Health Informatics for Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Short Course for Health Information System Professionals

MEASURE Evaluation, working collaboratively with the Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health (GEMNet-Health), developed this international health informatics curriculum to be used as in-service training for digital health staff.

Health Informatics Curriculum

According to the World Health Organization, digital health, also known as eHealth or health informatics, is the use of information and communications technology (ICT) for health. In its broadest sense, eHealth is concerned with improving the flow of information, by electronic means, to support the delivery of health services and the management of health systems. The potential benefits of digital health are numerous: improved efficiency, effectiveness, disease prevention, and patient safety and empowerment. But these benefits cannot be realized without the right technology, the right processes, and digitally adept human resources.

Low- and middle-income countries are vigorously rolling out digital health, but lack the appropriate digital health workforce. MEASURE Evaluation, working collaboratively with the Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health (GEMNet-Health), developed this international health informatics curriculum to be used as in-service training for digital health staff.

The curriculum has four units of lectures and interactive activities that can be adapted to meet the objectives of your course. The course materials are listed below for download and use. See the course syllabus for more details.

Unit One: Introduction to Health Informatics

Unit 1.0a: Introduction and Overview

Unit 1.0b: Activity 1

Unit 1.1: Health Informatics for HIS

Unit 1.2: Patient-Centered Information Systems

Unit 1.3a: Clinical Decision Support Systems

Unit 1.3b: Activity 2

Unit 1.4: Health Informatics for Behavior Change Communication

Unit 1.5: Telehealth 

Unit 1.Xa Patient Monitoring Systems

Unit 1.Xb: Activity 3

Unit 1.Xc: Information Systems


Unit Two: Information Systems for Health

Unit 2.0: Information Systems

Unit 2.1a: Databases and SQL

Unit 2.1b: Activity 1

Unit 2.2a: Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality

Unit 2.2b: Activity 2

Unit 2.Xa: Privacy and Security Lecture A

Unit 2.Xb: Privacy and Security Lecture B

Unit 2.Xc: Privacy and Security Lecture C

Unit 2.Xd: Networks

Unit 2.Xe: Computer Software

Unit 2.Xf: Computer Hardware 


Unit Three: Data and Interoperability 

Unit 3.0: Standards to Promote HIE

Unit 3.1a: National and International Standards Developing Organizations

Unit 3.1b: Activity 1

Unit 3.2: Data Warehousing

Unit 3.3a: Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics Lecture A

Unit 3.3b: Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics Lecture B

Unit 3.4a: Activity 2

Unit 3.4b: Activity 2 Instructions

Unit 3.Xa: Case Study

Unit 3.Xb: ICT for Integration and Interoperability


Unit Four: Process Improvement, System Design, and Usability Evaluation

Unit 4.0a: Introduction to Quality Improvement and the HIT

Unit 4.0b: Activity 1

Unit 4.1a: Process Mapping Theory

Unit 4.1b: Activity 2

Unit 4.2a: Process Analysis

Unit 4.2b: Activity 3

Unit 4.3: People and Technology

Unit 4.4a: Process Redesign Lecture A

Unit 4.4b: Process Redesign Lecture B

Unit 4.5: Requirements for Engineering 

Unit 4.6: Evaluating Usability

Unit 4.Xa: Activity 4 

Unit 4.Xb: Activity 5

Unit 4.Xc: People and Technology

Download a zip file containing all four units.