DHIS2 as an analytics, reporting and visualization solution for OpenIMIS
HISP India proposes to develop the OpenIMIS analytics solution using DHIS2 as the core and primary platform. DHIS2 is an open source data warehousing platform functional in more than 70 countries around the world. Rationale for making this choice is twofold - one, because of the generic nature of DHIS2 as a configurable system and two, the scope for development of new functionalities through plugins/apps. We plan to build the system on robust foundations and with a proven track record for functioning as a data collection and dissemination tool.
Three options have been considered in response to the call : 1) Upgrade IMIS, 2) Rewrite IMIS on a new platform 3) Build on DHIS2. We have chosen option 3 because of the following reasons:
DHIS2 is a generic tool and has scope of both customization within the platform and new development using plugins/apps.
Using DHIS2 enables us to leverage a mature body of work already running in more than 70 countries. We can build upon a robust user base.
Customizable nature of DHIS2 means several countries specific requirements can be modelled within the platform without changing the core base.
DHIS2 has an existing vibrant community of health programme, developers and implementers and can be approached for support.
Since the DHIS2 is already being used for HMIS in many countries, and a key function of IMS would be to integrate/interoperate with HMIS data, this approach will be an effective approach to build this linkage.
We understand that DHIS2 has previously not been used in the health insurance domain, and there would be the need to significantly enhance the business understanding of insurance in this design and development process. To address this gap, we propose to engage extensively with the community, especially those involved with health insurance in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
HISP India proposes to carry out this project in multiple phases encouraging a collaborative approach wherein the stakeholders and implementation partners provide the necessary feedback for sound and comprehensive assimilation of multi country use cases.
HISP India proposes to engage the wider community through direct meetings with the stakeholders as well as users of the application. This meetings can be in person or through webinars/fortnightly calls as per situation.