Health information systems in developing countries: benefits, problems, and prospects
UNSPECIFIED. (1999) Health information systems in developing countries: benefits, problems, and prospects. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH, 119 (3). pp. 180-184. ISSN 1466-4240Full text not available from this repository.
Health information systems are important support tools in the management of health care services delivery in both developed and less developed countries. An adequate health information system is vital not only for assessing the health needs of populations and groups, but also for planning and implementation of health interventions. It is equally important in the evaluation of programmes from both the perspectives of effectiveness and coverage. This paper examines the practical difficulties of health care provision amidst inadequate statistics to inform decisions. Major obstacles to the introduction of effective health information systems in developing countries are examined, and practical suggestions on measures to overcome them discussed. It is concluded that the establishment of well co-ordinated information collection systems at the various levels of the health care system in developing countries, using appropriate stag, could contribute greatly to improvements in health care delivery.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine|
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH|
|Publisher:||ROYAL SOC OF HEALTH|
|Official Date:||September 1999|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 180-184|
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