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District Health Information System (DHIS)

 

DHIS is a free and open-source health management information system and data warehouse.

 

Available in both desktop (MS Access®/Windows®) and web-based (Ubuntu Linux) flavours, DHIS offers healthcare workers and decision makers electronic access to advanced health data, information capture and reporting features.

 

 

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What is the DHIS?

 

The DHIS is a free and open-source software-based highly configurable data collection, aggregation, management and analysis tool that uses a data source hierarchy to capture and report on health data from its source, up to and including well-structured, decision-supporting information.  It is currently used in more than 30 countries around the world as a routine health management information system and data warehouse.

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Powerful, feature-rich data collection

 

The DHIS allows for the collection of routine health data and meta-data in a structured manner across technology platforms (i.e. paper-based data collection tools, electronic systems or mobile systems), using an organisational hierarchy structure down to point-of-service level or below.  At a health-program level it supports user-defineable data sets and data elements, allowing for a standard method of identifying raw data, while the Organisation Unit pinpoints the data's origin.  Data is entered into structured forms, and can be validated using a user-definable rules-based system designed to monitor historic trends and can cater for statistical outliers or anomalies, in order to reduce erroneous capture.

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Aggregation, Analysis, Reporting and Warehousing

 

Indicators are user-definable constructs allowing for creation of usable information for reporting purposes, giving users, healthcare workers, program managers or development partners the data they need to make informed decisions.
The DHIS database engine can integrate and aggregate data across levels of the Organisational Unit hierarchy, and its warehousing components include ETL (Extract / Transform / Load) data transformation.  Data-mart warehousing allows for analysis from the level of a single service delivery point right up to a national level.  DHIS Reporting capabilities include data quality metrics generation, charting and powerful pivot-table capabilities.

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DHIS Pilot Years

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1996:Mitchells Plain baseline survey ● 1996-98: Four pilot sites - Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Blaauwberg & later South Peninsula ● 1997-98: Development of Essential Data Sets for PHC at National and Provincial levels...

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Development and implementation of sustainable and integrated health information systems that empower communities, health workers and decision makers to improve the overall coverage, quality and efficiency of healthcare services.

 

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HISP South Africa adopts a broad-based developmental approach to capacity building and support of communities, healthcare workers and decision makers for improving health information systems.
In partnership with ministries of health, universities, NGOs and private companies, we support integration of information systems...

 

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The Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) has, since 1994, expanded from a pilot project in three Western Cape health districts to a global South-South-North network active in more than 15 countries/states, and our software is used as an information base with an estimated footprint of over 1.5 Billion people worldwide. 

 

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