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.