Global Health Workforce Council
The use of health information technology products and services is growing globally as countries innovate their healthcare system to improve outcomes and reduce cost. All healthcare systems, regardless of how well financed or organized, require sufficient numbers of well-trained and highly skilled workers to implement and manage their health information technology systems long-term. To address this need, the U.S. Department of Commerce through the MDCP is supporting the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and its partner the International Federation of Health Information Management Association (IFHIMA) in an initiative to establish a global health information curricula and competency standard that provides a framework for healthcare and education systems worldwide to update and/or build a workforce strategy.
The Global Health Workforce Council (GHWC) is a leadership group whose purpose is to oversee the development of an internationally applicable health information curricula and competency standard. As e-health technologies expand globally, human resources are the most critical prerequisite for the implementation and on-going management of health information technology. Healthcare systems require a well-trained and highly-skilled workforce. To ensure that this workforce is available a comprehensive healthcare education and workforce strategy is needed, beginning with a solid curricula standard to guide education and training programs.
The goal of the GHWC is to develop a global academic curricula standard that will guide educational programming and workforce training in health information management (HIM), health informatics (HI), and health information technology (HIT) to increase the number of trained HIM, HI, and HIT professionals. The standard will be developed through an open and transparent process that seeks input and consensus from country-level workgroups and stakeholders.
The GHWC consists of thirteen appointed members with a cross section of expertise from around the globe. Eleven representatives are recruited from countries and regions that ensure a balance of representation and expertise. The Council structure includes:
- Two (2) Chairs (one each from AHIMA Foundation and IFHIMA)
- Six (6) Regional Representatives - one (1) from each of the IFHIMA/WHO regions: Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South East Asia, and Western Pacific
- Five (5) Representatives-at-Large from countries of focus (Brazil, India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
In addition to the GHWC, country-level workgroups are encouraged to bring stakeholders together to review and provide feedback on the global HIM/HI/HIT curricula standard.
The GHWC brings together a cross section of experts from education, healthcare, governments, and associations with health information management, technology or informatics expertise to advance the global curricula. Council members have demonstrated leadership in the field and possess recognition and influence within their country or region.
Role and Responsibilities:
The initial GHWC launched in 2014 with Council members appointed for a term of up to three (3) years. Council members attend regular virtual meetings and one (1) in-person meeting per year (travel expenses maybe covered). They actively participate in the development of the curricula, assist with gathering input or data, and participate in reconciliation of comments. The GHWC assists with outreach through communication and dissemination within their country or region in an effort to promote national-level adoption.