Towards Data Driven Informed Decision Making in Health Sector

Dr. Thuo makes his remarks

The limited use of data and GIS in the provision of health care has continued to hinder programme management, policy development and decision making in health. To curb this, the Health Informatics Governance and Data Analytics (HIGDA) Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is currently conducting the training of over 20 healthcare leaders and managers in the country on Data Analytics and GIS.

The two weeks training that commenced, June 3, 2019, is geared towards enhancing the skills of leaders and managers in the health sector on the basic aspects of data analytics, data analysis, GIS data visualization, and generation of GIS Products.

HIGDA Project Coordinator, Dr. Reuben Thuo said, at the end of the training, the project expects participants to appreciate the role of data analysis and modelling and also apply GIS and visual analytics in health decision making and policy development in effective and efficient health service delivery.

The training programme will also see participants interact with the newly established Digital Health Applied Research Centre (DHARC) at JKUAT that will allow a hands-on approach for strengthening systems capacity in analytics.

“At the end of the training, you will be able to see firsthand how GIS and Geospatial analytics products are developed and how they positively support policy and decision making in the health sector,” stated Dr. Thuo.

Dr. Beatrice Kariuki of HIGDA, while acknowledging that significant progress has been made in improving the Health Information System (HIS), decried the dismal uptake and utilization of data and use of GIS in data visualization at both national and county levels.

“We hope we can be able to move from descriptive analysis of data to prescriptive analysis to quantify the effect of future decisions in the health sector in order to advise on possible outcomes before decisions are made,” said Dr. Kariuki.

Participants follow proceedings during the training

The participants will also learn how to use STATA and TABLEAU in data analysis and healthcare leaders and managers, how to write executive reports.

HIGDA project, funded by the United States of America through USAID, is jointly implemented by Palladium Group, JKUAT, and PATH International and seeks to improve health sector’s organizational and management capacity in health informatics, monitoring and evaluation at national and county levels.

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