Ghana Health Informatics Association(GHIA®) is a professional body of health informatics experts and enthusiasts in Ghana. It harnesses the expertise of it’s members to provide leadership in championing the initiative and use of health informatics tools to improve health delivery and to reduce operating cost of healthcare providers in Ghana. The association aims to develop policy ,advocate on behalf of its members, and provide opportunity for continuous training and professional development. The association engages in the planning, design, development, deployment, and maintenance of safe eHealth solutions and also educates eHealth system users and consumers on its benefits, whilst upholding professional ethics and privacy.
Our membership cuts across various industries that are stakeholders for healthcare delivery in Ghana. GHIA aids its members to learn,share,research, and create health informatics tools and solutions that will add to existing knowledge whereas increasing competencies nation wide.
Improving healthcare through Ghana Health Informatics Association (GHIA®):
- Provides a national focus for health informatics, its practitioners, industry, and users
- Advocates on behalf of its members and
- Provides opportunities for learning and professional development in health informatics
Health informatics is seen as a valued discipline with application across the spectrum of health services and its practitioners are recognized for their special knowledge.GHIA is viable, influential, and valued for the services it provides to its large membership.
As a professional society we:
- Work in the best interests of our members
- Promote ethical and professional conduct
- Have open, consensus-based processes
- Are effective champions for the value of health informatics
- Value our Government, industry partners and other stakeholders
- Operate effectively within a non-for-profit model
Specialized university departments and informatics training programs began the use of computer technology in medicine during the 1960s in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Similarly, the Ghana Health informatics Association originated from the department of Biostatistics under the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana. The aim was to build a formidable health informatics body, that will champion the innovations, development and deployment of health informatics tools and solutions in the country.
The association started with its membership limited to graduating year groups of the Masters program in Health Informatics. As a growing body, over the years, the association introduced various categories of memberships to include existing students and even health informatics enthusiasts.