Parallel to the DSS component of the research center, there is another major information system in the health district: the routine reporting system for the management of the health services (HMIS). Basically it comprises a monthly reporting system from the health facilities to the district level and further on to higher administrative structures.
While the two systems are basically disjunctive with respect to their procedures, they still overlap to a certain degree regarding their aims and their observed objects. This is especially obvious for data related to morbidity, mortality and natality.
A closer look at both systems could reveal opportunities to link them in order
- to verify comparable results,
- to complement missing results and
- to gain new insights on the basis of merged results from both systems.
The task is therefore to observe both systems with regard to their purpose, structure, procedures and limitations in order to find differences and similarities, which could promote or prohibit a link between both.