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. This project provided practical tools to help educate applied informaticians, public health workers, policy makers, and healthcare practitioners in low-resource settings. The HIBBs project promoted the development of open source educational materials that provide knowledge and skills on health information use and management and was previously hosted by SAIDE’s OER Africa web site.
Through our GHIP programs, AMIA serves as the US national member society to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and regularly collaborates with IMIA and other global, regional, and national biomedical and health informatics organizations.