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Computerised health services and resources planning : [publication] : an utility review of WHO's "Integrated Healtcare Technology Package" planning methodology /

by Raab, Martin.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: 2010Description: 48 Bl. : Tabl. ; 30 cm.SAPHIR theme(s): Systèmes de santéMeSH subject(s): Database Management Systems | Planning Techniques | Health Planning | Program Evaluation | Health Planning -- methodsPUBLICATION TYPE SAPHIR: DissertationSummary: Introduction: WHO developed a new resource planning methodology and software tool termed "integrated Healthcare Technology Package" (iHTP), which allows integrated management and planning of all physical resources required for a defined scope of health services. The comprehensiveness and versatility of the tool are recognized as unique and truly innovative. However, there is onla sporadic information available on the efficiency and use of iHTP. This thesis seeks to builds an evidence base from results obtained so far through study and evaluation of all major iHTP initiatives. Methodology: A mixture of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The study design inclued a literature review of all available iHTP documentation and survey of key relevant individuals involved in iHTP development and implementation. Eight country projects complied with the inclusion criteria and were analysed in depth. Results: 1. iHTP assisted in better managing structural aspects and improving the quality of health services. 2. iHTP was successfully employed by planning departments of ministries as a tool to overcome difficulties in linking strategic plans with operational plans. 3. iHTP was extensively used as a costing tool for various applications. 4. Several countries used iHTP to improve the selection, procurement, and management of clinical equipment. 5. iHTP was instrumental in planning and introducing improved clinical practices. The study also identified a series of contextual factors that influence the effectiveness and outcome of iHTP activities, most importantly: reform oriented policies and commitment of authorities: sufficient iHTP consultancy services and proper IT related support. Conclusion: The study demonstrates the effectiveness of iHTP in various application fields. Questions and concerns however remain, regarding efficiency, opportunity costs and maintainability of the instrument on site in low income partner countries. [Author, p. 7]
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Introduction: WHO developed a new resource planning methodology and software tool termed "integrated Healthcare Technology Package" (iHTP), which allows integrated management and planning of all physical resources required for a defined scope of health services. The comprehensiveness and versatility of the tool are recognized as unique and truly innovative. However, there is onla sporadic information available on the efficiency and use of iHTP. This thesis seeks to builds an evidence base from results obtained so far through study and evaluation of all major iHTP initiatives. Methodology: A mixture of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The study design inclued a literature review of all available iHTP documentation and survey of key relevant individuals involved in iHTP development and implementation. Eight country projects complied with the inclusion criteria and were analysed in depth. Results: 1. iHTP assisted in better managing structural aspects and improving the quality of health services. 2. iHTP was successfully employed by planning departments of ministries as a tool to overcome difficulties in linking strategic plans with operational plans. 3. iHTP was extensively used as a costing tool for various applications. 4. Several countries used iHTP to improve the selection, procurement, and management of clinical equipment. 5. iHTP was instrumental in planning and introducing improved clinical practices. The study also identified a series of contextual factors that influence the effectiveness and outcome of iHTP activities, most importantly: reform oriented policies and commitment of authorities: sufficient iHTP consultancy services and proper IT related support. Conclusion: The study demonstrates the effectiveness of iHTP in various application fields. Questions and concerns however remain, regarding efficiency, opportunity costs and maintainability of the instrument on site in low income partner countries. [Author, p. 7]