The Nigerian Health Information System Policy Review of 2014

30 November, 2018

Dear Neil and Colleagues,

I'd like to share a new publication describing the Nigerian Health Information System which I co-authored alongside several other stakeholders titled: 'The Nigerian health information system policy review of 2014 : the need, content, expectations and progress'. The paper describes the reasons for the review of the Nigerian Health Information System Policy, the process and framework that was used in the revision of the policy, the rationale of some of the strategies proposed and some of the milestones that have been achieved to date.

The article is closed access but the abstract can be reviewed at the link below. [*see note below]

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hir.12240

Dr Olusesan A. Makinde

Epidemiology/ Health Informatics Specialist

HIFA profile: Olusesan Makinde is an Epidemiology/ Health Informatics specialist with several years of experience in Clinical and Public Health Practice in Nigeria and the US. He is a Physician with graduate training in Epidemiology and Health Informatics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and the Johns Hopkins University, USA.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): For the benefit of those who may not have immediate web access, here is the abstract:

Abstract

Background

Nigeria's national health information system (HIS) data sources are grouped into institutional and population based data that traverse many government institutions. Communication and collaboration between these institutions are limited, fraught with fragmentation and challenges national HIS functionality.

Objectives

The objective of this paper was to share insights from and the implications of a recent review of Nigeria's HIS policy in 2014 that resulted in its substantial revision. We also highlight some subsequent enactments.

Review process and outcomes

In 2013, Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health launched an inter‐ministerial and multi‐departmental review of the National Health Management Information System policy of 2006. The review was guided by World Health Organization's ‘Framework and Standards for Country Health Information Systems’. The key finding was a lack of governance mechanisms in the execution of the policy, including an absent data management governance process. The review also found a multiplicity of duplicative, parallel reporting tools and platforms.

Conclusion

Recommendations for HIS Policy revisions were proposed to and implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The revised HIS policy now provides for a strong framework for the leadership and governance of the HIS with early results.]