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WHO Collaborating Center for Public Health Informatics

As a WHO Collaborating Center (WHO-CC) for Public Health Informatics, Global Public Health Informatics Program (GPHIP) has been designated to assist countries in meeting a range of global health goals and objectives. The program is focused on applying effective Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Public Health Informatics (PHI) to global health information systems.

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WHO and GPHIP Health Programs

GPHIP collaborates with two organizational units at WHO: Department of Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)/ International Health Regulations (IHR) Coordination Programme and the Department of Health Statistics and Informatics (HSI). As a WHO-CC, GPHIP helps ensure that countries use the proper application of information and communication technologies (ICT) and Public Health Informatics in their health information systems with the following goals:

  • Provide informatics support to the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.
  • Contribute skills and expertise to a global team supported by a roster of internal and external public health informatics experts.
  • Contribute to global informatics partnerships, standards, and architecture.
  • Provide country or sub-country level information system development and evaluation support.
  • Contribute to the development of a global health grid that will allow collaborative development and sharing of data, services, and tools.
  • Develop, provide, and implement solutions appropriate to specific settings.
  • Contribute to global informatics’ capacity development through provision of short- and long-term technical assistance and training.
  • Provide scientific exchange and learning forums that foster best practices and that address both the effectiveness and efficiency of public health practice, information systems, and tools.

Areas of focus:

  • Public Health Informatics standards
  • National health systems strengthening
  • Health statistics, measurement & trend assessment
  • Communicable diseases other than those specifically mentioned
  • Informatics and Telemedicine

Contact Information:
  • CDC
    Global Public Health Informatics Program
    1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-93
    Atlanta, GA 30333 USA
  • Phone: 404-639-3210
    Fax: 404-718-4001
  • Page last reviewed: November 7, 2012
  • Page last updated: November 7, 2012 The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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