oa South African Health Review - Health information systems in South Africa

Volume 2011, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



A health information system (HIS) provides the foundation for the generation of good-quality data, and is a major building block of the health system. It integrates collection, processing, reporting and use of information required for improving effectiveness and efficiency of health services through enhancement of management at all levels within the health system. A robust, integrated information system is thus the foundation for building a successful national healthcare delivery system.

This chapter reviews progress towards strengthening the South African HIS in light of the current health sector policy initiatives which impact on the structure and functioning of the HIS. An overview of persistent challenges and a summary of recent developments to address these are presented, as well as SA's vision for the HIS. The chapter concludes with an overview of proposed steps for future HIS strengthening.

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