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Sep 22, 2020

Determinants of scale-up from a small pilot to a national electronic immunization registry in Vietnam: Qualitative evaluation

Journal of Medical Internet Research

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Viet Nam

Digital health innovations can improve health system performance, yet previous experience has shown that many innovations do not advance beyond the pilot stage to achieve scale. Vietnam’s National Immunization Information System (NIIS) began as a series of digital health pilots, first initiated in 2010, and was officially launched nationwide in 2017. The NIIS is one of the few examples of an electronic immunization registry (EIR) at national scale in low- and middle-income countries. This qualitative study explored the facilitators and barriers to national scale-up of the EIR in Vietnam. Qualitative data were collected in 2019 through in-depth key informant interviews and desk review. The results highlight the importance of the measured, iterative approach that was taken to gradually expand a series of small pilots to nationwide scale. The findings from this study can be used to inform other countries considering, introducing, or in the process of scaling an EIR or other digital health innovations.

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Sep 8, 2020

BLN and AeHIN Virtual Panel Discussion: Health Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Lessons from Asia and Africa

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) and Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) invite you to watch a series of virtual panel discussions on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary health care service delivery. These interactions are intended to promote mutual learning between public, private, and international health care practitioners for the improvement of health care service delivery. The discussions are aimed at addressing the challenges encountered and lessons learned by health facilities and practitioners in service provision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will also discuss the measures put in place to minimize the spread of the epidemic and strategies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

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Aug 1, 2017

Digital Health Platform: Building a Digital Information Infrastructure (Infostructure) for Health

International Telecommunication Union

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The Digital Health Platform Handbook (DHPH) aims to assist countries with the advancement of their national digital health system, specifically through the use of a digital health platform, or DHP. This digital platform provides the underlying foundation for the various digital health applications and systems used to support health and care services. It enables individual applications and systems to interoperate and work together in an integrated manner. This handbook was developed by the International Telecommunication Union.

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Aug 27, 2020

BID Learning Network infographic (French translation)

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) builds a bridge between countries, and regional and global partners, through mentorship, peer learning opportunities, and knowledge management. It provides targeted expertise to help governments strengthen their routine data systems. See the French translation of this BLN infographic to learn more.

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Aug 25, 2020

Determinants of facility-level use of electronic immunization registries in Tanzania and Zambia: An observational analysis

Global Health: Science and Practice

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As more countries transition from paper-based to electronic immunization registries (EIRs) to collect and track individual immunization data, guidance is needed for successful adoption and use of these systems. Little research is available on the determinants of EIR use soon after introduction. The BID Initiative published an observational study assessing the determinants of facility health care workers’ use of new EIRs in Tanzania and Zambia. The results highlight the importance of organizational and behavioral factors in explaining sustained EIR use. Read the full manuscript in Global Health: Science and Practice.


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Aug 6, 2020

BLN Webinar: Data for the Immunization Agenda 2030 Strategic Action Plan

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The BID Learning Network hosted a webinar where the Kati Collective, consultants engaged by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, and the World Health Organization, sought input on the framework for the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) Data Strategic Action Plan. In this webinar, the consultants shared the work they’ve undertaken to date by the IA2030 Data Strategy Working Group.

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Jul 24, 2020

Data Use Partnership Regional Overview

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The Data Use Partnership (DUP) is a Tanzania government–led initiative that is improving the national health care system through better use of health information. Under the DUP initiative, the government is working with PATH to strengthen digital health and build local capacity so that everyone—from government officials to health workers to patients—can have better access to health information and make more informed decisions, leading to a healthier Tanzania. This overview provides a summary of the different ways DUP is working to strengthen Tanzania's health system.

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Jun 30, 2020

BLN Virtual Panel Discussion: Immunization Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Lessons and Post-Pandemic Recovery Strategies

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) is hosting a series of virtual panel discussions about immunization service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to watch a discussion about lessons and post-pandemic recovery strategies. This is the first in a series of three virtual panel discussions.

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Jun 18, 2020

BLN Webinar: Electronic Immunization Registries in Tanzania and Zambia | From Design to Deployment

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Tanzania, Zambia

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar presentation on “Electronic Immunization Registries in Tanzania and Zambia: From Design to Deployment.” The BID Initiative, a PATH project with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worked closely with the ministries of health in Tanzania and Zambia to address data-related challenges faced by their immunization programs. The BID Initiative developed interventions comprising electronic immunization registries (EIRs), supply chain management, and data use tools. Join us in this webinar where the speakers provide an overview of the process to develop the digital health solutions, from the design stage through to deployment of the system.

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Jun 2, 2020

BLN Webinar: Triangulation for Improved Decision-Making in Immunization Programs

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The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar called: “Triangulation for Improved Decision-Making in Immunization Programs.” Successful immunization programs use data to guide efficient management, tailor strategies, and make decisions to achieve program goals. Many data sources exist within and outside the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), but the use of various data sources together is not optimal in many countries. In the absence of perfect data, public health practice has long acknowledged that combining many pieces of weaker evidence can form a strong basis for making more informed decisions. As such, triangulation which is the synthesis of two or more existing data sources, is used to address relevant questions for program planning and decision-making. This webinar will introduce the concept of data triangulation in immunization programs for decision-making and present examples of data triangulation use in the field.

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