Health Informatics Education and Training Programs: Important Factors to Consider

May 2013

Kate Tulenko, Dykki Settle, and Rebecca Bailey, IntraHealth International

Health students in MaliHealth informatics is of growing importance in efforts to improve health outcomes across the globe, involving many components of health systems. It is primarily concerned with the process of making health-related data accessible and useful for evidence-based decision-making. To take advantage of the potential advantages offered by health informatics, health workers must be able to access relevant data and be comfortable with its application. Therefore, preservice education and in-service training in information technology should be part of the national investment in health systems. CapacityPlus can assist countries in successfully meeting that commitment.

This technical brief introduces the concept of health informatics and describes the considerations to be kept in mind when designing education and training programs for health informatics.

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