The purpose of this document is to present a description of the Tanzania Immunization Registry (TImR), a system developed in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania and PATH through the BID Initiative to address many of the challenges the immunization program faces. This document explains the purpose and features of TImR, how it should interface with external systems, the constraints under which the system must operate, and the data that needs to be collected. The full document is available here.
The Zambia Electronic Immunization Registry (ZEIR), powered by the Open Smart Register Platform (OpenSRP), is an open source Android application geared towards frontline health workers with offline functionality and is interoperable with other open source global goods such as District Health Information Software (DHIS2). ZEIR is standard based and has been built to ensure timely, complete and accurate immunization data that enables the tracking of children and their vaccination records. This user manual provides instructions on how to use the ZEIR app during daily work at the health facility.
Over the past five years, the PATH staff based in Africa that made up the BID team have gained significant experience in the implementation of data quality and use interventions to improve immunization service delivery. This includes deep knowledge about the holistic design, introduction, adoption, and scale up and sustainability of digital interventions. BID will leverage this experience, in partnership with the BID Learning Network, to introduce a BID Regional Mentorship program. The BID Regional Mentorship program will support African countries as they work to select, introduce, and implement digital health and change management interventions to improve their routine immunization programs. To learn more about the BID Regional Program, review the concept note.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view the webinar slides from “Piloting of the e-Tracker App in the DHIS2 in The Gambia.” In 2016, the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of The Gambia received a small grant from the BLN to pilot an Electronic Immunization Registry (EIR) with the main objective of strengthening the data management capacity at central and regional levels in the country.
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.
This 2017 report provides an update and an extension of the assessment published in 2014. It reviews the criteria and “traffic light” indicators selected for the previous assessment, updates the 2014 assessments of particular healthcare information “apps” in the light of developments since then, and includes assessments of the potential of some additional apps, particularly some that have appeared since 2014. It also outlines the emerging picture on “downstream” issues of user engagement with and impact of these applications.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “The Uganda eIDSR System”. During this webinar, colleagues from Uganda share how they have built an information system with their own resources, utilizing a multi-sector approach. They share how they have engaged with different arms of the government and other local partners to build a system that is now attracting interest from external funders.
VaxTrac's study of the effectiveness of strategies and methods for providing immunization reminders to parents and guardians of children in Benin. The objective of the study was to understand how vaccination reminders are currently used and how they may be used to remind guardians, health agents or relais of upcoming or missed vaccination sessions. Appointment reminders can be a simple and inexpensive way to provide information to parents that increases schedule adherence, immunization coverage, and the number of fully immunized children.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “Economies of Scale, Integration & Interoperability in Digital Health”.
This webinar discussed World Vision’s experiences in different countries and contexts, and the successes and challenges encountered (notably in engagements with governments) as they have worked in the field of digital health.
Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide, especially in internet access. But greater digital adoption will not be enough. To get the most out of the digital revolution, countries also need to work on the “analog complements”—by strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, by adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and by ensuring that institutions are accountable.