Continuous quality improvement (CQI) refers to an iterative, data-driven process of empowering health care workers to improve health service delivery by identifying problems, implementing solutions and monitoring efforts to improve care, then measuring the effectiveness of these efforts. PATH envisions CQI as an approach that empowers individuals to drive change that improves the processes and systems in which they operate and live. This infographic visualizes PATH's approach to CQI.
In a world with dynamic population movements, outbreaks with cross-border implications, and increasingly politicized health issues, linear and inflexible approaches to global health programs are ineffective. Adaptive management has emerged as one possible approach that embodies iteration and adaptability in program design and implementation to help with navigating complex and dynamic environments. Real-time data systems can strengthen adaptive management by generating data that can more rapidly inform tactical adaptations, changes, and future planning. This white paper challenges traditional project management in the global development sector. It encourages donors, policymakers, implementers, and ministries of health to set a new precedent of adaptive programming.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a virtual panel discussion called “Experiences of Health Workers in the Use of Electronic Immunization Registries: Lessons from Tanzania and Zambia.” This webinar will be of interest to data management specialists, Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) managers, health management information system (HMIS) specialists, and other health care specialists committed to improving data collection, quality, and use across health systems.
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The Digital Implementation Investment Guide (DIIG) aims to help governments and technical partners plan a digital health implementation that focuses on one or more health programs to support national health system goals. The Guide is designed to walk users of the document step-by-step through planning, costing and implementing digital health interventions within a digital health enterprise. This consists of selecting digital health interventions that are aligned with identified health needs, appropriate to a specific country context and integrated with existing technologies and the broader digital architecture. Users of the Guide will learn from diverse experiences deploying digital health technologies over the past decade and will be guided through a systematic approach to designing, costing and implementing meaningful digital health interventions that are part of a digital health enterprise. The DIIG was developed by PATH, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, and the United Nations Population Fund, among other partners.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) and Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) are holding a series of virtual panel discussions on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary health care service delivery. This is the third discussion in a three-part series, featuring lessons from the private health care sector. 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 also discussed the measures put in place to minimize the spread of the epidemic and strategies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.