Global Health Workforce Council, American Health Information Management Association (External organisation)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of council


Appointed Member for Europe, Global Health Workforce Council 2014-16

The Global Health Workforce Council (GHWC) is a leadership group 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 health information technology. Healthcare systems require a well-trained and highly-skilled workforce. To ensure that 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 goal of the GHWC is to develop a global academic curricula standard that will guide educational programming and workforce training in health information management (HIM), health informatics (HI), and health information technology (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.
The GHWC consists of thirteen appointed members with a cross section of expertise from around the globe. Eleven representatives will be 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 IFHIMA)
 Six (6) Regional Representatives - one (1) from each of the IFHIMA/WHO regions: Africa, 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.
The GHWC will bring together a cross section of experts from education, healthcare, governments, and associations with health information management, technology or informatics 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 the curricula standard with various stakeholder groups.
The initial GHWC will launch in April 2014 with Council members appointed for a term of up to three (3) years. Council members are expected to attend regular virtual meetings and one (1) in-person meeting per year (travel expenses will be covered). They are expected to actively participate in the development of the curriculum, assist with gathering input or data, participate in reconciliation of comments, and assist with outreach and communication within their country or region.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) with its partner the International Federation for Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) as well as other key stakeholders are leading the initiative to advance a global health workforce curricula standard.
Held atGlobal Health Workforce Council, American Health Information Management Association, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • eHealth
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Digital Health
  • Health Workforce
  • Information Governance
  • Workforce Development
  • curriculum design
  • Competencies