Availability of an accurate and complete health facility list is fundamental in producing quality and timely data that is sufficient to aid evidence-based decision, resource allocation and planning within the healthcare ecosystem. This study aimed at examining the approaches used in Uganda to manage data about health facilities and the challenges they are facing. We conducted a qualitative study involving 32 interviews with participants from Ministry of Health, government regulatory organizations, district local government, general public, academia, implementing partners and healthcare providers. Our analysis identified four divergent approaches that had five common challenges, namely; lack of a health facility unique identifier, non-standardized, incomplete, inaccurate data, difficulty accessing and using data. Establishing a national central health facility registry to manage the national health facility list would improve patient referrals, facility look-ups, health information exchange, data curation and access and health information system integration.
Learning Objective: This study provides an investigation of the current approaches used to manage and/or access data about health facilities and their challenges in Uganda’s healthcare sector
Jonathan Mpango (Presenter)
Josephine Nabukenya, Makerere University