Integrated HMIS for effective surveillance

The HMIS in Karnataka is designed primarily to capture data for monthly reporting from lower health facility level to district levels. The system is supported by annual community needs assessment survey and other programme specific surveys in setting the annual targets, observes Elets News Network (ENN).

Health Management Information System (HMIS) is a web-based application to capture accurate, upto- date, and timely information from health institutions. Under National Health Mission, Karnatakas facility-based reporting was initiated in Karnataka from August 2010. It captures facility- wise data and it creates a single / common platform for reporting and reducing multiple reporting formats.

This report is available in HMIS portal and can be viewed at all the levels. As many as 255 data elements are uploaded by 12,216 facilities every month in HMIS portal in the prescribed formats. Human resources, infrastructure including medical equipment related data are uploaded annually by the facilities.

The star rating (Grading) of Health facilities are prepared based on criteria fixed by Government of India-based on the Infrastructure data. It will help to take a decision at various levels for better Implementation of the health programmes.

Uses of HMIS

At the National and State level, HMIS is primarily a tool of policy and strategy making. It is useful for assessing the progress of national health programmes.

At the state and district level, HMIS is a tool of programme monitoring and management. A robust HMIS helps Programme Managers to track the progress of implementation of various programmes. It enables them to distinguish well performing areas from those that require more support and resources. Thus, HMIS helps in planning and designing specific interventions that can strengthen a programme.

At the sub-district level such as block, PHC, sub-centre, and other facilities, HMIS facilitates efficient and effective registering and collation of data; improvements in data quality; systems for complete reporting; timeliness and accuracy; provision of data analysis tools; interpretation and translation of data to guide action and intervention at local level.

The HMIS new formats have been designed and will be rolled out to capture data from April 2017. The new formats designed in a view of monitoring programmes like Rashtriya Bal Swasthaya Karyakram (RBSK), Adolescent Friendly Health Clinics (AFHCs), Weekly Iron and Folic Acid (WIFS) Supplementation Programme, Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), Menstrual Hygiene Scheme, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).



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