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DHIS2 and e-TB Manager Interoperability: Creating a Stronger Digital Health System in Bangladesh

In 2015, at the request of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), SIAPS undertook a comprehensive mapping exercise of the existing HIS tools in the country to review their scopes and performances and explore opportunities to link the tools to improve efficiency.
The assessment included a deep dive into the DHIS2 platform to assess the system’s capacity, robustness, data security, and interoperability and strongly recommended that the country continue using DHIS2 for data aggregation, analysis, and reporting, with a caution that overload of individual patient data should be avoided. This recommendation triggered a thoughtful consideration to integrate the standalone e-TB Manager with DHIS2 so that patient summary data become available through DHIS2 for indicator reporting and decision making.


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Bangladesh Health Information Systems Mapping Analysis

At the request of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Bangladesh, the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) Program, funded by USAID, was asked to assist the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other local partners to address the health information needs across the Family Planning and Health Systems directorates within the MOHFW. The SIAPS team of consultants was asked to assess existing health information systems (HIS) tools, their scope, and performance to explore opportunities to integrate/link the tools and improve efficiency and reduce wastage of resources.

The evaluation was performed to review maturity of systems’ deployment and use, performed a systems mapping to help MOHFW and the Government of Bangladesh to streamline the development and management of HIS. This is primarily to facilitate the use of data and information for the MOHFW to effectively manage the health programs, medicines, and services for patients. In a discussion with the stakeholders—Directorate General Family Planning, Directorate General Health Services, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, UNICEF, and CARE, a prioritized set of 20 systems were mapped and evaluated.

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