What are the factors and conditions of HIS performance progress?

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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation

Year: 2018

What are the factors and conditions of HIS performance progress? Abstract:

A national health information system (HIS) encompasses all sources of health data that a country needs to plan and implement its national health strategy. Examples of data sources are electronic health records on patient care, health facility data, surveillance data, census data, population surveys, vital event records, human resource records, financial data, infrastructure data, and logistics and supply data (MEASURE Evaluation, 2017a). A strong HIS is essential for a country to meet its health goals.

A strong HIS should be well-defined, comprehensive, functional, adaptable and scalable, and resilient (MEASURE Evaluation, 2018a). The system should be able to collect, manage, analyze, and disseminate health data in a timely manner, so that managers can make decisions, track progress, and provide feedback on HIS performance to improve data quality and use. Health information is critical for monitoring, tracking, and solving some of the world’s most important health threats. We need to know if we are making progress in eradicating and preventing disease if we are to plan for and allocate resources and evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions.

This document presents factors and conditions that allow an HIS and the interventions that act on it to work toward improved performance, defined as data quality and data use. This discussion outlines factors and conditions that favor a system’s improvement.

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Filed under: Health Systems Strengthening , HIS , Learning Agenda , Health Information Systems