Access to Health Information: HIFA (Health Information For All) Launches “Voices” Database
The HIFA Voices database will bring together the experiential knowledge of HIFA members: more than 12,000 professionals from over 2500 organisations in 170 countries, ranging from senior executives at the World Health Organization in Geneva to community health workers in rural Gambia. Our common vision is a world where every person and every health professional has access to the information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.
HIFA Voices harnesses the practical expertise of providers and users of healthcare information, together with relevant health information sciences literature.
The HIFA web site also notes:
HIFA Voices is a specialised, experiential database that helps us collectively to build a picture of the global healthcare knowledge ecosystem and the drivers and barriers within it. HIFA Voices is not itself a provider of healthcare information.”
HIFA Voices lists The Lancet, Elsevier, mPowering and Intel has sponsors.
See Also: HIFA Voices tackles information poverty to improve global health (via Elsevier Connect; June 2014)
HIFA Voices will support global efforts to improve the availability and use of timely, relevant, reliable healthcare information. The initiative builds on the growing success of HIFA (Healthcare Information for All), a global campaign launched in 2006 at the 10th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Mombasa, Kenya.
Through HIFA Voices, we aim to answer three critical questions:
What are the healthcare information and learning needs of different groups of citizens and health workers in different settings?
What are the barriers and drivers to meeting those needs?
What must be done — and how — to improve the availability and use of relevant, reliable, actionable healthcare information?
HIFA Voices will be a searchable, multilingual database containing selected quotations from HIFA forums as well as citations of key literature in health information and library science. It will also link to other databases, including the Human Resources for Health Global Resource Center.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.