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JSI Sponsors the Fifth Annual Global Digital Health Forum
December 6, 2018
At the 2018 Global Digital Health Forum in Washington, D.C. on December 10 and 11, JSI staff will discuss experience—from innovations in eHealth architecture to building capacity in data use and visualization—to improve health outcomes. The forum will convene 300 digital health experts from around the world. This year’s theme is A Shared Language for Digital Health, which looks to the World Health Organization’s framework as a way to build understanding among multiple stakeholders.
You can find a schedule of JSI staff sessions and events here. Be sure to follow @JSIHealth hashtag #GDHF2018 for forum updates, and tag JSI if you attend any of our sessions. You can also find us at the JSI booth.
MCSP Digital Health Showcase
Wed, December 12, 2018 | 9:00 AM–10:30 AM EST
Please join USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) for a showcase of digital health achievements over the lifetime of the program. This event will follow the 2018 Global Digital Health Forum where leaders in digital health will come together to share best practices, challenges and form new partnerships. Register here
Ethiopia’s health sector is undergoing a sea-change—organizationally, behaviorally, and technologically. The transformation is being driven by the Federal Ministry of Health’s (FMOH) Information Revolution Roadmap (IR), which aims to achieve quality and equity of health care services and coverage. One component of the IR, the Connected Woreda Program, focuses on the lower levels of the health system, transforming woredas into data nodes so that they can access and share data with all levels of the health system.
In collaboration with the Ethiopian FMOH, JSI, and the Gobee Group conducted a co-creation workshop that brought together more than 35 people from the various directorates of the FMOH, regional health bureaus, and universities. The workshop built consensus among key stakeholders on a process for rolling out the use of human-centered design, a key implementation strategy that the FMOH is applying to improve the use of high-quality data at all levels of the health system.
The Immunization and Vaccine Development (IVD) program of Tanzania's Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children has focused significant system strengthening efforts on information and data management to improve the immunization program's performance. In partnership with JSI and other organizations, the IVD piloted a new vaccine information management system that streamlines data collection into one visualization platform to reduce duplication of efforts for data management required by health workers.
MEASURE Evaluation is at the forefront of developing guidance for the monitoring and measurement of data use as a key output of health information systems strengthening. This paper, authored by JSI staff:
- Expands on the Health Information System Strengthening Model definition and conceptualization of the use of data, especially for acting on and implementing decisions related to health system performance.
- Describes activity areas to strengthen the demand for and use of data for decision making.
- Summarizes indicators to measure the process and outputs of data use.
- Reviews tools to measure the dimensions of data use.
This infographic shows how JSI has helped Ethiopia’s Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency introduce a suite of new technologies to improve data visibility. By taking these technologies to scale, decision makers across the system will have visibility into where commodities and related supplies are stored, requested, and urgently needed.
The global health community is finally realizing that technology is only one component of a digital health system. Aligning people and processes are just as important, especially given the role that both play in facilitating the uptake of new technology and promoting sustainability.
By reviewing this document, health centers can assess whether they are investing sufficiently in the clinical and administrative infrastructure and analytics to succeed under risk-based payment.