HIFA Vision: 'A world where every person and every health worker has access to the reliable healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others, and is protected from misinformation.'
HIFA Mission: To accelerate progress towards the HIFA Vision by promoting communication, understanding, and advocacy among all stakeholders in the production, exchange and use of reliable healthcare information.
HIFA's 20,000 members represent every aspect of the global healthcare information system (below). They share experience and expertise around
- how to improve quality of health care (especially in low- and middle-income countries),
- how to improve the availability and use of reliable healthcare information and
- how to protect people from misinformation.
HIFA members interact on six global forums in four languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish). They represent thousands of health and development organisations in 180 countries worldwide, of which more than 400 officially support the HIFA vision.
‘The development of reliable, relevant, usable information can be represented as a system that requires cooperation among a wide range of professionals including health-care providers, policy makers, researchers, publishers, information professionals, indexers, and systematic reviewers. The system is not working because it is poorly understood, unmanaged, and under-resourced.’ The Lancet 2004
The Global Healthcare Information System
Adapted from Godlee F, Pakenham-Walsh N, Ncayiyana D, Cohen B, Packer A. Can we achieve health information for all by 2015? The Lancet 2004;364(9430):295-300