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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 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Thirteen Quarters Post Deployment: PEPFAR’s DHIS 2 implementation and the Future of HIV Data Exchange and Use

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PEPFAR uses data reported through DATIM, its DHIS 2 implementation, to facilitate decisions to focus its resources in the facilities and communities where they will have the greatest impact to achieve HIV epidemic control.  The program also uses data from other sources to improve data quality and coverage, including data from Ministry of Health (MoH) information systems.  In 2017, PEPFAR launched a “PEPFAR/MoH Data Alignment” activity that aimed to facilitate the repeatable exchange of facility-level HIV reporting data from a MoH system to the PEPFAR DATIM system.  The activity involved a great deal of tedious organizational hierarchy (re)alignment and indicator mapping, but it has led to development and/or refinement of a variety of tools, resources, and nascent communities of practice that will make the process more robust, less burdensome, and more likely to be adopted in the HIV disease domain and beyond.  In this panel, we begin with a general overview and update on DATIM and PEPFAR’s ongoing strategic investments in core development of DHIS 2.  The majority of time will focus on the PEPFAR/MoH data alignment activity, including overall process, architecture, indicator mapping tools, facility reconciliation tools, data analysis, and data reuse.

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Donna Medeiros

Senior Digital Health Architect and Policy Advisor, Asian Development Bank
Donna Medeiros has led health information technology collaborative efforts for 25+ years in countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the America convening ministries and partners to move forward national, regional and global systems including in DHIS 2... Read More →


Mark DeZalia

Health Information Systems Team Lead, OGAC/US Department of State
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Nega Gebreyesus

Senior HMIS Advisor, USAID
Nega Gebreyesus is a USAID Senior HIS Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS. Nega brings over twenty years of experience in Information Technology working for public and private organizations. He worked for University of Washington I-TECH Ethiopia operation as Deputy Country Director... Read More →
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Jason Knueppel

Implementation Manager, BAO Systems
PEPFAR/MOH Data Alignment Activity, Data Exchange and Interoperability
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Annah Ngaruro

DATIM Data Exchange Sub-Team Lead, ICF
Annah Ngaruro is PEPFAR’s DATIM Data Exchange Sub-team lead.  She is a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with 18 years of experience developing and supporting health information systems... Read More →
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Pooja Vinayak

Data Analyst, PwC
Pooja Vinayak supports US Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC) through PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector. As a Data Analyst for the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Pooja leads data analysis for the Ministry of Health... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Academy Hall