African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 4, No. 3, 2004, pp. 193
Bioline Code: hs04038
Full paper language: English
Document type: Special Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2004, pp. 193
© Copyright 2004 - Makerere Medical School, Uganda
Application of ICT in Strengthening Health Information Systems in Developing Countries in the Wake of Globalisation|
Simba, Daudi O.
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.
Health, Information Technology, Information System, Developing Countries