If you haven’t picked up already, the hottest trends in global informatics are around standards and interoperability. For that reason I want to strongly recommend that you
read the new technical brief
Establishing and Using Data Standards in Health Workforce Information Systems . This is a great introduction to standards with field tested examples of their use. As a member of the HWR registry Community, this is a must read. More importantly, I believe
this could be a piece that will complement any explanation of a Health Worker Registry and the role it plays within an information exchange. So if you know anyone who finds this type of work interesting, perhaps they could get involved in the OpenHIE Health
Worker Registry Community because this is exactly what we’re working on at the moment.
Looking forward to getting some feedback on the brief, if you read it and would like to comment, please share it with the rest of us here in the mailing list.
Establishing and Using Data Standards in Health Workforce Information Systems
In the health sector, human resources information systems are successful when they support policy and management decisions and when those decisions lead to better health care. But success depends on the quality of the human resources for health (HRH) data going
into the system. This technical brief discusses organizational, national, and international data standards that can help countries ensure the quality of their data.
For example, international data standards can:
Facilitate regional and cross-country comparison of HRH issues
Define standard HRH terminology
Specify how information systems can communicate with one another to exchange health worker information across systems.
The technical brief also provides several country examples that illustrate the importance of engaging and building the capacity of both data users and data producers.