The role of information management in the Department of Health, with particular reference to eThekwini Emergency Medical Rescue Services in KwaZulu-Natal.
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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health highlighted in the 2005-2009/2010 Strategic Plan many challenges. One of the major challenges was an inadequate management information system at Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS). It was further stated that decision-making becomes risky in the absence of reliable and accurate information. EMRS provides an ambulance service to the citizens of KwaZulu-Natal. This research will focus on EMRS in eThekwini District. In order to provide the best possible service to the citizens there has to be effective information management. The questionnaire survey used in this research project attempted to reach a broad cross-section of the various groups of people (management, operations and administrative staff) who take part in information work, and hence develop a broad sense of their perceptions and beliefs about how information is managed and used at eThekwini EMRS. The answering of questions varied between the groups. This showed that managers, operational staff and administrative staff have different perceptions on information management. Some of the recommendations included: EMRS has to adopt information as a strategic resource; information must be used in addressing problem areas; staff must have access to information that EMRS gathers; and further research has to be conducted at EMRS to address the challenges the organisation faces.