What Is The DHIS?

DHIS (District Health Information Software) is a free and open-source health management information system (HMIS) and data warehouse.

The DHIS is a free and open-source software-based highly configurable data collection, aggregation, management and analysis tool that uses a datasource 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 40 countries around the world as a routine health management information system and data warehouse.

Available in both desktop (MS Access®/Windows®) and web-based (Java™/HTML5) flavours, DHIS offers healthcare workers and decision makers electronic access to advanced health data, information capture and reporting features.

Read more on dhis 1.4 and dhis2.

dhis 1.4

Windows® Desktop PC-based, written in VB/VBA.  Runs on Windows® XP or better and Microsoft® Access® 2003/2007/2010.

Uses Access® .MDB database files for storing, exporting, importing and merging data.

Mature, feature-filled technology, offering powerful reporting capabilities.  Wide range of modules and additional features.

Distributed database structure is ideal for remote areas without access to Internet or poor communications infrastructure.

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dhis 2

(Web) Server-based, written in Java™.  Runs on any platform that is Java™-capable.  Ubuntu 12.04 LTS recommended.

Uses SQL-style Open-Source database engine, such as PostgreSQL or MySQL.

Clients (including mobile devises) require only a browser and an Internet connection!

Cutting-edge, interoperable technology ideal for national/unified data architecture, with rapid & secure access to powerful reporting and analytics tools.

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Powerful, Feature-Rich Data Collection

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 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 of raw data.


Aggregation, Analysis And Reporting

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.