Joel Ramkhelawan

New Version of iHRIS Improves Health Workforce Data Presentation and Usability
IntraHealth International announces a major release of the iHRIS health workforce information software. Version 4.2 introduces changes to the core software that improve data presentation and usability. iHRIS (pronounced “iris”) is a suite of free open source software specifically designed to supply low-resource countries with information to track, manage, deploy, and budget for their health workers. The iHRIS software has had 12 minor releases...
Using Evidence for Human Resources for Health Decision-Making
iHRIS and human resource for health information systems(HRIS) like it play a critical role in managing health workforce data. However, curating and maintaining data for the sake of it is not the goal. Using data to inform decisions is one of the primary objectives of the system. The USAID led Capacity Plus project led by IntraHealth recently published a technical brief on the subject and the iHRIS Community believes it is worth sharing...
Countries Use iHRIS to Fight Ebola
IntraHealth International and UNICEF are joining forces to help Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare communicate with health workers in real time as the country fights to contain the Ebola outbreak. We are combining two existing technologies—IntraHealth’s iHRIS software and UNICEF’s UNICEF’s mobile phone SMS platform—into a powerful communication tool called mHero (Mobile Health Worker Ebola Response and Outreach). mHero will allow...
VSO, THET and Ministry of Health Push iHRIS Forward in Malawi
If you're not convinced that open source is right for global health and development then talk with Herman Fung. Herman, a VSO volunteer who spent nearly two years in Malawi working at the Ministry of Health on a health systems strengthening project funded by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is a strong proponent of iHRIS and open source software. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Herman and five other volunteers implemented...
International Standards Adopted in Zimbabwe for National Health Worker Registry
These programmers see the light, embrace international standards for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care’s new national health worker registry. The registry is a database that will pull together a basic set of data on health workers from various information systems in the country. Once the data are available, health leaders can use them to make all kinds of decisions that can improve the health of Zimbabweans—from influencing health...
OpenHIE- Bridging information systems and mobile applications with common standards
What is OpenHIE (Health Information Exchange)? And what does it mean to the iHRIS community? OpenHIE is a framework that allows for sharing information across different health information systems. For iHRIS users, it’s an opportunity to contribute to and access a much bigger picture of their nation’s eHealth landscape. One of the major components of OpenHIE is a national health workforce registry. A Health Worker Registry...
Special Event Showcases the iHRIS Software for Strengthening the Health Workforce
On May 6, Capacity Plus hosted its third knowledge-sharing and dissemination event, Better Data, Stronger Health Workforce: The Open Source iHRIS Approach . Held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the event showcased iHRIS , the leading open source software for tracking and managing data on the health workforce. Through a combination of presentations by USAID and Capacity Plus , interactive roundtable discussions,...
New Technical Brief on Using Data Standards in Health Workforce Information Systems
Capacity Plus has published a new technical brief, Establishing and Using Data Standards in Health Workforce Information Systems , co-authored by iHRIS team members Dykki Settle, Michael Webba Lwetabe, Amanda Puckett, and Carl Leitner. Human resources information systems are successful when they support policy and management decisions and when those decisions lead to better health care. However, success depends on the quality of the...
Serious Fun: Health Workforce Planning and Management in Botswana
Health workforce management and planning is serious business, but it can be fun too! Health decisions-makers at the Botswana Ministry of Health recently cut loose during their annual Back-to-School Day. Capacity Plus ’s Twaha Kabocho [from the iHRIS team] was in the country and captured the photo below. Twaha visited the Ministry for several weeks to teach HR managers and data clerks how to use the open source iHRIS software. The...
Christian Health Association of Ghana Chooses iHRIS
The Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) has begun using the iHRIS software to improve management and support of over 13,500 health workers posted in its health facilities across the country. With 184 facilities primarily located in hard-to-reach locations—where half the population of Ghana lives—CHAG is a significant provider of health care in the country. According to Samuel Nugblega , CHAG’s technical adviser on leadership, governance...