From the International Medical Informatics Association

AMIA Launches Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP)

AMIA, the American Medical Informatics Association (, has launched a non-profit, wholly owned subsidiary organization called the Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP) to serve as an international center for collaborative initiatives on health informatics. Operationally supported by AMIA, GHIP (“gee-hip”), aims to build grassroots networks of health informatics advocates and professionals to strengthen health informatics capacity in low-resource settings, primarily in South America, Africa, and Asia. All GHIP activities will conform to open standards, open content, and open-access principles and practices, and are guided by established informatics principles.

The GHIP website, still being finalised, will be at Full details of GHIP and a fuller release will be available from AMIA.

IMIA is one of several organisations with which GHIP is already partnering; other global health leadership partners include Health Metrics Network, a partnership hosted by the World Health Organization; IntraHealth International; Millennium Villages Project, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Regenstrief Institute, Inc. (at Indiana University School of Medicine); OER Africa (an initiative of South Africa Institute for Distance Education); and OpenMRS.

Robert Mayes has been appointed Executive Director of GHIP; he has served as a senior advisor on health information technology issues at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Information Technology Program. His recent work has focused on mobile technologies and the role of social networks in health care. Mayes is also a registered nurse with clinical experience in both acute care and community nursing, and holds degrees in anthropology, nursing, and nursing informatics.

GHIP is governed by a newly named Board of Directors: John H. Holmes (Chair); Dominik Aronsky; Antoine Geissbuhler; Rita Kukafka; Gilad Kuperman; Heimar de Fatima Marin; and  Chris Seebregts.

Mayes will lead the newly formed GHIP team to Cape Town, South Africa, in September for Medinfo2010, where they will introduce a group of prototypes called HIBBs, Health Informatics Building Blocks; informatics training modules designed for community health workers in low-resource clinical settings.

Health Information Building Blocks (HIBBs) are open source training modules designed to help users in low resource settings gain proficiency in the use of health information and communication technology applications such as electronic health records. The HIBBs Project, part of the Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHiP), will be rolling out its first HIBB prototypes at the MedInfo2010 Conference in Cape Town. Attendees can stop by Booth #5 to test a HIBB and then enter a contest to win a VISA gift card.

September 1, 2010 Posted by | Africa, AMIA, education, IMIA, USA | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Medinfo2010 Month: 200th Post

September 2010 is finally here, the month for Medinfo2010, IMIA’s triennial world congress. So, it is fitting that this, our 200th post on this particular news channel, should be about Medinfo2010, given the importance that Medinfo has in the IMIA calendar.

As all readers of this news blog should know by now, Cape Town, South Africa will host the 13th International Congress on Medical Informatics – Medinfo2010 – from the 12 – 15 of September 2010. This will be the first African Medinfo, and provides the opportunity for health informaticians from around the world – whether they are actively involved in IMIA and its member and associated organisations or not – to come together to exchange information, meet old friends, make new contacts and collaborations, and generally develop their own professional knowledge and the field of health informatics.

The Medinfo2010 programme is on the website; the event features keynotes, papers, posters, workshops, panels and tutorials. For those unable to be there in person, there will be a raft of opportunities for interaction through social media; some of these are linked/grouped at while many other individuals will be blogging, tweeting and otherwise talking about the event. Medinfo2010 also has a Facebook event page – and a LinkedIn group – and is on Twitter @medinfo2010

Medinfo events are not just about the conference, the learning and the networking. They also provide an opportunity for IMIA’s annual business meetings of its Board and General Assembly, for meetings of its Working Groups and Nursing Special Interest Group, and many other meetings associated with IMIA’s day-to-day activities.

We look forward to seeing many colleagues at Medinfo2010 – but if you cannot be there, then think about attending one of the other events related to IMIA and/or its WG/SIG, regional groups, member societies, etc. These include:

MIE2011 in Oslo, Norway: August 2011 –

NI2012 in Montreal, Canada: June, 2012 –

Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark: September 2013

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