EVALUATION OF INTEGRATED HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (iHIS): A GENERAL APPROACH WITH APPLICABILITY FOR THE CARIBBEAN REGION
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The countries within the Caribbean region are pursuing the development of national integrated health information systems (iHIS). The model of the Belize Health Information System (BHIS) is referenced as the implementation guide. There are no established standards to facilitate independent evaluation of these types of systems. This study utilizes existing knowledge to determine the common approaches for evaluating health information systems (HIS) and applies these findings to formulate an evaluation approach for these regional systems. This approach is intended to strengthen the regional capacity for evaluating national iHISs by examining the contextual factors and providing an evaluation tool, CHEATS+, for systems lifecycle evaluation.