The mandate of the Ministries of Health is the provision of quality health services, promotion of equity in access, financial risk protection and overall governance and stewardship of the health sector. To execute this mandate there is an absolute need for information to guide policy making, intervention options, programming and effective management of health facilities and health districts.
Over the years harnessing of this information has been a challenge both in the public and private subsectors. This has partly been due to the weak health information infrastructure, a poor information culture that does not spur demand for information, multiple and parallel information systems, a thin and stretched human resource to support data collection, transformation, presentation and archiving among others.
The development of the E-Health Strategy comes at an important time when the health sector is implementing far reaching reforms to achieve universal coverage. The E-Health Strategy is anchored on the achievement of Vision 2030, whose overall goal in health is to have an “equitable and affordable healthcare at the highest achievable standard” to her citizens. It is informed by the strategies and results emanating from the implementation of the Kenya Health Policy Framework, 1994-2010, the health sector strategic plans and the e- Government and Shared Services Strategies implemented through the e-Government Directorate and the ICT Board respectively.
A Synthesis of Assessments done within Kenya of EMR and HMIS Software conducted by HMIS, NASCOP and CDC.
Efficiently collected, stored, analyzed and disseminated data is key to any success in this day and age in any sector of the economy. With the advent of use of computers for data processing, the good record keeping practices are made better by the increased efficiency, capacity, speed of access and extensive analysis brought about by technology. Most countries have embraced this technology and the results are telling of the efficiencies gained therein.
Towards attainment of the highest standard of
health through adoption and use of ICT
The Kenya Constitution (2010) and Vision 2030 development blueprint requires the country to provide the highest attainable standard of healthcare. To fulfil this mandate, the Ministry of Health developed the Kenya Health Policy (2014-2030). One of the revised policy objectives is to plan, design and install Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, and software for the management and delivery of essential healthcare.