Health Information System Strengthening Model: HIS Performance

The data use and data quality area of the Health Information System Strengthening Model (HISSM) is where performance of an HIS can be measured.

HIS PerformanceThe main purpose of a health information system (HIS) is to produce high-quality information to meet health sector decision making needs at all levels. The data use and data quality area of the Health Information System Strengthening Model (HISSM) is where performance of an HIS can be measured.

Data quality can be measured through completeness, timeliness, and accuracy. Each data source—routine and nonroutine—has its own mechanisms to ensure data quality.

Data use “…is the analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and review of data as part of decision-making processes, regardless of the source of data” (Nutley & Reynolds, 2013). Data use—a key output of the HISSM—relies on the use of data from multiple HIS data sources. It occurs at every level of the health system: formally and informally, and planned and ad hoc.

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HIS performance

Data quality 

An area of HIS performance measured by the quality of the data collected to support the HIS

Data use

An area of HIS performance measured by the use of HIS data to generate health indicators, statistics, trends, and coverage, and for data-informed decision making based on the health sector’s decision making needs

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