News & Updates

IntraHealth invests in iHRIS and a full spectrum of digital solutions to support universal health access. Learn more about our progress through our news and updates.

New Insights from Old Numbers: Artificial Intelligence Makes Sense of Health Ministry Data
Ministries of health have more data than ever before—and the amount of data is increasing at an exponential rate. But what good is all that information if it’s unwieldy or difficult to use? Over the course of nine weeks, IntraHealth International’s digital health team and staff from our Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) project modeled a machine-learning approach to glean insights from the flood of...
How National Health Workforce Accounts Can Help Governments Achieve Universal Health Coverage
National governments that want to achieve the health-related targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or universal health coverage (UHC) need a health workforce with the right size and skill mix to meet their populations’ health needs. But you can’t have a skilled health workforce without teachers and trainers who can prepare health workers for their specific roles in the health care system. Yet countries globally face...
New Materials Available on the iHRIS Implementation Toolkit!
Over recent months we have been gathering input from you, the iHRIS global community, on training and documentation needs. Several requests emerged as priorities from the training and documentation needs survey, community calls, and individual conversations. Here’s what we heard. Overall the online documentation and implementation toolkit are helpful and are being used as resources. That said, there were a few notable gaps in the existing...
Feature requests!
The latest roadmap for iHRIS is here: https://trello.com/b/PnyMpHsl/ihris-roadmap The developer community is asking for any and all feedback on features that you want to see in iHRIS Manage, Train, and Qualify. Are there features you want to see in the iHRIS suite? Are the new features you need for your use cases prioritized? Is there an old feature you want changed or upgraded? Please reply in the Google Group! https://groups.google.com/forum...
JIRA for iHRIS Bug and Feature Tracking
We have some special news. There is now an open JIRA issue tracker for the iHRIS suite of workforce management tools at https://rt.ihris.org/jira/login.jsp Anyone can sign up for an account to watch or create an issue, such as to log a bug or request a feature. IntraHealth has been using JIRA since late last year at IntraHealth and have had a great experience with it. For important announcements, please makes sure to sign-up for the Google Group...
iHRIS Data Result in Savings for Kenya’s Kilifi County Health Sector
In Kenya, the health workforce data provided through the integrated human resources information system (iHRIS) is turning fortunes around. When Kenya decentralized its health system management from one national hub to 47 individual county governments in 2013, young county departments of health found themselves struggling. They needed to identify, track, and monitor their workforces while facing looming staff shortages, labor disputes, and high...
How to Have Happier Users and Better Health Data with Faster Apps
I’ve done my share of training district health officers and others in low-resource settings. I know that the vast majority of health workers who report data in district offices or health facilities in the low- and middle-income countries where IntraHealth International works are on congested 2G mobile networks in small towns. Which means they’re waiting—waiting for web applications to load over poor Internet connections. Complete and accurate...
Ghost Workers Aren’t Spooky—They’re Expensive
When a country uses the iHRIS software to manage their human resources for health, they sometimes get a bonus. iHRIS can provide data connections that offer unexpected benefits for the managers and leaders of a health care system. Sometimes, just comparing data between iHRIS and another system can save money—a lot of money. But it takes some detective work. Oh, not the kind that involves trench coats and fedoras. The kind that takes patience and...
What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers—and How Do We Measure It?
Human beings do weird things sometimes. Or maybe the things we do as individuals only seem weird to others because they don’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all. Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the...
Announcing the iHRIS Foundation
We are happy to announce the iHRIS Foundation , a new structure to manage the continuing growth of iHRIS while ensuring that community needs are met. iHRIS has grown since its launch by IntraHealth International in 2006. iHRIS is presently installed in 24 countries with a handful of projects moving through the planning stages. Today, the iHRIS Community currently has nearly 300 active members on its Google Group and Slack Channels. Implementing...