The American Medical Informatics Association, a trade group representing healthcare-informatics professionals, has created an organization to serve as an international training ground, resource center and facilitator of informatics use in low-resource regions.
The not-for-profit Global Health Informatics Partnership, or GHIP, aims to build a grass-roots group of informatics professionals and advocates that will work to expand the use of informatics in regions such as Africa, Asia and South America, according to a news release. Informatics data is used to track care-delivery trends and medical outcomes; this information can inform best practices in treatment settings.
Robert Mayes, former senior adviser on health information technology for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has been appointed executive director of GHIP. Mayes, a registered nurse, also previously served as senior health informatics adviser to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Global AIDS Program.
The organization expects to launch a web portal on Sept. 13 that will facilitate much of its work. Among other resources, the portal will house sharable informatics data, serve as a training platform for informatics users and provide a setting where users can collaborate on real-world healthcare delivery projects, according to the news release.