HEALTH administrators and health information officers play a critical role in the delivery of health care.
One of North Fly health service development program’s key long term objective is to strengthen the management of health information across all partner agencies in North Fly district.
Under this program, a recent training has been conducted to train managers to enhance skills. Ok Tedi Mining Ltd has committed K32m over the next five years for the program.
Since 2010, the program has provided basic health information management training programs for partner staff and this training was taken to the next level.
Sr Anna Sanginawa, Catholic health services manager, also participated in the training program provided and assured her staff and other officers who attended that senior health service managers in North Fly are committed to strengthening this area of practice.
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have great potential to improve health in both developed and developing countries by enhancing access to health information and making health services more efficient; they can also contribute to improving the quality of services and reducing their cost.
It also aims to keep the technology simple, relevant and local and to build on what already exists.
Every effort is also made to involve the users in the planning and design of these health information systems.
Sr Cathy Yaki, senior nursing officer and health information officer for Catholic Health Services said, "The workshop will help us to improve our reporting using certain graphs and to better describe certain groups of things or people by using effective data presentation.
"It also showed us how to process data, what type of charts to use, how to summarize data sets and much more."