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Solving a Health Information Management Problem. An international success story

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Hannan, TJ, Solving a Health Information Management Problem. An international success story, World Hospitals and Health Services, 51, (2) pp. 32-35. ISSN 1029-0540 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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Abstract

The management of health care delivery requires the availability of effective 'information management' tools based on e-technologies [eHealth]. In developed economies many of these 'tools' are readily available whereas in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) there is limited access to eHealth technologies and this has been defined as the "digital divide". This paper provides a short introduction to the fundamental understanding of what is meant by information management in health care and how it applies to all social economies. The core of the paper describes the successful implementation of appropriate information management tools in a resource poor environment to manage the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other disease states, in sub-Saharan Africa and how the system has evolved to become the largest open source eHealth project in the world and become the health information infrastructure for several national eHealth economies. The system is known as Open MRS [www.openmrs.org). The continuing successful evolution of the OpenMRS project has permitted its key implementers to define core factors that are the foundations for successful eHealth projects.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Hannan, TJ (Dr Terry Hannan)
ID Code:107294
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-03-09
Last Modified:2016-08-02
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