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Barriers and facilitators to health information exchange in low- and middle-income country settings: a systematic review

The exchange and use of health information can help healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed decisions on ways of improving patient and population health. Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have however failed to embrace the approaches and technologies to facilitate health information exchange (HIE). We sought to understand the barriers and facilitators to the implementation and adoption of HIE in LMICs.

Looking ahead to the HIFA 2010 Challenge: what do you think the focus should be? (31)

I note most suggestions are focused on the Community Health Workers and it might not be a bad idea. However, I would argue that the National Hospitals are the ones needing a lot more support because of the following reasons:

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