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Jul 21, 2009

Draft plan to improve health information system

Story PictureThe health system has come under the microscope recently over allegations of negligence and scandalous purchases, but when it comes to information systems, there is some improvement in the works. The Ministry of Heath, along with PAHO, the Health Metrics Network and the National Health Information Systems Committee are spending two days at the Biltmore conducting workshops. HMN has sponsored a consultant to assist in drafting a five year national plan to improve the health information system in Belize and the process is expected to be completed by the end of august. National Epidemiologist, Ethan Gough, told us what they hope to achieve during the two day workshop.

Ethan Gough, Natl Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health
“The aim is for us to develop a health information system strengthening strategic plan. It’s to be at least a five year plan and it’s part of an initiative called Health Metrics Network, which is a World Health Organization initiative to strengthen Health information systems globally, including improving availability, access and quality of information. The process basically starts out with an assessment of what we have in place nationally and then using the result of that assessment to define problem areas and needs and developing a five year plan to strengthen the system.”

Delahnie Bain
“Could you tell us a bit more about what the plan should entail?”

Ethan Gough
“It entails a wide range of things but improving the dissemination and use of health information at all levels, resources and policies and legal framework to support health information system strengthening improving data management, defining key health indicators and also the health information system infrastructure meaning the information technology.”

There was a similar workshop in August 2008 and the objectives and activities that were generated in that session are now being revisited and strengthened.

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