September 11, 2010
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Health Department to Strengthen E-Health Information System[Saturday, 11 September 2010, 12:39 p.m.]

Health department conducts first trainer’s training on Tibetan Health Information System in Dharamsala from 6 – 9 September 2010

The Department of Health of the Central Tibetan Administration is
working towards developing a comprehensive electronic Health
Information System (HIS). It aims to produce a healthier Tibetan
community based on relevant evidence-based data collection and
analysis, and to achieve more effective health policy, plans and
projects.The department first launched the program on community
health data recording and analysis in 1990. The first analysed report
of the community-based Health Information System was released in the
form of a book called “The Demographic and Health Surveillance of the
Tibetan Refugee in India” in 1998.In 2005, further efforts were
made to enhance the data collection system in collaboration with the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta. Mr Ondrej Mac of CDC
surveyed all the Tibetan settlements in India and developed a new data
collection format which was implemented in 2008.However, since
the data system was manually operated, the department felt for the need
of a more efficient electronic system to evolve a policy shift from
short-term curative health care system to a holistic and preventive
health care.Later, the department proposed the Health
Information System project to the Tibet Fund as a component of the US
Humanitarian Assistance grant in 2009. Consequently, an electronic
health data collection system was created with the voluntary
initiatives by Mr Nigel Griffith and Mr Tenzin Lhadar, who are IT
experts based in Australia. After training some selective departmental
staff, the system was launched in Bir and Dekyiling Tibetan settlements
on trial basis.On Tibet Fund’s recommendation, the system was
reviewed by the department’s epidemiologist consultant Dr Lobsang
Tsering and Dr Tia Ling. The consultants provided technical assistance
in strengthening and modification of the system, epidemiological study
of selective diseases, creating new disease classification and
indicators of monitoring and reporting mechanisms within the CTA health
system.The department organised a trainers’ training on the new
Health Information System in Dharamsala this week from 6 – 9 September.
Eleven doctors and 11 nurses from Tibetan Delek Hospital and 6 Tibetans
health centres attended the four-day training conducted by Dr Alex Vu
and Dr Kiemann Pham of John Hopkins University, Mr Nigel Griffith and
Dr Lobsang Tenzin.The participants are required to pass on what they have learned to staff in their respective health centers, such as how to
install HIS programming software and feed data.The
system includes a user-friendly data entry redesign, unique patient ID
number for each hospital or clinic and complete list of health
conditions with disease classification. A watch list of important
health conditions such as TB, hepatitis and diabetes is included.
Tables and graphs can easily be created to inform the public, and
enable health decisions and intervention planning.“This new
data collection will ensure uniform and mainstream tracking of the
health status of scattered Tibetan population in exile, and improvement
in managing infectious diseases such as TB, which are very difficult to
track in a mobile population such as ours,” a health department
official coordinating the training said.”Policies and
procedures to address the service needs of the Tibetan community will
be driven by the results of the HIS data,” the official said.

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