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Utilisation of Health Information Systems for Service Delivery in the Namibian Environment

Utilisation of Health Information Systems for Service Delivery in the Namibian Environment
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Author(s): Ronald Karon (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 15
Source title: Maximizing Healthcare Delivery and Management through Technology Integration
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tiko Iyamu (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa) and Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9446-0.ch011

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Abstract

The use of Health Information Systems (HIS) is considered to be a major contributing factor to healthcare service delivery. However, the utilisation of HIS which includes use and management is critically challenging in the public health sector in many developing countries. The manifestation of the challenges results in poor service delivery, which includes patient deaths. This is the main motivation for this study, to investigate how HIS can be used to improve service delivering in the hospitals from developing countries perspective. The study was carried out in Namibia, using two hospitals in the public healthcare. The study adopted the qualitative case study. The study revealed that the use of parallel systems, lack of systems integration, lack of portable devices and users' incompetency are some of the factors which impact the use and management of HIS in hospitals.

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