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Web based Database Description
Good health management necessitates the need to constantly monitor the health status of the population and the provision of quality health services nationwide. This timely monitoring requires that accurate information be made available from a number of different sources – public hospitals and health centres, NGO health service providers and private for-profit health service providers. Accurate, relevant and up-to-date information is essential to health service managers if they are to identify weaknesses in health service provision and to take action that will address the weakness and improve service delivery. The development of effective information systems is a necessary precursor to managerial improvement. A health information system (HIS) is a web based database where health aggregated data is input from health facilities (HC1 and HO2 for public facilities) and stored, retrieved and processed for decision-making (output). Decision making will include using the data to plan, organize and control health care facilities at the national, provincial, district and health facility level.

Cambodia Health Information System Web Databases were developed in mid 2010 to help organize large web sites and allow data capture via browser-based forms. By enabling users outside a closed network, access to a central or standalone database, they permit greater flexibility than through using traditional ‘client-server’ systems. Accordingly, web-enabled databases have introduced a new tool for health managers, health staff and officers, permitting direct data capture at source and thus avoiding many of the delays and errors arising from paper forms, data transmission and multiple data entry. In addition, real-time data collection permits sophisticated decision support and reporting, and thus improved project co-ordination, planning and participation.

The MoH DPHI, with funding from USAID delivered by URC-BHS, has developed a new HIS web based system, using the same data points as the previous MS Access HIS database (first developed in 2006 and later upgraded in 2009).  The new web-based system is built using:

  • MySQL -  a relational database management system that runs on a server providing very controllable multi-user access to the HIS and a range of future MoH databases that can be upgraded;
  • PHP - a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages; and,
  • Apache – a web server software primarily used to serve both static content and dynamic web pages on the World Wide Web.

The HIS is being upgraded in three stages:

  • The first stage (HIS 1.0) has developed the new HIS MySQL/PHP program and migrated all of the existing HIS data to the new database.  This is a full-feature web-based application for entering, reviewing and editing health information at all levels of the system.  For reasons related to cost and data redundancy, this system is being hosted.
  • The second stage (HIS 2.0) will create advanced functionality for reporting that reflects the key indicators in the second National Health Strategic Plan (HSP 2) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The DPHI will continue to work with USAID/BHS to work through the development process, but there will be opportunities for for participation with other partners, both in providing training for staff and technical assistance at field level, and for the introduction of program specific reporting and data collection - a process greatly simplified on a web-based platform.
  • The 3rd stage will develop the mechanisms needed to integrate other databases into the HIS, particularly those from various vertical programs.

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