RHINO Online Forum: Private Sector Participation in Health Information Development and Use
Please join us for an upcoming RHINO online forum on "Private Sector Participation in Health Information Development and Use" that will take place from October 9 to October 16, 2012.
Please register here by October 2, 2012 in order to be added to the forum.
RHINO in collaboration with USAID- funded MEASURE Evaluation, is hosting an online forum led by Bolaji Fapohunda, PhD., Senior Technical Advisor of MEASURE Evaluation, who will guide a focused discussion on the key issues in routine data development and use in the private sector and the linkages with the public sector.
Evidence suggests that substantial components of formal sector health services in developing countries are provided by private sector institutions (NGOS and for-profit practitioners). Yet, the national health management information system’s (HMIS) architecture in these countries appears to be dominated largely by data from the public sector information. In many countries, the role of the private sector and the way it links with the public sector is not even known. To reach the Millenium Development Goals, not only is the effective monitoring of the utilization of private-sector services critical, but knowing how the sector links with the public sector through the HMIS is important for service delivery. Furthermore, triangulating private- and public-sector service data is a key for learning about the contributions of both sectors to the performance of the overall health system. Data from the private sector is needed for monitoring service delivery, understanding the context of service provision, regulating access and service quality, and integrating private and public health sectors. Recognizing the role of the private sector in health systems strengthening, the 63rd World Health Assembly passed the Resolution “Strengthening the Capacity of Governments to Constructively Engage with the Private Sector in Providing Essential Health-Care Services" (WHO 2010). A robust routine health information system that incorporates the private sector is pivotal to the implementation of this resolution.
Specifically, the forum will clarify:
- Data development practice and process in the private sector, commenting on the quality of information collected and the organizational, human and infrastructural capacity readiness for fulfilling this function.
- Existence of supportive policy, legislative and regulatory environment and the contributions to data development and responsiveness to the public sector reporting requirements.
- Evidence-based recommendations on the best steps for sustaining or strengthening the private sector participation in NHMIS.