The Pacific Health Information Network (PHIN) was established at the Health Metrics Network (HMN) meeting in Noumea in 2006. Since then various workshops and meetings have been held across the Pacific region. PHIN was created to provide a mechanism for networking, support, information sharing and training for people working as health information professionals in the region. PHIN is not a registered organisation, but has a strong affiliation with the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). The PHIN Secretariat is currently located at the Health Information Systems (HIS) Knowledge Hub, based at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. The current President of PHIN is Mr Shivnay Naidu from the Ministry of Health in Fiji.
The following PHIN meetings have been held since 2006:
- October 2006, Noumea, New Caledonia
- September 2008, Brisbane, Australia
- September 2009, Nadi, Fiji
- November 2010, Brisbane, Australia
- June 2011, Brisbane, Australia
- August 2011, Nadi, Fiji
- June 2013, Pacific Harbour, Fiji
The HIS Short Course held in Brisbane in October was attended by a number of PHIN members
Membership of PHIN is currently open to all Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Members are able to attend PHIN meetings, participate in discussions and decision-making events, and advocate for health information at important events within their country. Membership is free and is reviewed annually. PHIN members are encouraged to recommend other colleagues in the region to join the Network to broaden and strengthen its effectiveness. As of June 2013, there are currently 71 PHIN members from 16 different Pacific Island Countries and Territories including:
- Cook Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Independent state of Samoa
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of Fiji
- Republic of Kiribati
- Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Republic of Nauru
- Republic of Palau
- Republic of Vanuatu
- Solomon Islands
PHIN aims to support health outcomes and health systems through the strengthening of health information. To achieve this PHIN has a number of specific target outcomes across the region including:
- To support the integration of health information systems (HIS), and to ensure that cost-effective, timely, reliable and relevant information is available, and used, to better inform health development policies
- To provide a capacity building mechanism for networking, support, information sharing and training for people working as health information professionals
- To promote health information systems in a broader health system strengthening agenda.
Health in Pacific Island Countries and Territories is enhanced through better use of quality and timely information.
Professionals working in health information systems in Pacific Island Countries and Territories shall promote and use reliable, complete and timely information for decision-making and for achieving greater health outcomes.