Information systems in public health
Building information systems capacity for public health collaboration
Poor information systems impact collaboration, innovation and policy reform. We know that we need to work together and innovate to effectively address the complex public health and social problems. Building effective information systems plays a crucial role in improving collaboration and fostering innovation.
International and local policy makers in education, health and welfare recognise this need to work together to reform policy and programs. A poorly performing information systems (IS) is one of the most common problems that significantly impedes collaborative effort.
Collaboration at a state and local level in Victoria, Australia is hindered by challenges in sharing information about service delivery and monitoring of outcomes. Therefore we are working with the Department of Health (DH) and public health agencies across Victoria, particularly in the southern and eastern region to build IS capacity.
We are developing a testing process to evaluate and improve information systems in public health to improve collaboration.
- Dr Andrew Joyce, lead investigator