ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTIONAL FACTORS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (HMIS) PERFORMANCE IN ELGEIYO MARAKWET COUNTY, KENYA.

BENSON KIPYATOR BIWOTT (bbchep2009@gmail.com)
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DEPTMENT OF HEALTH SCIENCES, MOUNT KENYA UNVERSITY
May, 2015
 

Abstract

ABSTRACT
Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) have been used by many countries using platforms adopted or own-designed. It’s implemented by integrating all healthcare services and gives service providers the ability to collect, store and use health data. The System is able to provide information on all aspects of the organization from billing to patient care and beyond. Despite its significance, lack of specificity and clarity hamper systematic understanding, successful implementation, and evaluation of its functional factors. The study is aimed at assessing the functional factors for Health Management Information System performance in Elgeiyo-Marakwet County (EMC). The specific objectives were to: determine technical factors for HMIS performance in Elgeiyo Marakwet County; identify the behavioral factors for HMIS performance in EMC; determine the organizational factors for HMIS performance in EMC; determine health policy framework for HMIS performance in EMC; and identify challenges affecting the use of HMIS in EMC. Quantitative research method was used and data gathered through administration of questionnaires to 52 respondents. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) computer software version 20.0. The study found that there is presence of technical factors, behavioral factors, organizational factors and health policy framework for HMIS performance in Elgeiyo Marakwet County. The study concludes that technical factors, behavioral factors, organizational factors and health policy framework contribute to the performance of health management information system. The study recommends enhanced support for technical inputs, behavioral attributes, organizational systems, and health policy framework for greater performance for HMIS and regular review in the county.
Key words: health management information system, functional factors, technical and behavioral factors.