More than 150 leading global health and development thinkers convened on June 15, 2016, for The Innovation Effect: Powering Disruptive Global Health Solutions in Washington, DC. This conference report provides an overview of the insights shared when attendees explored what happens when unique partnerships, disruptive technologies, transformed systems, and data-driven insights combine in often unexpected ways to create dramatic improvements in the health and well-being of people around the world.
The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently hosted a webinar entitled “Introduction and Formation of User Advisory Groups (UAG) in Arusha”. This webinar focused on the engagement of groups that are composed of users at different levels of the health system, who have a certain level of authority that enables them to validate the project. These users provide leadership for iterations of interventions as well as champion the process of improving immunization information systems.
In the current information age, the use of data has become essential for decision making in public health at the local, national, and global level. Despite a global commitment to the use and sharing of public health data, this can be challenging in reality. No systematic framework or global operational guidelines have been created for data sharing in public health. Barriers at different levels have limited data sharing but have only been anecdotally discussed or in the context of specific case studies. Incomplete systematic evidence on the scope and variety of these barriers has limited opportunities to maximize the value and use of public health data for science and policy.
The Better Immunization Data Initiative Learning Network (BLN) recently hosted a webinar which elaborated on the establishment, use, and added value of a web-based Immunization Information System (IIS) in Albania.The talk covered the process of establishing the registry-based system, the opportunities it affords, and the challenges and constraints associated with the system.
This work builds on the recently published End Consumer Primary Research and aims to inform health and mobile stakeholders about the users of mHealth services in the public sector. The GSMA expects this market knowledge to lead to product design that is more aligned to the needs of users (consumers and health workers), greater adoption and achievement of economies of scale and sustainability, and robust partnershipsbetween public and private sector stakeholders that ultimately reduce the widespread fragmentation of mHealth services in South Africa.
The Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub’s Working Paper Series is the principal means to disseminate the knowledge products developed by the hub as easily accessible resources that collectively form a lasting repository of the research findings and knowledge generated by the hub’s activities. Working papers are intended to stimulate debate and promote the adoption of best practice for health information systems in the region. The series focuses on a range of knowledge gaps, including new tools, methods and approaches, and raises and debates fundamental issues around the orientation, purpose and functioning of health information systems.
Immunization is a program whose success or failure in achieving public health impact is often judged on the basis of data generated on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis by health workers in facilities ranging from remote health posts to regional hospitals. Because immunization is a service that can be scheduled (unlike, for example, treatment of ill children) its data can be used by health workers to answer such key management questions as: Are we reaching the people in each locale who need immunization? Are we making progress? Who are we not reaching? Are children starting the immunization schedule but then dropping out? How well do outreach services work? In principle but not always in practice, the answers to these questions can be found by health workers themselves with data that are readily available to them. The importance of data use is highlighted by the inclusion of facility-level microplanning as a core component of the WHO/UNICEF Reaching Every District strategy, used by most countries to strengthen routine immunization (RI).
Health systems strengthening has become a top priority of many global and national health agendas as a way to improve health outcomes. With the global health context becoming increasingly complex, national health systems are beginning to move away from a focus on disease-specific health responses to comprehensive strengthening of health systems. This paper will discuss the unique role of health data in strengthening the other five building blocks of health systems; define specific interventions to strengthen the use of data in decision making; and provide a framework for developing, monitoring, and evaluating interventions to improve the use of and demand for data.
Project Fives Alive! aims through the application of quality improvement (QI) methods to assist and accelerate Ghana’s efforts to achieve the Fourth Millennium Development Goal of reducing under— 5 mortality by 67% from its 1990 baseline of 110-120 deaths per 1000 live births to less than 40 deaths per 1000 live births by 2015. Operational since July 2008, PFA! has worked with frontline health workers to develop, test and implement successful change ideas that have proved useful in overcoming system barriers accounting for preventable deaths in children less than five in Ghana. Starting from three districts in the Northern sector of Ghana, the project is now scaled up in all 38 districts in Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions of Ghana and in 32 hospitals of the National Catholic Health Service scattered all across the country in various districts. Effectively tested and implemented ideas within districts, sub-districts and the hospitals to improve processes in the continuum of care have been documented into two “Change packages” - one for successful changes in antenatal, skilled delivery and post-natal care and the other in hospital-based care.