Health care experts, policymakers, payers, and consumers consider health information technologies, such as electronic health records and computerized provider order entry, to be critical to transforming the health care industry (1–7). Information management is fundamental to health care delivery (8). Given the fragmented nature of health care, the large volume of transactions in the system, the need to integrate new scientific evidence into practice, and other complex information management activities, the limitations of paper-based information management are intuitively apparent. While the benefits of health information technology are clear in theory, adapting new information systems to health care has proven difficult and rates of use have been limited (9–11). Most information technology applications have centered on administrative and financial transactions rather than on delivering clinical care (12).
Jun 19, 2006
Ghana reports that the majority of the listed actions to promote an enabling environment for information and communication technologies (ICT) in the health sector have been taken and are rated from slightly to very effective. They are all predicted to continue over the next two years. Norms and standards for eHealth systems, services or applications are likely to be introduced in the near future.
May 16, 2006
Systematic Review: Impact of Health Information Technology on Quality, Efficiency, and Costs of Medical Care
May 15, 2006
The Expanded Programme on Immunization was initiated in Nigeria in 1979 as the main strategy aimed at controlling childhood killer diseases, through provision of vaccines and immunization. The overall goal of the programme is to improve immunization coverage on a sustainable basis and reduce disease burden in all communities in Nigeria, while using immunization as platform to strengthen the overall primary health care delivery system.
Apr 10, 2006
Burkina Faso reports that by 2008 it will be providing online access to national journals in biomedicine and social sciences for the medical and research communities. Highlighted is a project (currently under way) to produce multimedia content in national languages. The government’s initiative to develop a web site for each institution and ministry has been most effective.
Apr 10, 2006
Cameroon reports that policies and strategies to support the information society will be introduced by 2008. The country started providing ongoing public funding for information and communication technologies (ICT) support to programmes addressing national health priorities in 2005 and rates it as slightly e! ective. Most likely this action will be reviewed and continued within the next two years.
Apr 3, 2006
Feb 6, 2006
Mozambique reports that a national ePolicy to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all sectors was implemented in 2003. This initiative has been very effective, as has the implementation of procurement policies to guide software, hardware and content acquisition, introduced in 2002. Public-private partnerships to foster the use of ICT within the health sector are also considered very effective in Mozambique.
Feb 1, 2006
Jan 9, 2006
Kenya reports that the majority of the listed actions to promote an enabling environment for information and communication technologies (ICT) in the health sector have been taken between 2000 and 2005. These actions are rated from moderately to very effective and are predicted to continue over the next two years. The implementation of a national eHealth policy, and creation of regulations to protect the privacy and security of individual patient data where eHealth is used are likely to be introduced by 2008.
Jan 1, 2006
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