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Feb 24, 2021

Strengthening health outcomes through continuous quality improvement: PATH’s approach to CQI


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A strong health system must be able to monitor quality of care and work to improve it to achieve better health outcomes. It can be further strengthened if the culture is such that health care workers, patients, and community members are empowered to take action towards improving their health services. However, the complexity of health care systems makes it difficult to identify whether health facilities are meeting targets, where they fall short, and how they can improve service delivery. 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. This brief details PATH's approach to CQI.

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Jan 8, 2021

BLN Virtual Panel Discussion: Experiences of Health Workers in the Use of Electronic Immunization Registries: Lessons from Tanzania and Zambia

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Tanzania, Zambia

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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Oct 14, 2020

Digital Implementation Investment Guide

PATH, World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund, United Nations Population Fund, UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction

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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.

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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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Aug 21, 2020

BLN Webinar: Lessons from the Landscape Analysis of Electronic Immunization Registries


The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar titled “Lessons from the Landscape Analysis of Electronic Immunization Registries,” with Jennifer Pancholi, senior manager for Digital Solutions at VillageReach. In 2019, VillageReach launched a landscape analysis about the implementation of electronic immunization registries (EIRs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). During this webinar… >

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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 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 17, 2020

Assessing the incremental costs and savings of introducing electronic immunization registries and stock management systems: Evidence from the BID Initiative in Tanzania and Zambia

Pan African Medical Journal

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Tanzania, Zambia

Poor data quality and use negatively impact immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In addition, many LMICs have a shortage of health personnel, and staff available have demanding workloads across several health programs. In order to address these challenges, the BID Initiative introduced a comprehensive suite of interventions, including an electronic immunization registry aimed at improving the quality, reliability, and use of immunization data in Tanzania and Zambia. BID conducted a micro-costing study to estimate the economic costs of service delivery and logistics for the immunization programs with and without the BID interventions in a sample of health facilities and district program offices in each country. The full article can be found in the Pan African Medical Journal.

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May 22, 2020

BLN Webinar: DHIS2 Tools for Immunization Programs | Apps and Dashboards

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The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar called: “DHIS2 Tools for Immunization Programs: Apps and Dashboards.” Global and national stakeholders have acknowledged that routine immunization programs face significant challenges related to the collection, analysis, availability and use of data for planning, management and improvement of program performance. To address the data challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) worked with the Health Information Systems Program (HISP) in Tanzania to develop a DHIS2 immunization data quality application suitable for low-income countries. During this webinar the speaker provides a step-by-step guide on how the app works and how it can be applied to immunization programs for data analysis and dashboard use for decision-making. The presenter shared lessons from countries using DHIS2 data quality apps.

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May 20, 2020

BLN Webinar: Challenges in Ascertaining Proof of Vaccination in Routine Childhood Immunization in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar presentation called “Challenges in Ascertaining Proof of Vaccination in Routine Childhood Immunization in Burkina Faso.” In countries taking a fast pace to introduce new vaccines, primary vaccination recording tools, such as vaccination cards or home-based records and health facility-based records, may not be systematically updated or updated in a timely manner to include data recording fields for the new antigens. During this webinar the presenter shared key findings from a six week cross-sectional survey that was conducted in 30 health facilities across ten health districts in Burkina Faso between 2016 and 2017.

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