This report from WHO looks to be very useful as countries seek to achieve universal health coverage in the post-2015 era. The indicators do not specifically include access to healthcare information. One could argue that it should be included among the section on ‘Health systems indicators’, alongside indicators such as ‘Availability of essential medicines and commodities’ and ‘Health worker density and distriution’. Or one could argue that the availability and use of healthcare information is so fundamental to all decision-making, whether by governments, health professionals, or citizens, that current failures in the global health information system need to be addressed with even more urgency than many of the specific 100 indicators. What do you think?
(The question of whether the availability and use of healthcare information can or should be recognised as a key health indcator is complicated by the fact that there is no agreement on how this might be measured. Then again, to paraphrase Seth Godin, “Just because something is difficult to measure doesn’t mean it’s not important.”)
2015 Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators
Interagency Working Group on Indicators and Reporting Burden
World Health Organization, 2015
‘The Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators is a standard set of 100 indicators prioritized by the global community to provide concise information on the health situation and trends, including responses at national and global levels. It will be reviewed and updated periodically as global and country priorities evolve and measurement methods improve.’
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