By Elisabeth Harris, Global Business Systems Program Assistant, PSI
As a key partner working in global health technology, PSI uses “global goods”—like apps and databases—to bring healthcare closer to consumers.
One of PSI’s key technology tools is the DHIS2 health management information system, where PSI pools its client service data on a global scale. As we continue to use DHIS2, we’ve partnered with the University of Oslo, who created the system, to improve and strengthen our ability to deliver consumer-powered healthcare.
Representatives from PSI’s data and innovations departments attended the 5th annual DHIS2 Symposium in Washington, DC, from March 11-12. Key PSI staff stood alongside other organizations to share their experiences in developing sustainable, open-source digital technologies to support the broader global health community, partners and the public sector in improving access to quality global healthcare.
Here are four things PSI shared at the DHIS2 Symposium about our use of technology to better serve our clients.
1. Daniel Messer, PSI’s Chief Information Officer (pictured here), presented Connecting with Sara, a pilot app created by PSI that improves clients’ access to health services. The app links to DHIS2 so that community health workers can refer, track and follow up with clients at each point along their journey of care.
2. PSI/Zimbabwe showcased its work integrating DHIS2 with an Electronic Medical Record System, leading to better patient outcomes and improved program decision making. Their work is currently being implemented across southern Africa.
3. PSI/Nepal’s data use case banner highlighted how the country uses new apps to capture data offline. As mobile device use increases in Nepal, there is an increased opportunity to collect electronic data, especially in remote areas with limited connectivity. As a result of their work, data analysis is more timely, meaning more consumers have better access to health services and these services can continuously and accurately respond to their needs based on collected data.
4. At the symposium, PSI continued its partnership with the University of Oslo to create the DHIS2 Community of Practice, which was formed to centralize resources for the system’s users in an organized, easy-to-access manner. As the community grows, it will establish a curated and moderated one-stop shop for engagement, knowledge sharing, and learning amongst DHIS2 implementers and users across the globe.
Banner image credit: Khadija Niang, Global Business Systems Intern, PSI