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 in August 2006. All countries have reviewed their national health information systems and 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 attached working paper is submitted to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations. The recommendations made by the HLP Meeting will be submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Regional strategy on health information systems. New Delhi: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/127782. License: World Health Organization