Health information, evidence and research

About the Health Information, Evidence and Research unit

The goal of health information is to contribute to attaining universal coverage of quality services for improved health outcomes through improved access and utilization of health information. Countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region are diverse in terms of their level of health information systems development and the challenges they face. In countries with weak health information systems there are fundamental problems in data collection, data quality, timely generation of quality information, data analysis and utilization of information.

Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems provide the best source of population and health statistics. A functioning CRVS systems improve the quality, completeness and timeliness of mortality data and enhances monitoring of burden of disease. Strengthening of CRVS systems is conducted in the Western Pacific Region countries and areas.

Collaborative networks leverage HIS support in Asia and the Pacific

The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific is actively supporting the Pacific Health Information Network (PHIN) and the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN). These two collaborative communities of practice among Health Information Systems (HIS), eHealth, and civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) professionals in the Region are working towards improving the quality and use of health information to achieve better health outcomes.

Better access to higher quality information

The Health Information and Intelligence Platform (HIIP) is the unique solution of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific to address key data issues such as overwhelming data demands, fragmented and incompatible databases, limited access to and inadequate management, analysis and use of information.