The Irish Computer Society and The Health Informatics Society of Ireland hosted a meeting of the Global Health Workforce Council (GHWC).
GHWC represents a diverse group of health information leaders from around the world whose purpose is to oversee the development of an internationally applicable health information curriculum and competency standard.
As e-health technologies expand globally, human resources are the most critical prerequisite for the implementation and ongoing management of HIT. Healthcare systems require a well-trained and highly skilled workforce. To ensure this workforce is available, comprehensive healthcare education and workforce strategy is needed, beginning with a solid curriculum standard to guide education and training programs.
The GHWC’s goal is to develop a global academic curriculum standard that will guide educational programming and workforce training in HIM, health informatics (HI), and 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 work-groups and stakeholders.
During the January 18-20th meeting at the Irish Computer Society, the Council responded to public comments received from countries and stakeholder organisations around the world. The first version of the Global Curriculum will be released later in 2015.
More information about the GHWC is available on www.ahima.org/global.