Global Health Workforce Council

In 2014 AHIMA founded and convened the Global Health Workforce Council (GHWC), a diverse group of health information leaders from around the world whose purpose is to oversee the development of an internationally applicable health information curricula and competency standard. As e-health technologies expand globally, human resources are the most critical prerequisite for the implementation and on going 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 curricula standard to guide education and training programs.

The GHWC’s goal is to develop a global academic curricula 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 workgroups and stakeholders.

In addition to the GHWC, there will be country-level workgroups where a lead organization brings stakeholders together to review and provide feedback on the global HIM/HI/HIT curricula standards and competencies.

Structure and Qualifications:

The GHWC brings together a cross-section of experts from education, healthcare, governments, and associations with HIM, HIT, or HI expertise to advance the global curricula. Council members are sought who have demonstrated leadership in the field, and who possess recognition and influence within their country or region and the ability to gain support for curricula standard with various stakeholder groups.

The GHWC consists of 13 appointed members with a cross section of expertise from around the globe. Eleven representatives are recruited from countries and regions to ensure a balance of representation and expertise. The Council structure includes:

  • Two (2) Chairs (one each from AHIMA Foundation and the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA)
  • Six (6) Regional Representatives—one (1) from each of the World Health Organization regions: Africa, the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South East Asia, and Western Pacific
  • Five (5) Representatives-at-Large from targeted countries (Brazil, India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
  • In addition to the GHWC, there will be country-level workgroups where a lead organization brings stakeholders together to review and provide feedback on the global HIM/HI/HIT curricula standards and competencies.

Meet the Global Health Workforce Council