Neha Purohit, M Mariappan


Before the advent of computers based data collection, data was historically collected on paper with help of a set of prescribed forms. From data being collected on papers, notebooks and spreadsheets to applications with hundreds of modules and functionalities to generate reports, the health information systems have now evolved to become a complex technology. Health information systems, besides being a tool for recording data, helps in providing an alert and early warning for epidemics, supports patient and health facility management, enables planning, supporting and stimulating research, permits health situation and trends analysis, and underpins communication of health challenges to diverse users. The Health Management Information System (HMIS) is the only data source in India at the facility level capable of providing micro-level information every month for improving the delivery of health care services. The purpose of this paper was to critically analyse the challenges to HMIS and to propose recommendations that would improve the collection of quality data at all levels in the system.


Health Management Information System, health care, HMIS.

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