National healthcare systems and the need for health information governance

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013:193:3-23.


This chapter gives an overview of health data, information and knowledge governance needs and associated generic principles so that information systems are able to automate such data collections from point-of-care operational systems. Also covered are health information systems' dimensions and known barriers to the delivery of quality health services, including environmental, technology and governance influences of any population's health status within the context of national health systems. This is where health information managers and health informaticians need to resolve the many challenges associated with eHealth implementations where data are assets, efficient information flow is essential, the ability to acquire new knowledge desirable, and where the use of data and information needs to be viewed from a governance perspective to ensure reliable and quality information is obtained to enhance decision making.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Government Regulation*
  • Health Information Systems / organization & administration*
  • Medical Informatics / organization & administration*
  • National Health Programs / organization & administration*
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*