Understanding service delivery statistics is only one data source within the broader health system in a country. You also need data management tools for individual unique identifiers, supply chains, budgets allocated and disbursed for health services, and the people working in the health facilities.
Routine health information systems for capturing, managing, and analyzing service delivery data are one part of the larger health information system. Related national information systems include systems for managing data on community health, health financing, logistics, and more. A number of these systems have open source tools that are being adopted more frequently, as countries look to electronic tools for managing and analyzing data.
By linking the data from these different sub-systems to routine health statistics, you can see a more comprehensive picture of what’s happening within the health system and where there are opportunities for improvement.
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Training and Tools
The CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) offers a fully customizable global training course on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) that provides background and important information on vital statistics gathered from a national civil registration program. For the free customizable Training Course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, see the NCHS website.