With a membership that includes world-class scholars and practitioners, it is natural that AMIA shares a goal to improve the field of informatics, and thus to improve human health and delivery of health care services both in the United States and beyond its borders. AMIA’s international activities are known as its Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP), a concept that evolved from our longstanding involvement with informaticians and clinicians beyond the borders of the U.S. and further stimulated by grant support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation between 2008 and 2011.
AMIA is interested in fostering collaborations and partnerships between organizations and individuals working with a shared purpose and helping to find practical, sustainable, and scalable solutions to complex knowledge transfer problems. Building on these concepts, and based on existing educational programs, AMIA pursued two projects aimed at health informatics workforce development in resource-constrained regions, with an initial emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.
- With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Partnership Program (GPP) brought together many representatives from the international informatics community to design and plan a system of partner organizations (typically universities or health systems) that would enhance informatics educational opportunities in the context of healthcare delivery projects, with emphasis on using electronic health records to support both patient care and public health.
- The Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBs) project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, focused on the development of open source educational materials that provide knowledge and tools on health information use and management for health workers, technical staff, program managers, and policy-makers. HIBBs are modular, portable, accessible, reusable, and adaptable for local environments.
The advisory group for our global activities is AMIA’s International Affairs Committee, which has long been active in the international scientific community as it seeks to leverage biomedical informatics research to support health informatics applications globally and thus to improve public health and the quality and efficiency of health care everywhere.
Through our GHIP programs, AMIA has collaborated with IMIA and other global, regional, and national biomedical and health informatics organizations.