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.
The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar panel discussion on “The Design, Development and Deployment of an Electronic Immunization Registry in Vietnam: Reflections, Guidance and Global Comparison.” The Introducing Digital Immunization information systems – Exchange And Learning from Vietnam (IDEAL-Vietnam) is a PATH project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which has been working closely with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health in facilitating a successful transition from paper records to a completely paperless immunization record system.
Pakistan, Zambia, and Kenya are among a growing number of countries implementing electronic immunization registries (EIRs) to improve data quality and health facility performance. But EIRs can be costly to design and introduce. This case study explores the localization and adaptation of OpenSRP’s immunization module, the benefits of iterating on open-source software, and lessons learned during use in Pakistan, Zambia, and Kenya.
Between 2013 and 2018, BID designed, developed, and introduced an electronic immunization registry in three regions in Tanzania and one province in Zambia. The Initiative’s financial records were used to account for the financial costs of designing and developing the EIRs, BID staff time, expenditures for rolling out the EIR systems and the related suite of interventions to health facilities, and recurrent costs. Total financial costs, cost per facility and cost per child were calculated in 2018 US$. By documenting the costs associated with introducing an EIR, BID hopes to help other countries introduce more affordable platforms for their own health landscapes. Read the full article in BMJ Global Health.
The BID Initiative team, along with other members of PATH’s Center for Data and Digital Excellence will be joining colleagues and collaborators from around the world for the 2019 Global Digital Health Forum. This year’s Forum – Celebrating Innovation and Supporting Proven Practices at Scale – seeks to balance the need for evidence-based scaling of proven systems with the urgent need to determine how emerging technologies and approaches can dramatically improve health outcomes.
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 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.
PATH’s BID Initiative and the Digital Health Solutions program, along with other PATH country teams, presented at several sessions at this years Global Digital Health Forum. Please find the presentations from the event below.
Partnering with Tanzania and Zambia, the BID Initiative developed, tested, and rolled out interventions that address some of the most pressing routine immunization service delivery challenges, such as poor visibility into vaccine supplies and difficulty identifying children who default on immunization schedules. This brief about the software development cycle summarizes the BID Initiative’s approaches and interventions, and shares recommendations and lessons learned for others interested in improving immunization data quality and use.
Partnering with Tanzania and Zambia, the BID Initiative developed, tested, and rolled out interventions that address some of the most pressing routine immunization service delivery challenges, such as poor visibility into vaccine supplies and difficulty identifying children who default on immunization schedules. This brief about electronic immunization registries summarizes the BID Initiative’s approaches and interventions, and shares recommendations and lessons learned for others interested in improving immunization data quality and use.