Quality (126) National commitment (2) Health information system and data quality

11 July, 2021

Health information system is one of the building blocks for patient centred care. Significance of health information system is emphasised in The WHO Quality Health Services: a planning guide [ https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240011632 ] Examples of information system includes routine facility surveys, sampled national standardized survey, routine supervision or monitoring surveys, external evaluation, inspection and accreditation household surveys Insurance programmes Patient and public questionnaires and online reviews or surveys Medical registries etc.

Health systems are complex adaptive systems, and strengthening systems is critical for universal health care. At the level of the facility as well, there are various subsystems/departments, changes in one impact another and in turn affect patient care. Hence, health information system, in the form of electronic medical record may provide a roadmap to run the various subsystems more effectively.

The health information system helps in decision-making and has main four key functions: data generation, compilation, analysis and synthesis, and communication and use. Data quality, relevance and timeliness, is important in evidence based decision at policy level, therefore a standardised approach is important for data collection.

HIFA profile: Manu Gupta is an Independent consultant in India. He is a HIFA catalyst for the WHO-HIFA project on Learning for Quality Health Services. https://www.hifa.org/projects/learning-quality-health-services manugupta08 AT gmail.com