In Ethiopia, the health sector is undergoing a sea-change—organizationally, behaviorally, and technologically. The transformation is being driven by the goal of ensuring quality and equity of health care services and universal coverage.
Digital health tools are still seen as an add-on to an overall technical approach rather than as a critical component to achieving public health outcomes. That disconnect underlines that not only is there a benefit but there is also an imperative to better familiarize program-focused people with the current state of digital health.
Ethiopia is revolutionizing its current health management information system by adopting DHIS2—a tool with global acclaim for transforming the way health data is collected, validated, visualized, and analyzed.
The Global Digital Health Forum brought together digital health practitioners, ministry officials, and program experts from across the globe. In this blog, JSI’s Caitlin Viccora shares some of the key takeaways from the forum.
In Mozambique, data quality continues to be a major challenge for many facility- and community-based programs. JSI has been working closely with the country’s Ministry of Health to identify gaps in data collection and reporting so as to produce accurate, timely, and precise data. This is critical for health workers to make decisions about patient care and for broader health system actors to evaluate new and ongoing programs and ensure appropriate drug stocks.
Human-centered design is considered an innovative approach for exploring issues from a 360-degree point of view and placing the end user’s needs and desires in the forefront of data use improvement strategies. In this blog, JSI’s Benti Ejeta discusses how it’s being used to improve the quality of health data in Ethiopia.