Posted Sat Dec 07, 2013 by Joel Ramkhelawan
With iHRIS software, countries can use reliable, accurate data to guide health workforce development and better manage their health workers.
The report “A Universal Truth: No Health without a Workforce,” commissioned by the Global Health Workforce Alliance Secretariat and the World Health Organization, highlights the need for better data on health workers and better management of existing health workers. A key step to achieving both these goals is to help countries switch from outdated paper HR records to affordable, sustainable, electronic records.
iHRIS health workforce information systems help countries understand critical characteristics of their health workforce, including:
iHRIS is used by ministries of health, ministries of civil service, professional councils and associations, health professional schools, and private employers in 15 countries around the world. As a result, these countries have experienced benefits like faster hiring, more accurate records, easier identification and elimination of ghost workers, and improved access to data for planning and management. For example, health workforce data from iHRIS was used in Uganda to advocate for the hiring of an additional 8,000 new health workers and in Zanzibar to increase the health workforce by 30%.