Selected Papers of the IRIS, Issue Nr 7 (2016)


Cloud Computing is increasingly becoming important in the generation, storage and transmission of information worldwide. In this paper, we discuss the potential of Cloud Computing in terms of how it can strengthen health information systems in developing countries. Like any new technology, Cloud Computing is no silver bullet; it solves certain challenges while bringing new ones to the table. Based on a case study of the innovative use of Cloud Computing for the national health information system in Kenya, we discuss how Cloud Computing can enable the integration and harmonization of fragmented systems and provide real-time information to health managers for evidence based decision making. The key contribution of the paper is to provide an understanding of how Cloud Computing can enhance health management by acting as a catalyst for the integration of health information systems.