Making systems talk to each other
Systems that are interoperable can exchange data because they adhere to the same standards. Connecting formerly stand-alone systems makes it easier for health managers to understand a health system as a whole and identify emerging health issues. MEASURE Evaluation works worldwide to improve interoperability of data systems, especially routine health information systems. Read more
Evaluating health care during the Ebola outbreak in Guinea
After the peak of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, health officials went to Guinea to see if routine health care had been curtailed. They found an overall decline in services, especially for children, and, most worrisome, they found that data collected was not being used to track or mitigate the epidemic. MEASURE Evaluation was on those front lines, as described in this video. Read more
Health information “to go”
“Mobile health” technologies have provided cost-effective ways in in low- and middle-income countries to improve access to health care, reduce the cost of health service delivery, and provide quality data for making policy and program decisions. For individuals, a mobile phone can connect them to vital information; alert that it’s time for a check-up; or text a reminder regarding medication. Read more
What data can tell us
Ebola in West Africa was a crisis that revealed the weakness of regional health information systems. The virus raced across borders, exposing the lack of reliable and timely information, health systems that couldn’t converse, and a crucial need to analyze and share data. Regional experts have since mapped a path toward “interoperability” so governments, providers, and communities can use and share data in time to act. Read more
Officials meet in Malawi to discuss a sampling method (SAVVY) that can strengthen civil registration vital statistics (CRVS) for health data.
MEASURE Evaluation conducts data quality assessments and builds capacity to generate and use high-quality data.