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Guidelines for Data Management Standards in Routine Health Information Systems


The regular use of reliable information from a well-designed routine health information system (RHIS) is indispensable for ensuring and sustaining improvements in health system performance. Using reliable information from RHIS over time is an important aid to improving health outcomes, tackling disparities, enhancing efficiency, and fostering innovation. In the work of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, the United Nations underscored the essential role of routinely available information in accelerating progress toward the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This document proposes standards on data management for RHIS, based on the results of an expert workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in May 2012. These guidelines are based on field experiences from all over the world and are considered “standards” or, at a minimum, “best practices.” Wherever possible, they are illustrated by case studies or use cases. JSI/MEASURE Evaluation. 2015.

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