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Application of ICT in Strengthening Health Information Systems in Developing Countries in the Wake of Globalisation.

Simba, D. O. and Mwangu, M. (2004) Application of ICT in Strengthening Health Information Systems in Developing Countries in the Wake of Globalisation. Masters thesis, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.

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Abstract

Information Communication Technology (ICT) revolution brought opportunities and challenges to developing countries in their efforts to strengthen the Health Management Information Systems (HMIS). In the wake of globalisation, developing countries have no choice but to take advantage of the opportunities and face the challenges. The last decades saw developing countries taking action to strengthen and modernise their HMIS using the existing ICT. Due to poor economic and communication infrastructure, the process has been limited to national and provincial/region levels leaving behind majority of health workers living in remote/rural areas. Even those with access do not get maximum benefit from ICT advancements due to inadequacies in data quality and lack of data utilisation. Therefore, developing countries need to make deliberate efforts to address constraints threatening to increase technology gap between urban minority and rural majority by setting up favourable policies and appropriate strategies. Concurrently, strategies to improve data quality and utilisation should be instituted to ensure that HMIS has positive impact on people's health. Potential strength from private sector and opportunities for sharing experiences among developing countries should be utilised. Short of this, advancement in ICT will continue to marginalise health workers in developing countries especially those living in remote areas.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Keywords: Health, Information Technology, Information System, Developing Countries
Subjects: Health Systems > Health Information systems
Divisions: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2013 12:22
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2013 12:22
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/1636

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