Event: Better Data, Stronger Health Workforce: The Open Source iHRIS Approach

To ensure that the right health workers are in the right places with the right skills to deliver high-quality family planning, HIV/AIDS, and other essential health services, countries require current, accurate data on human resources for health. Join CapacityPlus and USAID for a knowledge-sharing and dissemination event on iHRIS—the leading open source software for national health workforce information systems. Participants will experience the iHRIS applications (ManageTrainQualifyPlan,Retain), learn about country success stories, and consider the power of open source approaches for maximizing local ownership, capacity-building, innovation, and partnership.

CapacityPlus is hosting this knowledge-sharing and dissemination event on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 12:00–4:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC. Lunch is included. RSVP.

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One Response to Event: Better Data, Stronger Health Workforce: The Open Source iHRIS Approach

  1. I have no axe to grind about open source and its role or lack thereof in creating vulnerabilities that were exploited by the Heartbleed virus. However, I do think that government supported projects that are touting this type of software have a special obligation to take extraordinary steps to help keep the public informed. This means sharing both good news and bad news.

    All over the world people like me who are only moderately knowledgeable can be easily exploited by people who use situations just like this to make us buy new things we don’t need or overhaul systems that can be protected for substantially less than they want us to pay to rescue us.

    Unfortunately, the media isn’t much help because sensational news that exaggerates threats lasts more news-cycles and attract larger audience shares making it harder to separate fact from fiction.

    Presumably many of the consumers of this software are those who can least afford to pay for expensive fixes. These consumers and/or the donors who support them are possibly vulnerable to real problems created by Heartbleed, but there shouldn’t be much doubt that a lot of money is also going to be made by unscrupulous companies and individuals who will prey on people who should be spending scarce resources on saving lives.

    Telling the truth and being accountable to help solve problems that we may have helped create is one step to get back on track.

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