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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 127-129

Need of a sound health information system in public health: Program managers

Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Chennai, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
3rd Floor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai Village, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Sembakkam, Kancheepuram - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.139073

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Background: In the global mission to achieve health for all, a comprehensive and holistic strategy is needed, which when formulated on the scaffolding of reliable health information can enable policy makers to identify the problems and needs of people. Objectives: The objectives of the study are to explore the epidemiological types of data, identify the role of health information system (HIS) in formulation of evidence-based policies, ascertain the factors limiting its utilization, and to suggest measures to strengthen its utility. Materials and Methods: An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was made using library sources including Pubmed, Medline, and World Health Organization. Keywords used in the search include health, information, and program managers. Results: A well-functioning HIS is crucial for effective and efficient quality assured health service delivery, especially in resource poor settings. The onus of formulating any policy for prevention and control of a specific disease based on its exact burden lies with the policy makers/health system managers. Conclusion: An effective HIS has been identified as a key element in ensuring the availability of valid data that will not only enable program managers in formulating effective planning strategies but will also aid in monitoring and evaluation of health services.

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