Accurate and up-to-date information and evidence plays a critical role in appropriate policy development and clinical decision-making within the health system. While often overlooked, this is an area in which CSIH has had significant experience. The capacity to utilize reliable, valid data for decision-making and resource allocation for improved service delivery has been built and/or strengthened by CSIH at the program and policy level in many countries.
Health Information Systems include the resources, tools and approaches required to optimize the storage, retrieval and use of primary health care data and information. Tools of health information systems may include clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies and information and communications technology (ICT). Functional, well-managed and adequately resourced Health Information Systems are an integral part of strong Health Systems as a whole.