Health Informatics for Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Short Course for Health Information System Professionals
According to the World Health Organization, digital health, also known as eHealth or health informatics, is the use of information and communications technology (ICT) for health. In its broadest sense, eHealth is concerned with improving the flow of information, by electronic means, to support the delivery of health services and the management of health systems. The potential benefits of digital health are numerous: improved efficiency, effectiveness, disease prevention, and patient safety and empowerment. But these benefits cannot be realized without the right technology, the right processes, and digitally adept human resources.
Low- and middle-income countries are vigorously rolling out digital health, but lack the appropriate digital health workforce. MEASURE Evaluation, working collaboratively with the Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health (GEMNet-Health), developed this international health informatics curriculum to be used as in-service training for digital health staff.
The curriculum has four units of lectures and interactive activities that can be adapted to meet the objectives of your course. The course materials are listed here for download and use. See the course syllabus for more details.