Practical Use of ACSiS to Strengthen National Disease Management Programs
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The information required to determine health needs, the delivery of services and the availability and use of the ever dwindling scarce resources in many countries is the driving force pushing many countries to create or enhance their existing health information systems. There is tremendous pressure today on managers of health care organizations to address different challenges relating to rising costs of care, inefficiency, inconsistency of information for decision making, etc. The availability of information through an integrated health information system can help countries increase efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness at the national, regional, and local levels. Armed with the correct information, managers in all sectors of health care can align health system resources with patient or population needs and determine whether intended plans are progressing with increasing results or whether there is a need for corrective action. Moreover, the information produced by the system can ensure accountability within a health care organization in such a way that the patient in particular, the public, in general, and donors can determine whether they are obtaining value for their money, or not. Taking into account the continuum of care, the information generated about a patient or population’s health can be studied and analyzed to better understand outcomes, providing valuable know-how that increases efficiency and effectiveness. As the focus of the health care industry turns towards disease management as an effective option to improving the health status of the individual and population, there is a need to accurately record detailed notes and populate a comprehensive lifetime digital record for every patient in order to help doctors make clinical decisions and prevent medical errors, and health system managers make proper management decisions to improve health services, etc. The overarching objective of the documentation that was developed during the author’s internship with Populus Global Solution Inc. is to encourage the strengthening of national disease program management through the use of ACSiS (ACSiS Capacity Strengthening Information System) as a including its use as a powerful tool for monitoring and evaluation. The documentation serves to improve the quality of work done in disease program management by providing the framework within which the information needed for decision making at all levels of the health care system can be easily obtained and better utilized for health outcomes.