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Dec 3, 2019

2019 Global Digital Health Forum

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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.

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Dec 4, 2017

Global Digital Health Forum Presentations 2017

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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.

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Oct 31, 2016

Global Digital Health Network October Meeting Recap: Health Information Systems Interoperability


Health Information System (HIS) Interoperability is a very popular topic among Network members and Digital Health Implementers.  At the recent WAHO September Joint Annual HIS and IDSR Managers and Partners Meeting in Cape Verde, it was reported that DHIS 2 will be rolled out in over 20 West and Central Africa countries by 2019.  The topic of interoperability of DHIS 2 with other HIS featured in many discussions including the need to address data sharing, comprehensive data reporting and other HIS efforts.  Admittedly, there is still a lot for implementers to learn thus, our October Global Digital Health Network meeting featured four experts to share their experiences in HIS Interoperability.  Over 70 people joined the discussion in Washington, DC and online last Friday as our presenters delved into the subject.

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Oct 1, 2007

Information systems in developing countries a critical research review


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Jan 1, 1970

Diffusion of innovations in service organizations: systematic review and recommendations.


This article summarizes an extensive literature review addressing the question, How can we spread and sustain innovations in health service delivery and organization? It considers both content (defining and measuring the diffusion of innovation in organizations) and process (reviewing the literature in a systematic and reproducible way). This article discusses (1) a parsimonious and evidence-based model for considering the diffusion of innovations in health service organizations, (2) clear knowledge gaps where further research should be focused, and (3) a robust and transferable methodology for systematically reviewing health service policy and management. Both the model and the method should be tested more widely in a range of contexts.

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Apr 1, 2009

From Tasks To Processes: The Case For Changing Health Information Technology To Improve Health Care

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To deliver better health care at a lower cost, health information technology (IT) should be redesigned to support improved, patient-centered care and not the isolated tasks of physicians and clinicians. This new approach has major policy implications: health IT can help mitigate the worsening shortages of physicians; it will require managers, clinicians, and patients to learn new skills and behaviors; it will increase the need for clinically astute systems analysts, business-process managers, and human-factors engineers; and it will highlight the need to pay for process improvements and improved patient well-being rather than the mere purchase of health IT.

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May 31, 2013

Improving health information systems for decision making across five sub-Saharan African countries: Implementation strategies from the African Health Initiative

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Weak health information systems (HIS) are a critical challenge to reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals because health systems performance cannot be adequately assessed or monitored where HIS data are incomplete, inaccurate, or untimely. The Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) Partnerships were established in five sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia) to catalyze advances in strengthening district health systems. Interventions were tailored to the setting in which activities were planned.

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Apr 2, 2015

Benchmarking health system performance across districts in Zambia: a systematic analysis of levels and trends in key maternal and child health interventions from 1990 to 2010

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Achieving universal health coverage and reducing health inequalities are primary goals for an increasing number of health systems worldwide. Timely and accurate measurements of levels and trends in key health indicators at local levels are crucial to assess progress and identify drivers of success and areas that may be lagging behind.

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Dec 10, 2012

Improving data quality in The African Region

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  • Data quality is one of the 4 IVD priority in AFRO
  • Existence of robust DM system at different level
  • There is more interest on data quality than ever (Opportunity)
  • Good data = good decision, wrong data = wrong decision
  • Need data to monitor goals at all levels (Country, Region, Global)
  • Data management has not enjoyed deserved recognition from EPI Manager on staff allocation (skills)
  • Recommendations from TFI as well as EPI managers’ meetings

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Sep 1, 2012

Defining Functional Requirements for Immunization Information Systems

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This document contains the products of three workgroup sessions to collaboratively and rigorously define a full range of important IIS functions, referred to here as business processes. This detailed documentation for seventeen such business processes is intended to establish best practice for how an IIS should function in an increasingly e‐health world.

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