Regulation and Use of Health Information Systems in Brazil and Abroad: Integrative Review

Thaís Fávero Alves, Fabio Araujo Almeida, Fabiana Almeida Brito, Francis Solange Vieira Tourinho, Selma Regina De Andrade

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There is increasing debate about the importance of using information and communication technologies to strengthen health systems. Information systems are one of the most widespread technologies for this end in different healthcare contexts. The primary objective of this study was to highlight and discuss the main characteristics of the regulation and use of health information systems in Brazil and abroad. As a secondary objective, the main characteristics identified in Brazil were compared with the findings for other countries. A robust search strategy incorporated five electronic databases. The research question was defined using the SPIDER strategy, and thematic content analysis was applied. Fourteen articles composed the final sample, and three analytic categories were identified: "Use in the Context of Health Systems"; "Implications for Health Management"; and "Communication and Interoperability."The regulation and use of health information systems in different countries was directly related to their socioeconomic context. In Latin America and Africa, policy strengthening and implementation possibilities for health management were discussed. In the United States, Europe, and Asia, the discussions on interoperability between different services was emphasized. The complexity of the Brazilian health system leads to similarities in the data analysis with several countries from different regions and with distinct political configurations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-381
Number of pages9
JournalCIN - Computers Informatics Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 17 2022


  • Government regulation
  • Health information systems
  • Health policy
  • Health systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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