RHIS - Making the case for investing in Routine Health Information Systems (RHIS) to achieve the health-related SDGs

Routine Health Information Systems (RHIS) are the basis for decision-making in health service delivery, from frontline health workers up to national authorities and the international community. Although RHIS are not the only knowledge source for decision-making, they are crucial because they host the data that supports both health care events and health services management.

Despite the considerable investments, technological developments and research that have gone into RHIS, severe problems still jeopardise the capacity of RHIS to inform decision-making; namely: overload of health workers having to make compatible the collection of data with health care activities, fragmentation of data among public health programmes, limited interconnectivity between technological subsystems and externally driven changes to the systems, to mention a few.

Cognisant of these challenges, the World Health Organisation (WHO), in alignment with the Health Data Collaborative (DHC), has requested to carry out a ‘Return of RHIS Investment’ study. The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) have joined efforts to design and complete this study.


Xavier Bosch-Capblanch

Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, PD, MD, MSc, PhD
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