"The application of health informatics on the ground, which HIBBS provides, benefits healthcare and policy professionals and empowers them to help improve healthcare in their home countries," said Karl Brown, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director of Applied Technology. "A multitude of families and individuals will be impacted."
While providing low- or no-cost training to workers in sub-Saharan Africa, the HIBBs initiative is responsive to a World Health Organization report published in 2008 that cited Sub-Saharan Africa with dire need of 1.5 million more health workers to provide basic services for its population.
"We are excited about the HIBBs program's potential to enhance professional capacity to plan and manage high-performing health systems, a key Rockefeller Foundation focus for transforming health systems," Brown added.
Typically, a HIBB will be one to four hours in length and made available for
local organizations to help meet specific training needs. When technologically possible, HIBBs content may be offered via web-streaming. Alternatively, they may be offered on CDs or as software designed for handheld devices or mobile phones. HIBBs will emphasize rapid, efficient, and qualitative acquisition of practical knowledge and skills that health workers need to carry out their jobs rather than provision of informatics education leading to formal degrees. Emphasis will be placed on development, implementation, maintenance, evolution, and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and public health data reporting. Developed first in English, HIBBs subsequently may be translated into other languages by local users. Local customization will help ensure conten
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