Defining health information
“Health information is fundamental to developing evidence on which health policies and programs are based. That information can range from vital research into the nature, causes and mechanisms of disease; through clinical trials and other research into diagnosis and treatments; to the more statistical information derived from surveys or administrative data.”
“Health care data are the raw details such as facts, figures, ideas about, and observations collected on a patient or client, usually at the point of care.
Health information comprises data that have been interpreted or manipulated into some meaningful form that is valuable to the user.”
[Rosemary Roberts, Kerin Robinson, and Dianne Williamson, ‘Health Information Policy’, in Heather Gardner & Simon Barraclough (eds) Health Policy in Australia, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2nd ed 2002.pp 100-121]