Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
ESCRIVAO JUNIOR, Álvaro. Information use in public hospital management. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.3, pp.655-666. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232007000300015.
This study investigates managerial perceptions of the use of information in health management and planning in 24 Public Hospitals in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region, analyzing its usefulness for the decision-making process. In addition, some characteristics of the existing information system are studied. The findings show that ample amounts of information and data are available in the hospitals covered by this study, despite some gaps, and that managers do not know about the existing data and do not use this information to guide hospital management.
Keywords : Hospital indicators; Health indicator use; Hospital management; Hospital information systems; Managerial epidemiology.