e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Geographic Information System as a Tool for Integration of District Health Information System and Drug Logistics Management Information System in Malawi

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_12,
        author={Patrick Chikumba and Auxilia Kaunda},
        title={Geographic Information System as a Tool for Integration of District Health Information System and Drug Logistics Management Information System in Malawi},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Drug Logistics MIS GIS HIS Integration},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_12}
    }
    
  • Patrick Chikumba
    Auxilia Kaunda
    Year: 2012
    Geographic Information System as a Tool for Integration of District Health Information System and Drug Logistics Management Information System in Malawi
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_12
Patrick Chikumba1,*, Auxilia Kaunda2
  • 1: University of Malawi-The Polytechnic
  • 2: Concern Universal
*Contact email: patrick_chikumba@yahoo.com

Abstract

While the Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) at the national level in Malawi is integrated, separate health information subsystems operate independently at the district level. For instance computerized Information Systems, such as District Health Information System that stores health data and Drug Logistics Management Information System that stores drug logistics data, operate as separate independent systems at the district level. Evidence however shows that information derived from fragmented systems is characterized by poor quality, irrelevancy, unreliability, untimely reporting and therefore inadequacy for management requirements. As one way of addressing problems associated with disintegrated HMIS, organizations worldwide are making collaborative efforts to integrate disparate information systems into one. Hence, this paper discusses possibilities of using Geographic Information System (GIS) to integrate District Health Information System and Drug Logistics Management Information System at district level in Malawi.