Global Health Programs: Global Public Health Informatics
The Global Public Health informatics Program (GPHIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was developed to coordinate CDC global health informatics efforts with international partners and establish and administer a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Public Health Informatics. The Goal of GPHIP is to improve domestic and international public health informatics programs and advance the best informatics science, principles, strategies, standards, and practices.
Where We Work
- Saudi Arabia
Established in 2008 GPHIP provides informatics assistance to CDC-supported countries and collaboratively develops and applies innovative informatics solutions to support public health activities. GPHIP has provided CDC support for the development of a monitoring tool for the International Health Regulations (IHR). In addition, GPHIP has collaborated with Health Metrics Network and Open Architectures, Standards, and Information Systems (OASIS) for healthcare on development of public health information architecture for use at country levels. GPHIP collaborated with China CDC in the development and deployment of a mobile-based information system for use in health emergencies and surveys. GPHIP has also collaborated with the governments of Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Armenia in the development of electronic integrated disease surveillance systems.
Public Health Impact
As part of a crucial first step toward creating greater public health impact, the GPHIP informatics projects are designed to assist collaborative partners, countries and entities in the improvement of participating countries’ domestic as well as international public health informatics programs and advance the best informatics science, principles, strategies, standards, and practices. Currently, two major projects include: the NDS (National Disease Surveillance) and HSN (Health Surveillance Network) systems being developed and implemented in Saudi Arabia; and the EIDSS (Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System) that integrates the case data collection, demographic information, geographical information, laboratory analysis, sample tracking, epidemiological analysis, clinical information (including disease specific clinical signs). These projects and other collaborations are meant to improve public health informatics capacity in participating nations and entities that will, in turn, lead to a sustainable improvement in public health impact in the future.