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WHO's health informatics related guides and manuals:
The following health informatics' related manuals/guides published by the Western Pacific Regional Office of the WHO are available on its websites (web addresses given for each document).
1. Improving Data Quality: A Guide for Developing Countries (2003)
2. Developing Health Management Information Systems: A Practical Guide for Developing Countries (2004)
3. Medical Records Manual: A Guide for Developing Countries (2006)
4. Electronic Health Records: Manual for Developing Countries (2006)
AED-SATELLIFE Center for Health Information and Technology
AED-SATELLIFE is an international not-for-profit organization based in the US. It serves the urgent health information needs of the world's poorest countries through the innovative use of information technology. AED-SATELLIFE produces 4 e-mail newsletters that provide abstracts and full text articles of original research and reviews from current issues of medical and health journals, including the Lancet, the British Medical Journal, Tropical Medicine and International Health, the South African Medical Journal, the East African Medical Journal, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and many more. The content is focused on research relevant to the developing world, and HealthNet News is available free of charge ONLY to those living in low-income countries. The four HealthNet Newsletters are:
HealthNet News (HNN): Weekly up-to-date, clinical and research information on various health topics
HealthNet News AIDS: Bi-weekly HIV/AIDS focused clinical and public health information
HealthNet News Community Health: Monthly current, thematic public health information
HealthNet News Nursing: Monthly reliable content on nursing practices, management, and care
Those living in low-income countries can subscribe free of charge on
Healthcare Information For All by 2015
Healthcare Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015) is a global campaign that aims to bring stakeholders together around a common goal: ‘By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider’.
Their approach is participatory and they focus on:
HIFA2015 also has a discussion group that provides a neutral discussion space for all those with an interest in the creation, exchange and use of relevant, practical healthcare information for family carers, primary health workers, and district-level healthcare providers in developing and transitional countries. They hold international conferences and publish relevant material.
BCS's activity for health informatics in developing countries
The British Computer Society (BCS) is a leading body for those working in IT. It carries out several IT related activities and one of the areas it focuses on is Health Informatics. An activity BCS held in August 2007, in which International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and World Health Organization (WHO) participated, focused on health informatics in developing countries where experiences from developing countries were shared.
A summary of the proceeds of the working group where (Re-)emerging and developed countries share experience can be found at http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.14487