Priority Interventions for Strengthening National Health Information Systems Report of the Regional Director
Abstract1. The strengthening of national health information systems (NHISs) constitutes a challenge for all countries and stakeholders to provide evidence in policy development and decisionmaking at all levels of national health systems and to track progress towards achieving the millennium development goals. 2. Health information systems have faced many serious constraints, including lack of written health information policy, scanty and unevenly distributed resources, fragmentation and lack of standards. Furthermore, data are passed on to the national level without being analysed or used, and most information systems tend to be “data-driven” instead of “action-driven”. 3. Some priority interventions to strengthen NHISs include elaboration of clear policy; setting up and strengthening management structures at all levels; strengthening staff capability and performance; integration; strengthening the use of information technology; self-assessment; using information for action; and operationalizing NHISs.
Regional Committee for Africa, 54. (2004). Priority Interventions for Strengthening National Health Information Systems Report of the Regional Director. WHO. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/93115
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa Fifty-fourth Session Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 30 August–3 September 2004: Provisional agenda item 9.2
Gov't Doc #AFR/RC54/12 Rev. 1
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