Health Information Systems and Their Usefulness Among the Women Folk of Kanyakumari District, India

Health Information Systems and Their Usefulness Among the Women Folk of Kanyakumari District, India

R. Gnanabai (Scott Christian College, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3457-0.ch003

Abstract

This chapter describes how health is the most precious component for the happiness and all-round development of human being in the society. Alongside this, information is an important resource for individual growth and survival. Therefore, a Health Information System (HIS) is a system for collecting/processing of data from various sources, and using the information for policy-making and management of health services. This chapter discusses health literacy and its association with health information needs and health information literacy, the status of women in India and their influence in the well-being of the family, and the impact of HIS. This chapter also proves that with enough data obtained from the women of Kanyakumari District in India, the government's policy needs to be directed towards women for the success of its health-care programmes.
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Health Information

Information is an important resource for individual growth and survival. The progress of modern societies as well as individuals depends a great deal upon the provision of the right kind of information, in the right form and at the right time. Information is needed to take a right decision and also to reduce uncertainty.

The term ‘health information’ has been defined in different ways. In many countries, the term is interpreted to mean health statistical, epidemiological and other health oriented data used in the planning and management of health services by the decision-makers and administrators. It has been interpreted to mean health science literature covering health information at various levels. Some authorities safely consider health information just as a health literature.

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