Health information is a national asset. It is used by policy-makers, planners, health care providers, development partners and the general public to track health-system performance, to support better health policies and make effective health-related decisions. In the Western Pacific Region, there are ongoing efforts to improve the availability, quality and use of health information at country, regional and global levels.
At the Regional level, better use of health data standards, validation processes, sharing, visualization and analysis will improve utilization of health information. WHO promotes health information system improvements through effective peer-to-peer networks, knowledge sharing and technical assistance.
WHO supports countries to attain multi-sectoral, coordinated, country ownership of health information systems. It assists them to strengthen capacity, improve data quality and put in place information systems to generate more reliable population health information, such as vital statistics.