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Resources: Information Systems for EPI

By Liz Peloso, Global Director, BID Initiative

Mar 2, 2015

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I’m honored to present at the Inaugural Conference of the International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) on March 3-4, 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. A program led by the Sabin Vaccine Institute, this two-day conference brings together over 300 participants and offers immunization manager members the opportunity to meet their peers in other countries, exchange information and best practices in immunization program management, and learn more about the professional support that IAIM offers to help advance their management and leadership skills.

As the Global Director of the Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative, I will share PATH and the BID Initiative’s best practices in our approach to information systems for expanded programs in immunization and discuss how to identify functional requirements, compare options and identify gaps to make a plan.

I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the IAIM conference because at the BID Initiative, we also understand and appreciate the importance of peer learning. A key component to the BID Initiative is our BID Learning Network, comprised of country partners, key stakeholders and global health experts who all actively play a role in shaping the BID Initiative’s solutions. Similar to IAIM, we believe that everyone has something to learn and something to teach and I invite you to engage with the BLN through our Google Groups and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

For those interested in what I’ll be covering at IAIM, the following resources will provide a sneak peek and are useful tools for those facing similar challenges with EPI information systems. You can now view my presentation here.

Common Requirements for Logistics Management Information Systems

This document focuses on a method for producing descriptions, models, and figures for logistics management that accurately represent the views and needs of global health professionals. The document can be used by global health practitioners to inform software development related to health systems.

Planning an Information Systems Product

This toolkit can help public health managers to plan for the implementation of information and communications technology (ICT) in health information systems. It draws on lessons learned during project Optimize, a five-year partnership between the World Health Organization and PATH to help optimize the vaccine supply chain.

BID Initiative Product Vision including Common Requirements for Immunization Information Systems

The BID Initiative’s product vision leads you through the steps of how we’ve organized the various country processes associated with immunization information systems and the associated information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure that can support the ministry of health’s vision and requirements.

In chapter 5, we provide a common set of requirements associated with a national immunization information system (pages 83-104).

For more resources, visit our BID Learning Network Posts and Resources.

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