Monday, October 12, 2009

HIS Speaker Series highlights the intersection of health and information

Vital Wave Consulting's latest Speaker Series presentation on Friday, October 9 put the spotlight on health information systems in the developing world. Senior Consultant Brendan Smith walked through some of the key findings from Vital Wave's newly released study entitled Health Information Systems in Developing Countries: A Landscape Analysis, a research report sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The paper seeks to analyze and characterize the developing-country landscape of national HIS ecosystems review some prominent individual examples of HIS implementations in the field to:

  • identify the critical success factors
  • determine the building blocks of scalable, sustainable projects that can strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes.
The report is the product of extensive field research around the globe and interviews with dozens of the world’s leading experts on national and regional health information systems.

Questions included the role of the private sector in developing country HIS and how the development community could take an active role in improving these systems.

Brendan also talked about a new forum called Insights on Health Information - A Global dialogue on the intersection of health and information technology. The website houses the report and also has forums that will allow for continued dialogue on the role of IT in health systems, as well as features that allow users to upload their own reports and information on HIS developments in different regions and in areas such as best practices and impact research. The site's library also contains links to papers and websites that will help users get better acquainted with the universe of resources available in the health information space.

The presentation and the audio file from the session will be posted on Vital Wave's website at later this week, so check back again to listen in.

The new website can be found at

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