Background: To address the increasing number of injuries in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages the establishment of hospital-based surveillance systems and systematic data collection. Although a computerized system is preferable in terms of efficiency, many developing countries have difficulty accessing the appropriate resources.
Objectives: To assess the possibility of comparing and sharing data among countries, and then to discuss the possibility of establishing an international data management system through the internet.
Methods: A point-by-point comparison of data directories from injury surveillance systems in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Japan was conducted using guidelines published by WHO as the standard.
Results: Thailand, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka used data items that are comparable to each other and to WHO guidelines, with few, readily amenable, differences. The Japanese system used quite different data items.
Conclusions: Data comparability suggests the feasibility of a global data management system that can store data from various countries. Such a system, if made accessible over the internet, would benefit resource-constrained countries by providing them with a ready-made framework to implement a surveillance system at low cost.
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Funding: This work was supported by Grants for International Health Cooperation Research (16C-4 and 19C-5) from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Competing interests: None.
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