Environmental Health Information System (EHIS)

EHIS is an evidence-based information system aiming to support public health and environmental policies in a region. The system is an interactive database, composed of country-level indicators and regional assessments (fact sheets). The fact sheets also include information on how data is obtained and how the indicators are calculated. EHIS indicators provide information on exposures, health outcomes and policy actions related to the environment and health priority areas for a particular region.

In order to provide easy access to detailed, reliable, and current environmental health information, approriate information systems are being called for in several programmatic Public Health documents. Information needs include: current state of a geographic area, scientific knowledge, legal regulations, and additional resources.

Systems of environmental health statistical indicators combine the features of technical systems with those of cooperative networks. As for the vast supply of electronic inquiry systems, it is crucial for users to be guided by typological and quality characteristics of databases. To overcome obstacles barring potential users from effective use of these systems, explicit information planning is needed, including provision of access by training of personnell, and implementation of information workstations.

Environmental health information centers help to evaluate and access existing information sources, provide additional products, and contribute more directly to health promotion, e.g. via environmental health reporting and planning involvement.

 

So far in the field of Environmental Health Science, very limited resources are yet available on Environmental Health Information System......Updates will be made on this very post with  every new information generated subsequently.