This is the first steps of an initial conversation within the Health Information and Analysis Unit, lead by Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, with the support of a group of external experts and colleagues from other Technical Departments and Units.
Definition: A National Health Information System (HIS) is an integrated effort for the convergence of data, information, knowledge, processes, standards, people, and institutions, supported by information and communication technologies that interact (or help) to generate, identify, collect, process, store, and make free and publicly available, quality data and strategic information for better policy and decision making processes in Public Health Systems. (This definition is intended to be a preliminary one for discussions and technical dialogues, and will continue to evolve through further research)
Vision: Implement universal access to health and universal health coverage in the region strengthened through a National Health Information System that assures the effective and efficient access to quality data, strategic information and ICT tools for decision making and wellbeing
Goal: To implement a better decision and policy making mechanism through health systems that ensure universal, free and timely access to data and strategic information using the most cost-effective ICT tools
- Universal access to health and universal health coverage
- Policy making
- Integration-based systems
- Quality-based data
- Cross cutting
- Universal access to information
- Documented process and systems
- Innovation and research
- Open government data
- Informed decisions
- Agile data management
Key concept: “Universal access to health and universal health coverage imply that all people and communities have access, without any kind of discrimination, to comprehensive, appropriate and timely, quality health services determined at the national level according to needs, as well as access to safe, effective, and affordable quality medicines, while ensuring that the use of such services does not expose users to financial difficulties, especially groups in conditions of vulnerability.”
Source: PAHO/WHO, 2014
Note:We are using the CESM model developed by Mario Bunge. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Bunge) an Argentine philosopher, philosopher of science and physicist.
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