Big data, effective data analytics and visualisation has the potential to revolutionise the healthcare industry by identifying the most effective treatment for diseases, evaluating efficiency of digital records and matching treatment to a patient’s specific biology.
This is according to Dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Reuben Thuo who was speaking during the opening ceremony of a week-long training on Data Analytics and Visualisation for County Health officials.
The training organised by JKUAT in collaboration with the County Measurements, Learning and Accountability Program dubbed; CMLAP II, brought together 38 health practitioners from Samburu, Kiambu, Baringo, Nakuru and Turkana Counties.
While acknowledging that there has been significant strides in the use of data, data analytics and visualisation techniques, Dr. Thuo said the training intended to enhance the competence and skills of healthcare leaders and managers in data analytics and visualisation including the use of GIS and production of various analytics information products.
“It is my hope that at the end of the training you will be able to appreciate the role of data analytics and visualisation in health for decision making, policy development and effective and efficient health service delivery,” opined Dr. Thuo.
Ms. Christine Masasabi representing CMLAP II Deputy Chief of Party, appreciated the stakeholders and was confident that the training would strengthen monitoring and evaluation, learning and accountability in order to provide quality data and synthesized information for planning, implementation, policy development and decision making in the health sector.
Nakuru Director of health, Dr. Peter Wainaina said the use of data analytics and visualisation in Nakuru County has tremendously strengthened documentation and was instrumental in the formulation of the County’s health strategic plan.
These sentiments were shared by all the county health directors present at the training. They were resolute to the fact that such trainings will ensure continuous improvement of health outputs hence translating to improved health outcomes for all Kenyans.
The training funded by the United States of America through USAID, is jointly conducted by CMLAP II, Palladium Group and JKUAT and seeks to improve health sector’s organizational and management capacity in health informatics, monitoring and evaluation at county levels.