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 | , , , , , , , ,

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