How to improve the capabilities of health information systems to address emerging healthcare challenges

Join MEASURE Evaluation on April 28, 2020 at 8am EDT for a one-hour webinar on improving health information system (HIS) capabilities for emerging healthcare challenges.

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Join MEASURE Evaluation on April 28, 2020 at 8am EDT for a one-hour webinar on improving health information system (HIS) capabilities for emerging healthcare challenges. The webinar will be led by Manish Kumar and Liz Millar, both with MEASURE Evaluation, and Jamiru Mpiima, former consultant to Uganda’s Ministry of Health. The presenters will also be joined by tool collaborators Xen Santas and James Kariuki with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Emma Kassy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consultant, and Alex Tumwesigye, John Snow Inc. (JSI).

In the face of new and emerging health care challenges, strong HIS are a vital source of information about where resources are most needed. The HIS Stages of Continuous Improvement (SOCI) Toolkit was collaboratively designed to help countries or organizations holistically assess, plan, and prioritize interventions and investments to strengthen an HIS. The assessment measures current and desired HIS status across five core domains of an HIS and 39 subcomponents, and maps a path toward improvement—thus helping countries ensure that timely and reliable information is available to the people who need it. HIS are essential not only to monitor and provide the data needed for decision making for national and subnational programs, but also to demonstrate progress across countries, regions, and globally. This tool aligns with World Health Organization efforts to strengthen country HIS and capacities to monitor universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goals for health.

This webinar will detail and demonstrate use of the new digital version of the HIS SOCI assessment tool. It was created in March 2020 to provide a more agile option than the Excel-based version for completing a SOCI assessment.

The HIS SOCI Toolkit was jointly developed by CDC, the Health Data Collaborative digital health and interoperability working group, and the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project. The toolkit also responds to one of MEASURE Evaluation’s Learning Agenda questions.

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Manish Kumar, MPH, is the senior technical specialist for health systems strengthening in the MEASURE Evaluation project. His work focuses on providing technical and capacity-building support for implementation of the Data for Accountability, Transparency and Impact Monitoring (DATIM) System of the United States Government in 58 developing countries.

Liz Millar, MPH, is research associate for evaluation and learning with the MEASURE Evaluation project. She leads MEASURE Evaluation’s HIS Strengthening Learning Agenda.

Jamiru Mpiima, MSc, is a former consultant to the Uganda Ministry of Health. He has experience working with governments, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies. He is passionate about the design and implementation of HIS and operationalization of frameworks, such as national digital health strategies, digital health architectures, and participation in various health systems strengthening initiatives. 

When Apr 28, 2020
from 08:00 AM to 09:00 AM
Where Webinar
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