Health Information systems in general gain increasing importance in improving operational efficiency of services and in decision making and policy setting. Of particular interest is the access to reliable information for the purpose of improving health services delivery, financing, human resources development governance and health research.
Setting up information systems to generate data about the operation of services (service records, health records, administrative records), about characteristics of populations (vital registration, surveys) requires special expertise for the design, implementation and operation.
Information Systems Require Particular Prerequisites
The Swiss TPH has dedicated professionals focusing on data acquisition systems, data evaluation and policy setting. Even though we realise that information systems tend be increasingly computerised, in many settings paper based information systems are utilised and often the most efficient way of proceeding information. Whatever the choice of technology and approach, we emphasise the need for having particular prerequisites in place for an information system to work adequately and efficiently. This includes appropriate regulatory frames and standards, proper communication infrastructure, financial and human resources as well as good leadership.