Summary of Priority General Recommendations
The process to improve and enhance the health information systems infrastructure for more effective use of data and information to ultimately improve the well-being of the population will require strong leadership and will involve the full participation and commitment of all stakeholders to work together to improve the health information system for the benefit of the people of Suriname.
Improve the health information system to better serve the people of Suriname, the most important general recommendations derived from the assessment are as follows:
- Unify the fragmented health information system without disrupting the decentralized databases, by achieving shared forms and operational definitions, developing true central and decentralized data warehouses (including metadata), frequent communications between health institutions, organizations, programs and units, and easy access to data and related information throughout the health system.
- Establish system-wide regular health service quality monitoring and surveillance.
- Establish regular monitoring and evaluation to improve and maintain the quality of surveillance systems for both morbidity and mortality (vital statistics and death certificates).
- Build appropriate capacity for useful effective data analysis, data management and presentation at all levels and in different program and service areas.
Detailed discussions on these recommendations and other recommendations, as well as health information system challenges and opportunities are included in the document.