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A Qualitative Assessment of the Health Information System in Sri Lanka using HMN assessment tool

Authors:

Mohamed H Abusayeed ,

Ministry of Health, LK
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Ministry of Health,

Medical Officer - Health Information

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Rasika G.V. Rampatige,

S. L. Peiris,

H. Galappathi

Abstract

Informed decisions are better decisions. Unfortunately, sound information is rarely available in low-income developing countries. Health Metrics Network (HMN) is the first global health partnership that focuses on strengthening a country’s health information system (HIS). Sri Lanka is one of the countries that are supported by HMN to strengthen the health information system. To do this HMN has developed a framework that provides a comprehensive approach to improving the health information system and has developed tools to assess and plan a country’s health information system. Sri Lankan National Health Information System was assessed using the Health Information System (HIS) assessment tool developed by the HMN. The assessments were conducted through national and provincial level stakeholder workshops and individual expert group interviews. The assessments identified gaps in the health information system in reference to HMN gold standards particularly in areas such as data management and resource available for the health information system. However in-depth analysis is needed to identify the gaps and the causes that contribute to it to develop a good health information systems strategic plan for Sri lanka.

Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics 2010;1(2):90-6

DOI: 10.4038/sljbmi.v1i2.1664

How to Cite: Abusayeed, M.H. et al., (2010). A Qualitative Assessment of the Health Information System in Sri Lanka using HMN assessment tool. Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics. 1(2), pp.90–96. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljbmi.v1i2.1664
Published on 07 Apr 2010.
Peer Reviewed

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