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Sep 19, 2017

BID Initiative Briefs: Recommendations and Lessons Learned | Sustainability

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Partnering with Tanzania and Zambia, the BID Initiative developed, tested, and rolled out interventions that address some of the most pressing routine immunization service delivery challenges, such as poor visibility into vaccine supplies and difficulty identifying children who default on immunization schedules. This brief about building sustainability summarizes the BID Initiative’s approaches and interventions, and shares recommendations and lessons learned for others interested in improving immunization data quality and use.

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Sep 19, 2017

Presentations from the 2017 BLN Meeting in Zambia

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Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Chile, Gambia, Cameroon

Between September 19 and September 22, BID Learning Network (BLN) participants gathered in Lusaka, Zambia for a final BLN Discussion Meeting. The meeting provided an opportunity for country representatives and various partner organizations to discuss the challenges and best practices around developing and implementing digital health strategies and improving data collection, quality, and use across health systems. The week-long meeting included site visits to health facilities implementing interventions, as well as sessions on Zambia and Tanzania’s progress to-date, and panel discussions on change management.   Stay tuned for the full report from the meeting.

BID Initiative Tanzania Update
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BID Initiative Zambia Update
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Lessons Learned in Change Management
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BLN Study Visit - The Chile Experience
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Initiating the EIR, The Gambia's Experience
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Health Informatics Research for Uganda
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Developing the Enterprise Architecture and HIE for E-Health Services for the Health Sector, Uganda
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Digitalisation of the Health Information System in Cameroon
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Digital Health Implementation Toolkit & Resources
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Aug 15, 2017

Digital immunization registry: Evidence for the impact of mHealth on enhancing the immunization system and improving immunization coverage for children under one year old in Vietnam

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The Vietnam National Expanded Program on Immunization (NEPI) has been successfully implementing a nationwide immunization system since 1985. From the start, the program has increased the immunization coverage rate; however, data on immunization coverage in Vietnam are gathered and aggregated from commune health centers in routine, paper-based reports, which have shortcomings. Also, calculations of coverage are inconsistent at subnational levels, which lead to uncertainty about the size of the target population used as the denominator in coverage calculations. The growth of mobile networks in Vietnam provides an opportunity to apply mHealth to improve the immunization program. In 2012, PATH and the Vietnam NEPI developed and piloted a digital immunization registry, ImmReg, to overcome the challenges of the paper system. A final evaluation was conducted in 2015 to assess the impact of ImmReg, including its use of SMS reminders, on improving the immunization program. Read the full article in the mHealth Journal here.

Aug 1, 2017

BLN Webinar: Identifying and Addressing Challenges in Deploying an Electronic Registry – The Ghana Health Service Experience

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch this month’s webinar entitled “Identifying and Addressing Challenges in Deploying an Electronic Registry: The Ghana Health Service Experience.” Introducing electronic registries in sub-Saharan Africa where internet connectivity and electricity are not always reliable, come with a lot of challenges, including errors and compromised data quality. In this webinar, the presenter shares how the Ghana Health Service has developed an e-registry within the District Health Information Management System 2 to collect, manage and analyze transactional case-based records at the community level for maternal and child health as well as TB management services.

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Jul 4, 2017

BLN Webinar: Lessons Learned in Scaling Up – How TDH is Deploying an m-Health Application in 600 Clinics in Burkina Faso

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “Lessons Learned in Scaling Up: How TDH is Deploying an m-Health Application in 600 Clinics in Burkina Faso.” In 2013, Terre Des Homme (TDH) together with the Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso developed the Integrated e-Diagnostic Approach (IeDA), an innovative m-Health strategy that combines the use of mobile technologies and quality improvement methodologies for the Registre Electronique des Consultations (REC), an electronic registry for patient consultations.

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Jun 5, 2017

BLN Chile Study Visit Concept Note


The BID Learning Network (BLN) is intended to facilitate peer learning and dissemination of innovations and lessons learned by bringing countries together to identify shared problems and solutions. This concept note defines the scope of the BLN's upcoming study visit to learn more about the Registro National de Immunzaciones (RNI), the electronic immunization registry in Santiago, Chile. The study visit is planned in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) from the 22nd to 25th of August. Applications are due June 30th.

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Jun 5, 2017

BLN Study Visit Application


BLN study visits are intended to enable national immunization program and eHealth personnel to visit sites where success has been registered in designing and/or implementing solutions that have improved data access, quality, and use with a demonstrable impact of health care service delivery. The knowledge acquired from such visits should be directly applicable to developing/improving data access, quality, and use in the participant’s home country.

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May 31, 2017

BLN Webinar: Principles of Digital Development

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “Principles of Digital Development.” The Principles of Digital Development are a set of high level concepts for consideration before embarking on any technology-supported programs. In this webinar, Carolyn Florey, Director of Collective Impact at Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), discussed how they should be integrated during all phases of project implementation.

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May 25, 2017

BLN Webinar: Improving the Quality of Immunization and Surveillance Data in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

In this webinar, the presenter shared lessons learned from Burkina Faso’s experience in improving the quality of immunization and surveillance data for Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) target diseases.

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May 4, 2017

Rapport Annuel Avril 2016–Mars 2017

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April 2017 marked the end of year four for the BID Initiative and our March 2016 - April 2017 Annual Report is now available! We are implementing BID solutions in Tanzania and Zambia and are working closely with both country governments on scale and sustainability planning. Please take a moment to read our annual report for updates on our progress, as we look ahead to our final year.

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