Global Healthcare Information Network
Since 2005, Global Healthcare Information Network (GHIN), located in Oxford, United Kingdom, is dedicated to helping others work more effectively together in the creation, exchange and use of healthcare information. The focus is on primary and district healthcare in low and middle income countries, including both professional and lay healthcare providers. GHIN itself is not a provider of healthcare information. It is a networking organization that encourages all stakeholders to contribute to its strategic development. GHIN provides inclusive support through communication, understanding and effective advocacy action.
GHIN is working with a range of organizations to facilitate the availability and use of healthcare information in developing countries. HIF-net is an email discussion group which aims to increase access to information for health researchers and health professionals in developing countries. In October 2006, GHIN and others launched the first phase of a major campaign. The goal is for every person worldwide, by 2015, to have access to an informed healthcare provider. These providers worldwide will have the data they need to deliver safe, effective healthcare. Lack of access to essential healthcare information will no longer be a major barrier to the delivery of care in developing countries.
Links to the health workforce crisis
GHIN endeavors to reach its goals by 2015 -- every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider. The HIFA2015 Community includes all those involved in the creation, exchange and use of information: health workers, producers of reference and learning materials, librarians, technologists, researchers, policymakers, and the general public.
The project’s key tasks and outcomes will be:
- Establish email forums and other communication channels to foster sharing of experience and expertise;
- Develop a Knowledge Base on information needs and ways of meeting needs, through literature reviews (e.g. health workers’ knowledge of common illnesses) and collaborative technologies; and
- Foster an evolving Agenda for Action and Advocacy for cost-effective solutions (e.g. development of resources that meet the needs of primary health workers in local languages).
Call for knowledge information:
Alliance Members are invited to submit any relevant knowledge products such as documents, reports, tools, multimedia, links to specific project web sites by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Alliance Secretariat will publish relevant products on the Member's page.
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