LINKED DATA: STRENGTHENING HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS – INTERNATIONAL APPROACH
Health information systems (HIS) are the backbone for any modern health care system. A lack of information is a major barrier for successful delivery of health care. Together with the other three participating Country Units in the Innovation Factory (Cameroon, Tanzania and Kenya) the German Country Unit tries to strengthen health information system. A large amount of collected Data remains unused, Data from rural areas are often less documented and the quantity of data is insufficient because the different data collection systems have a lack of interoperability. However, the effectiveness of the system depends on the quality, quantity and regional density of collected data.
Therefore, modern ICT offers a solution that enhances substantially interoperability and quality. In addition, a mHealth application allows for collecting data even if devices are not or only partly connected with the internet. This offers new options to increase data density in rural areas.
Thus the aim is to aggregate “conventional” health information system data with mHealth derived data through the creation of flexible data management systems in order to improve interoperability and data density, quality and accessibility. While making use of synergies and decreasing redundancies the enhanced data quality as well as the accessibility will benefit in decision making at policy, community, facility as well as individual patient level. It is important, that the solution will not be limited to local scale it will be able to provide uniform solutions at a transnational/ cross- border level.
So most importantly, this initiative aims to provide solutions at an international level so they can be reused across different countries, starting with those that are part of our Innovation Factory group.
The next steps to realize the concept will be an assessment as well as a review of the working hypothesis to underline the relevance of the project idea. In order to implement the idea the team has to define special requirements on each country level and develop a prototype. It is important for this phase to estimate relevant institutions and organizations to get funding.
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