Health Informatics, A Tool for Effective National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Implementation: Case Study of Borno State, Nigeria
Health informatics in its simplest term is about getting
the right information to the right person at the right time (National Health Services
of America, 2015). It is a multidisciplinary field that uses health information
technology (HIT) to improve health care especially in the health insurance industry
via the combination of high quality, higher efficiency (spurring lower cost and
thus greater availability), and new opportunities.
specific objectives are to evaluate the level of awareness on health informatics
to National Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria; to find the challenges associated
with application of health informatics by National Health Insurance Scheme; find
the prospects of health informatics in National Health Insurance Scheme.
the study uses primary source by administering a questionnaire to both the NHIS
staff and enrollees /clients and about 200 completed and the returned the tool i.e.
about 90% respond rate.
of the prospects includes assisting healthcare providers and system organize resources
and records for decisions making and patient management; it tracks and keep patients
records; it tracks of fund disbursement utilization and improve communication etc.
challenges identified are, high cost of establishing the
system; interconnected Health Informatics system requires leadership, organizational
commitment, and multi-agency collaboration.
The finding recommends that government should fund for the establishment
of the unit, trained professionals to handle the unit, sensitize the communities
on the benefit.
Keywords: informatics, healthcare, evaluation, health insurance,
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