In an ever-changing public health landscape, knowledge exchange is crucial to overcome challenges and utilize new opportunities to improve health.
In many countries, at both community and facility levels, it is often under-resourced frontline health workers who enter duplicative data into paper-based systems—data which is then not used effectively for decision-making. Workshop attendees learned how digital tools are being used to collect data as part of service provision and shared across interoperable information systems. This interoperability allows development of people-centered information systems and facilitates continuity of care.
This summer, Protichi Basak and Nikita Gupta are working with OpenLMIS, which is an initiative to support the development of an open-source software for Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS). As computer scientists, they believe that technology has the power to provide an automated solution to any real-world problem. In this blog, they share their coding for public health story.
Having deployed OpenLMIS in three countries, JSI has experienced first-hand how dynamic the environment is. A more modular version with plug and play features will provide much needed flexibility to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s health supply chains.
Countries and development partners have made progress in strengthening data collection and deploying technologies to move data up the health system for monitoring and evaluating performance. But to realize the transformative power of information, it is the frontline healthcare workers—the doctors, nurses, community health workers, etc.—who require information to make informed, intelligent decisions.
To prevent future outbreaks of Ebola and other diseases, high-quality health information system data must be readily available.
The crucial role of routine health information systems in improving health service delivery cannot be overstated. As we look to new era of the sustainable development goals, having reliable, routine data will be critical to understanding where gaps in coverage, access, or equity exist and can be improved with the right investments. Across … Continue reading “The Time is Now for Improving Routine Health Information Systems”
In the post-MDG era, reaching all populations is increasingly recognized as central to achieving sustainable development. Community-based health services will gain prominence as part of countries’ efforts to address health service issues such as equity, inclusiveness, and systematic and broad coverage. As part of these efforts, countries will have to put more attention to … Continue reading “Use of Information Technology for Strengthening Community Health Information Systems”
Last week the Cape Town International Convention Center was filled with almost 2,000 participants from 125 countries talking about health systems. The Symposium theme was the Science and Practice of People-Centered Health Systems, and the dialogue was bigger and broader than the somewhat academic vision that the “Third Global Health Systems Research Symposium” might evoke. … Continue reading “Themes from #HSR2014: On networks, information sharing, and promoting action”
Part 2 in a series about taking a people-centered approach to strengthening routine health information systems, focusing on examples of system strengthening success.