In November 1997, the South Western Sydney Area Health Service launched the Mother and Infant Network (MINET). The key objective of MINET is to develop an integrated clinical data network which has the capacity to inform and support a continuum of care for the population of all mothers, infants and children. The MINET data network integrates in-patient services, ambulatory services, and community-based services. The focus of this article is the development and implementation of MINET with reference to the crucial role of data linkage and health informatics in health outcomes/health services research.
Keywords: Health information management; data linkages; data management; health care information; health informatics; maternal and child health information systems.