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BAO Systems and the University of Oslo are excited to welcome you to the 4th annual DHIS 2 Symposium! 

2018 Symposium Themes: 

The global digital health space is moving at a rapid pace, making exponential gains within the last few years.  It’s hard to imagine that after only 10 years of development, DHIS 2 is being implemented in 87 countries and Indian states, with 53 operating at national scale.  This kinetic global expansion of DHIS 2 has led to exciting collaborations and partnerships that are working to improve LMIC health systems.  

And yet we know that there is still work to be done to improve these systems.  

In our 4th DHIS 2 Symposium, we’ll look closely at how international partnerships between NGOs and governments are supporting national systems strengthening through technical support that ultimately improves the use of DHIS 2 and how this work is bringing us closer to harmonized data.

But beyond national systems, there is still exciting innovation happening all around us.  We’ll spend time looking at Android mobile applications and hear from the UiO about efforts to overhaul and re-develop the applications.  Biometrics are making concrete gains in development work and we’ll hear how they can be incorporated into DHIS 2.

Other topics to be explored include:  

  • What work is being done around using DHIS 2 for the Sustainable Development Goals and how can we move that work forward?

  • How is data used in concrete ways to drive decision-making, course-correction and drive impact of your programs?

  • How is integration with other systems like LMIS and EMRs improving national systems?

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Friday, March 23 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
A Biometric Identification Approach for DHIS 2 Tracker in Bangladesh

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An eRegistry trial, conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), and the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) at the University of Oslo, is examining the effectiveness of an eRegistry on health care services for pregnant women and newborn babies at the community level in Matlab, Bangladesh. Clinical care staff use Tracker at both the village and health facility level to capture data during each visit with a pregnant woman, and these data are used to generate not only decision support, but also routine reporting statistics, and targeted SMS messages to women.
 A key component of the trial is the creation of a longitudinal health record, which requires accurate identification of a patient for continuity of care. The project utilizes an Android-based biometric solution from Element, Inc., which uses the common camera on a tablet or smartphone to scan the palm print and produce a unique string for each individual. Preliminary work shows high levels of user acceptance and accuracy.

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Adebusoye Anifalaje

Principal/CIO, BAO Systems
Adebusoye is a seasoned informatics professional specialising in resource-constrained contexts. Busoye has worked in leading the deployment of DHIS2 (an open source software) for various ministries of health and iNGOs in Africa, Asia, North America & Europe. He holds two Masters degrees... Read More →

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Rebecca Distler

Director, Global Health Initiatives, Element, Inc.
Rebecca Distler is Director of Global Health Initiatives at Element, Inc., where she helps partners use mobile biometrics to create a digital identity for patients and provide access to health care. In this role, she also co-leads the BioNIC initiative, a collaboration with the Global... Read More →
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Mike Frost

Senior Advisor, University of Oslo
Mike Frost is a Senior Advisor with the Health Information Systems Program at the University of Oslo, and Senior Advisor with the eRegistries Initiative at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He has worked on digital health projects in Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Liberia... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Academy Hall