WHO Collaborating Center

World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Consumer Health Informatics

The Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research (CCHIR) at Nova Southeastern University has been designated by the World Health WHOOrganization (WHO) as a WHO Collaborating Center in Consumer Health Informatics. This represents the first such Collaborating Center designation by the WHO specific to consumer health informatics in the world. Globally, there are less than a dozen informatics centers of any type that have received this designation. The CCHIR (pronounced see-ker, as in seeking knowledge and answers) is part of the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy.

This designation of the CCHIR reflects its record of innovation and expertise as well as a history of jointly planned efforts in conjunction with the WHO. The designation was made, in part, to tap into the expertise at the CCHIR for its contributions to the development of a consumer health informatics research agenda with the WHO. As a WHO Collaborating Center, the CCHIR also becomes part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of WHO’s programs. Consequently, this designation strengthens capacity for the CCHIR to collaborate internally and externally as well as increasing research opportunities for NSU students.

Other initiatives by the CCHIR in its role as a WHO Collaborating Center include continued efforts investigating online health-related risks in concert with the Global Observatory for eHealth at the WHO and working in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in creating international postgraduate training opportunities in consumer health informatics and in evaluating the roles of mobile health (mHealth).

 The specific Terms of Reference for the CCHIR as a WHO Collaborating Center for Consumer Health Informatics include:

  1. Contribute to the development of a consumer health informatics research agenda with WHO.
  2. At the request of WHO, evaluate the roles of new media and mobile health (mHealth) in the fair and equitable provision of quality health and medicines information.
  3. Assess and characterize evolving online health-related risks to contribute to the WHO eHealth agenda, based on SO 10.7 and WHA Resolution 58.28.
  4. At the request of WHO/PAHO, create international postgraduate training opportunities in health informatics.