SEA/RC63/26 - Regional Strategy on Health Information Systems
AbstractPublic health decision-making is critically dependent on the timely availability of sound data. The role of the health information system is to collect, analyse and disseminate such data. Health information systems in countries of the WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region are at various stages of development and there are several global initiatives, networks, programmes and projects that have been launched by development partners to assist Member States in health information system development. The WHO Regional Office for the South-East Asia took the initiative to develop a strategic framework to guide countries in strengthening and reorienting their national health information systems. After a series of country consultations, a 10-Point Regional Strategy for Strengthening Health Information Systems was developed in 2005. The strategy was endorsed at the Fifty-ninth session of the Regional Committee held in August 2006. All countries have reviewed their national health information systems, and have taken action to align them with the regional strategic framework. Since there are many new developments in the field of health information and information communication technology, one of the Member States has suggested including “Regional Strategy on Health Information Systems” as an agenda item for the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 28 June to 1 July 2010 reviewed the working paper and made the following recommendations: Actions by Member States (1) The curricula for health professionals and basic health workers should be reviewed and improved in line with new developments in the area of health information systems. (2) The regional strategy on health information systems should continue to be implemented to ensure the use of good-quality data for decision-making at all levels. Action by WHO-SEARO • The Regional Office should continue to support Member States in implementing the Regional Strategy on Strengthening Health Information Systems, and in reviewing and reporting on the progress of implementation regularly to Member States. The working paper and HLP recommendations based on it are submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional committee for its consideration. The Committee is also requested to consider the draft resolution on the subject.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). SEA/RC63/26 - Regional Strategy on Health Information Systems. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128374