and the relevant national associations believe that the Chinese Association hides the truth from international organizations and fails to fulfill its commitments, and ask the Chinese Association to explain the schedule and activities of Xiamen Mike and its group of visiting countries by the end of July 2019. Otherwise, the proposal of removing the Chinese Association (CMIA) from the International Institute of Medical Information (IMIA) will be submitted at the meeting of all members of the International Society of Medical Information in August 2019.

In response, CMIA and Xiamen Municipal Government, which jointly sponsored the 2017 World Conference on Medical and Health Informatics, have investigated the situation and said that no such person has been found. According to the introduction, the relevant foreign societies reflected the Mike incident, but did not provide any identity information, telephone and other clues about Mike to the Chinese side, leading to the Chinese side simply unable to find Mike.

Whatever the facts and the reasons, the person in charge said, Now, we are looking for this mysterious Mike. We hope to find this Mike one day earlier, find out the truth, and prove to IMIA that Mike is not a member of our association. His actions can not represent our association and strive for early recovery. The Association of Nations is the legitimate seat of CMIA in international organizations.

On the 10th, Global Times correspondent sent a letter to IMIA about the delisting incident, and no response was received as of the date of publication. At present, on the official website of IMIA, the Chinese Medical Information Society does not appear among the members, and TAMI (Taiwan Medical Informatics Association) is among the members. On the official website of Taiwan Medical Informatics Association, a message published on August 29 showed that Li Youtian, a permanent director of Taiwan Medical Informatics Association and Dean of the Medical Science and Technology College of Taipei Medical University, was elected president of IMIA from 2021 to 2023. The news also said that TAMI won the right to host the 2023 conference of the International Medical Information Association, showing that Taiwans medical information has gained international recognition and shines on the international stage. Source: WWW Author: Guo Yuantan, Editor-in-Charge: Wang Ning_NB12468

On the 10th, Global Times correspondent sent a letter to IMIA about the delisting incident, and no response was received as of the date of publication.

At present, on the official website of IMIA, the Chinese Medical Information Society does not appear among the members, and TAMI (Taiwan Medical Informatics Association) is among the members. On the official website of Taiwan Medical Informatics Association, a message published on August 29 showed that Li Youtian, a permanent director of Taiwan Medical Informatics Association and Dean of the Medical Science and Technology College of Taipei Medical University, was elected president of IMIA from 2021 to 2023. The news also said that TAMI won the right to host the 2023 conference of the International Medical Information Association, showing that Taiwans medical information has gained international recognition and shines on the international stage.