The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 12:15 - 13:00
Treating Health Information Systems as an Enterprise LIMITED

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Health information systems (HIS) are critical in making sure accurate health information is timely and available to decision makers to enable them to allocate resources appropriately, track progress and performance of the health system, conduct effective disease surveillance, evaluate impact of interventions and make strategic decisions that may save lives and enhances population health. However, HIS in many of the low and medium income countries (LMICs) are weak, fragmented and are often focusing on vertical disease-specific program monitoring and evaluation but inadequate in providing information needed to facilitate evidence-based decision making. Methodological standards need to be established and political momentum fostered so that these countries' health status can be reliably tracked. In addition, we have a unique opportunity to capitalize on modern information and communications technologies (ICT), which if used appropriately and in a standardized format can play an important role in improving the efficiency of HIS- thereby producing the needed evidence base for effective delivery of services. But for these opportunities to make a meaningful impact in a complex sector such as the health, it is important to use the Enterprise Architecture approach in understanding the relationships between various components of HIS and how technology can support the achievement of the intended goals. This would entail reviewing the processes, personnel, information systems, data and sub-systems their alignment and how they are all intended to complement health systems goals and strategic direction.

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Samuel Wambugu

Health informatics Advisor, MEASURE Evaluation
Mr. Wambugu is a health informatics and project management specialist. He has 15 years of experience working in health management information systems. He has worked in many countries including Kenya, South Africa, Liberia, Swaziland, Zambia, USA and Ghana. He is currently based in... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 EAT
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