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HRIS-HMIS Interoperability Assessment for Kenya

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Date: 
September 29, 2014
Topics: 
Planning and development
Information systems development
Accurate, readily available, and timely data for health planning, workforce management, policy development, monitoring, and evaluation are critical for optimal health system functioning. 
 
The purpose of the HRIS-HMIS interoperability assessment was to contribute to ongoing efforts in Kenya to optimize information for decision-making in the health sector through the strategic exchange of data. The activities employed in this assessment were designed to address the multiple facets of interoperability, including policies and procedures supporting data exchange; information communications technology (ICT) and workforce infrastructure; standards for electronic messages and data vocabularies; and implications of specific applications relevant to Kenya’s health information system (HIS).
 
The assessment included three distinct activities: 1) A review of key documents; 2) an Interoperability Self- Assessment; and 3) Key Informant Interviews. These activities took place between November 2011 and January 2013. A workshop which included the key stakeholders was in April 2013. During this workshop, stakeholders reviewed the findings and agreed to seven recommendations as “action steps.” Each of these activities and the recommendations are described in detail in the body of the report.