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WHO workshop to improve routine health information systems

Jigmi Wangdi

The WHO regional workshop in Paro will focus on increasing countries’ capacities to standardize, harmonize, analyze and use Routine Health Information System (RHIS) data at different levels of healthcare governance.

The workshop from April 23 to 26 in Paro is being delivered by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The RHIS is critical to effective healthcare management and provides continuous data on the delivery and outcomes of healthcare services. These systems collect, manage, and analyze data from healthcare organizations to inform policymaking, improve service delivery, and monitor disease trends and healthcare performance.

The workshop has more than 100 participants, including 70 international delegates from the Southeast Asia region who are participating in this workshop to strengthen healthcare systems that prioritize evidence-based practices and ensure equity in healthcare.

Discussions will cover the critical role of RHIS data in improving health outcomes and achieving universal healthcare coverage.

Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk said the workshop is a testament to the collective commitment to building robust and resilient healthcare systems that prioritize evidence-based practices, ensuring equity in healthcare, pursuing excellence in service delivery and embodying the spirit of resilience in the face. of challenges.

“First and foremost, routine health information serves as a powerful tool for disease surveillance and early detection. Bhutan has achieved another milestone in strengthening its routine health information system with the launch of the Electronic Patient Information System (ePIS) in 2023,” Lyonpo said.

WHO Representative to Bhutan, Dr Bhupinder Kaur Aulakh, urged Member States to invest in strengthening RHIS data systems, collaborate with other sectors and adopt innovative technologies to use data to make informed decisions take and make an impact.

“A country’s health information system is one of the six critical building blocks of its healthcare system. It generates crucial data and evidence for decision-making processes that directly impact population health outcomes and well-being,” said Dr. Bhupinder Kaur.

She added that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of a strong RHIS was further emphasized. “Countries relied on this to quickly adapt their reporting mechanisms to identify, collect and use accurate and timely data to shape their response strategies.”

A WHO official said this is the first time Bhutan is hosting a regional meeting for the Integrated Health Information System.

“It is also one of the first initiatives where the WHO Regional Office has engaged experts in areas such as non-communicable diseases (NCD), immunization, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH), dengue and health management information . system,” the official said.

The official said that this is a unique initiative by the WHO Regional Office to bring together all three levels of the WHO organization under four program areas such as immunization, NCDs, MNCAH and dengue surveillance to facilitate the integration and use of routine data of health institutions.

This year the workshop has participants from eleven countries from ten Southeast Asian countries. 25 percent of the world’s population lives in the participating countries.