Health information system
The goal of the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office's work in health statistics is to improve country and regional health information. This information is vital for public health decision-making, health sector reviews, planning and resource allocation and programme monitoring and evaluation.
Civil registration systems are used to record vital events – including births, deaths, and marriages – and have the potential to serve as the main source of national vital statistics. However, in many developing countries, civil registration and vital statistics systems are weak or nonexistent; as a result, key demographic, fertility and mortality statistics are not available on a continuous basis and do not cover large segments of the population. Vital statistics are the cornerstone of a country’s health information system.
eHealth is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health. WHO works with partners at the global, regional and country levels to promote and strengthen the use of information and communication technologies in health development, from applications in the field to global governance.
The Regional Health Observatory (RHO) that serves as an institutional resource for the Region to facilitate access to data, information, analyses, and empirical evidence for monitoring and evaluating the regional health situation. It provides data, statistics, information products and analytical results by priority health themes, including technical briefings and recommendations to support decision making in public health.