Health Management Information System: Facilitator's Guide for Training Hospital Staff


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Year: 2013

Health Management Information System: Facilitator's Guide for Training Hospital Staff Abstract:

Health Management information System (HMIS) is one of the six building blocks essential for health system strengthening; and Ministry of Health (MOH) Government of Ethiopia gives due recognition to HMIS as a management support system for improving the health system in Ethiopia by providing continuous information support to decision making process at each decision-making level – federal MOH, Regional Health Bureau (RHB), Zonal Health Department (ZHD), Woreda Health Office (WorHO), and health facility.

Training health staff and health managers in Nations, Nationalities and Population Region (SNNPR) is one of the essential elements of scaling up HMIS. Health staff are targeted because they are the one who collect, aggregate, and report data, and who must also understand the utility and benefits of the data that they collect. Health managers are targeted so that, on one hand, they can have a thorough knowledge of the HMIS and, thereby, can provide technical support/mentoring to health staff to properly collect, compile and report HMIS data and ensure data quality. On the other hand, these managers are the users of the reported data and need to have the necessary capacity to understand, interpret and utilize HMIS data for management decisions.

The HMIS Procedures and Management Training for the hospitals is organized in two tiers. The first tier is the training of the trainers (TOT) from among the hospital management and case teams. The second tier is the training of hospital staff.

This manual is intended as a TOT manual. It has been designed so that the trainers, who belong primarily to the government’s health system, develop appropriate skills to become good trainers/facilitators during the training period, but also acquire mentoring skills for providing technical support to their health staff. Thus, in addition to focus on HMIS instruments, emphasis has been put on overall concept of HMIS, HMIS indicators and their use in performance improvement, and data quality improvement.

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