Is Integration of Health Information Systems Possible?
This question prompted lively discussion among 98 participants from 29 countries in a week-long, online discussion forum entitled “Is Integration of Health Information Systems Possible? Some Issues and Considerations.” The forum was hosted by the Routine Health Information Network (RHINO) July 27-July 31, 2009, and moderated by Dr. Francis Kiweewa, Intern at John Snow Inc. and Dr. Anwer Aqil, Senior Health Information Systems Advisor of MEASURE Evaluation.
To address the critical role of the Routine Health Information System (RHIS) in improving health system performance, RHINO, in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP), the Mexico Ministry of Health, and MEASURE Evaluation, will host an international workshop in Guanajuato, Mexico. The workshop will examine how to measure and improve RHIS performance, how RHIS can better support health system performance and how changes in RHIS and health system performance lead to better health outcomes.
RHINO is a collaboration of developing country governments, donor agencies, technical groups, and private organizations whose purpose is to strengthen the role of evidence-based decision-making by engaging organizations and professionals in promotion of effective collection and use of routine health information, especially at the district level and below. To join RHINO and learn about membership opportunities and benefits, visit www.rhinonet.org.